Hey, gang- long time no post!
Been hanging out in the Batcave this weekend drawing. Just noticed how long it’s been since I updated either this site or my Have Geek one. I’ve been doing art, but have just been posting it mostly on Instagram (@linworkmanart) or on my Facebook art page or Twitter account. With being back at the day job and dealing with the Memphis summer heat I haven’t been as productive as I was this past spring, but I have been arting when I can. Have recently done a couple sketchcard sets, and a couple sketchcovers.
For the 4th of July weekend I got started drawing on a Chris Evans Captain America sketchcover. Drew it on a Marvel Comics blank cover using a cheap BiC #2 0.5mm click pencil. I like it because it has a cushioned barrel and I don’t have to stop and sharpen it.
Once the pencils were finished I broke out my Copic markers and started on the front cover’s flesh tones. Used a few different shades of skin/sand/beige/pink/yellow for that. Then moved on to filling out the reds, blue, and browns in the rest of the illustration.
For the background I used a tissue and some Copic refill ink. I saw Jim Lee do this once and thought it was a cool effect. Have tried it on a few sketchcovers I’ve drawn, but I still haven’t mastered it yet.
It was a little tricky to stay inside the lines for the stars and stripes, but I held my breath and continued on. I used a black Pigma Micron 03 pen to ink it, and then a white Gelly Roll pen to add the highlights. I like my white Signo pen but it ran dry while working on this. Will have to pick up another one the next time I’m out at Michaels. It’s been a few months since I’ve been out there for our MSCA Drawing Nights due to the pandemic.
I also used a white Prismacolor pencil to do the highlights. Once it was done I sprayed both sides the wraparound cover with some Krylon Matte Finish workable fixative.
Here’s the completed sketchcover. Even though it took me about a week to finish I had a lot of fun.
My wife Nicki asked me why I didn’t show more of “America’s Ass” in the drawing…I love Chris Evans as Cap/Steve, but just don’t enjoy the heavy bag/gym scene as much as she does.
It and a couple other sketchcovers of mine are for sale at The Cellar out in Bartlett, TN (off Bartlett Blvd. between Bartlett Park and Stage Rd.). Also have a lot of sketchcards available, too. Give Jason or Neil a yell there if you are interested in adding any of my art to your collection.
Oh, I recently got my comp-copies of Retro-Fan Magazine from TwoMorrows Publishing that I did the cover illustration for. Was cool to see issue #9 on the shelf at Comics & Collectibles when I walked in a few weeks back. If you’d like a copy and it’s not available at your local comic shop you can order one directly from TwoMorrows website.
The issue features not only my Reb Brown Captain America sketchcover art on the cover, but an interview with Reb inside as well. I sold this comic a while ago, but still have folks ask about it.
You can see how I did that Cap sketchcover and pics from Cape Comic Con in Cape Girardeau, MO when I got to meet Reb in person here.
And if you’d like to see how I did my Matt Salinger Captain America VS The Red Skull sketchcover just click here. I need to do another of him and Reb. I know I wouldn’t mind drawing another Chris Cap.
Cap has been one of my favorite characters since I was a kid.
Stay safe- keep social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing a mask. Hope to run into you again at a future con. Until then, see you here online next time. I promise it won’t be as long between blog posts, but if you get a chance please follow me on Instagram. Have a few art time lapse videos there and plan to add more as I art.
The Cellar: Tabletop Games & Comics
2737 Bartlett Blvd
Bartlett, TN 38134