This week's pick:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

BLACK BEETLE by tom fowler

still having fun with this painting thing. hope you like it, francesco. i'm throwing in the sketch too (cuz i like how it turned out...)

btw, it's not lost on me that this is the second piece i've done for this site featuring a pair of dead-lady legs. i am seeking counseling. (at least this time around the character's perturbed by it...)

also, junior boys twartists brigade member and all around swell guy brion salazar sent this along. thanks brion, we love you too! go listen to the last days of brion's (and some other guys') awesome podcast around comics.


Francesco Francavilla said...

That's GORGEOUS, Tom! :D Love the retro feel of the painting style and the colors are perfect! The dead lady legs with the hangin' shoe in the goggles and the somehow almost sad expression. It's all great! Thank you so much :)
On a side note, if I were your wife I would start to worry ;)

And I said that via email already, but Brion's take is pretty darn cool too :) and I am totally gonna steal that title for a story ;)


Ron Salas said...

I love those brushstrokes and particularly sour expression.
Amazing as always, Tom!

Mitch Gerads said...

The brushstrokes are amazing, Tom! The sketch is fantastic, alone! Really can't wait to dive into the Mysterius Trade!

Francesco has to be on cloud nine right now!

Brion Salazar said...

Tom, thanks so much for linking to my humble twart-honor. I am proud to be a member of the boys twartists brigade. Do we get decoder rings? And Francesco, I would be honored if you stole my title!

Declan Shalvey said...

Great piece Brion! I already said on Twitter, but i really like the colour scheme. Very Hellboy-ish. Plus that title embiggens the smallest man.

Tom; It's gorgeous. I admire how loose and gestural you manage to keep your brush-strokes, much like you do with an ink line. I must admit; i had trouble identifying the legs at first. I see it clearly now, but it took me a minute.

Mike Hawthorne said...


This is SO fucking similar to mine, which I too was going to paint, but have not finished yet!


Anyway, it's f-ing awesome and the sketch is just as bad ass!


Doc Shaner said...

Dammit everybody is at the top of their game this week. This is fantastic painting, Tom. I like the yellow/green of the goggles, and the reflected lady legs. That scowl is perfect.

ANDY KUHN said...

enough with the painting mister artguy! isn't it enough that you crush me in black & white once a week? now you have to add insult to injury? nice job tom! :)

Steve Bryant said...

Sweet Baby Jemas, that's awesome! This painting thing is really working for you!


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