Tuesday, August 12, 2014

America's Army mini-series....

Just wanted to give a quick update for my new current project. I'm penciling a mini-series for the America's Army book being published by IDW Publishing. I'm sure my experience on GI Joe is what put me on a radar for a book like this. It's being written and art directed by Zach Sherman, and he's been a lot of fun to work with.

The stories are based on realistic military setting and operations, even at times based on true events.  With the art, they are very, VERY specific about uniform, weapons, vehicles...well pretty much everything. So I thought GI Joe was detailed and specific....man this is one huge step even more detail specific. But I'm really finding it enjoyable, and I'm learning a lot through the experience. I'll post work as I can. I'm currently drawing pages on issue 1 of a 3 part mini-series. What I can show is this Facebook banner that I did initially for them. I'll see if they'll let me post panel shots here and there, as long as it doesn't give away any story points.

America's Army - 689


You can see info about the America's Army book on their Facebook page here:



In preparation for the book I went to a shooting range with my brother-in-law and nephew. I shot about 60-70 rounds from the AR-15 and a few clips from two different handguns. It's a great experience being able to see and feel it first hand. My ears were ringing and I couldn't hear out of my left ear for 2-3 days. 



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I have a new set of art books titled- " Robert Atkins Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is Marvel Comics Characters (X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (Superman, BATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 and $5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3. I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them through my blog as well. You can email me if you need more details.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

JSA - That's my Jam!

So I'm going to apologize for the title pun right upfront, This was a Jam piece I worked on at Heroes con. This guy who commissions these awesomely HUGE pieces, has had me work on a Teen Titans and a Spiderman one before this. Possibly more. But each of these is larger than a normal sized poster. Each figure standing up like this is over a foot tall. The hardest struggle when working on these is just handling the large piece of paper and getting comfortable drawing with the board so far away and your arm fully extended to work on the head.

The first one I can remember doing for him was the Spider-Man Jam. To solve the size issue, I just put the piece on the floor (on top of some clean cardboard) and drew Venom while I was lying on the ground behind my table. It's something this guy always reminds me of when I talk to him at shows.

So for this JSA piece, I was right after Mike McKone who drew Starman. I drew Wildcat, and you can see that there are a number of other characters ready to be filled in by other artists throughout the show.

WildCat - 688





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I have a new set of art books titled- " Robert Atkins Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is Marvel Comics Characters (X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (Superman, BATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 and $5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3. I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them through my blog as well. You can email me if you need more details.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Captain Marvel - SHAZAM!

Here is the second half of that Black Adam commission. This was loads of fun to do, I've only drawn Black Adam once before, and Captain Marvel just a few times for the DC Universe online game. I did a few of the animated cut scenes for that game and the Captain Marvel bit was one of them.

Captain Marvel - 687


Here is the piece all linked up!


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I have a new set of art books titled- " Robert Atkins Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is Marvel Comics Characters (X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (Superman, BATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 and $5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3. I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them through my blog as well. You can email me if you need more details.



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Black Adam...

Left over commission I needed to complete. This is part 1 of 2....I'll let you guess who Black Adam's fighting.

Actually I had to start this one twice. I had it penciled and then water from my air conditioner leaked on it, warping the illustration paper.  sigh, so started from scratch and I've since moved all the art out from around that dumb thing.

Black Adam - 686



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I have a new set of art books titled- " Robert Atkins Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is Marvel Comics Characters (X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (Superman, BATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 and $5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3. I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them through my blog as well. You can email me if you need more details.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Character Turnarounds and Figure Templates...

As in the past I've posted a lot of figure templates for public use. I do this for a lot of reasons, but just to offer a resource for people to be more creative. I visit a lot of elementary schools and do presentations on what I do as an artist. I always do an activity with them to create their own characters, or superheroes. To help expedite the activity, we use these figure templates so they are less worried bout how well they draw, and can focus on the costume or design of their character.

I've also see many people use these templates as educators in their classrooms for activities. One high-school teacher got in touch with me and asked for the files of the templates. He uses them in his Social Studies class to have the students create a character that embodies an aspect of Government and/or a Core Principle of society. The kids loved it, and he was even able to take the lesson plan to a national conference to introduce it to other educators from around the country.  Here is the powerpoint he used for the lesson plan:
http://www.ucssblog.com/p/ncss-handouts.html

Here's a few examples of the kid's characters. 






