Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ju-on Sketch!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I always seem to forget to post on here. I tend to be posting a lot more on Tumblr: 

Ju-on (The Grudge) sketch!
J-Horror still gives me the heebie jeebies. 
Done in Photoshop :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Elsa Lanchester-The Bride of Frankenstein

Warm up sketch! Didn’t really have a chance to time it but finished it pretty quick. I’m thinking it took me around 20 minutes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

GRAVE updated roster image!

First stages of Grave’s new roster image for the Nightmare Pro Wrestling website. Still not sure about his face, gonna try out some other expressions before I digitally ink it.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Grave heads!

Drawing the roster Image for my NPW main character, Grave, I noticed he wasn’t very expressive. So I decided to sketch out some expressions for him and really push those expressions while still having him look like a skeleton.

Did a little research by looking at old “Silly Symphonies” cartoons.

Added eyebrow lines to him which really helped with the expressions a lot. 

Also experimented with the shape and direction of the lines on his mouth, which was very interesting how different he looks when his mouth’s lines curve a certain way.

Also, I now have an inventory of expressions I could use when I’m in a jam!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Harry Potter Sketches.

Being doing some digital warm up sketches, all week, of Harry Potter characters.


So I have 13 issues planned for my webcomic Nightmare Pro Wrestling. The story is pretty much all planned out. The first story arc ends at The HALLOWEEN HELLRAISER! The Wrestlemania of the NPW Universe. Like every Wrestlemania I needed a celebrity involved. I also needed something for Mr. Hyde to do. So I created Icky, the biggest rockstar in the NPW universe, to face Mr. Hyde at the Halloween Hellraiser, in a special celebrity attraction match.

Heres the start of a poster style ad, for future NPW printed comics, featuring Icky Van Hellion.

Icky characteristics: Big jerk. Cares more about fame, fortune, and fashion, than fans. Always in a fowl mood.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Another monster for the NPW DOOMSDAY RUMBLE!

I'm gonna start coloring all my character designs in Artrage after I get a color palette that I like. I plan on putting them in the Roster section of the website at some point anyway, so I might as well have the colors at the finished stage.

The idea for this wrestler came from my sister in law. She said that I should have more sea monster looking wrestlers and suggested a Ninja Fish. Thus, Battle Koi was born.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Dr. Pyewacket Digital Pencils and Inks.

Digital pencils and inks for a "Dr. Pyewacke and Vladdy" ad.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Morning Warm up Sketch

Here is a quick warm up sketch I did this morning.  Gave myself thirty minutes to complete it.
 I based the character on Eli from "Let the Right One In", so I guess my Tweet about it not involving monsters wasn't entirely true.
Who is she?  She's a character that's part of a story I've had for a while now. Never really did any designs for it yet, just sketched out some ideas here and there. The suit is used to contain her powers.  I'll get into that and into more of the story when I have some more things to show.
I'm finally going to be working on it and it will be another side project.

The style and suit aren't final yet. The style isn't fun enough, don't want it to be too realistic but I do want it to look different from the projects I'm working on now. The suit looks a little too much like Johann Kraus, from "Hellboy," so I'm gonna try a few other designs until I'm happy with the outcome.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Doomsday Rumble: Monster 2

The 2nd Doomsday Rumble Monster is: PSYCHO CYCLOPS!

If you're familiar with Ray Harryhausen then this monster doesn't need much of an explanation. If you don't know who Harryhausen is, here's a site to check out:

I based this design on Harryhausen's Cyclops from the movie Sinbad. Just added some stylization and some wrestling attire. Even gave him a tattoo with the initials "H H" for a not so obvious reference to Harryhausen. Maybe I should make it more obvious and change it to "R H"??


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Doomsday Rumble: Monster 1

Here's the first monster design for the Nightmare Pro Wrestling DOOMSDAY RUMBLE!
What is the Doomsday Rumble? It's the NPW version of the Royal Rumble. Here's a link if you don't know what that is: Royal Rumble.  

