Friday, December 19, 2014

Joe-A-Day: Outback...

Outback. What a perfect example of how awesome GI Joe can be! Raise your hand (and be honest) how many of you know who Outback is?

Now you die hard Joe fans who read the comics and actively collected the toys...You'll know this dude. You might even know that the "Survival" on his shirt isn't his just his job description, it's an acronym from the U.S. Army Ranger Handbook
  • Size up the situation.
  • Undue haste makes waste.
  • Remember where you are.
  • Vanquish fear and panic.
  • Improve your situation.
  • Value living.
  • Act like the natives.
  • Learn basic skills.
What I love most about Outback is how he exemplified what was done in the Marvel comics run of the 80's. He was part of a small team mission in issue #61. In that issue 3 members of his team were captured. Stalker, Snow Job and Quick Kick. He was told to leave and head back to Joe headquarters to get help. HE DIDNT WANT TO GO, but obeying orders went anyway. 

They continued this story in the Special Missions #6 comic. This story cross over was fantastic! Making it back to Joe headquarters undetected shows Outback's skills, but also his character. Back at headquarters Leatherneck and Mutt (also two favorite Joes of mine!) lay into this guy for leaving Joes behind on the mission and there's a brief confrontation between them all. There's just so much story and character depth in each one of these books. I love that it crosses over, but doesn't take a big summer event to do it, instead the cross over is a single story about one GI Joe and his struggle with fitting into the team. Man...so good!

Joe-A-Day: Outback - 727

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This guy is a survivor first. It makes sense why my good friend Johnny Tsai loves this character! Waysun Johnny Tsai (the creator of the Cuma Tak Ri knife I use for Snake Eyes) also teaches wilderness survival training as well as martial arts instruction. 



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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 (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each 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, December 18, 2014

Joe-A-Day: Lowlight Colors!

Not quite a "New" drawing today, since we've already seen this Lowlight. However, I did want to show what Simon had cooked up on this one! I've got quite a list for him of Joe characters to color up. As he gets them completed I'll be posting them here on the blog and each will be available to order as a print.

Joe-A-Day: Lowlight - 726




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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 (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each 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, December 17, 2014

America's Army UPDATE...

I'm currently working on a mini-series for the America's Army comic book. It's all done through the U.S. Army and published by IDW, but made available for free online! The main title just had issue #12 come out, which I was able to do the cover for! Anyone that has enjoyed my work on GI JOE and likes straight up military stories should check out the series, and the upcoming mini-series America's Army: Officers that I'm doing the interior art on as well.


I was recently interviewed and a video was made that talks about my career so far and my involvement about America's Army. I want to send out a huge thanks to Jerry Williams for the production of a very well made video, and Zack Sherman (writer/art director) for his direction on the book and the property! 


Here's some more preview art of the upcoming series, 
heavy on the action but focused on the Officers that serve!


America's Army: Officers Preview Issue 1 













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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 (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each 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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Joe-A-Day: Zarana...

A classic mercenary character from the ranks of the Dreadnok gang! Zartan was my first  GI Joe "Bad Guy" figure growing up. He changed colors, came with a cool little swamp jet ski. Man he was the best! Through the cartoons I got to know Zarana and I remember having her figure as well and I'd team them up on missions.

This drawing for today isn't her original release costume/uniform, but still she's a recognizable Dreadnok that I'd avoid in a dark alley! Like many of the recent posts this was for the GI JOE Battleground game. I was happy to get to draw this character especially for the game. 

Joe-A-Day: Zarana - 724



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This was a set of companion Dreadnok pieces Simon and I worked on this last year as well!







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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 (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each 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, December 15, 2014

Joe-A-Day: Darklon....

Alright, I gotta throw my hands up on this one. I had no idea who Darklon was when I was told to draw this guy for the GI JOE Battleground game. I mean from it's original 1982 inception there have been 528 GI JOE characters created....So I gotta say I'm not going to sweat not knowing a few.

However, the one thing I remembered about this guy is way back when I had drawn a cover for Devil's Due America's Elite #33 where I drew every Cobra character created to that point...I HATED drawing this Darklon helmet. I had no idea who this guy was, but MAN his helmet was a tough nut to crack.

Then again for the WWIII event for Devil's Due I was tasked with designing the "Plague" group of Cobra characters. Again, it was a basic design across the group but they retained their original helmet or head pieces, and this Darklon helmet was a bane to draw.

A third time this character strikes to defeat me, but finally I was able to break this helmet down, work it out and it really wasn't that difficult this time around.

Darklon..I still don't have a clue who you are and I have no desire to find out... and your gun is weird.

Joe-A-Day:...Some dude named Darklon - 723



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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 (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each 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.




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Joe-A-Day: Quick Kick...


Another piece from GI Joe Battleground! I know I'm flooding my blog with these a bit, but it's Joe artwork I haven't been able to show until now. What better time then a "Joe-themed" month of artwork!

This Quick Kick was one of the first I did for the game and is still one of my favorite. I'm mostly just showing the art I liked best from my work on the game, but this had lots of energy and expression. Plus it was his classic uniform...if you can call being topless, shoeless and wearing pants from a gi, a uniform. 

This was the first time I had tried a rendering technique like this on his nunchucks, I liked how it was able to show motion by leaving the spinning nunchuck as negative space and just rendering the blur. Okay enough artsy talk, more action!

Joe-A-Day: Quick Kick - 722



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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 (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each 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.