Sunday, October 2, 2022

Anglerfish Sketch

 


7x7
mixed media


Bioluminescent fish was today's theme for #SundayFishSketch, so here's a simple sketch of an anglerfish.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Museum Collection Baseball Artist Proof Sketch Cards

 



Here are my Artist Proof/Return Cards for the Museum Collection Baseball set recently released through Topps, including 3 special die-cut shaped cards, as you can see in the bottom row. Links below, if interested:



Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gyronchus Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook


A fossilized gyronchus for this week's #SundayFishSketch theme of petrified, whether afraid or...

Friday, September 23, 2022

Skull Sketch


I was digging around for some kraft paper to do a sketch on and I found this little ditty from about 11 years ago that I probably haven't looked at since that time. I kind of liked it and since we are getting into that season, here's a skull.

 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Museum Collection Baseball Sketch Cards, Part II

 




Here are the rest of the sketch cards that I did for the Museum Collection recently released through Topps, including some fold out stadium cards.
My Artist Proof/Return Cards coming up soon.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Z Is For Zam

 


And.... here is the last illustration from my unpublished Star Wars A-Z book, Yoda is Small and Other Such Utterances. 

Z is for Zam
who was hired to take the fall.

I do so love black and white art, but I think that this one might look good colored. I may take a stab at it someday. 

Well, that's it, all of them, spread out over a year, or so. It was a fun project that may never see the light of day as a book, but I certainly had fun doing them.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Elephant Fish Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook


Is is a hoax fish, or what? Apparently, the elephant fish, or the elephant nose fish is an actual fish and popular among aquarium fish people. I saw a pic that was definitely a photoshopped 'hoax,' though.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Museum Collection Baseball Sketch Cards, Part I

 





Here are some of the sketch cards that I did for the recently released 2022 Museum Collection Baseball for Topps. More to come soon, which cards I selected for my Artist proofs.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Pogo

9x12
ink on bristol


I've recently finished this drawing of Pogo from The Umbrella Academy series, because who doesn't like a monkey riding a chopper? No one, that's who. I'll have this drawing and others on hand at this Sunday's Comic Book and Toy Show in Clawson. 

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The Clawson Comic Book And Toy Show 2022

 

poster by Martin Hirchak



This Sunday from 10-4, I will be set up at the Clawson Comic Book and Toy Show in Clawson, MI. As this is mostly a collectors show, there will be just a few of us artist types on hand (with legendary poster artist Mark Arminski headlining), so check it out!

I will have the usual stuff; original art, stickers, books, etc.

The show will be at the Knights of Columbus hall, located at 870 N Main St, Clawson, MI



Sunday, August 28, 2022

Coral Catshark Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook


A stylized coral catshark for this week's #SundayFishSketch theme of invertebrate prey. Now, I do believe that I am exaggerating this attempt at eating a giant oyster, but hey, maybe catsharks dream big?

Monday, August 22, 2022

Great White Shark (Bruce) Sticker

 


I now have shark stickers for sale on my website and will have them at cons and such. I'm taking some of the sketches that I have done for #SundayFishSketch and making them into stickers. Soon, I'll have a 'fish packet' available where you can purchase a group of fish stickers (or individually, of course), but for right now, just the shark sticker is up.

You can click here or use the website tab to the right to head on over to my website.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Oceanic Whitetipped Shark

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook


Fish with abnormally large fins is this week's theme for #SundayFishSketch. The oceanic white tipped shark has some large dorsal and pectoral fins. 

Friday, August 19, 2022

Giant Pacific Octopus Tank Design

 


Since the unveiling of the octopus tank at the Belle Isle Aquarium is now official, I can now show the design that I did for it over a year and a half ago. After I submitted my design, it was sent off to a company in Arizona who made it and installed it. It then took awhile to procure the octopus and get it acclimated. I was able to see the cephalopod a few weeks ago and have been itching to share the news. I have yet to see the view of the tank from the front, as I have only seen it from above, behind the scenes, but it even has the same color scheme. I'll have pics soon, for sure!

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Lamprey Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook


This week's theme for #SundayFishSketch are fish that have parasite, or are parasites. A lamprey is the sucker shown here.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Y Is For Yoda

 


Y is for Yoda
who wasn't that tall.


