Saturday, January 31, 2009

Washes and Colors

I've started experimenting with ink washes and digital coloring on some golden age characters I've redone, and I have to say that I'm loving the effect the wash makes on the drawing. What says Golden Age better than black and white (with tones)?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Doc Steele In Color!

I've posted Doc Steele here before. He's a reimagined version of Nedor's old character, Doc Strange.
You'll notice that he's in color this time. Well, I'm gradually learning to color digitally. I can't promise that you'll see any wild, psychadelic swirls or anything too intricate, but a little color goes a long way, don't you think?

Doc Steele (c) 2009 Michael Powell

Thursday, January 22, 2009


This client wanted a drawing of Padmé on her wedding night, partially nude. This is the censored version, of course. Last I heard we couldn't show nudity on blogger, but I know I've seen it on some sites.

Anyway, this is the pose that came to mind. It's like she's just waiting to be unwrapped like a present to Anakin. I'm just glad I didn't have to draw that DREADFUL Hayden Christiansen.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Samarai Chick Pencils and Inks

For this piece the client gave me two pieces of photo reference, one of a sexy asian woman brandishing a samarai sword, and another of a fantasy statue of a woman in some skimpy armor outfit. He wanted me to combine the two. The pencils were separate because he wanted to keep them. I put them up to my window and traced the outline of it for the inks.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Raphael # 2

Raphael here is my second attempt at the character. The first was posted a week (or so) ago, and it's ok, but not my best work. I mean, I slathered it with wite-out correcting my inking mistakes, and when I noticed that I drew the head on a little off kilter. I'm much more satisfied with this one, and I hope his creator, Jennifer MacDonald, likes it too.


(c) 2009 Jenniifer MacDonald

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Cat Came Back

I used to read Catwoman back in the 90s when Jim Balent was drawing the character. I was pleased to get the commission request of this retro version of her. This is a color scan; that's why you can see every stroke of the permanent marker. It looked better to me than the black and white one I did. Stay tuned for a oouple of Storm scans. I have to CENSOR them first!


Friday, January 9, 2009

World's Finest

This is the first piece of art I've completed with my new Pitt fineliners I got in the mail the other day. I like the sharpness and the clean linework I get with them, but I think I'll continue to use the brushpens and just add the fineliners to my arsenal for small details. Then again, my mind could change. We'll see.


Monday, January 5, 2009


Another commission fron the Hurricane Batch (see earlier postings for explanation). Raphael is a character created by Jennifer McDonald for her novel series featuring her character, Nightcat. Check out her website at


Sunday, January 4, 2009


This is a commission of Gillian Anderson as Agent Scully from the X-Files.

The client gave me free reign of the position and the clothing for the piece.

In retrospect, I don't think Ms. Anderson is quite this stacked. But I don't think anyone minds.