a year ago, I got a message on Etsy from someone interested in having me draw them a comic book character he liked. at the time, I had been mostly doing doodles for myself, some public art, and some paintings, which I wasn’t having much luck selling, so I was down with any kind of work. the character he wanted me to draw was one I wasn’t very familiar with, but he really introduced me to her world and really sparked my interest in the character, and with the whole collaborative process of doing commissioned work. that character was Cassie Hack, and that client was Sam Eggleston. after that, he asked me to draw on blank comic covers, something I avoided for a while because honestly, I felt it was something that should be left to the pros, but again, I needed money. he seemed to really like the covers I did for him, enough to go on online communities and share my art. after that, I started getting work from all over the country, even overseas, and I’ve been able to make money doing what I most love. for this, I owe a lot to Mr. Eggleston. he ushered me into this world of comic art, educating, advising, and promoting me along the way. He wrote a comic called “Last Breath” and had a Kickstarter to acquire the funds to complete it. I helped out by drawing rewards for the backers, and when the opportunity came again, I was more than happy to help out.
his latest work is Cazadora, a comic about a zombie-slaying beauty in a Victorian-era world. the idea is awesome, and early on, he asked me to draw a pinup of her to help promote the campaign. as much as I love the whole aesthetic of steampunk, I had never tried drawing anything in that style, mainly due to the whole mechanical aspect of it, and the attention to detail. I never had the patience for all that, but every once in a while , it’s good to challenge yourself and get away from the ol’ comfort zone, so I took on this project knowing it’d be tough.
I was right, and after months and months of research, practice, and drawing itty bitty lines, I finished the piece above. I mainly translated artist Randy Kintz’ initial design into a style I was more comfortable in. Cazadora herself isn’t too different from what I usually draw, though I looked up a lot of steampunk and victorian clothing in case anyone was paying close attention. her dog was also something new , and very fun for me, since I don’t usually draw animals, and also because I had to put in little details in his leg and eye that would look cool, but also hopefully appear to serve a function. in the background I drew a Model-T that I modified to look like it might run on steam or something. also, if you look closely, you’ll notice it’s not made by Ford, but another genius. the zombies were fun, as zombies always are, but I got to put some of them in costume, which was a rare opportunity. behind the zombies, I wanted to put some of my favorite Victorian style houses, so I got to draw a pair of houses I’ve always been fascinated by: the one on the left being this cool house on James M. Wood near Alvarado, which I would always look at when we’d visit my grandma, who lived nearby. the house on the right is the Melrose Hotel, one of the lost mansions of Bunker Hill, which had some really neat and whimsical design. the porchlight on the house on the left is made to look like the street lamps which you only find along Wilshire Blvd. the border is my attempt at ornate victorian filigree, and the logo, is what I imagine an old timey storefront might look like. it’s done mostly in ballpoint and Sharpie, with some pencil
you can read about the conception of the character in this article on BleedingCool.com
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