Saturday, March 31, 2007

Old Canary

Old piece I found in my sketchbook the other day that hasn't been posted yet...

-J out.

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year, New Opportunities

I am extremely excited about 2007, and it seems as though every year (at least in my case) something new is just around the corner, and I can't wait to get started on it.

I can definitely say that I am grateful for the friends and family that will experience my side of 2007, and I wish each and every one of you the very best in all of your endeavors - even if they are not comic-related, lol.

I suppose I should at least let you all know exactly what I've been up to the past year and a half...but in another post.

Onward to '07!

-J out.

Merry Christmas!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas this year- regardless the size of your stockings. For me, the best part was watching my oldest boy (3 yrs old) get excited about Santa, his presents, etc.

Can't beat it with a stick!

-J out.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Goodness, USA!

My contribution to the boys over in the Middle East...Go get 'em!

-J out.

Friday, September 08, 2006


Guess what..? Yep, you guessed it.

How's that for a teaser...

-J out

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sundown, sunset

This has been a wild ride, and I have enjoyed every minute.

J out. Permanently.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Just throwing some sketchbook work to move the blog along.

I apologize for not being as active on here as I would have liked; however, I am wrapping things up with Sundown so my frequency (or lack thereof) should change by the end of the week =)

J out.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Comin At'Cha

Just another quick glimpse of Clay from issue 3 of Sundown: Arizona to keep the blog moving.

He's one bad - shut'cho'mouth!!

On another note, check out the latest NEWS.

J out.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Name that Baby!

I had to mention this. It's rather hilarious.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage's wife of 14 months gave birth on Monday to the couple's first child together, a son they named Kal-el -- a moniker recognized by comic book fans as the birth name of Superman.

The child's delivery in New York City and his full name, Kal-el Coppola Cage, were confirmed by the actor's publicist, Annett Wolf, who said of the family, "They are healthy and happy and it's quite lovely."

No further details were released, including how the actor and his wife, Alice Kim Cage, were inspired to borrow from the mythology of Superman in naming their child.

Cage is known as an avid comic book devotee who once sold his personal collection, including a copy of Superman's 1938 pulp debut, at auction for more than $1.6 million.

The nephew of famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the actor adopted his own stage surname from the Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage.

Cage also was at one time slated to star in a Superman movie under the direction of Tim Burton, a project that ultimately was scrapped and replaced by a newer Warner Bros. remake expected for release next summer.

J out.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Old Ways

Been meaning to post this for about a week. I sketched it out on my lunch hour a few weeks ago and just got around to throwing down the inks about a week and a half ago.

One of my absolute favorite movies is “The Last Samurai”. The original one is cool, but the latest one is just uber-superb with all the rich landscapes, etc. I am not ashamed to say that I am a fan of Tom Cruise’s movies (note that I said his movies, not him, lol), and I think that he did a more than amazing job with this role and Ken Watanabe as a supporting actor truly rounded out the movie.

I’ve wanted to tackle a “full-on” samurai, complete with helmet, etc for a while, and don’t ask me why, but I decided to draw this sans the helmet. I think that it shows a but more personality with the character since we can see his face, but is not near as menacing as it could be if a helmet was attached. I ended up adding the tree to add a serene feel to it since we can see his face. Hopefully I will draw some more samurai-genre artwork when time permits.

It’s easy to compare comic book art with old Japanese art since both mediums use similar line work/brushwork techniques. It’s neat how something can be so detailed yet so uncluttered at the same time (I am referring to original Japanese artwork, not mine, lol).

J out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Pocket Full Of...

Currently I am working on a double-page spread for issue 3 of Sundown. When I first read the script, I was thinking to myself, “Holy guacamole, I am soooo screwed!” I have to admit, I was a tad apprehensive right up to when I started on it, but then something weird happened…I totally relaxed and so far IMHO it is looking like the best page(s) of the series (on my end at least).

