Monday, December 26, 2011

Power Girl Redesign


Above is the final illustration submitted to Project Rooftop and below is the initial design phase.  I played around with the colors for a while then settled on the basic red, white and blue.  Also as you can see I abandoned the bandana idea.  I based her basic look off of Smallville's Chloe Sullivan aka Allison Mack.  Incidentally Allison provided the voice for Power Girl in one of the DC animated films. Anyhow hope you like it :)


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Invincible Redesign Entry

This is my entry into the "Invincible: Viltrumite Vogue" contest running over at Project Rooftop.



My "in-story" logic surrounding the new costume:

"The one lesson Mark Grayson aka Invincible has learned over his multiple near death experiences, intense battles, and superhero career is that he needs to start fighting smarter.
After the recent Viltrumite occupation of earth, Mark has enlisted the help of Art Rosenbaum (his original tailor) and Robot to employee a little technology to give him a crime fighting edge. The suit is now composed of “Smart Atoms” which absorb and redirect impact.  So when Mark/Invincible is hit he no longer feels the full brunt of his attacker’s blows. Additionally the smart atoms make the suit much more resilient than previous costumes even repairing itself when necessary.  In an effort to avoid over or underestimating potential threats Robot devised a new visor which provides Invincible with a HUD that analyzes potential threats and ranks their strength, agility and possible weaknesses, enabling him to form a rapid counterattack and hopefully avoiding tragic encounters like those with Angstrom Levy (overestimating) or Conquest (underestimating)."

Here's a look at the various color combinations I played with.

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Florida Seafood Festival

My wife (Ashley) and I had a booth at the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola on November 4th and 5th.  She sold photos, paintings and some of her custom painted glasses while I did caricatures.  It was a blast!  The first day was pretty slow but on the 2nd day I had a steady flow of customers.  Good times, good times.  Ashley also won the photo contest!  Here's a few photos, enjoy.















Saturday, October 15, 2011

Custom Comic Book - Color

Latest commissioned art.  Just finished this four page comic (including cover) for a client on etsy.  Story by Jeff Peabody (her party planner).  It's her son as green lantern.  Lots of fun but lots of work and in a short amount of time.




And for anyone wondering no it's not a silent comic :P I just wasn't repsonsible for adding the dialogue.  Here's the dialogue layout I was given as a script to work from.  It's a great story by Jeff Peabody. Enjoy.





Friday, October 7, 2011

New Commission!

Green Lantern is a popular fellow apparently :)  Last month I did a GL commission and here's another one.


This picture was plenty of fun to work on!  I tried to incorporate several superhero movie references. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Artwork: Completed Commission

So a workmate of mine asked me to draw him as Green Lantern ages ago and I'm finally getting around to it.

I'm really happy with the way this turned out, especially the colors.  He's out of town this week but I'll frame it for him and give it to him next week.  The final output for this commission was 11x14.  Let me know if you or someone you know is interested in having a commission done!

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Artwork: Another Successful Commission!

So i just stayed up all night...I don't mean almost all night i mean ALL-NIGHT finishing this commission.  I literally finished it around 5:30 to 6am, took a shower and left for work.  That was rough.  Fortunately the girl I did the artwork for loved it, so I'm happy...tired but happy :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Back to the drawing board: Superman Redesign Round 2

So DC comics just released the official new design for Superman...i'm not impressed.  It just looks lazy. Like they decided to remove the shorts but that's it, no attempt at actually overhauling him.  Anyway it's sent me right back to the drawing board.  A few months ago I posted my attempts at redesigning him.  But now I'm seeing things a little different.  Let me know what you think:

Click to view larger and please post a comment, I'm trying to narrow it down so I can do a finished illustration like the Supergirl one.  Thanks.

Another Etsy Sale completed!

My latest etsy sale.  The client said her little boy loves it!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Artwork: Another Etsy Sale whooohoo!

Ok, so things are picking up on the etsy front.  This is my 2nd official sale, and i have at least 2 more on their way to completion.  I've very happy with how this one turned out.  I focus so much on digital art these days it's nice to do a finished finished pen & ink piece.


Friday, June 10, 2011

New Artwork: Completed Commission

So last night i finally finished a commission for a guy at work of his son as a jedi (that's two star wars themed commissions for anyone keeping count).  Here's the original sketch:

  
And here's digital painting:



Here's a detail of the face which i'm very happy with! Click for a closer look.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Artwork - First Etsy Sale!

Made my first sale on etsy.   A lady was interested in having her friends drawn as caricatures.  Here's the result.  Her ultimate goal is to have the illustration changed into a vector image and have it placed on custom koozies for the couple.  I'll post images when she sends them.

Here's the couple and the illustration:


Monday, May 16, 2011

Commissioned Illustrations

Hey All,

Anyone interested in getting a commission done please e-mail me here: steve.alex.thorn@gmail.com or visit my Etsy page: http://www.etsy.com/shop/comicgenius.

You can place your order through etsy but it requires you to setup an account.

Current prices are as follows:

Headshots (shoulders up) non-colored - $20
Headshots (shoulders up) colored - $35

Waist Up non-colored - $40
Waist Up colored - $55

Full body non-colored (no background) - $60
Full body colored (gradient or no background) - $75

Full body w/ background (non-colored) - $85
Full body w/ background colored - $100

Final output are hi-res jpeg files. Non-colored means it's penciled (HB) then scanned into photoshop and tweaked to perfection.

All coloring is done digitally in photoshop. Thanks!

-Stephen

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Etsy Account!

I just opened an Etsy account.  If you're interested in having a commissioned illustration please check out my shop: http://www.comicgenius.etsy.com/

Sunday, April 24, 2011

New Artwork WIP

Here's a new piece i'm working on.  My redesign  for Supergirl. Colored version coming soon!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Redesigning Superman

So here's my attempts at redesigning the most famous superhero of all, Superman...ambitious i know :).  The idea came from a desire to remove the trunks but keep the primary design the same. So the issue came up, how do we break up the light blue color. After looking at the fantastic four costumes from the films i was impressed with how they made use of a variety of shades of blue and yet the designs don't feel overwhelmed by the color. I also looked at wet suits and was impressed with how they use multiple colors in non-traditional ways and found inspiration in that method.

So you have the top primarily a light blue color, very traditional supes, but along the obliquies and down into the legs you have darker shade of blue. Also a portion of the light blue dives below the belt as i felt it better integrated the top and bottom pieces together.

In keeping the belt the only justification i could think of is that the suit is actually two pieces, pants for the bottom and a shirt for the top rather than one piece like the FF4.

Overall i tried to keep it as close to the original as possible while changing up the lower half (primarily) to remove the shorts. the variations add pipings or various colors and dark arms. I'm not sure which would work best but i feel that a version of this costume could work well for a redesign.

And here's a more polished version. 


Looking back on the design now, i would remove the belt or replace it with something else.  I'd make a more dramatic color variation as well.  

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Another Recent Commissioned Illustration

Here I combined Han Solo with a Jedi for a commission done as a gift for the son of a lady I work with.  She said he loved it!

Recent Commissioned Illustration

New Blog Ready for Action!

Welcome to Stephen's Comic Genius!  Expect to see plenty of artwork posted regularly, including my orginal characters along with superhero redesigns (I love doing these :).  Additionally you'll find a host of random thoughts on comics and superheroes!  Enjoy.

-Stephen

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