The illustrations and layout were comissioned for a free downloadable comic at: http://www.captneli.com/dailycomic.php, timed to coincide with the release of a limited edition Mego-style action figure of the retro hero Commander X (Nemo Publishing). The Commander is an integral character in Jay Piscopo's new all-ages graphic novel series, "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli." Interesting project to work on - with a great story by Ron Fortier. Excuse the low resolution - there is high one at the link.
Jan 22, 2009 6:40:52 pmby strayrider Homepage »
The ultra realistic posing style here makes me sick with envy. I mean, really, these characters crackle with energy! Mike, you truly are my #1 source of inspiration. Keep it up!
BTW: I checked out that site. Congrats! (now if I can figure out how to get some of that soda)
Feb 25, 2009 1:14:48 amby mmitchell_houston Homepage »
I am literally STUNNED at how well you've captured the look and feel of the classic look of Virgil Finlay's illustrations in SF magazines of the 1940s & 1950s. I'm used to being amazed at your color work, but this takes your b&w work to a new level. This is one of those rare times when I have almost zero constructive criticism. The shading, the poses, the entire package is almost perfect. Your poses really convey a sense of caution and expectation. You just know something's about to happen... and so do the men. The only things I would suggest would be to move Commander X a little to our right so that his head isn't split by the spine. And what is that round black thing by the feet of his men? I can't figure it out. But trust me, I had to STUDY the piece to find those suggestions. As I said, I am STUNNED by this piece. And your work on the other two pages is great, too. Incidentally, I visited the Website and will probably buy the action figure -- I used to love those old Mego figures!
You really should do a tutorial on how you created these particular effects. I would love to read how you're achieving these spectacular results.