Man that last one cracks me up.


So to continue to provide figure templates for student and fellow creators, I'll be doing a series of turnarounds sheets. This can be helpful for character creation for all sorts of uses. Comic book characters, video game, and concept art, and I've recently realized how these could be used for Role Playing Game characters.

Here is a first standard, heroic male turn around. I'll have a standard female done soon, then I'll move on to a variety of body types. If you're interested in a high res version of this file, just email me directly. But you can save this file and it will be detailed enough to print out on a 8.5x11 sheet of paper and it keeps the file size low.

MaleTurnaround
Along with others for you to use!












I also created this turnaround as a supplement worksheet in the Figure Drawing class I teach at the Comics Experience Site.

If you have any suggestions for other templates you'd like to see or use, feel free to email me.

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and some of my art/sketch books
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I have a new set of art books titled- " Robert Atkins Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is Marvel Comics Characters (X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (Superman, BATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 and $5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3. I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them through my blog as well. You can email me if you need more details.

Monday, July 14, 2014

You know Starlord...C'Mon...

I love that the characters from Guardians of the Galaxy are going to be given the spotlight with the new movie coming out. I think movie's going to do really well. It's great how these movies help get these characters out to the public beyond the reach of the normal comics audience.

I talk to elementary schools around the area. Its crazy, 5 years ago none of the kids knew who Green Lantern was. I can go to classes now and because of the Ultimate Spider-man cartoon, the kids know who Iron Fist, Power man and White Tiger are! Cool stuff, I've always liked the comic look of Starlord here. This was just a quick head sketch on a card at the recent Heroes Con.

Starlord - 685





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I have a new set of art books titled- " Robert Atkins Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is Marvel Comics Characters (X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (Superman, Batman, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 and $5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3. I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them through my blog as well. You can email me if you need more details.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Snake Eyes - Cuma Tak Ri Tactical knife sketch...

I've been meaning to put up a new post about this for a while now. I met Waysun Johnny Tsai years ago at a comic convention in Chicago. Right when I was first working on GI JOE. He was a great guy and supported my work very early on. I got to meet him and his family, and especially enjoyed talking with him and his son Noah. Johnny has owned and taught at a number of martial arts and combat training schools. He teaching combat and outdoor survival classes now in the Chicago area as well.


Right before I started on the Snake Eyes solo series from IDW, Johnny had developed a new tactical knife. Produced through Tops Knives, this new design was based on the martial arts Kukri fighting knife and merged that into a practical, modern combat knife. At another show in Chicago he showed me the prototype he had with him and asked if there would be a way to include it in the books. It was perfect timing as I was just starting that first story arc on Snake Eyes. 

I was excited to use such a unique and practical looking knife, something that would look very natural on our combat ninja character. I included it on nearly every cover, and anytime in the books that Snake Eyes used a knife I'd have him pull out his Cuma Tak Ri. 

Recently at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC I had someone with a great sketch request! They wanted me to draw Snake Eyes on their Cuma Tak Ri training knife! 





It had a nice flat surface, I was only really able to use sharpie as I wanted it to be permanent and the ink wouldn't bubble up on the metal surface. So there was only so much detail I could put into it. But this was really a great culmination of my partnership with Johnny on this amazing knife. I still use it whenever possible in my work. If you get a chance to check out Johnny's site and Facebook page you can still purchase these knives and own the knife Snake Eyes uses in the books!










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Friday, July 11, 2014

Marvel Villains Jam...

I got to work on a few Jam pieces at recent conventions. A Jam is where a collector will get an artist to draw a loose layout for multiple characters and then take the art board around to various artists at a show and have each of them draw a character. So in the end you'll have a group shot of characters, each drawn by a different artist. I enjoy these, as it's cool to see your work right next to other artists I'm usually a great fan of. Also a neat way to see a variety of art styles all together.

On this one it was Marvel Villains, it was basically just beginning. I worked on Loki, Clayton Henry worked on Winter Soldier and Craig Rousseau had worked on the Kang. Hopefully I'll get a scan when it's all done.

Marvel Villains Jam - 683






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and some of my art/sketch books
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I have a new set of art books titled- " Robert Atkins Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is Marvel Comics Characters (X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (Superman, Batman, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 and $5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3. I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them through my blog as well. You can email me if you need more details.