Sketches on toned paper

A couple of fair maidens to try out/use up some toned paper I've had sitting around for ages.


Superman Vs. Batman covers

Superman #50 and Batman #50 feature variant covers that connect to form one image, which is what you see here. Madness Games & Comics sponsored these covers, just as they did for my DK3 variant.

After the initial sketch I wasn't sure how I would finish it, but as I got into the final I found myself drawing with an almost clinically clean ink line, completely open save for Superman's black hair, and coloring with a vibrant palette. There's probably more than enough darkness out there already, I reckon.

And while I am no expert, I believe a true Superman vs. Batman showdown would end quite quickly with Batman utterly destroyed in seconds, but that may just be my dumb logic speaking.


Catwoman 50 cover

And finally, the cover to CATWOMAN issue 50. Traditional pencil and inks, PS color (plain and simple, too, for once!)

They were posted out of order, but I am now up to date with my Catwoman covers, issues 47-52.

That's enough of her for now. I'll have something different in the next post.


Catwoman 51

And here is the cover to Catwoman #51. This issue will feature a young, pre-Catwoman Selina Kyle, when she was just starting out as a thief.

I realize I have been posting these out of numerical order, but that is how I have been drawing them thanks to some scheduling quirks.

#52 will be coming up next, and then I am going back to finish #50. I'll get them all lined up eventually!

Pencil and Photoshop as usual.


Catwoman 47

CATWOMAN #47 cover.

Drawn and colored in Photoshop over a sleepless weekend to make the deadline. Not a fun time.


Catwoman 49

Here's the cover to CATWOMAN issue 49, the third of my run.

I didn't have a lot of time to get it done initially, so an unfinished version was used for solicitation and is floating around online, which happens on occasion. Luckily, I was able to go back in and fix it up a bit before it goes to print.

More soon!


Madness Games & Comics in-store event!

From Madness Games & Comics in Plano, Texas (just north of Dallas):

Come join us for a special 3 day event with tremendous guest artists. We’ll have autograph signings on Wednesday night and Saturday during the day. Thursday night will be an “In the Industry” Art Workshop along with Portfolio Review!

Autograph Signing
Wednesday December 16, 5 pm to 9 pm

Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg!

Art Workshop with Q&A and Portfolio Review
Thursday December 17, 5 pm to 9 pm

Join artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg for a workshop, Q&A, and portfolio review. They’ll discuss their processes, share behind-the-scenes stories, offer insight into tools and techniques, tips on working in comics, film, and animation industries, and answer questions along the way. Following the workshop, they’ll be offering personalized critiques and advice in a portfolio review session. Portfolio reviews will be $50 for 15 minutes each with Mr. Middleton, Mr. & Mrs. Breitweiser, and Mr. Hoberg. There will be limited availability and preregistration is available in the store.

Autograph Signing
Saturday December 19, 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm

Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, and Elizabeth Breitweiser for autograph signings!

About the artists:

Come meet artist JOSHUA MIDDLETON and get your books signed! In addition to providing the cover for the exclusive Madness Games & Comics DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE variant, Josh has illustrated covers for dozens of comics as well as interiors on books like NYX, SUPERMAN/SHAZAM:FIRST THUNDER, SUPERGIRL, and WONDER WOMAN. In addition to his comics work, Josh has been an art director and designer in feature film and television animation, with credits including Joss Whedon’s SERENITY, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and season two of THE LEGEND OF KORRA.

Mitch Breitweiser has been penciling, inking, and painting his way through dozens of Marvel and Independent books and covers. His numerous works on CAPTAIN AMERICA have made him a fan favorite, not to be missed. Elizabeth Breitweiser is a colorist and cover artist. Some of her work includes OUTCAST by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FATALE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE FADE OUT, HULK, LEGENDS of the DARK KNIGHT, and WOLVERINE.

