Friday, September 27, 2013

I've Flown the Coop!

Hey gang, I've moved my bloggin' over to Tumblr .

So now you can check out new art, updates and more at

Thanks, and I'll see you there!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Batman and Catwoman #22

A glimpse into the cover process. It starts with thumbnail sketches submitted to editorial. These are 4 different sketches for the cover to #22 that I worked up. Ultimately #3 was chosen. Which worked out because It was my favorite as well. But I think any of these would have sufficed.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Joker.

Original sketch and color tests.
I scrawled this concept into a sketchbook on the side of the road one day well before I knew I would be participating in the "Batman; Death of the Family" crossover.

Driving to my studio I suddenly had the idea for this Bat-shaped mouth and I had to pull over. I felt I had to sketch it out right there or risk adding it to my ever-growing list of my forgotten cover ideas.

I'm glad I did.

Eventually it came time for me to work up a pitch for the cover of Batman and Robin #15.  I remembered my little drawing in the sketchbook so dug it out and got it ready to sent it off to my editor Rachel Gluckstern and the rest of the Bat-editors. I was very relieved to be given the green light.

Final cover image By Gleason, Gray, and Kalisz.
Some final tweaking was still to be done as well as some playing around with the lay-out.  But in the end I can say I am very happy with our cover.  I'm also very happy I pulled over to draw on the side of the road that day.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

DC Comics Zero month; Batman and Robin.

Mock-up of Batman and Robin issue #0
This month, DC Comics launched a whole month of Zero issues. One of the great things about it was that all the covers followed the same template. Namely the books main characters bursting out of a mock up paper page from the l comic book. I personally love this idea. It was great fun and a nice challenge to come up with something simple and striking.

My little Scribble
Pen and Ink version
One night at the studio I was working up sketches for the cover and I thought 'If we were doing characters bursting out of a a 'paper' version  for the in-store books, why not have a glass screen version for the digital downloads of the books as well? It didn't seem like a bad idea so into my sketchbook went a little scribble of what it might look like. The next morning I sent it in to see if anyone else liked it.  To my surprise, It was enthusiasticly approved and I was asked to draw the template for the broken screen.

(Drawing broken glass is really cathardic by the way. )

Below are my thumbnails for the actual cover

I liked this version with the Bat-a-rangs coming out at us and including a background. But ultimately I figured it would be hard to pull off and get too confusing once the template was introduced in the final product.  

This version seemed to buddy-buddy. Their faces would have to be really close together and I wanted to avoid any accedental cheesy compositions.

This was better. More Classic. Coming out and ad veering away from each other seemed more powerful. More dynamic. 

Work In Progress
Final Pencils
Final inks (Grey) and Color (Kaliz)

In the end product we got a nice clean image to lay over the paper or digital template versions.

(And once again Damians untied shoelaces make the perfect vehicle for a signature.)

Thanks for lookin'!