Rabbit Rabbit! Not planning on doing one of these for the first of every month, but this visual came to me a several weeks ago, so I saved it for the month of Valentine’s day! 🐇🐇❤️
Last time the Year of the Rabbit came around, I was enlightened to the fact that in Vietnam they celebrate the year of the Cat rather than the Rabbit. A little research this time around and I learned that the Gurung of Nepal also use the Cat, while the Malays use the Mousedeer!
That sounded to me like a good excuse to draw a Rabbit/Cat/Mousedeer crew for the year of the Water Rabbit (and Cat and Mousedeer). And hey, this time I actually finished the drawing in time!
Okay ya nerds, Gong Xi Fa Cai! ✌️
I had no idea Friday the 13th was coming, but by random coincidence I came across this old highlighter doodle the other day. It’s really supposed to be more the-dude-from-Splatterhouse than Jason Voorhees, but I think it still works for the occcasion? Not sure exactly when I drew this, but I believe it was late 2019 or early 2020. (Added the sig and type digitally obv. 🤓)
This one is going WAY wayback, two full zodiac cycles back to the Year of the Rabbit 1999! 😬
The drawing on the right is the original–back then I could not run Photoshop on what I’m sure was a very busted, dusty, and ancient PC. So, in my pre-digital era, I would draw and ink the lineart on paper, make photocopies of the finished inks, and color over one of the photocopies with markers or color pencils. I did it this way so that if I screwed up the colors, I wouldn’t have destroyed the original lineart too… and trust me, I screwed up the colors plenty of times!
The drawing on the left is a scan of the lineart, with brand-new digital 2023 colors. I always find it a fun exercise to color old lineart… it’s like a collab with your younger self. 💀⌛️👶
Rabbit Rabbit, and Happy New Year!
Wishing you good luck for the first of the month, for the New Year, and of course for the upcoming Year of the Water Rabbit as well.
(I have some more Year of the Rabbit posts leading up to the Lunar New Year. Stay tuned! 🐇🐇)
My dear friend Matt (@fball13z) lost his mom recently, and had a tattoo idea that he asked me to draw. @2braveart was the tattoo artist and did a beautiful job. Humbled and honored to be a part of this loving tribute.
To quote Matt, “As always tell the people you love, that you love them any chance you get.” 🎄❤️💚
Posted on Instagram HERE.
So, last year I drew redesigns of Kwannon and Betsy from the X-Men, then decided to draw a psychic fusion of the two, and the first drawing above was the initial result. When I stepped back, I felt like something was off with it, and the more I looked at it, the more I disliked it. Finally I decided to scrap the drawing, and I never posted it (until now). (At the time, I decided to start over and complete a more streamlined and straightforward attempt–click here to revisit that result along with my drawings of Kwannon, Betsy, and Logan)
But back to the bad one 😆… it’s a pretty weak, cluttered composition, and lacks the sketchy energy of the character redesigns I was doing, yet also falls short of being a more polished drawing. I think it was a case where I was feeling a bit ambitious and got carried away with that momentum, yet failed to balance it with sufficient forethought and planning. I know that for my own process, I need to take care of composition and planning issues as early as possible–thinking “I’ll fix this as I go” pretty much never works out.
Anywayzzz, I recently stumbled back on this drawing while sorting through my files. With the benefit of some distance, I felt it was an interesting artifact after-the-fact… a byproduct of the process. And the story is maybe worth sharing just in case anyone else is out there kinda whiffing it on the first try? 🤔😆
When I was a little kid, Kang the Conqueror was the action figure from Secret Wars who I didn’t recognize and had a funny shaped helmet (I wasn’t reading comics yet). When I was a little older and devoting all my meager allowance-based resources to comics, I still didn’t ‘get’ the character.
A few years later and that all changed when Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco’s Avengers Forever came out, and finally I understood the greatness of Kang the Conqueror. No shortage of credit goes to Kurt Busiek for his epic writing, but of course today my mind is on Carlos Pacheco who we lost yesterday. An incredible artist and storyteller, every single panel that he drew was a masterpiece, and every character was a star. Gone far too soon, RIP.
Uh… so I decided to do a thing? 😬 I put this design up on Red Bubble so it’s available on some shirts, notebooks, etc. I put up some older designs as well.
Rabbit Rabbit HERE
All of my Red Bubble art HERE
I’m gonna try to add more over time–I have a few ideas for new pieces that might make for fun shirts, and I’m also going through my backlog to see what else could work. If anyone happens to buy anything, please post and tag me! 😅
Rabbit, Rabbit! I’m ready for October, ready for Autumn, ready for (eternal) Halloween, and heck, ready for next year (the year of the rabbit)! 🐇🐇
Happy Batman Day! This design goes along with my ideas from the Sons Of The Bat drawings that I did a zillion years ago. I should probably update those… 🤔
My dear dear friend Joshua Williamson has just launched a Substack newsletter: joshuawilliamson.substack.com
You may know him from his incredible runs writing The Flash and Robin, his acclaimed creator-owned comics Birthright (with Andrei Bressan) and Nailbiter (with Mike Henderson), or maybe his current juggernaut mini-series at DC, Dark Crisis. Now you can get the latest updates on all of his projects (including a lot of exciting things in development), and if you subscribe to one of the paid tiers, there are going to be extra perks, advance access to the new Nailbiter anthology, and some exclusive collectibles!
Josh asked me to help him design a mascot for the newsletter, so allow me to introduce Super Scary! Illustrations by me, and graphic design by John J. Hill.
Super Scary’s skull insignia is going to be on some of those aforementioned exclusive collectibles, like these limited edition pins! Please check out Josh’s Substack for all the details!
“I offer a toast. The undiscovered country…the future…”
David Warner passed away a few weeks ago–such an amazing and unforgettable actor, with so many iconic roles, but my favorites were his voice work as Ra’s al Ghul in Batman: The Animated Series, and his performance as Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Last year I drew a tribute to Christopher Plummer as General Chang, so it felt fitting to create a companion piece. RIP.
“A king of the savannah, sea, and sky, the majestic, powerful, and cunning Leoctrow is often depicted in the heraldry of versatile multi-class adventurers, most typically warrior-mage-rogues.”
Fitting in perfectly with the old Mutant Zoo posts, here’s today’s warm-up using my buddy @jazylhdraws #jazylhcreateacharacter prompts for August! The prompts were crow, lion, octopus, water, and backpack. I failed at figuring out how to incorporate backpack, but I didn’t want to get hung up on it, so I just went with the other four prompts. 😅
I realized I’ve been on Instagram for ten years and decided to file all of my food posts into highlight reels, sorted by year. 😂