We are getting near the end. The letter 'Y' from my unpublished Star Wars A-Z book, entitled Yoda was Small and Other such Utterances.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

 

5x8
ink from sketchbook


This week's #SundayFishSketch theme are movies that have fish as a main character. So, I went with an oldie, The incredible Mr. Limpet. I have no idea what kind of fish that that was supposed to be...

Friday, August 5, 2022

Alex Jones, Delusional Drama Queen

 



I'm not an authoritarian, nor a fascist, so I'll never understand the appeal, the pull, that these whackadoodles like Alex Jones, these crazy, delusional, conspiracists, have on people. That being said, I'm enjoying the proceedings that have this grifter sweating like a hog.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Ninja Lanternshark Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook



This week's #SundayFishSketch theme are either fish that one wants to study (if a scientist), or fish that you would like to study, if one could. 

All of them!

However, I'm not sketching that many fish, so I have chosen the glow in the dark ninja lanternshark. A shark whose scientific name is benchleyi, named after the author of Jaws, Peter Benchley. 

Friday, July 29, 2022

X Is For The X-Wing Fighter Pilots

 


We're getting closer to the end folks... bear with me.

The letter X from my unpublished Star Wars A-Z book, Yoda is Small and Other Such Utterances.

X is for the X-Wing pilots who 
dealt the Empire a great blow.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Lancetfish Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook 


For today's #SundayFishSketch theme of midwater fishes, I give you a lancetfish. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Pipedreams #18

 


Yowza, it been over a year since I've shared one of these old/new (to you) Pipedreams strips that were done by Darin Palmer (story and inks) and myself (story and pencils) back in the olden times of factory work. All of the characters were based on actual people and, of course, the names have been changed to protect the dysfunctional. Some of these strips wrote themselves. 

Well, most, actually. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Hollywood Is Dead Artist Proof Sketch Cards



I am currently going through the stack of blank Artist Proof cards that I've accumulated over the years and never completed, for one reason or another. So, the next in line are the 14 AP cards that I received for doing the 2010 set released through Rocket Ink Studios. For those who remember, this set was done in conjunction with Matt Busch's Hollywood Is Dead art book. Matt recreated a slew of classic and modern movie posters done in the style of the original artist, but as undead characters. The cards were done in each artists style, though and much fun was had.

I included recent movies and series, as well as classic ones. All cards have my very own AP sticker on the back to separate these from pack pulled cards. The links are below:





 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Capital City Comic Con

 


This weekend (Fri-Sun) I will be set up in Artists Alley at table #1500 at the Capital City Comic Con in Lansing, MI. I'll have all the usual stuff; comics, books, original art and I'll be doing commissions, as well. 

So, if you are in the area, stop on by. There will be a lot of good creatives on hand!

Monday, July 4, 2022

The 4th of July

 


Nothing says 'America' more than a shooting at a 4th of July parade. You can get your rights stripped away from you just like that and then be shot. 'Murica.

I did this cartoon a few months ago, so about 600+ shootings, or so, but knew that I'd have a chance to put it out there. 

But hey, more money in the coffers for the NRA and the gun manufacturers, so that's what's most important here. 

Enjoy your fireworks.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Bocon Toadfish Sketch

 


5x8
ink in sketchbook


This week's #SundayFishSketch theme is one of fish that make noises. Perfect for an explosive American holiday; plenty of noise. This is a bocan toadfish and with a face like that, I'd expect a lot of noise. Gurgles, burps, the works.

Friday, July 1, 2022

The Nick Sheeran Invitational Champions Golf Trophy

 


The golf trophy that I have been working on for a few months has finally been finished and will be ready for the tournament that this was made for. I was honored to be asked to do this and I hope that everyone involved is happy with the outcome.

This project wasn't just me and there are plenty of kudos to ho around. My brother-in-law, Frank put the base together for me and lacquered it, Ken and team at Flatlanders did the bronze casting and Woods Trophies did the mounting and plaques.

