Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Father and Son.

Here's another character sketch from my future sci-fi epic, rs153. Father and son, or vice-versa ....?

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Some Heads Are Gonna Roll

Here's the next page of the Braids of the Gorgon pitch. Nothing like a little decapitation to start the day!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Nothing Else Matters

This sketch is part of my as of yet untold sci-fi epic, rs153. It will get written and it will get drawn. It's just a matter of time.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Near The End

Getting to the end of the print run on my convention sketchbook, Marks On Paper 1. Each book is only $5, it includes postage to where ever you live PLUS an original sketch of your choice. Here's the latest sketch done for one of my recent sales.

If you are interested in getting one of the last few sketchbooks remaining, drop me a note in the comment section below, or email me at j dot copland at telus dot net.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Eyes Without a Face

Here are a couple of penciled panels from a page I'm currently working on. It's from a script by writer Kel Nuttall. This particular script is a one shot story based on his creation, Nothingface.

Nothingface was released as a graphic novel from Digital Webbing with art by Yildiray Cinar. It rocked. Since reading it, Kel and I have been trying to match up our schedules so we can tell another NF tale. I still don't have the time to do the bigger story Kel had suggested we do, but I have found some time to work on the smaller one shot script. Depending on the timing of things and this may yet happen. But for now, I'm just working through the script as time allows.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Wonderful Tonight

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Here is the next page of Braids of the Gorgon. The response to the Braids pages has been excellent. Thank you for all the wonderful comments, folks! The pitch still hasn't gone out. We are tweaking it, a bit, to make it that much stronger.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Western Hero

Here's a couple of character sketches I did for a possible anthology gig. It's a western themed book, so that's cool. As I wait for word on this, I'm starting to work on some pages for a friend. More on those... soon.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Country Feedback

Page 3 of the Braids of the Gorgon pitch. We've been getting some very positive feedback from people who have seen the pitch. Exciting times!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Why Worry

Here's the next Braids of the Gorgon page, all nicely lettered and ready to go. The pitch is going out next week to a few select publishers. Then the nervous worrying begins.

Have a great long weekend!

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Good + Bad Times

These pages are from the Marvel Age Team Up #4 script by Todd Dezago. Big shout out to Todd for sending me the script! I had a lot of fun doing this and I hope that it made me a stronger artist. There are definitely things I would change. No page is without some need of tweeking, that's for sure. But, as promised, here are the 5 sample pages I took with me to the Emerald City Comic Con... warts and all. Feedback is always welcome. Good or bad, as long as it is constructive, it's all good.

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page 5

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Emotional Weather Report

I'm back from the Emerald City Comic Con and I must say I thought the show was excellent! Good crowd, good mix of artists and publishers and the event was beautifully managed. Smooth as glass... not like the clusterfrick that is SDCC. Anyways... my ECCC report:

I saw CB Cebulski first thing Saturday morning and showed him my Thor/Spidey sample pages. For the most part, he thought they were strong and offered to supply me with more scripts to draw from. I'll definitely take him up on the offer and give another Marvel sample a go.

I also got an excellent crit from Erik Larsen, of Savage Dragon fame. He's notorious for giving brutally honest crits, so I was a little worried about being destroyed in public. Either I caught him on a good day or he actually thought I did a pretty good job because I left his table feeling good about my work. He gave me a few good things to lookout for, which was exactly what I needed to hear.

My last portfolio review of the show didn't go as well. Editor supreme, Bob Schreck, was doing reviews so I thought I jump in line and see what he had to say. Getting a chance to show work to someone with that amount of experience is an amazing opportunity that I couldn't pass up. But, man, I should have just continued looking for deals on Kirby Fourth World hardcovers, instead. He was very friendly and engaging but boy did he hit me hard. I won't go into the gory details but he definitely tested my resolve to draw comics as a professional.

The rest of the show was spent talking to wonderfully talented people like Dan Cooney, Jay Faerber, Jimmie Robinson, Ed Brisson, Steve Niles, Brian Churilla, Chris Moreno, Chrisian Beranek and Kris Simon.... Oh, and shopping for comics.

All in all, an excellent show that I look forward to attending next year.

I'll post the entire Marvel sample on Wednesday... worts and all.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

All The Madmen

Crunch time! Working like a madman to get the Thor/Spider-Man sample pages done for Saturday. Here's another panel from one of those pages.

The Emerald City Comic Con looks like it's going to be a fun time. Lots of people to talk to. More than I originally thought, which is cool. I may even buy some comics...

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