Friday, May 27, 2016

Ditko Eyes

SPIDER-MAN. 2016. Watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 307

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953 #2 PAGE 14. 2015. 
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson. Info and preview here. Original art will be up in a month or so, but issue 1 is up now.


inks by my Pops


blue-line print of pencils
with digital graphics


pencils over digital sketch


digital layout

Monday, May 23, 2016

Leonardo Leads...

TMNT. 2015. Gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 18 × 24″.

So... I actually painted this about a year ago, but it's finally seeing the light of day. I've been a Ninja Turtle fan since they arrived, fresh from the sewer, so this was a huge honor for me.

You can pre-order it here.

This print was made in conjunction with a sculpture series produced by Sideshow. Their artists and sculptors designed the look and gave me wonderful reference, including 3D ZBrush models to work from (which really made the difference on those shells).



If you're interested in the original art, please let Mark Hay at Splash Page Comic Art know. It will go on sale in a couple months. For more info on the print and sculpture, check out Sideshow.





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 306

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953 #3 PAGE 9. 2016.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

This Hellboy story takes place in 1953, which required a fair amount of research to get the look right. It's by no means completely accurate, but where I could find period appropriate reference, I used it. This illustration of a house was from an ad that I liked... and it looked like a great landing pad for Hellboy.


inks by my Pops


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


digital layout

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wizard World Sacramento Commissions

DAREDEVIL. 2016. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

I'm opening up the list for Wizard World Sacramento! There are 3 options, all of them head-shots (examples here). Please let me know which character you'd like (and any particular era, costume, or expression).

1. 9 × 12″ watercolor portrait:    $250 (no sketch covers)
2. 9 × 12″ Ink + color wash:        $120 ($160 on sketch cover)
3. 9 × 12″ Inked portrait:            $80 ($100 on sketch cover)

Just email me at contact:at:paolorivera.com to get on the list. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 305

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. 2016. Photoshop, 16 × 24″.

First of all, minor spoilers above! (I haven't even seen the movie yet.) Second of all, big apologies, but this ultra-limited edition poster is just for the cast & crew. That means you can't have one unless you were in the movie. (Sorry!)


Best part of the job, hands down.

Also, a huge thanks to the producers, especially Nate Moore, for getting me on the project and helping me through the process. And to my wife, April, who did the graphic design! (Thanks, babe!) And lastly, a huge thanks to the Marvel Visual Development crew for not only giving me a tour of the studios, not just making the movies look amazing, but making me feel like part of the team.


I still started with a sepia "underpainting."

Oh, and thanks to Kyle T. Webster, whose Photoshop brushes made the process so much easier. Like my previous posters, I had planned on painting this one in gouache, but I was running short on time and decided to do it digitally. (It still took me 200+ hours.)


preliminary digital sketches

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mysterio Commission (Wondercon 2016)

MYSTERIO. 2016. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

I'm in the process of changing web hosts (and honestly trying to decide if I even need a web site). In the meantime, paolorivera.com will direct visitors to this blog. My email still seems to be working, but if I don't respond to any new inquiries this week, try me on social media.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Magik Commission (Wondercon 2016)

MAGIK. 2016. Watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

This "Magikal" commission was done just before Wondercon back in March. My next con will be Sacramento — I'll open up that commission list in a couple weeks.

I recently colored a piece by Sean Gregory Miller for his creator-owned comic The Original. You can buy this and other prints at his on-line store. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 304

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953 #2 PAGE 1. 2015.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board, 11 × 17″.


inks by my Pops


pencils over digital print


digital layout

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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