There were unique challenges at each stage of this project, but at each time, a solution was found and progress was made. At some point I will do a process post and show the developments as they went along.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Harryhausen And The Skeletons

 

9x12
ink on vellum bristol

Happy Birthday to Ray Harryhausen! I did this drawing a couple of years ago, but had never shown it, so what better occasion that to celebrate the birth of a true artist.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

A Red Tailed Turquoise Killifish Sketch

 

5x8
mixed media in sketchbook


This week's #SundayFishSketch theme are fish that have a short life span, so here is a red-tailed turquoise killifish, which are known to live only about a year, or so. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

W Is For Windu.

 


W is for Windu who
was flung out a window.

The next page from my unpublished Star Wars A-Z book, Yoda is Small and Other Such Utterances.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Golden Age Daredevil Artist Proof Sketch Cards

 


There are my Artist Proof cards for doing the Golden Age Daredevil set released last year by TB Unique. Links to the listings are below:


13    Grave Digger    

Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Seahorse Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook


For this week's #SundayFishSketch theme is one for Father's Day. What fish make good fathers? Well, a seahorse is such a good sport that it will not only carry the little brood to term, but help raise them, as well. And they are always fun to draw.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Original Daredevil Sketch Cards

 




These are the sketch cards that I did for last year's Daredevil set released by TB Unique. This is the original Daredevil from the 1940's comic books. I'll show my artist proofs soon.

The cards with the holes in them had metal coins fitted in when the cards were put into the packs. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Golf Trophy Process So Far

 


Yesterday, I was able to head on down to Blissfield and pick up the bronze casting for the golf trophy that I have been working on lately. Much thanks to Ken and the guys at Flatlanders for doing the job of making the mold and pouring the bronze! I had originally planned on doing this in pewter, since I could do that at home. As it turned out, no I could not. I would not have had a crucible large enough to hold the amount of metal needed to do the pour. And, as it turned out, I was able to go with bronze, which is what I would have wanted for this anyways, so I'm very happy to have done it this way. 


The large square was where the sprue or gate where the metal was poured into the mold and had to be cut off. You can see on the ends of the clubs where nubs are from the cut off vents. All of that has been pretty much ground and sanded down today. 


This is what the trophy looked like in wax form. Pardon my messy ass work station. More updates coming soon.

Friday, June 10, 2022

D Is For Vader...

 


Here is the letter 'V' from my unpublished Star Wars A-Z book. A little Wizard of Oz vibe here.

V is for Vader who in
anger, hate, and fear, he sunk.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Great White Shark Sketch

 

5x8
ink in sketchbook


I haven't sketch a great white for one of these #SundayFishSketch thingies, so for this week's draw any fish that you want theme, I've done just that. 
Chomp, chomp!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Stormtrooper

 

4x6
on scratchboard


I've been chipping away (literally!) at this one for awhile now, so it was nice to finish it up. Of course, nothing is ever really finished, as I could noodle this into oblivion, but you get the point. I struggle with scratchboard, but I feel the urge to keep doing it, as it provides a discipline that is different from what I usually do. I keep looking at the works of Mark Summers and recently, Thomas Ott. One has the straight lines and cross hatching that is ever so precise and the latter a more loose style, but no less detailed. Two different approaches with amazing results. Check them out, if you haven't already.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Friday Ink: The Joker

 

9x12
ink on bristol
SOLD

It's been awhile since I've done one of these Friday Ink posts, so here goes! I took the Joker sketch from last month and did an inked version. This piece will be available at the Cherry capital Comic Con this weekend, alongside other originals.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Cherry Capital Comic Con 2022

 


Once again, I will be up in Traverse City this weekend for the Cherry Capital Comic Con held at the Grand Traverse Resort. As I've said many times before, this is a unique con that has a great staff and will be full with wonderful creators. Always a good time. So, if you are in the area and like such events, come on out and stop by. I'll be in Artists Alley.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Uncle Sam Has A Question

 


This cartoon should be applied to the general state of things in this country, but the immediate thought that comes to mind is that just a few short weeks ago, they were standing on their soapboxes telling us how noble they all are in protecting the fetuses, that life is so important. Today, they are saying that dead kids are acceptable to protect the second amendment. Let that sink in for a bit.