Rick Hoberg began working in the comic industry in the mid 1970’s. He’s drawn IRON MAN, INVADERS, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, CHECKMATE, BATMAN, GREEN ARROW, and JUSTICE LEAGUE. He’s done production art/merchandise work for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars films. In addition to comic work, he’s worked at Hanna-Barbera as a storyman and animator.

All of the artists will have exclusive prints to offer.

Madness Games & Comics
3000 Custer Rd Ste #310
Plano, TX 75075


Catwoman covers

I am now the regular cover artist on DC Comics' CATWOMAN, starting with issue 47!

Seen here is the cover for issue 48, which I had to do first for scheduling purposes (I will be going back to do 47, which has already been solicited with a temporary cover).

I designed this cover to have bold text running
over Catwoman, so it isn't really complete without the lettering, but that is being handled by the talented folks at DC. I'll post the final version once the trade dress is all put together.

I'm really excited to be on this book. Gotham's shadows and crazy rogues gallery, along with Catwoman's sleek silhouette, provide a great opportunity for design and figure drawing, and the story arc I am starting on has plenty of exciting moments to capture for the covers. It should be a nice ride!



This is one of many 'retailer variant' covers for DC Comics' upcoming DARK KNIGHT 3. My cover was sponsored by Madness Games & Comics in Plano, TX.

I was asked to include female characters, but I only read THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS as a teenager and spared myself the sequel, so I was only familiar with the Carrie Kelly Robin. My editor suggested THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN's Wonder Woman, so that is what we have here.

Drawn by hand with Photoshop color as usual. I debated trying to paint this one traditionally, but I didn't have quite as much time as I would have liked to allow for the inevitable painting disasters and subsequent repair work, so I decided to stick with digital but to try to stay loose and not fuss over every pixel. It turned out to be a lot of fun to work on.

More soon!



This is the cover for STARBORN, the last book in The Flaxfield Quartet by Toby Forward, the first three being DRAGONBORN, FIREBORN, and DOUBLEBORN.

This one was something of a challenge in that, once again, I had to keep it in line with the previous covers stylistically, the first of which I illustrated four years ago. The rendered style I unwittingly set for this series was never really my forte, but I had to give it one more go for consistency's sake. Nowadays, I am spending most of my time working with largely flat color in order to preserve as much of my line work as possible, and this cover is basically the polar opposite of that approach.

There was almost no drawing involved. It was painted directly in Photoshop using only a few layers to isolate the characters in order to force myself not to fiddle too much with anything. The publisher wanted more and more color and magical effects as I went along, which is how I wound up with the swirly saturated palette.

So that's that.


ECCC and Padme in a meadow

Some of you may have noticed my name on the guest list for Emerald City Comic Con. I am very sorry to say I have to cancel my appearance due to scheduling/story issues with the Wonder Woman comic I have been working on. I should also mention that I am now only providing the art for the first issue of the 2-part Wonder Woman story, which isn't really a bad thing.

I'm quite disappointed to miss the convention as it has been a long time since I attended a show and I always enjoy meeting folks and talking art. I'm going to do my best to make up for it at the next show, whenever and wherever that is!

Some of you may have also noticed that I have removed the 'Gallery' page on the site. This place needs an overhaul and most of that stuff needs to go. I'll put up some good work to replace that sad graveyard as soon as I can.

In the meantime, here's a private commission of Padme Amidala I painted a while back for a good friend and avid collector of comic art and illustration. You can view some of his impressive collection here.

It is painted in gouache with a tiny bit of colored pencil here and there on the line work. I used metallic gold and silver for the frame and details on the dress, which shimmers in the light but unfortunately can not be captured in a scan. You can kind of see the effect in the second photo. The Futhork at the bottom reads "Amidala". I don't recall the dimensions, but I'm guessing it was in the 12"x18" neighborhood.


Commission enquiries

Just a quick note to the kind folks who have written to me about ECCC commissions- I am trying to make some deadlines at the moment, so my apologies for not replying as of yet. I will get back to each of you with details as soon as I get out from under this workload. Probably after the weekend. Thanks!