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Laser Eyes AND Laser Tail…

Posted in Crash! Art with tags , , , , on August 6, 2014 by Crash! Landen

Last night, I sketched out the main creatures from a certain 60s Alex Toth cartoon series using the ol’ WACOM tablet (Thanks Mr. Assertive!)… Tonight I’m doing the other half; the people types and probably won’t get around to inking it until this weekend, since I already have 3 other pages to ink, too.



I hope you’ll recognize one of the creatures from the series (above).Toth was always one to be stretching the boundaries. Forget breathing fire, this SPACE dragon not only could shoot lasers from his eyes, but from HIS TAIL, also.













His FREAKING TAIL. I swear to you. That may be why this was my favorite character from the series (the others were cool, too, though).

San Diego Bound

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Crash! Art on July 30, 2013 by Crash! Landen

Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it?  A month? Two months?  I guess I have a few hundred reviews to post. A lots happened since I last posted, but I can’t go through all of that since I  have to make this a quick one…


Yesterday I got a pleasant surprise in the mail in the form of a 2013 San Diego Comic Con Souvenir Book. That wasn’t the pleasant surprise, though. By itself, I would be excited, but not THAT excited. The surprise was that I got my art printed in the Souvenir Book for the second straight year, but I was dare I say SHOCKED that I got not one, but two pages. Two full glorious pages!


There they are. I couldn’t be happier. Maybe I’ll try again next year…

X Marks The Spot…

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Crash! Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by Crash! Landen

I get distracted sometimes… I have work to do, but when I do warmup sketches on the WACOM (Thanks, Mr, Assertive!) to get started drawing actual work stuff, I sometimes will get carried away with… other things. That’s what happened when I drew the Beast of the X-men. Next thing I know, I’m changing the angle, adding all of the original X-Men, adding cover elements (since I’ve done an Uncanny X-Men cover before for someone) and I get something like this:XCrash

I even did some of that muted color shit that’s all the rage in comics nowadays, because you can do that sort of thing in the rough stage.. Stan Lee changed the color of the Hulk from Grey with Blue Jeans to Mr. Green with Purple PAnts in the Conservatory. That sort of thing isn’t allowed anymore. Hell, kids might like it or something and superheroes are for… Well, anyway, I’m getting  myself worked up for nothing, again.

If I ever got a shot at the X-Men, I would have to start at the beginning and I wouldn’t do the story that everyone else does. I ‘ll keep that to myself, though. I did like drawing them with suits on. I think it  gives an anachronistic quality to the characters. College kids usually don’t dress this way, but they might have when the X-Men were created. It also gives a private school vibe I think.


Drawing the thing was really planned, though as evidenced by my original drawing. I didn’t really want to draw Angel, because his physical abnormality is much more pronounced than the others and I was trying to make them look ‘normal’. After I drew it this way, though, I realized it would be pretty stupid to draw Professor X and all of the original X-men on a first issue cover without Warren, so I added him in and that wasn’t easy, even with the WACOM (thanks, Mr. Assertive!).

I think the sketch turned out pretty cool, though. I thought I was being sort of clever, too, making Bobby Drake (Iceman) the one without a coat and wearing a white tie to match his shirt. It’s probably not even that clever, though, but I do think it proves that I think about that sort of thing when I draw this stuff. Anyway,  I’ll have to ink and color it after I get done with all of my other stuff that I’m doing. I actually have work, so I guess I better get back to that.

Pensacola Brand

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Crash! Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by Crash! Landen

Down below is the second cover for the IN Weekly that I drew. I think it turned out great! It actually says ‘ADMEN’ on the cover; not ‘ADME’. My photo cut the ‘N’ off. Anyway… I guess people are upset with Pensacola’s Mayor (Ashton Hayward) with the amount of money that’s been spent on ‘rebranding Pensacola’ amongst other things. I don’t know how much of the 490K of that re-branding budget was spent on the actual logo, but I’d bet a toe that they paid at least ten times the amount that I would have charged them

So I was asked to draw Hayward and some of his associates ( District 6 Councilman Brian Spencer, Public Information Officer Derek Cosson and  City Administrator Bill Reynolds). Does it look like them? Caricatures are subjective, of course. Mr. Assertive called me and told me that it looked like the Mayor, but you can be the judge of that and even read the article here.


I don’t know if they’ll let me do any more covers, but I hope so. They’re a mad rush, but fun. After the initial sketch, I do the changes, inks and colors in one day (turnaround time). I worked with Rick Outzen, the editor/publisher, and Joani Delezen, his production manager & editor,  in coming up with the art which had the MADMEN theme. I’ve never watched the show, but what I’ve seen when I’ve flipped past it on the boob tube always had the characters in offices with blinds, so I tried to capture that without having the background overpower the caricatures. I’m happy with the way it turned out. I like it better than the other one I did with Uncle Sam, too, especially when it comes to perspective. I also liked how Spencer turned out. I  always enjoy doing the little FX as with making the slight reflective quality of his glasses.

You can pick up a copy here if you’re in the Pensacola area.