This guy was inspired by Eric Orchard. He creates awesome monster designs and some of those monsters have these really cool looking, humpy backs. I'd describe his work as very atmospheric and magical, with some spookiness thrown in for good measure. You can check out his work at his site:

Stay tuned for more Doomsday Rumble monster designs!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Updated size chart

Here's an updated sized chart that's helped me a lot when drawing NPW characters who are next to or fighting each other. Devastator Dragon is still the tallest, and always will be...for now ;)

I went ahead and made Grave and Lobo a little taller, they were too short in the earlier size chart. Looking at it again I'm actually thinking that I might make them even a little taller. Maybe.

I've been starting some designs for the monsters that are going to be part of the Doomsday Rumble (think Royal Rumble but with monsters). I'm planning on having thirty.....THIRTY, monsters compete in that event. I'll be posting up the first few I have designed soon.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mr. Hyde redesign!

When I first started designing Mr. Hyde, I never would have thought that he would become one of my favorite characters to draw. Especially drawing expressions on his face, those are always a blast.

I had always aimed to design him as a big, really ugly, Muppet. I feel like the newer design is just a better representation of that. My friend Ron Scott (of The Strange Kids Club), always pointed out how ugly and gross his nose was--so in the newer design I made sure to not only make it bigger and uglier, but give it a different color, so it draws your attention.

Like the rest of the redesigns for Nightmare Pro Wrestling, his new color scheme is a lot cooler (cooler as in the opposite of warm shades, but you could say the new scheme is more awesome as well) than the original. This really adds to the atmosphere of the book that I had originally intended, but at the time I was unsure of how to accomplish it.

I'll be posting up some more soon!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Victor Monstor redesign!

I've been drawing a lot of The Horde in the last few pages of the Nightmare Pro Wrestling web comic and thought I would go ahead and post up the more recent model sheets I've done of the characters along with the original ones I did two years ago.

First up is Victor Monstor. I've been studying a lot of old Disney and Warner brothers cartoons, for my Dr. Pyewacket and Vladdy comic, and I've noticed that some of that style is creeping into my NPW pages, which I really like.  

The newer style is just so much more fun and expressive. Even the colors feel more cohesive than the old ones. However, I think the old Victor Monstor pose is hilarious and just might use it when I design the new roster images. Still no new design for Lil Fraken. I gotta get to that.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Adventures at STAPLE!

So my wife (Nicole), my brother, my two sisters, and myself went to Staple, the independent media expo, this past weekend.  It was exciting to see what other artists are doing and chat with them about their work.

The first artist who really caught my eye was a fellow named David DeGrand. He had a lot of great looking prints and a cool comic called "Heeby Jeeby Comix." The comic was an anthology of comics done by David and fellow artists Chris Houghton, Bob Flynn, and Dan Moynihan. The stories included great character designs, monsters, and fun situations. I picked up the comic and thinking about it now, I'm wishing I had picked up one of his prints. David was a cool guy and he even did a quick sketch for me on the end page of the comic. You can check out more of his work over at his site:

 We also ran into a friend of Nicole's named Ximena who had a table with a couple of friends. They had some great stuff and my eyes quickly moved to a mini comic they had called "Cobra Commander Comics" and I was sold on the cover alone. Even just flipping through it I knew it was Awesomely hilarious! It was about Bill a beaver, Eric a superhero(?)looking guy, and their new roommate Cobra Commander. GREAT STUFF! Best $1 ever spent and we also had to get a cute pin that Ximena had designed. You can check out their website at:

Moving down the aisle, we came across Chet Phillips's table and wow! Nicole and I were in awe. He had a bunch of fun stuff. We picked up a trading card set called "World War Monkey" a Portrait of Military Monkeys.  Which was just that, Portraits of Monkeys in military uniforms. We also came across a handbound book, bound by his wife, called "Wrestle Pets." Of course I HAD to get that one. Inside the book had fun drawings of cats and dogs in Lucha Libre outfits along with fun wrestling stats. Chet was really cool and you can check out more of his Amazing work at his site:

We all left feeling inspired and extremely happy with our experience at Staple. Hopefully me and Nicole will be putting in an appearance of our own at a table there next year.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Vampires! No Glitter!

