Monday, 18 August 2014

TANK GIRL - Face Off!!!




TANK GIRL - Face Off!!!
The lovely Jessica Bosch styled this great Tank Girl inspired shoot, based on art done by Gerry Talaoc and I!
Photographer - Janice Quijano
Stylist - Jessica Bosch
Make up  - Mariana Hernandez
Model - Vany Viscious
Art Director - Daze

Love'n'tanks!
Rufus

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Nam... Mike Golden greatness!



Ever since I was little, I looooved Mike Golden's art.

 I was obsessed with Marvel's 'The Nam', and when Mike was last in London I arranged a commission, but he was really busy. I received it today... and I am so blown away.

This is A4!!! It's as good as any of the covers he did, and I really will keep this forever.
It's going up above my desk.

I have a LOT to learn.

 Thank you to Renee Witterstaetter and James O'Barr.... and of course, Mike Golden. Meeting your heroes is so great.
I am so bloody lucky....

Ruf xxx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014




I'm a time bomb, baby!
Colour art fro the Herceg Novi Comics Con in September!
Really excited to be there!
Boooom!
Love'n'tanks!
Rufus

Thursday, 31 July 2014

BIRMINGHAM International Comics Expo - SATURDAY 2nd August



I am a guest at the BIRMINGHAM International Comics Expo - SATURDAY 2nd August at The Studio, Canon Street, 10 am - 17:30 pm.

I'm giving an Art Master class between 15:00 - 16:30 pm in the Master Class room. I'll be talking about turning a script into finished art, and my art process.
Hopefully see some of you there!

Love'n'tanks
Rufus

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I'm Batman.... in colour




I'm Batman....who the fuck are you?? in colour!
I digitally coloured the toned B&W art commission... and was pleasantly surprised.

I might do this as a Print for some Convention appearances this year.

And now....back to work...

Love'n'tanks
Rufus

Sunday, 20 July 2014

I'M BATMAN.... Some process photos...

I get asked a lot about how I do stuff... so I thought I'd post a few semi-unimformative process shots...

I was commissioned to do a Tank girl / Batman piece. I decided on lampooning the Frank Miller Dark Knight cover...as a kid I loved it...
It's a tough composition, as Miller really messes with proportion, perspective and depth...it's deceptive... He makes it claustrophic, paranoid, tense, and violent...
Here's his original...
I sketched out two versions..one, like the original, with fists, the other, Tankie defiantly flipping off the audience..


The client when shown asked for her to be holding batman's severed head, and giving the V sign... So i sketched that out, including Camp Koala as Robin, the boy wonder...


I then taped a sheet of Arches Hotpress water colour art board over the sketch, and lightly pencilled it on my light board... then started adding washes of watered down India ink ( I used Kuretake Black ink 60 )



Then I built up the tones...adding in darker, and darker areas...


I then left it to dry (and made lunch...) When it was completely dry, I inked over the pencils, and added extra spot blacks to create shadows, and depth... I tried to mirror Miller's lovely linework... (didn't get there, but hey...you can try right?)

When I'd finished inking, I scanned it...and here it is finished...


I'm Batman....




I'm Batman.
With apologies to Frank Miller. A Tank Girl commission piece.

Nice way to spend your Sunday... luke warm coffee, war films, and drawing Batman.... decapitated...

Love'n'tanks
Rufus