“The Joke’s On Who?”- My Two Latest Sketchcovers

Have been accumulating several blank comic covers, so I’ve been trying to work on a few of those sketchcovers recently.


First up was a new Joker/Harley Quinn comic.


I based it on a picture I took in San Diego of cosplayer Donald Strand as the Joker. He and his wife Tara are part of the Gotham Public Works costuming group and perform as Harley Quinn and Mr. J. Always a great pleasure to see them at Comic Con.

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I’ve used them both as reference before- the shot of Donnie above is from another shot I took at SDCC one year. Next Harley Quinn cover I draw WILL have Tara featured on it.

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After getting the pencil drawing tight, and a slight bit of shading with it I broke out my Copic markers and started laying in some greens for the hair, tie, and vest.

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Then came the purples, grey, and pinks to finish the Joker and his clothes, and a big splash of Golden Yellow and Honey for the background. I used Micron pens for the line work on the inks, and Prismacolor White pencils and Copic Opaque White (with a small detail brush) for the highlights.

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For the back I just continued his shoulder around the spine, and then added the playing card face.


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Once I finished each side I sprayed the illustrations with Krylon Matte Finish fixative.



Nicki and I are both big Doctor Who fans, and especially like the 4th DoctorTom Baker. When I got a “Four Doctors” sketchcover, I couldn’t resist drawing the fourth Doctor– who was actually mine and Nicki’s first Doctor.

doctorwhocolors1  4thcolors

This one was done similar to the Joker cover- pencils first, then started with Copics on the hat, scarf, jacket, then face and hair. Finished with Microns, Copic White and Prismacolor pencil.

4thfin  4thsonic

Added the 4th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver to the back cover and called this one done.


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Will be working on more sketchcovers over the next few months. It’s getting too cold to paint out in the garage, at least it is this weekend. You never know about the weather around here.

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If you are interested in getting some of your own blank sketchcovers to draw on, check with your local comic shop or eBay. Lots to choose from. You can also see more of the ones I’ve done here on my website in the comics section. I’ll be posting more info on how you can purchase one of my originals soon.



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- HaveGeekWillTravel.com. Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/HauntedWeb.com co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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