Dr. Pyewacket and Vladdy will eventually run into some vampires and here are their designs.
When they're not being evil, they'll look very bored. The boredom of living for centuries will play a role into how the Doctor and Vladdy run into them, should be fun. These guys won't show up till a little later though. I'm still working on the werewolf story. 

Next week I'll be posting my designs for the Frankenstein Monster!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Werewolf!

Here's my first post for the monster designs of the Dr. Pyewacket and Vladdy comic. I posted on Twitter a while back that I was drawing a fat werewolf, well here he is.

The Werewolf is going to be the first monster Dr. Pyewacket and Vladdy have to deal with in a classic cartoon sorta way. Think of the early Chuck Jones Daffy Duck and Porky Pig cartoons.

His human form, down in the bottom left corner, was based on Lon Chaney jr. Unfortunately, the more of Chaney's features I tried to incorporate the more the character didn't look like he belonged in the same world as the other characters. So I tried to keep the design as simple as possible. I'm still not one-hundred percent sure about it. Nicole suggested I just design my own guy...I might end up going in that direction.

Well hope you enjoy the Werewolf, I'll be posting up some more designs up soon.


Friday, February 11, 2011

The Adventures of Dr. Pyewacket and Vladdy!

TA-DAA!!! Finally I'm showing some images of the "SECRET" project I've been doing on the side, while working on NPW. Introducing the adventures of DR. PYEWACKET AND VLADDY! The story will be about Dr. Pyewacket (the cat) and his little vampire protege, Vladdy who are Supernatural adventures/hunters that will be thrown into fun situations with familiar looking monsters. The design and atmosphere of the comic is inspired by the old Disney and Looney tunes cartoons, especially the spooky ones.
I also went with a very limited color palette. Recycling the same five colors where needed. Why? Well, one reason is that it'll save time, which is preferable due to this being a side project, but also to have fun and explore what I can do with a limited color palette.

Each story will be around twelve pages long and be posted, two pages at a time, weekly, on the Strange Kids Club website. At least that's the plan for now anyway. The first pages will be going up around mid-march, so stay tuned for updates.

I'll be posting up some of the Monster designs next week!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Strange Kids Club Anthology Mini Comic

Here's a sneak peek of the 6 page mini comic I did for my buddy Ron Scott for the Strange Kids Club Anthology. Yes, it involves Wrestling...and monsters. It was really fun exploring a new style and way of building the pages. The style is influenced by old Disney and Looney Tunes cartoons, which I began exploring for my "SECRET" project, which I will debut later this week! Keep an eye out for that...maybe both eyes. 

Any-who, The Strange Kids Club anthology should be out around mid-March and will be chock-full of great art by great artists. Check out some more AWESOME sneak peeks over at the Strange Kids Club, and tell them Jon sent ya. 


Monday, January 24, 2011

New Character Designs

Things have been really busy lately, not just with work but with preparing Nightmare Pro Wrestling for the year 2011. We have a lot of things planned, a new NPW website, doing some merchandise and getting ready to jump into doing comic book conventions and similar shows.

Outside of the realm of NPW, Nicole is still working on her book, refining it and coming up with new and fun ideas for stories. You can take a look at her stuff over at her blog The Minted Mouse.

I've been working on a couple of comic book side projects that are going to be mini comics, I'll be posting things up once I have more to share.

After going through some of the older work for NPW, I want to share a comparison of the old character designs with the new ones. In a lot of ways the 1st and 2nd Issues of NPW were experiments with figuring out how to do inks, lighting, backgrounds, paneling, etc. So with the start of Issue 3, I wanted to update all the character designs to reflect more of a sense of each characters personality. I also tried to make them look more fun and interesting with design and color.'s almost a little painful to look at the old designs but at least I can say I've learned a lot since starting. I'm excited to see how much more the characters will change as I continue to working on NPW and growing as an artist.