Here’s the finished version. You can compare it to the post below to see what Matt added on the right hand side. Pretty happy with how it turned out. If you’re in So. Cal. mid-month, check it out at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. It will be shown along with a ton of other work by great artists as part as the Heavy Metal 40th anniversary show (link to gallery site below).


Been so busy that I haven’t been able to update the post. Basically, I took the scanned image and imported it into Photoshop. I then copied the background layer, darkened it, and erased away to reveal the light layer below. Then I color corrected using overlay and hard light layers… Then I basically rendered the crap out of it with the pencil tool and a few other brushes, in Corel Painter.  That’s about it!

Move Zig!

You know what you doing?

I’m not sure that I can say “yes.”

Here is the old image:

Khaoc Versus Bunny under-painting, Micron and acrylic

Khaoc Versus Bunny under-painting, Micron and acrylic

Here’s how it looks now:

Khaoc Vs Bunny, mixed on Illustration board.

Khaoc Vs Bunny, mixed on Illustration board.

I did a color study on Photoshop, then commenced with the real-world painting. I painted it a lot like a watercolor. I went in with acrylic washes and blocked in all the elements- with special attention given to the color gradients in each area (that’s where the digital color study really helped). Then I made more specific color washes with acrylic – like the decals and armor pieces on the bunny. Then I used lots of markers, followed by pens, and finally colored pencils to tighten and add detail.

I learned that I have to go darker with the initial drawing. I spent too much time going over certain areas again and again trying to darken them, thus redrawing them several times. I also wish that I had added more color variety and gradients, overall. But this is my first attempt at completing a painting in this particular style, so I have a lot to learn about the method.

Khaoc Versus: Bunny Edition

December 22, 2012

Here’s a piece I’m working on as a submission to Spectrum this year. I’m also submitting the two Heavy Metal pieces in my gallery. Maybe I’ll get lucky this year!

I’m going to update this post with pictures of the process, although it’s pretty boring, I think. This piece will be done by December 31st at the latest. So make sure to check back to see the finished version.

This piece started as any other would – as a thumbnail. I drew a larger version on 11X17 illustration board in pencil… I went over the pencils in micron and black acrylic washes to create the tonal under-painting you see here.  The next step is to get a color study done on photoshop, then back to color acrylic washes and marker work in the real world. It takes a long time, but I’ve learned that the acrylic under-painting is really worthwhile considering it won’t get washed out by the alcohol-based markers later.

Micron and acrylic

Khaoc Versus Bunny under-painting, Micron and acrylic

Check back for updates!

Khaoc Versus – 17

November 10, 2012

Here’s the new page. I’ve learned quite a bit and added a few time-saving steps to my process since my last post. I shaved off about 5 hours from the usual 25 to 35 it takes me to do a page… Hopefully without losing any quality. I think I may have finally hit the “one (decent) page every two days” goal I’ve been striving for ever since I started this whole comics business.

Submission Page 6

August 4, 2011

I take back what I said – I have applied the new fast technique to the submission. This image is from a photo (not a scan) so it’s not as high quality as I’d like.

Still, it only took me about 4 hours to complete (working from Matt’s pencils), so I think that’s a huge improvement without a significant loss in quality.

Quick Style Page(s)

August 1, 2011

My brother and I were thinking that we can’t keep spending 20 hours on each page for the rest of our lives, so we’re experimenting with faster styles. This double page spread took me 9 hours to do. It was done by hand. Basically, I gave myself only ten hours to do it, so I had to work a lot faster than I am comfortable with, but it came out a lot better than I expected. I’m actually (surprisingly) satisfied with the way it looks.

This style won’t affect the way the 2011 submission issue will look for the sake of it’s continuity, but we will be using quicker styles for the newer pages once we’re done with the submission.

This is going to be turned into a painted page, and will be a “cover” for a possible “Khaoc Versus” comic in which Khaoc takes on Hammerhead-Rhino Man.