This week's pick:

Friday, February 19, 2010

BLACK BEETLE by Mr.Hawthorne

Francesco's pulp comic work is classic. Simple as that.

Francesco gave us an early heads up to his selection. SO, last week I started a digitally painted version of the piece below. I got hit with some deadline stuff, and wouldn't be able to finish that painted version, so I started an inked version.

I got the above about 2/3's done when I saw that Tom, being the brilliant bastard that he is, had a VERY similar idea to what I had begun. :)

So I did this one.



Dan C said...

simply amazing, Mike. Both of these are great, but that second one (that splattering rain effect is really effective)just makes my jaw hit the floor.

William Owen said...

Agreed, this is stunning. The perspective makes this a pure potential energy riot.

Francesco Francavilla said...

HolyCRAP! Not one, but two Black Beetles?!! You rock hard, my friend :)
And get even more appreciation because I know you had a rough week with lots going on.

The first one has so much story in there: the two guys' expression, being interrupted like that by BB while they were beating the third guy on the ground, baseball bat still sitting there, leaning against the wall... so much story :)
The second one is just plain 100% coolness and kickassery juice. WOW!

Are these both digital?

Grazie, cumpa' :)

Craig Zablo said...

Twofer! Both are oool, but the 2nd gets the nod!

Mr. Hawthorne said...

Thanks everyone.

I love what Francesco, and wanted to do right by him and the character.

Francesco - Glad you like them, man. I really wanted to paint this thing, but it wasn't in the cards.

Neither is digital. The first is pen/brush and ink.

The second is white acrylic on black paper, with some color pencil for the rain.

It was my pleasure to work on this, bro :)


Ron Salas said...

These are both textbook examples of the use of light and shadow. They frigging blow me away.
Beautiful stuff.

Mike Exner III said...

Goodness! That first one, if finished, would have been incredible. But the second one... Goodness! I can't stop looking at it.

ANDY KUHN said...

two drawings, both awesome. you are a ninja, sir.....A NINJA!

tomfowler said...

i positively live to screw you, mike.

both are lovely (and i think your close-up was more effective than mine...)

Mr. Hawthorne said...

Thanks guys! You all warm my cold, dead heart.

Especially you Tom. Love it when you talk dirty to me ;)

You know, I think you Andy and I are all alum from Grendel R, W, & B.... no? I loved your art with the fat guy that Grendel takes out :)


Mitch Gerads said...

Mike, you're insane! These are excellent! Absolutely love the storytelling technique of the first one and the noir lighting of the second one is tops! The belt on that is absolutely perfect.

Dan McDaid said...

I love that top one - the devil's grin he's wearing. Cool. That's a cover shot, for sure.

Mr. Hawthorne said...

Thanks, gents . You're too kind :)


Steve Bryant said...

Overachiever. :P

Seriously, Mike, I don't know how you manage to do it, week-in, week-out. Always kicking ass, even when you do TWO freaking pieces!


Mr. Hawthorne said...

HA! Thanks Steve :)

Kinda dropped the ball, and my stumach, on the J. RECON piece this week thanks to the g'damed stumach flu but I hope to make up for it before too long.