Sinister

Today’s post is much more grim than my usual postings and not for the faint of heart. This illustration highlights one of my darker characters named Jean Claude, a man who works as an “Extractor”; a polite way to say  he uses interrogation techniques that are not exactly humane. Jean Claude combines physical pain and psychological insight in his methods, digging deep (sometimes literally) to find the answers he’s been hired to retrieve. In this setting, Jean Claude is working over a high-ranking member of a criminal organization, trying to find information on a missing child. The man, as Jean Claude’s research concludes, has had a fear of mirrors/broken glass since he was a child, a fact that is used against the man. Jean Claude’s story is an intense psychological thriller that features espionage, conspiracy and and examination of the value of human life. Sinister is the word that inspired this piece, and it’s certainly fitting.

Sinister

“Sinister”, 6.25 x 8.5, Digitial

SDCC Wrap-Up

SDCC Wrap-Up

It’s been a week since Comic Con International and figured an update was due. Comic Con was a blast, got to meet a lot of great people in the industry and expanded my knowledge of comics and the arts. Portfolio reviews were awesome this year; Thank you to all who took the time to review my work and offer their advice and expertise!

As a special “post-Con” treat, I present some of this years sketches from my signature book. Once I determine that I will be getting a signature of someone famous, I begin a simple caricature sketch in my book of said person. This often is done entirely while waiting IN LINE. Sketch and simple inking. This year, three of my favorites were the Mythbusters and of course, Mr. Robert Kirkman!

Comic Con and The Shot of the West Pt.3

Comic Con and The Shot of the West Pt.3

Shot of the West” 11×14, digital and traditional

Greeting friends old and new! For those of you who do not know, Comic Con International is upon us! As I am doing portfolio review this weekend, I’m sure there will be new traffic to this webpage from many new readers, so again I say welcome!

For those interested in online portfolios of my work, they can be found here:

Behance Portfolio
LinkedIn
deviantART (older work)

As an added treat, I present the finished Shot of the West!

Thanks for checking out my website! Be sure to check in periodically for new content and updates in future projects!

Cheers,
Max

Shot of the West Pt.2

Howdy Partner! I felt like revisiting the Shot of the West character drawing I did a while back for this post. I will be making it into a full illustration for Comic Con, which is only a few weeks out now!

SOTWFULL

“Shot of the West” 9.5″ x 13.5″, digital

 

Well, Excuse Me Princess!

Yesterday, I asked my niece what I should draw, having taken a break from other illustrations. I suggested it be something awesome, crazy and out of this world. She insisted it should be a princess. And not just ANY princess; her favorite Disney © princess, Snow White. So, eager to not disappoint the four-year-old sitting next to me, I happily accepted her challenge. Ladies and Gentlemen, Snow White :

SnowWhite

 

“Snow White”, 9 x 11, digital