By Crom! More Conan?!

Weeks between blog posts, and I’m posting another Conan drawing.  That seems odd, doesn’t it?  Well, here’s the story:  I was poking around online when I did my first sketch of the Cimmerian (previous post) and discovered the new Conan comic by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, an adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Queen of the Black Coast.  Furthermore , I found a contest that Dark Horse was hosting to promote the comic series.  I listened to an audio dramatization of Queen of the Black Coast and did a little doodling, and thought I might enter the contest if I found the time.  Cut to a day or two before the contest deadline and I decided to develop my sketch.  So now my drawing is in the running and part of an album on facebook that may contain the highest level of testosterone than any other collection of images found on the internet.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?  Have a look for yourself: Conan Fan Art Facebook Album

Here’s my color piece.  I wanted to capture the feel of Becky Cloonan’s art for the series, but I’m such a John Buscema fan, I tried to pay tribute to his Conan, as well.

And if you’re interested, here’s the ink and pencil drawing.  This was drawn to the edges of a 14×17″ piece of paper and I ended up narrowing it slightly for the cover version.

Blood Temp Rising…

The Cimmerian senses trouble.  2011 may be skeletal remains in the dust, but beware the ghosts!  Yes, I’m starting the New Year with cliched metaphors….no where to go but up!

Editor’s Note:  Conan was smaller in the original version of this sketch, but my Dad, a reader of Conan books and a comic artist himself, thought he should be bigger and made the revision in Photoshop.  I agree entirely!  Thanks, Dad!