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Wolverine by Roger Cruz by MentalPablum Wolverine by Roger Cruz :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 2 ElectraFlame WIP pencils by MentalPablum ElectraFlame WIP pencils :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 0 Batman and Superman by Mike Bowden Final by MentalPablum Batman and Superman by Mike Bowden Final :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 0 Mike Bowden's Batman and Superman Color Process 2 by MentalPablum Mike Bowden's Batman and Superman Color Process 2 :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 0 Mike Bowden's Batman and Superman Color Process 1 by MentalPablum Mike Bowden's Batman and Superman Color Process 1 :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 2 0 Batman and Superman by Mike Bowden (inks by me) by MentalPablum Batman and Superman by Mike Bowden (inks by me) :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 0 Two Variations of Venomized Snake-Eyes by MentalPablum Two Variations of Venomized Snake-Eyes :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 0 Snake-Venom (Colors) by MentalPablum Snake-Venom (Colors) :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 3 0 Venomized Snake-Eyes by MentalPablum Venomized Snake-Eyes :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 0 Thanos About to Drop the Death Star by MentalPablum Thanos About to Drop the Death Star :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 4 0 Rechristened The Vigilantes Character Massive Man by MentalPablum Rechristened The Vigilantes Character Massive Man :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 0 0 Chibi Questor by MentalPablum Chibi Questor :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 0 0 Chibi Smoke Signal from The Vigilantes by MentalPablum Chibi Smoke Signal from The Vigilantes :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 0 0 Pennywise from IT by MentalPablum Pennywise from IT :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 6 0 Batman Headshot Color Version by MentalPablum Batman Headshot Color Version :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 1 0 Spider-Gwen Color by MentalPablum Spider-Gwen Color :iconmentalpablum:MentalPablum 9 0

Favourites

Jane Foster Thor C2E2 2018 by ComfortLove Jane Foster Thor C2E2 2018 :iconcomfortlove:ComfortLove 117 37 Logan by fwatanabe Logan :iconfwatanabe:fwatanabe 302 26 Supergirl18 by Artgerm Supergirl18 :iconartgerm:Artgerm 4,690 151 Vision by rogercruz Vision :iconrogercruz:rogercruz 166 3 Spider-Man sketch by johnnymorbius Spider-Man sketch :iconjohnnymorbius:johnnymorbius 21 3 Silver Surfer by spidermanfan2099 Silver Surfer :iconspidermanfan2099:spidermanfan2099 275 18 Wolverine by mikebowden Wolverine :iconmikebowden:mikebowden 320 14 Panthro Colors by mikebowden Panthro Colors :iconmikebowden:mikebowden 345 13 New JLA cover by RyanOttley New JLA cover :iconryanottley:RyanOttley 578 32 Batman Inks by mikebowden Batman Inks :iconmikebowden:mikebowden 176 23 Samurai Jack by rogercruz Samurai Jack :iconrogercruz:rogercruz 460 14 Widowmaker Overwatch by kashdv8 Widowmaker Overwatch :iconkashdv8:kashdv8 38 10 Lynx-o Cherry Capitol Con 2016 by ComfortLove Lynx-o Cherry Capitol Con 2016 :iconcomfortlove:ComfortLove 62 8 Captain America in action by ChristopherStevens Captain America in action :iconchristopherstevens:ChristopherStevens 1,119 71 Avengers: Children's Crusade 4 pg 12 by MarkMorales Avengers: Children's Crusade 4 pg 12 :iconmarkmorales:MarkMorales 200 11 Deathstroke VS Green Lantern by Devilpig Deathstroke VS Green Lantern :icondevilpig:Devilpig 216 6

Commissions

Head Sketch Commission
If you are interested in a head sketch like the ones shown as examples please contact me. These are done on 9x12 Bristol board using Micron ink pens, Copic markers and Prismacolor markers.

