Monday, March 2, 2009


Here is a sketch I did today for Shane in his Teen Titans sketchbook. He already has a few killer pieces by Darryl Banks, Bob McLeod, and Kelly Yates. Tough group to follow! This is done in ink and graphite in an 11" x  14" Canson sketchbook.


Royce Thrower said...

Roy Harper!! Always liked the character when I started reading Teen Titans in the 60's since his name was almost mine! Nice job Gene! This almost tempts me to get some male commissions from you next time.....almost. :)

Gary M. Peiffer said...

Done in Graphite? At first glance, I thought the gray tones were done with those popular Japanese markers that everyone seems to be using. Guess if you know how to work the graphite, you don't need them!

Royce- Let's not go deviating from your commission norm now! :-)


Unknown said...

This is a great take on Speedy, Gene! Your graphite-fu is strong!

I grew reading the Speedy-less Wolfman/Perez Titans series, but I remember enjoying the his guest appearances in that book and John Ostrander's Suicide Squad.

I'll have to turn you loose on one of my male characters someday!

Shane said...

It was hard to stray from a female character, but it was so worth it! Fantastic work Gene! I really love it and my Dad was impressed, too! Thanks for everything,again!

Patman said...

Very nice, Gene! It caught my eye in a good way.

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Royce! And I know you are kidding about the male commission statement, right? Right? Royce?!?

Thanks Gary, I am too cheap to get those markers. :) Actually I have them but didn't want to find them. I haven't used them in a long time and didn't even think of them until you mentioned it. For this piece I just laid down a nice thin layer of graphite by moving the side of my pencil back and forth over the inked art. Then using a paper towel, I gently rubbed the graphite into the paper to get a smooth even finish. Some areas got a another pass to darken them up. Last I used a kneaded erasure to pick up the graphite for hi-lights. Just a little for subtle hi-lights, and more for going all the way to the white of the paper.

Thanks Jonathan. Another threat of male characters! Shane, what have you done? ;)

Glad you like your Speedy sketch Shane. Funny how your dad ended up living less than a 1/2 mile from me. Small world indeed! Hope you guys had a good visit to the military museum.

Thanks Pat!