Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 346

FERRO LAD. 2017. Gouache on watercolor block, 9 × 12″.

For reflective surfaces, it always helps to have good reference. And while Ferro Lad is a bit shinier than most iron, I'm assuming he's nicely polished. The 3D model below is something I sculpted in Sculptris, a free program you should all be using. Many materials (matcaps) come standard with the download, but I created this one by searching for images of shiny spheres online and making the desired adjustments. Such is my life.


Anemic? I think not!


detail of unedited scan

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blog Break, Life Break

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955 #1. 2017.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 13 × 19″.

I'll be taking a break from blogging, email, social media, ranting, and raving for the next 10 days (at least) as we embark on a family vacation. Please enjoy your break from me responsibly.


detail of raw scan (Don't smoke, kids.)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Phoenix

PHOENIX. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

This piece was partially livestreamed — you can see a recording on Periscope. Have a great weekend!


detail of raw scan

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 345

THE VALIANT #2 PAGE 2. 2014.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.


... back when I had time to work out.

Google image search for Russian base and environment


inks from my Father!


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


digital sketch with #KyleBrush

Monday, June 26, 2017

Shirtless Bear-Fighter Prints

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #4 (variant cover). 2017.
Gouache & Photoshop on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

The moment you've all been waiting for is finally here! Shirtless Bear-Fighter prints go on sale today at 10 am PST. It's an open edition, but I have limited time, so I'm only shipping 20 this week. I'll release more as I get shipping supplies in, but it may not be until late July.

There are 2 versions: "clean-cut" or "wear & tear." More details at my online store.


SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #4 (variant cover, clean version). 2017.
Gouache & Photoshop on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Beast Boy

BEAST BOY. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.


detail of raw scan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 344

THE VALIANT #2, PAGE 1. 2014.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

This page has a home, but other originals from The Valiant are available at Splash Page Comic Art.


"Completely silent."


inks by my Pops


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


digital layout


an earlier version

Monday, June 12, 2017

Wizard World Sacramento 2017

SPIDER-MAN MCU. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

Just one post this week, but it's packed with info! My Pops and I will be at Wizard World Sacramento this Friday-Sunday, June 16-18. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, use code PAOLO to get 20% off your ticket price.

We'll be in artist alley, table #432 all weekend. We're happy to sign your books... but will also be happy to accept donations on behalf of Hero Initiative. To top it off, I'll be doing an ink & paint demo, details below.

Saturday, Jun. 17, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: Creative Stage

Demo-Gorgon

Watch Paolo Rivera ink & color a drawing of the Demogorgon from Stranger Things. He'll use a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen with Holbein watercolor to illustrate the strange creature, all the while taking questions from the audience.


detail of raw scan

For those of you who will be in Charlotte this weekend for Heroes Con, I won't be there, but signed prints of my Shirtless Bear-Fighter cover will be available. Just visit the SBF team at table AA-906. (I'll have prints in Sacramento as well). Have a great week!


SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #4 (variant cover). 2017.
Gouache & Photoshop on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 343

SILK. 2017. Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.


3D model courtesy of the Handy app


pencil sketch


detail of raw scan

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 342

GIANT-MAN & THE WASP. 2017.
Gouache on illustration board, 9 × 12″.

The 3D head reference was provided by the Handy app on my phone, while the inspiration was courtesy of Don Heck. While the head was the only lighting reference I had, that was enough to extrapolate to the Wasp's entire figure.


The Living Eraser!


detail of raw scan

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day


MYTHOS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, Page 10, Panel 1. 2008.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Repost from 2014

It's Memorial Day here in the States, so I thought I'd share some artwork that pays homage to those who have fallen in the service of our country. Although I was not much of a Captain America fan growing up, I've since had the privilege of working on two stories that turned me into one. The first, Mythos: Captain America, was written by Paul Jenkins. The second, Young Allies, was written by Roger Stern. Both stories had their share of action, but the heart of each was the loss of friends in the midst of bigger battles.

It's a bit overwhelming to visit a vast, military cemetery, even if you don't have a personal connection to those laid to rest. Drawing one can't begin to approach a family's sense of loss for a loved one, but it does, at the very least, force you to deliberate over the life that each gravestone represents.


YOUNG ALLIES, Page 1. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

YOUNG ALLIES, Page 6. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

YOUNG ALLIES, Page 21. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

YOUNG ALLIES, Page 22. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

MYTHOS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, Page 22, Panel 3. 2008.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 × 17.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Email List and Sacramento Commissions

THE MAD HATTER. 2017.
Gouache on watercolor block, 9 × 12″.

Hear ye, hear ye! I've got a brand new email list. Please sign up for news on appearances, commissions, original art, prints, and books. I'll still be posting here and across social media, but it will ensure you don't miss out on anything.

Which reminds me...

I'll be selling commission spots through my online store for the next show, Wizard World Sacramento.

You must be at the show to pick up the art (but you are free to arrange a pick up with someone else). Only 1 commission per customer, please.

There are 3 portrait options (no full-figures):
  1. 9 × 12″ Fully-painted:               $350
  2. 9 × 12″ Ink with watercolor:     $160 ($200 on sketch cover)
  3. 9 × 12″ Ink with gray tone:       $100 ($120 on sketch cover)
$50 surcharge for actor likeness or movie version.

California sales tax is included. Surcharges will be added once we discuss details and subject matter. No other items will be available until after the sale.

I will accept 1 painted commission, 5 ink & color, and 2 ink wash.

The links will go live Tuesday, May 30 at 12pm PST

(open to US customers only)



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 341

WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. 2017.
Acryla Gouache on sketch cover, 7 × 10.5″.

I don't typically like painting on sketch covers, but I'm always happy to do so for the Hero Initiative. They'll be auctioning this piece for charity on May 27 at the Phoenix Comic Con. You can see this (and the rest of the covers) at the Hero Initiative site. And if that weren't exciting enough, here's me posing with my very own Lasso of Truth!



I don't think you're ready for this jelly


aaaaalmost there...


washing in color


rough pencils

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stranger Danger!

DOCTOR STRANGE. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.


DOCTOR STRANGE (detail of raw scan). 2017.
Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.