Monday, November 06, 2006

Hellboy Sketch Cards, Sopranos

I've got a new project coming up! I'm doing a set of sketch cards for the Hellboy: Sword of Storms animated film that just recently aired on Cartoon Network! Here's the announcement page with a couple of my sample cards shown on it - scroll down a bit. I'm psyched! :)

I've had to turn down quite a few outside jobs since I started here at Seven, because I've been really busy here and we did have quite a bit of crunch time up to when we finished the Sopranos game. And that's okay, but I do like doing the sketch cards, they're relatively quick and fun and a good way to keep my name out there. This particular set is a great opportunity and the logistics are very compatible with my schedule, so I jumped at the chance. I mean, come on! Mike Mignola's doing a set of these! Along with all the other great artists, it's some good company.

As always, many thanks to Tone Rodriguez for giving me the call on this.

The cards won't be out until next year, but of course I'll let you all know when they come out.

There are a couple of my sketches up on the Sopranos game site, which you can see here (may require you to enter your birthdate, but nothing else, for age verification). Mine are just the first two on the Bada Bing page. They're drawings I made when we were trying to figure out how to lay out the Bada Bing in the game, it explains that. The funny thing is, I'd already been in the "main bar" area a few dozen times, because it's a strip club called Satin Dolls on Rt. 17 in New Jersey. They don't film the inside of it there now, but the original pilot and some of the first season they did use the actual location, and they still use it for exterior shots. We had a lot of trouble figuring out some of the interior, because the set changed in some pretty fundamental ways over the first 3 seasons, so we'd be looking at shots from episodes and things would be in different places every time! So we came up with a good layout that kept everything in but still made sense and feels right in the game. And all you Jersey buddies of mine who've been there will get a kick out of seeing it and walking thru it in-game.

BTW, the Sopranos game ships tomorrow, and should be in stores either tomorrow evening or first thing Wednesday morning. Go buy it, it's fun! Assuming you're over 18, of course... it's a "Mature Audiences" only game.

I haven't been doing Eon project sketches because I'm still reading the book and taking notes. There are some really great scenes that need illustratin', but I want to get all the way thru before I choose what I'm going to do. I'd like to do a really wild environment that integrates some of the main characters, and there's no shortage of such scenes. I should be able to finish the book by this weekend, and then I'll really start cranking. It's actually quite an interesting story - I was a bit worried as it felt a bit slow at the start, but it's going along very well now and I'm enjoying it a lot. It will be fun to paint a nice piece or two for it.

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