At the moment, I’m trying to finish a pinup for a comic book that I should have already finished. And I have logos to finish. Back to it.

Independent News

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Crash! Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2013 by Crash! Landen

I haven’t posted in over a week, but I guess I’ve been busy. After sending in a few spec samples (here, here and here) to the publisher of the IN (a local periodical that’s been running for years), I was asked to do a cover. So, I was excited about that. They wanted something to do with gun control. I ended up being just more of an illustrator than anything else. I guess a few little ideas were mine, but I had fun doing it. I really wanted to do another Uncle Sam cover for them, that was (I think) a little more provocative, a little more dynamic and maybe a bit more ‘serious’, but you have to (try to) please whoever you’re doing the art for. That’s not always possible as I learned with that Freight Dogg design, but that’s another story.

The IN used my art on the cover and on the interior and it printed  even better than I thought it would for printing on newsprint. It probably had more to do with what they did with the art than what I did, but I have to think my past experiences with multichannel art helped a little.  I separated this in CMYK mode instead of the usual RGB to CMYK conversion. That way  I could control the percentages in each color instead of letting the computer do that. Computers don’t always know best. But anyway, here it is:


If you’re in Pensacola, there are a lot of places that you can pick them up from like the Publix’, Food Worlds and Winn Dixies of the world. I  haven’t read it yet; just skimmed it really, but there’s usually interesting things in the IN, so I’m hoping this is the best issue ever. For me it is. Hands down.


I also finished a few logos that i had been working on.  There was one I was pretty happy with that was for ‘Fine Line Ammo, which has some kind of serendipitous quality to it, seeing as how it involves firearms also. I did some other work for the same guy, and I think he was happy with I ended up with. He presented the sketch above for me to work towards. I did a version  that was a little more three dimensional instead of on a flat plane, but I ended up having to make some changes to it. Below is what I sort of steered him towards. The top version was essentially what he wanted, but it still didn’t look like a logo to me, so I did another.  I utilized the basic elements that he wanted while making it look more like a logo, I think. Both versions:



I had some other notable things, too. Another comic book logo was ‘finalized’ and I’m working on a pinup for a western comic. I won’t get paid much, but it’ll be another ‘published’ feather in the cap. Here’s the thumbnail I did. I just sketched it out on the WACOM (provided by Mr. Assertive). It took literally about 10 minutes to come up with the idea and sketch it out in true chicken scratch style. It’s supposed to be my ode to both those DC comics westerns and the Bernie Wrightson DC horror comics covers of the same era that always seemed to feature kids surreptitiously witnessing some kind of supernatural beasties doing something horrible to some poor shlep that  crossed their paths.



I still have some movie reviews to write and post, too. One of them got put aside because I was having internet problems a couple of weeks ago. But the really crazy thing is that I was actually cast as an extra in a movie that was filming here in Pensacola. The film is a ‘legitimate’ production, complete with a few recognizable actors. I didn’t get to participate as much as I wanted to, though, because I got injured (and quite sunburned). I did manage to get my mug in front of the camera a few times, so maybe they won’t leave me on the cutting room floor. I can’t say any more than that, though, without getting sued. But I can’t wait to review that one. My objectivity will surely be put to the test.

So, anyway… Back to work.


The Pensacola Independent News…

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Crash! Art with tags , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Crash! Landen


Anyone Attending the 2012 San Diego Comic Convention? I Have A Question…

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Crash! Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by Crash! Landen

Okay, I wasn’t able to attend this year. I submitted art for the Souvenir Book (I never make it in), but was wondering if anyone was attending and have their hands on a 2012 SDCC Souvenir Book(I never make it in)… Could you please let me know if I made it in (I never make it in)?  It’s unlikely since… well. You know. But I was hoping. Here is a detail of it:

Wait. It’s not really a detail. It’s a quasi-detail, since on the art it doesn’t exactly appear like this. The Hernandez Brothers, of course, are responsible for Love And Rockets, which was one of the ‘themes’ for the Souvenir Book this year. The 30th Anniversary of Love And Rockets, actually. I picked that instead of one of the others like The Fantastic Four Anniversary, just because I thought the majority of the entries would be of the ‘bigger’, more familiar characters. My thinking was that I had a better chance if maybe there weren’t many entries for the lesser known L&R.

Although I was aware of the comic, having read and seen interviews with the brothers, but other than maybe a few anthology comics that they participated in, I don’t think I have anything of theirs. I had to do a little research on the characters, and it seemed like an early hispanic version of Terry Moore’s Strangers In Paradise (or vise versa since L&R came first). I ended up doing one of those ‘homage’ covers. The art above (without the type), appears in the upper right corner of that. I drew them sepearte and fairly large so as to do a better job on their likenesses. I think it sort of looks like them. Sort of.

But, anyway. If you have your hands on the 2012 Souvenir Book, please let me know if I made it in. I would be very appreciative. I’ll also be EXTREMELY disappointed if I didn’t make it in the book… AGAIN (I never make it in).