My mind tends to wander when I am “in the zone” on a page, and all sorts of things bounce around the ol’ noggin. One of them was the fact that I had never attempted to draw the Man of Steel. Yeah, yeah, I know…you’re thinking, “WhaddayameanyouhaventdrawnSuperman?!?” Pretty sad, actually, lol

Anyhoo here is my feeble attempt at taking a stab at the last son of Krypton. I initially wanted to go for the “classic” look, thus the HUGE symbol on his chest a la John Byrne. It also had hardly any rendering and shadows done to it since it was, after all, just a sketch to say I’ve drawn Supes, but once I threw the first spot of black on the leg I was screwed, lol.

The ironic thing is that it took me three times as long to throw down the colors (a little over an hour) as it did the actual artwork…I guess you can now add the mouse as well as the sword in terms of falling prey to the pen. At least in my case =)

J out.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Antagonize Me

So I’ll bet you’re all wondering…just who ARE the antagonists in Sundown: Arizona?!? Here’s a sneak peak at a shot from issue 3 of one of the many, many “bad guys” in the book. The main villain will be revealed at the end of issue 2, and when you find out who it is, there ain’t no way you won’t be picking up the final issue! Darn tootin’!

J out.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


As I mentioned previously in another post, I’ve been warming up less and less before approaching a page due to time constraints. However, when I do stretch the old art muscles it’s typically been in the form of throwing down some pencils then following up with some quick inks the next night in order for me to have something worth keeping in the sketchpad. I guess I’m weird in the sense that I feel as though if a piece in my sketchbook isn’t inked then it’s not “keepable”. This is probably due to the fact that I am inking my own work and am not used to seeing it “unfinished” so to speak.

I had the idea for Nissa’s “arrow” pants and I thought they would look cooler on a chick than on a dude. I also want to incorporate some kind of sleek, non-abrasive (lol), samurai battle armor for her to wear when she’s decked out for a fight. Gotta have protection!

See post below for additional screw-ups on this character.

J out.


This sketch started out as an outline of Nissa’s body that I was planning on adding the “sleek samurai battle armor” to, but when I began to throw down the tech pens to the rough sketch I completely forgot about the armor! Ah well, I guess it warrants another drawing of this femme fatale!

I initially wanted to lay an ink wash over the finished “armor” piece to create some depth in terms of the raised portions of the armor, but since I dropped the ball on that one I decided to add some depth with the pencil. I went back and applied the same method to the above sketch as well. I suppose you could call it a “poor man’s wash” lol

J out.

Monday, September 12, 2005


For Sundown I am leaning more towards a less refined and craggier look. The above pic is of one of the main characters, Clay, the town sheriff and all-around bad boy. It’s up to him to make the important decisions, and as we learned in issue 1 there is more to him than even his brother realized.

Jay has done an excellent job with character development, and the individuals presented in this book have personalities that really shine through. Unfortunately it has taken me until issue 3 to feel comfortable enough to say that I've caught my stride with them - and this is the final issue in the miniseries, lol.

For another great example of awesome character development, check out High Roads...every character brings something unique to the table be it dialogue, mannerisms, or simply the contrast in looks to other characters in the book. That WS creative team did a heckuva job on that title - action, intrigue, humor, you name it, this book has got it! Sure, I may be partial to my man Gerry Alanguilan, but all personal favs aside, it really is a wonderful book. And I can't mention his name without giving him (yet another) plug, Silent Dragon. Three words: Buy. It. Now.

Perhaps I will “spotlight” the other main characters in a later post.

J out.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Been holding onto this sketch for a while with the intent of posting it on my 100th entry. It’s hard to believe that I’ve actually had that much to say, but then again, those that know me are well aware of my uncanny ability to ramble, lol

I originally intended on this being an exercise in foreshortening, but like most “exercises” I have in my sketchbook they end up being drawings of various heroes. So, Ms. Marvel, here’s to you and the wonderful assets you bring to a fight.

J out.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Revving Up for Exposure

Here's a link to the latest INTERVIEW.

J out.