Friday, February 27, 2009

Let's Rumble Bub!

I rented the Hulk vs Wolverine this week, I've been waiting for this one to come out for awhile. I loved it, great cartoon that stayed true to the characters. It's a little on the violent side, so I'm happy I screened it before I let my 3yr old son watch it. But I watched about 3 times. There is also a Thor vs Hulk on there too. So it's worth the rent. Keep in mind that I love all three of these characters so I might be a little bias.
Anyway this is a sketch I did while I was watching it. I tried a few new things and it didn't exactly work out the way I pictured it in my head. Let me know what you think.

Earlier today Jason a fellow artist issued a friendly challenge to see who would win in a super hero throw down. He has a really cool pick of Spidey whooping up on Daredevil, and asked Tom and I what we could come up with. I have about a thousand ideas buzzing around in my head that I can't wait to put down on paper. I'm thinking a little JLA vs Avengers maybe? I probably can't get to it until next week, but my gears are turning. So this little pic doesn't count towards the challenge, but I'm really looking forward to sketching some stuff, and I can't wait to see what Tom and Jason come up with. Good luck fellas. Let the rumble begin!


Here is a few quick random character sketches I did. Trying to work a few characters out in my head. This is what spilled out on paper. They're real rough, but I had fun doing them.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nuff Said Bub!

OK Wolverine might possibly be the biggest superhero bad ass around. I love this character, his never say die, just another day at the office attitude. Or maybe as an Italian I think he might be part of our crew, I mean he's short, hairy and has a temper. Come on he has to be Italian.

Besides my drawing addiction, I have recently become addicted to checking out other artists websites. It's really cool to see what other artists are doing, and how they do it. I follow about 25 sites that range from the pros to some guys who just love to draw like me.
Any way I recently came across two other blogs that had done some cool sketches of Wolverine and Sabertooth. They look awesome. Check out Tom and Jasons work at and . Keep up the great work guys.

After checking out the sites I caught the Wolverine bug and sketched out a few of my own last night and this afternoon while the kids where napping. I tried a a new technique for a few of these. I used gray stock paper with ink and a white pencil on the first three. It gives the image a different feel. I came across it on a few sites, and my Comic Hero SKottie Young uses an assortment of different mediums which brings his art to life. I screwed up the last image of Sabertooth, I wan't sure if I wanted to ink it or pencil it as you can tell.
I figured I'd try something different for this round to try and branch out a little. I have to constantly remind myself to draw things how I see them. I have total talent envy of the pros and sometimes fall in the trap of trying to do it like them instead of letting my own style come through. Soooo these sketches are how I picture Wolverine and Sabertooth. Hope you like them, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Because We Love the Chaos!!!!

Well in case you didn't figure it out from my little comic, my wife and I are expecting another BABY!!!! This makes it number 3 for our little clan. We had our ultrasound this morning and saw the little buggers heart beat for the first time. It's amazing to see, even the third time around, it's still unbelievable. It's still early, she is only 8 weeks, but we are too damn excited to keep it to ourselves. Soooooo I figured I'd throw this image together to announce our up coming addition.

I talked to my 3 yr old son about it today, and he laughed. I don't think he gets it but he seemed excited. Probably because I told him mommy's belly is going to grow, and there is a baby inside. He was quiet for a second, just staring at me, then he started to laugh and said "Mommy's going to have a fat belly!" I cracked up and quickly told him that he may want to say that "Mommy has a baby belly, not a fat belly."
I love it, I'm so happy and excited. God has truly blessed my life. I'm in oncology offices every day for work, and I see the struggles that the cancer patients go through. In one way it breaks my heart to see these people suffering. In another way it inspires me to see how they fight! They are truly amazing people, and they constantly remind me to appreciate the little things in life. It's one of the reasons I can't wait to get home and hug my wife and kids everyday.
I never really needed the motivation to express my feelings for my family. I lost my father when I was eighteen, so I figured out what was really important to me at a young age. It wasn't money or material things, it was family, friends and time. I realized that life is way to short and goes by way to fast. The things I appreciate the most are the smiles, the laughter and the memories of growing up with my family and friends.
Now I get to create and share that laughter and see those smiles everyday with my own family. I feel like the luckiest man alive. I'm crazy about my wife, she is truly my best friend. And I don't even have the words to express what my children mean to me. So thank you God for this wonderful life. Three kids in four years, not to bad (but I think we might have to slow down the pace).
Hope you enjoy the pics. I tried out a couple new pens and techniques after looking at how Kazu Kibiushi puts his page layouts together.
Welcome to the family baby Romano, can't wait to hold you in September!!!!

How cool is that!!!!!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

More Doodles

Here are some sketches I threw together for a buddy of mine form college. He is working on a children's book and asked if I would do some character concepts for him. Here are the rough first runs that I did when I had a few free minutes. Mike has a great concept for a book, can't wait to see what he does with it. Good luck Mike! More sketches to come. Take care.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

National Sales Meeting Sketches

I just got back from my national sales meeting in Vegas.! Soooo, any time I have a meeting, there will always be doodles. Here are a couple I did with a ball point pen. They are rough, but I had fun doing them.

My coworkers think I need to seek professional help. I don't look forward to hitting the casinos, I would rather hide in my room and draw. Any time I have a free minute or get to a general session early I break out the pen and note pad. I'm probably the only dork that is excited to get to the room early since it gives me a few free minutes to sketch. I must have done about 40 doodles, but here is what I scanned in for now. More to come. I got a chance to draw on the plane as well. I'll post them later. Take care!
(the one of the Hulk sums up how I felt after sitting on my butt all day.)