Howdy fans, wanted to let you know I’ve been steadily posting videos on my YouTube channel where I Live Stream drawings in progress. You’ll find me as DIVINE FIRE STUDIOS. I’ve also been setting the stage to launch my creator owned comic called the Shadow Sentry early next year via Indiegogo! So if you like seeing live art, and learning a bit about my process, tools, and techniques… and want to follow the creation my my comic… head over and subscribe to my channel!
I’m excited about bring cool content and about bringing back the joy and fun that was once Comics. It’s hard to find these days, but I want to bring back that passion for comic lovers like I had back in the early 90’s when comics where exciting and enjoyable, the art was great, and the stories were fresh. That’s my passion, and want to share with you what has been born out of that. So here’s a little preview of my Shadow Sentry creation that I’ve been working on for a long time and want to get into your hands Soon!
So hopefully you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming movie, THE MEG, the action packed blockbuster about an enormous Megalodon Shark that hits theaters this weekend! What you may not know is that it’s based on the book by Steve Alten, which also was adapted into a super amazing Graphic Novel. I had the privileged of working on the GN with a super talented team: Pencils and character inks by the mighty Mike S. Miller, Colors by the gifted Nanjan, and along with myself who provided the dynamic background inks! That’s right folks – an all-star cast to rival that of the live-action movie!
Don’t believe me… check out some of these amazing pages from the book!
So what does a background inker do exactly you may ask? Well, pretty much anything that is not a human being (and a shark!) I inked, with the exception of a few things that Mike inked for me (nice guy that he is!) But all that background stuff you see, I inked, and did my best that you couldn’t notice that there are actually two guys inking the same page!
So yes, the movie is coming out this weekend, but as you know Hollywood will always make their mark and find a way to change things up from the original source material. Our adaptation however closely follows the book, and will provide a faithful retelling of the epic story from Steve Alten. This was seen to by Mike Miller himself and J.S. Earls, two talented writers. That’s right, Mike Miller writes as well as illustrates! I just keep surprising you don’t I! Haha
If you want to be even more surprised head to the nearest book store and pick up a copy of the Graphic Novel, Meg, and see all the amazing art and story we worked so hard on over the past months! If you’re interested in the comic version, single issues, you’ll have to talk to your local comic shop and order them directly from the publisher the Dabel Brothers.
Just in case you have no idea about THE MEG movie… here’s what you’re missing! The coolest Shark movie since JAWS!
Do you want to get the inside scoop on my art work, how I do it, what I’m thinking when I’m doing it? How about get behind-the-scenes updates on what I’m creating? How about be a part of comics as I create them? Enter Patreon! Patreon is a site that lets creators actually gain a steady stream of income while doing what they love and allow fans to get insider rewards for supporting what they love!
So what are some of the perks I’ll be offering? There are 4 different reward tiers…
$1 of support per month- Will get you in the know with insider news about projects I’m developing and what I’m working on. Plus, you’ll see all the artwork I post.
$3 of support per month- Will unlock more of a personal experience where you’ll have access to me through a patrons only feed where you can ask questions, and join the conversation about what I’m working on. You’ll also get your name in the credits of the comics I create to say thanks for your help! Plus all previous rewards access.
$5 of support per month- Kicks it up a notch and gets you access to weekly process videos of me drawing. I’ll offer insight and teaching as I go. This is a great teir for artist who want to take their art to the next level and gain some insight 10 years in the making! Plus, you’ll have access to all other rewards.
$10 of support per month- Is the top level that will gain you access to high quality downloads of all the finished art I post, whether it’s just fan art, comic art, or posters! You name it, it’s yours. Plus you’ll get Free downloads of the comics after they are finished. I may even do a monthly Hangout or something for a real treat but we’ll see how it goes. Add to this all other previous rewards and you have yourself a really awesome reward tier!
But that’s not all…
I’ll be offering a unique tier that is for those who want to be taught and learn what it takes to be a comic book artist. This isn’t for the feint of heart…
$400 per month- This will get you into a course of teaching that will offer weekly assignments (as much as you can handle), 2 in depth critiques per month, as well as 2 (30 min) video sessions where we can go over whatever you want, and I can show you first-hand, live, how to draw Whatever! Plus all the previous rewards.
It’ll be a personal course where I can start at your level of experience and help you grow step-by-step. But you have to be willing to do the work and put in the time!
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For a while I considered making the jump to put my art on Metal, it seemed like everyone was doing it and I could care less (not to mention it’s expensive!) …After seeing the results though, why wouldn’t I want my art to look as awesome as possible? It really does make a difference! These high quality digital prints on Metal are great, not only do they look good but they are durable and will last a LONG TIME!! The Metal really makes them pop!
When you head to the store you’ll see the Metal prints I currently have, but I can make any print I have into Metal. So if you don’t see it in the Metal prints section don’t worry, just contact me, and I’ll have it made. No extra cost. Just shipping, and the $60.
TIP: When displaying your Metal prints, leave out the glass in your frame, the glass with add an extra glare! Just set it up with a good light source and watch it glow!
This years Comic Con was a blast! I’ll admit, it started out a little weird it felt as if something was missing, I can’t explain it. But as I walked around the show floor it all seemed to fade away, and the magic began. Luckily this year I was able to get into Artist Alley at the last minute! Usually I spend my time every year bugging the Artist Alley guys to get me into an open table, (when other artists don’t show) and I’m there every 2 hours checking in. This year I happened to walk up at the right time (just once!) and they had one more table to fill and I got in on Saturday morning! So nice! Above you can see my setup there in AA. I also spent some time outside the convention selling my work, which worked out rather nicely. The shear numbers of people out there walking around make selling very easy!
If you happened to stop by and you wanted to get something and you weren’t able too, have no fear, you can buy most of my art online, on my Square store just Click Here!
Also be sure to check out my social media sites for updates of new artwork, as well as more photos from Comic Con 2015, which I will post to my fb page. Check it out Here!
But here are some cool photos from the show some of the magic I was talking about! Enjoy!
Wizard World Philly is only two weeks away! I’m really excited to be back in my old neighborhood (well sort of, I’m from Jersey originally so, close enough!)
But I’ll be seeing some familiar faces while I’m in town and new ones too I hope! I’ll be located in Artist Alley in D-17 right behind Mike Miller and next to my friend Oly who pimps some awesome art prints from a ton of Artists, so stop by and say “Hi!”
Also I’ll have some new prints for you: Red Hood, Batman, and a cool Captain American iconic front. Check them out! I’ll be a great show for sure, 4 days of fun! Super stoked! See you there!