Monday, March 30, 2015

Megacon 2015!

DARKCHYLDE. 2014. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

As it turns out, I'll be at Megacon this year, but only for 1 day. You can find me at the Hero Initiative booth on Sunday, signing times to be announced. I won't be able to draw while I'm at the show, but I plan to do commissions beforehand. I can't guarantee that'll I'll get to everyone, but if you put your name on the list, I'll do my best to get to it.

There are only 3 options, all of them 9 × 12 inches:

—Watercolor painted portrait (on my own paper, no exceptions): $250.
—Ink portrait: $80 ($20 extra for sketch covers)
—Ink with watercolor wash portrait: $120 ($40 extra for sketch covers)

If you're interested in getting on the list, please email me here: Contact:at:paolorivera.com

In the subject line, please indicate the character you'd like (and which version, if applicable).

Lastly, the chances of me getting to your request are greatly improved if you'd like the ink with wash option. Doubly so if you'd like inks and color from my dad, Joe Rivera.

Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 280

THE VALIANT #4 PAGE 17. 2015. Digital 2750 × 4175 px.

It's finally out! Be sure to pick up your copy of The Valiant #4, and if you happen to be in San Francisco, my Dad and I will be signing today at Isotope Comics from 5:30-6:30.


Pushin' against a wall

Here you can see how random my need for reference can be. Out of a 9-panel page, only 1 of the figures required a photo assist. (But even that was just barely necessary.) I used a fair amount of reference for the cargo plane interior and exterior, but that's more a hodgepodge of any pics I can find online.

This was another of the all-digital pages. When things get complicated, especially if perspective is involved, it's easier to keep pages in the computer. My Dad still inked about 2/3 of the book traditionally.



Monday, March 23, 2015

The Valiant #4

THE VALIANT #4 COVER. 2014.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color 11 × 17″.

It's almost here! The Valiant #4 hits shelves on Wednesday. And if you happen to be in San Francisco that day, you can catch me and my inking Dad at Isotope Comics, where we'll be signing from 5:30-6:30.

Here's a preview of the upcoming issue, and a 5-star, spoiler-free review here. Hope to see you at the signing!


THE VALIANT #4 PAGE 3. 2014.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color 11 × 17″.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 279

THE VALIANT #1 Page 12. 2014. Digital 2750 × 4175 px.

Folks! I'm gonna try to get back in the swing of things on the blog, so here's the next installment of Wacky Reference Wednesday! I'm playing the part of Kay McHenry, the current Geomancer of the Valiant Universe.

The 4th and final issue of the series will be out next week, and if all goes well, we're going to set up a signing at Isotope in SF. And since my 'rents are visiting this week, my Dad can sign too! Stay tuned for more details.

Finally, in case you missed it, in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube, I'm now on Instagram!



All but 5 pages of issue 1 were done completely in Photoshop. Below is a detail of the panel in question. I used Kyle T. Webster's brushes for sketching, inking, and toning.





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Big Wow Commission List

MJ. 2012. Watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

I will be accepting a limited number of commissions for Big Wow ComicFest next month, April 18-19 in San Jose. There are only 3 options, all of them 9 × 12 inches:

Watercolor painted portrait (on my own paper, no exceptions): $250.
Ink portrait: $80 ($20 surcharge for sketch covers)
Ink with watercolor wash portrait: $120 ($40 surcharge for sketch covers)

If you're interested in getting on the list, please contact me here:

Contact:at:paolorivera.com

Please indicate the character you'd like (and which version, if applicable). I will do my best to finish as many commissions as possible (only one per customer) but a place on the list does not guarantee that I will get to it. Thanks for your support!


DAREDEVIL. 2013. Watercolor and ink on paper, 9 × 12″.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Valiant #4 Preview

THE VALIANT #4 PAGE 1. 2014. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px.

I'm done! 4 issues in 8 months. I'm definitely not the fastest, but I'm ~ more or less ~ dependable. The last installment will hit shelves on March 25th, but you can see a lettered preview now, and some black and white pages here. I'm going to try to get back to a more regular schedule on blogging soon, but I might drop back to 2 times a week.

As for what's next, I've got a number of covers and posters in the pipeline... and I plan to go outside!

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