Tuesday, September 9, 2014

IDW Signature Series....POST 700!

So we're finally here at post 700! I'm still plugging away, even with the occasional hiatus of posts. Over the last year I've been working on these IDW Signature Series Black Label sketch plates. These were wrapped up and I realized I hadn't posted the last few of the batch.

To keep you from having to go back and search for the others, here's the full list of 16 original art plates that will be available when you purchase GI JOE Vol 1 Black Label series from the IDW Signature Series Line.

It was always my intention to make these a higher quality sketch. Instead of just a quick head shot, or scribble as my warm up, I spend at least a few hours on each and tried to incorporate a bit of story or environment into them. With me not on a regular Joe book often these sketches kept giving me a chance to fit a Joe sketch into my schedule on occasion. Let IDW know if you like these and what you think about getting original art with your book purchases! Just fill out this contact form and your message, or tweet and message them on Facebook!


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IDW Signature Series Black Label 
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cable....

Cable is actually one of my favorite X-Men characters. In my top 5. I know some might not agree, or think that's off base...but I'm entitled to like what I like. To me he's such an epitome of what the X-Men were when I first started reading the book. All the good with the bad. From his initial design and depiction by Leifeld, his concepts of being Scott and Jean's son, but sent to the future now returned to the present but clearly older and more battle hardened then his father.

I think there are times his character has been done well, and those are the moments that endeared him to X-fans. I don't normally get to draw these big wacky sci-fi guns too. Usually it's very specific military weapons based on real life. So it's always fun to make stuff up for these.

This was a long standing commission, that I'm finally getting time in my schedule to wrap up  leading up to NYCC. Whittling down that commission list feels good. It'll be great to be back to a clean slate and have an organized way to do commissions moving forward. I'm really looking forward to that!

*quick side note, this is officially the 699th sketch I've posted on my blog since I started it 3 years ago. I've taken a few hiatus' since my initial year long sketch a day challenge. So while I haven't kept it exactly a sketch-per-day for 3 years, I have posted more days than I haven't in that time.


Cable - 699


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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.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Firefly...


Again, I worked on this sketch at Baltimore Comic Con, but will be turning it in to CGC, to be graded at NYCC. I've enjoyed working on these GI JOE blanks. Anytime I did a GI JOE character on other books, it just felt out of place or I felt the connection was a bit forced (though we did have some good ideas because of it). Now we can do blank cover sketches directly on a GI JOE book, and it creates an original cover for your book. 

Firefly - 698


I always like drawing this dude!


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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.

Friday, September 5, 2014

X-23 X-Men Blank...

This is a blank cover sketch I worked on a bit at Baltimore Comic Con, but actually it's for the upcoming NYCC. I still need to do some colors on it, but I wanted to get a good scan of the inks first. More blank cover sketching coming in the next few days, then it's New York for 4 days of craziness!

X-23 - 697


If you're just now checking out my blog....I promise I don't draw all my characters upside down for every sketch. It's just the last post of Hawkeye, and this X-23 I swear. 

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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, September 4, 2014

Hawkeye....

One of my favorite Avengers, and especially in his older classic costume. This was a con sketch from a little while back for Shane Simek. He's a great friend, but often gives me quite a bit of grief, lol. I think a lot of my friends do, now that I think about it. Just listen to an episode of Star Joes Podcast and you'll see what I mean. Maybe I just have the kind of personality that my friends like to make fun of me. Probably because I never take it personally, I know it's all in good fun.

Anyway, Shane saw me drawing this and had to point out..."Uh...you know you're drawing that upside-down right?" I told him, yes it's on purpose, he's being all acrobatic. Shane didn't believe me, he thought I had the book turned the wrong way and I was just saying that to cover up that I messed it up big time. sigh. I can't win sometimes.

So here's the sketch in all it's upside-down glory...

Hawkeye - 696



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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, September 3, 2014

Marissa Fairborn and Afterburner...


This was a promo piece done for the Transformers collector's club. It was interesting to see the reactions. From what I know, this character makes a brief appearance in a TF episode set in the near future. With her name, it's suggested that she's the daughter of Lady Jaye and Flint from the GI JOE cartoon, and is the Earth's liaison to the Transformers. I like the idea of a crossover figure like this being made for a collector's club, because it's not something that Hasbro would likely produce. I'd much rather get figures like this from the clubs then repaints of figures already available.

But TF fans didn't see the point of it, and especially with a repainted vehicle that didn't transform. This seemed to me like a better fit for the GI JOE collector's club, since it's a repainted Joe vehicle and the ties of GI Joe characters. Still it was a lot of fun to draw, I liked the character design a lot and I always enjoy drawing vehicles and Transformer (like) material whenever I get the chance. 

Here's my process for the job. 

Marissa Fairborn and Afterburner - 695





You can check out all the collected trades I've worked on 
and some of my art/sketch books
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For Comments and Questions you can email me at
RobertQAtkins@GMAIL.com


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.