So hopefully you’ve heard by now, but my characters from SHADOW SENTRY have made their debut. If you haven’t… not to worry, I’ve got you covered and it’s not too late to get in on the action! Shadow sentry is my creator owned comic that I will be launching later this year, it’s an X-men meets the Martrix superhero book with a hint of Supernatural mixed in there for good measure.
I recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to give everyone a foretaste of what’s to come and let you see the characters up close and personal. Although the campaign has ended I will be making the book available in my online store to make sure my fans (and new ones!) have access to this exclusive sneak peek!
Why it’s important?
Not only is it an exclusive sneak peek to brand new characters, but launching a successful indie comic, or creator owned comic, is a tough task to be sure, and it takes a lot of capital. But with the help of my faithful fans, and those that just want to get their hands on good comics again, we can make this happen… together. That’s why I made INKtober 2018, it’s a small sampling of 21 images of my favorite 90’s comics characters from Image, Marvel, and DC, to remember the awesome that was the 90’s, and then give you a taste of what’s to come with 10 characters of my own creation from the SHADOW SENTRY. You’ll get a brief run down of the story and concept as well as the final full color promo art!
For only $15, not only will you getting a great little art book, but you’ll be helping me actualize my life-long goal, and get into production for this soon to be highly coveted book. It really is a WIN- WIN!
It’s a team effort, and I appreciate your help and support, and I look forward to bringing you GREAT ART, AMAZING STORY, and a whole new team to add to your list of favorite books! – Thank you!
Click the images, or here are some links to get you going…
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action. I will be offering In-Demand books on my website so you can still get the book and help me launch my SHADOW SENTRY comic slated for later this year! Just click the link and ——->Head there now to get your copy!
If you’ve known me for a while, you probably know I’ve always wanted to create my own content when it comes to comics. Since I started drawing, I’ve always wanted to create my own stories and my own characters to dawn the pages of comic books!
With the decline of current titles and publishers turning our most beloved characters into villains and politically correct heroes, the time is ripe for independent creators to take to the shelves and revive this declining medium! As a fan of the 90’s and as an artist who has been inspired by that blooming era, I want to introduce a book that will give readers – longing for good content , and the flare of those 90’s books- hope again. Books my kids can read and that they can get excited about.
ENTER: INKtober 2018-
INKtober 2018 is a collection of all 31 illustrations from last years Inktober challenge. In the book you’ll see my take on some of the coolest characters from Image comics, Marvel, and DC (but heavy on the IMAGE!). In this book you’ll get an exclusive look at some of the characters I’ve created for my new and upcoming comic series called: SHADOW SENTRY. You’ll take a look back, but also take a look forward at what is to come, and my hope is that you will get as excited as I am!
By supporting this campaign not only will you be getting a sweet book of classic 90’s characters and top notch art, but you’ll also be helping me jump-start my ultimate goal of writing, penciling, and inking my own book series. Shadow Sentry is an X-Men meets the Matrix superhero comic that is classic Good vs. Evil, with a Supernatural twist. It will bring back that awesome 90’s vibe of great dynamic characters and that creator-owned passion that made the 90’s what it was. Here’s a look at some of the Shadow Sentry character art you’ll see in the book…
As with any endeavor, there is always a need for capital to get it going.
After I finish the current comic project I’m working on for a client, my goal is to start working on Shadow Sentry more full-time and prepare for that launch. So with this campaign I’m hoping to raise enough funds to provide a buffer and allow me the time and money to get started and not have to work on other things during that period that would require my time and energy. So I would greatly appreciate your support and consideration, as I ask you to partner with me as I get things rolling and as I seek to create comics once again that fuel the fire, scratch the itch, and inspire once again!
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!
It’s not very often I get to do sequential work (not every month anyway) but I’m happy to announce I just finished working on 17 pages of Samson Volume 2, from Rooted Chronicles. Following the top-notch Volume one, with art from the talents of Nadir Balan, and colors by the stunning Liz Buenaventura, written by Luis Serrano, I was happy to lend my hand at furthering the tale of one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. The strongest man to ever live… SAMSON. To sweeten the pot, I was privileged to illustrate the coolest part of the tale (in my opinion) the slaying of the 1,000 Philistines! It’s a bit of an understatement to say it’s quite the ride!
Here’s a few pages to wet your palette with some sweet colors added by Sivakami Mohan ….
So where can I get my hands on this you ask? I got you covered! Head to the www.samsonthenazirite.com website to get your hands on a NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION PRINT RUN of the first printing at a humble price that includes shipping! This is a 30+ page book that has my art as well as another chapter with art by the talented Mike Abuan. You can also check out Volume 1 as well and purchase that so you have the full story! As always I thank you for your support and I am glad to have fans who support my art and art ventures!
Lastly, check out the awesome cover art by my friend Mike S. Miller! Click the image to head right to the website as well! All the best!
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!
Great news!! Copies of the Monomyth collected edition are in, and for sale!! More Great News!! For all you Art book lovers out there, Eric is happy to announce that we’ve finally been able to reprint, in an all new larger format, The Art of Eric Ninaltowski.
The Art of Eric Ninaltowski was originally printed in 2012, and after selling out, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to get more, but luck has won out, and Eric is proud to have this baby in print again. This book not only contains the Art of Eric Ninaltowski, but was designed by him, from cover to cover including art from his early days of drawing until today featuring some of favorite pieces, as well as never before seen drawings. It takes you on a journey, lead by Eric’s favorite quotes and verses from literature.
There are superheroes, sketchbook art, commissions, sure, but also his own personal person creations, like Batman sequentials that never saw the light of day, until now! Funny Batman heads, plus another page of just heads! 30 of them!! Oh, and let’s not forget a sneak peek at Eric’s own creation WARGUN, still in the works. Find out the history of how Eric came up with the story and idea, and see early, early concept drawing from when Eric was still in High School!