Activity


Wolverine by Roger Cruz
rogercruz posted a hi-res image of this cool Wolverine pic he penciled. I layed in some inks using Clip Studio Paint for practice. I have download turned on if anyone would like to add the colors. 
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ElectraFlame WIP pencils
This is one of my characters from a creator-owned book I'd love to self-publish. Beginning work on some character design. This is ElectraFlame. More to come, but just trying to get used to drawing some of the main characters and play with the costuming.

Enjoy!
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Batman and Superman by Mike Bowden Final
I know, I know. I skipped a few step. LOL!

I was just really into this piece last night and then again this morning I didn't want to stop to save out the couple of processes I did. I can always turn those layers off to show the work. In a nutshell here is what I did:

- After the previous step I used a soft brush (Brian Allen's Soft Watercolor brush to be specific) to create hi, mid and low tones in the picture. I did this directly on the Color layer (which is under the shadow layer).
    - NOTE: after I finished this stage I thought it best to lower the opacity of the shadow layer. I ended up putting it down to 58% opacity.
- Next I used a soft airbrush set to 60% opacity and added in the lighting that was coming from the streets below and atmospherically from as you can see from the sky background. This is done on a layer below the Shadow layer.
- Next I created a layer for specular hi-lites over everything. I really like using this Waxy Pencil Brian Allen has for hard lights. It provides a lot of texture and blends nicely, when needed.
- Added a layer for SFX, but only spots I needed it for were Batman's eyes and I needed it for the glow from the city lights onto the sky background. It provides the evidence for the orange hi-lites I rimmed the figures with.
- The final thing I did to make the colors look more cohesive and keep the night feel of the picture was to place a layer on top of everything and fill it with a purple from the sky palette I had been using throughout. I then turned the opacity way down to 18%.

Enjoy!
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Mike Bowden's Batman and Superman Color Process 2
This is step 2 in the coloring process of this mikebowden Batman and Superman picture he penciled and I inked digitally earlier. Step 1 was flats and for this pic I actually went ahead and did some colors holds.

Step 2 has me adding shadows. I did a side-by-side here because I add shadows with the flats off. I don't want to be influenced by the colors at this stage at all. I want to look at the image black and white and let the artist's shadows tell me where the light source is coming from and add the shadows based on that only. I used a textured brush for the shadows to give some variation.

The next step will be doing some modeling of the figures and in that phase I'll turn off the shadows as to not be influenced by them. I just want to think about the forms and not as much where I added shadows. Light source will still be something to consider, but these next colors will be under the shadows layer I have.

Enjoy!
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Mike Bowden's Batman and Superman Color Process 1
Step 1 in the color process of this mikebowden drawing that posted inks for earlier. Went and saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and then worked on this a bit.

This represents the flats with some color holds. Next step will be to add shadows.

Enjoy!    
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  • Listening to: Rage Against the Machine
  • Reading: Nothing ATM
  • Watching: Altered Carbon
  • Playing: Shhh, it's a secret
  • Eating: Nothing, but starving
  • Drinking: Ice zero calorie drinks
Looking forward to hitting comic shows over the next several months. I need to find some smaller shows to fill the gaps though. Sticking to NC region since I'm small time :)

Raleigh, NC March 17-18
Greenville, SC March 24-25

Chris

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Chris Reader
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: North Carolina
Favorite genre of music: Alternative Rock
Favorite photographer: my wife (kreader2)
Favorite style of art: Comic Art, pencils
Operating System: Windows 8
MP3 player of choice: Samsung Galaxy 4
Wallpaper of choice: My own CoH toon (I made it)
Favorite cartoon character: Marvin the Martian
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:iconrexstudio:
RexStudio Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018   Digital Artist
Nice Gallery , and The Statesville Comic Con is going on right now !:D (Big Grin) 
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MentalPablum Featured By Owner Edited Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Were you at the show? A bit rainy, but a decent crowd.
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RexStudio Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018   Digital Artist
nope didnt make it and yes RAINY   lol
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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
Nice gallery:)
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MentalPablum Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I appreciate that.
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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
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billydallaspatton Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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MentalPablum Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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jhansard Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
A Happy Glorious Birthday to You! :D :cake: :w00t!:
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MentalPablum Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you sir.
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