It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Been busy on a handful of projects. Some are out now (Wonder Woman: Future’s End, Secret Origins), and some are coming in the next year (Convergence).
So, just a quick post or two promoting the new works, and hopefully I can find some time to post some art from these books.
Felt like a bit of unwinding from spending the day inking, so I spent some time after lunch (and a bit after dinner) playing with Corel Painter. After picking up the Art of The Guardians of the Galaxy book, and the score to the film, I was in the mood to do Gamora. Not the movie version, but the classic version from the 70’s. Maybe I’ll do a portrait series of all the Guardians….
Here’s a small sample of inking I did over Rags Morales’ pencils for Wonder Woman: Future’s End #1. Interesting approach to this job… Rags started inking the job and was using watercolor to add grey values to the drawings (which will then be digitally colored) I followed his lead, and add the greytones as well. The job recalls the black and white magazines Marvel did in the 70’s and 80’s. Looking forward to seeing the printed book. It’s scheduled to ship in September.
Thundercats #8 cover (1987). Pencils by me (from layout by John Romita). Inks by Tom Palmer.
Why did Palmer sign the piece “J. Thomas”? Not really sure. When I met him (maybe after this cover was done), and introduced myself he mentioned something that he thought Marzan was an alias of Romita’s. I guess he got that idea from my working with John, and under his tutelage..??
Here’s a Black Widow sketch I did for a collector at MegaCon back in March.
I think I messed up the Russian spelling of my name. My Russian is oh so bad. I read it oh so slowly. Writing it is worse.
While working on an issue of Supergirl, and thought I’d do a quick and dirty iPhone video. There’s still a lot to learn about YouTube, filming, editing, etc., so might as well jump in and get to it! I think that once I get a real video camera the results will be much better. The Supergirl pencils are by Karl Moline.
Update: Got a new camera, and have been testing it out. Bit by bit, one step at a time. So far I’ve done a pair of videos of my work on Bayou Bound. The first one was a bit to far away from the page. The second is much better, but I’ve got to work on my aim. In a few instances my inking was out of the frame. But, I managed to upload the video in HD, so progress is being made. The Bayou Bound pencils are by Kevin West.
Since I’ve decided to continue making inking videos, I’ve added a videos page to the site. It will automatically feature the latest video on my YouTube channel, MarzanTV. I’m excited about this, considering that I’ve never really played with film or video before. It’ll be good to film some how-tos and talk about inking. All of the videos I’ve done so far are on the video page.
I’ve started a YouTube channel! MarzanTV! The idea is to do some how-to videos, and maybe have some discussion about comic art in general. It’s still early and things can change, but that’s the basic idea. While I wait for my camera to arrive, I did a quick and dirty test on my iPhone working on a blueline page printout. The pencils are by Tony Akins. I was more concerned with figuring out YouTube than making a great video. Hoping for better quality in future videos.
Had a great time at HeroesCon 2014 in Charlotte! Good times spent with friends, pros and fans. Here’s a Commissioned Batman sketch I did at the show for a fan.
Bats has had a rough night