Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nailbiter 14 double splash page process

I was really excited when I got the pages for Nailbiter 14. All portion of it takes place underwater, and as I love snorkeling and swimming I was pretty excited too work on these pages. When I saw what Mike Henderson did here I was elated. Here's the break downs of how I tackled pages 10/11 from black and white to full color!
 As always I start by laying out the flat colors

 Next I add some basic textures and effects I use on Nailbiter along with some lighting/shadows

Finally I add more lighting effects over Mike's Line work to give it a nice underwater vibe!
Nailbiter 14 comes out tomorrow (7/1/15) go check it out some cool easter eggs in there along with a killer plot.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Here's the cover for Nailbiter #14 out in July. Really cool cover by Mike Henderson that I was lucky enough to color.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TMNT Color Classics Vol 3 #4 came out yesterday! Really happy to be working on this book I grew up on the Ninja Turtles and more or less learned to draw copying pictures of these radical dudes. It's a huge honor to be working with some of my childhood heroes. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Nailbiter #10 process

 I thought it might be fun to show everyone how the sausage is made when it comes to the colors on Nailbiter. I'll be cover page 2/3 of Nailbiter issue 10. We of course start out with Mike Henderson's great line work. along with the script I was asked to add some sunbeams behind the butcher.
 1st I break the page up into flats making the boys shirt blue, his hair yellow and so on.

Next I add some details and lighting. Patches of brown in the grass, different color leaves... You'll see I've also added highlights and shadows here.
And finally the sunbeams, all the work I've done to this point has been under Mikes line work. for strong lighting effects like this I'll add a layer above his art work blowing out some of the black creating the strong lighting effect you see here.
 Here's the artwork with out mikes line work so you can see what I've on it own

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cover for Nailbiter 10 out tomorrow. This one wraps up the 2nd arc and is a great jumping off point for the 3rd go check it out. Please and Thank You.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


I know it's been forever since I've posted, but I've been working on lots of exciting stuff that I can finally start sharing. One of said things is the coloring duties for Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson's NAILBITER! Issue 1 hits stands tomorrow (May 7th), I'm really proud of this one so if  a comic that's one part True Detective and one part Twin Peaks sounds like your jam, check it out.

People are often confused as to what exactly I do when I tell them I color comics, so I figured this was a good as time as any to break it down:
After reading the script and looking over the line art, the first step it to get a general idea of the tone of the scene/page that I'm about to do. After that's been determined I break the page up into flat color. Making the jacket blue, the car red, etc.

Next, I start on lighting - adding shadows and highlights. Because of the dark gritty tone of Nailbiter, I add a layer of texture over the whole page to give things a dirty feel. Think David Fincher's, Seven.

Everything I've done up to this point has been behind the line work. Next I add effects over Mike's art: rain, headlights, graffiti, the windshield, along with a few other things. In short, I'm responsible for anything that isn't black on the page. Here's the final page along side everything I've done with out the line art over top.