Don’t miss this fun-filled book! The Art of Eric Ninaltowski- Volume 1 (so we can add to the fun later…) 48 pages, over 100 illustrations, 8.5×11 Black and White. $20 + shipping. Signed before it ships! Check it out in the store.
Monomyth the collected edition not only includes the 3 issues from the sold out mini-series, but 6 all new pages of story and art by the original team. 190 pages of pure awesome, with a special section of bonus art to top it all off! Don’t miss this epic journey, brought to you by OSSM Comics! Read more here and see some of the new art!
$23 + shipping, soft cover, 190 pages, beautifully printed by Amazon! Written by Siike Donnelly, Art by Eric Ninaltowski, with colors by Peejay Catacutan, and Teo Gonzalez. Check it out over in the store!
About two years ago to the day, a new chapter in my life began. I remember the day because it was at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in LA which is always on Halloween weekend. I was there sharing a booth with my friends Mike Miller and Oly Pitman, and up walked two gentlemen, Omar Spahi, and Siike Donnelly. They were checking out our work, and I’m not quite sure if Omar knew Mike at the time or not, but I remember Mike mentioning that Omar wanted Mike to work on a new project with him. The nice guy Mike is, he told Omar, “you should check out Eric’s work”… and well, he did. The funny thing is, Siike saw some art of Hawkgirl on the table and immediately started telling me about his story involving angels, and demons, and he thought my style would be perfect! Little did I know at the time he saw Mike’s work not mine!! But it was meant to be.
So I talked more with Omar, and Siike, and the just beginning OSSM Comics company, and things started moving quickly. I was really excited about the story Siike had about this young guy Enoch, and his journey to becoming a hero, where the story gets its title “Mnomyth,” which is the hero’s journey. While the concept isn’t new and builds the foundation for all the films we love, Star Wars, Braveheart, etc, its setting and backdrop are what set it apart; it has a well-known source, with a whole new twist; and as I told him, [I think] I had gotten many scripts from well-meaning people thrown at me, and well, Siike’s topped them all. It was actually written from
someone who not only knew how to write, but was VERY familiar with comics. Which is very important, because you have to have some understanding of the medium, as say, compared to a novel. It’s not the same. Comics are unique; having pictures to guide the reader – not just words – opens a whole different rare dynamic. Not only that, but Siike told me how he had suffered from a Brain Aneurism and lost the ability to draw, remember peoples faces, and short term memory! He was now helping out Omar with his new company, and writing this awesome story; which writing was the one thing he could still do without too much trouble. This guy immediately amazed me! You’d never know what he’d been through just meeting him, sure, you may have thought he forgot his jeans, cause he’s always in pajama pants, but still! haha! His passion, wit, and sincerity are what makes him one of the coolest guys you’ll met. And Omar and Siike together, you have two of the most hard charging up-starts in the comic biz.
And that’s why I embarked on this journey with them. I believed in them. I quit my part-time job of serving at a downtown San Diego restaurant and got to work. By the New Year we had our concepts done, and were starting on pages. Oh, and I forgot to mention I had never worked on a “comic” before this. I did work on a Graphic Novel, but this was my first “comic” which would be published via Diamond, and be on actual comic store shelves. So you can imagine my excitement at the possibility. By July issue one had come out, and we had copies of issue #1 in hand at the San Diego Comic Con! Siike and Omar were lucky enough to land a booth in Artist Alley, and I was there signing with them. It was a dream come true for sure! Since then the rest of the story has been published, all three issues, 90 pages in all, and it’s been a bit of a wait, but now with the announcement of a trade to be made, Siike had one more ace up his sleeve. “Let’s add more pages to the trade,” he says!
And so we did. Six more pages to be exact! And if you didn’t already know, Siike is a genius. Once you read the story with the new pages you’ll see why. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, IT DOES! It’s been a blast drawing the characters and revisiting the story after a short break, but it was amazing to add a little more closure to some scenes, and I know Siike wracked his brain to get things truly where he wanted them. You’ll be pleasantly amazed at what he’s done with only six pages. Here we’re showing you where some of those new pages will fit in with the originals, only pencils though, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but you can see where the gaps where filled and things start to button up.
On the whole, It’s been an amazing experience working with Omar and Siike, they are beyond professional, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have met them and have had the opportunity to work with them. I am sad that this will (most likely) mark the end of my Monomyth journey, but I couldn’t be more happy with it, and I’ll be looking forward to one last time seeing Monomyth occupying space on my local comic shop shelf. I know you will be too! And if you’re new to Monomyth (I know I’ve created some new fans at conventions, who will most likely be picking up the story for the first time!) you’re in store for an Epic comic experience, one that make you an OSSM Comics fan for life!!
Stay tuned for dates, and be ready!! I know it will come fast!
Have you checked out Instagram yet? If you already have, then “FOLLOW ME!” Instagram is quickly becoming one of my favorite social media sites! The only bummer is it doesn’t allow you to really see the art super well, no zooming and the fixed ratio is a bummer, but it’s so easy to use! It’s an awesome and easy way to keep up with your favorite artists and see what new stuff they’re working on. So if you haven’t already, give it a shot and come follow my feed! Also I’ll be doing flash sales as a quick and easy way to make my prints available to my fans and cool Contests to win some free art!
So go ahead check out my page and see what’s going on (just click the Instagram Icon!) It’s a quick and easy way to see what I’m working on and get some cool stuff while you’re at it.
Ps- I just started my first Print Sale today, and you can get this sweet Deadpool print for just $25!! Signed and shipped!! Can’t beat it!
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