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We've put together a limited edition collection of my GI JOE Art prints. All color and high quality prints. The sets are limited to 100, signed and numbered. They come shipped in an archival photo box. They include a number of the covers I did for my IDW run on GI Joe and other Joe related commissioned or commercial art. Follow this link to see photos of all the prints included in the box set, and to order. 


The set includes 30 full color prints. I sell prints at conventions or through my blog/email at $15 each. With this set you'll get a higher quality print, and for 1/3 of the cost. Or you can think of it as buying 10 prints and getting 20 of them for free!

However you look at it, it's the best deal to get a number of the GI JOE prints I have available

Thanks always for all your support!
  • Listening to: 5 Live Radio podcasts covering the EPL
  • Reading: Loads of comics!
  • Watching: EPL, Star Trek TNG BluRay
  • Playing: Indoor Soccer
  • Eating: Protein bars...yum....not really
  • Drinking: a lot...
Hey all, just wanted to update my terrible journal skills.

I recented posted a slew of sketches over at my blog. Commissions, convention sketches and commercial art and comic process posts. Also with this post in particular I give a bit of a rundown on my current commission situation and how I'll be handling commissions in the future. So if this applies to you, or if you are interested in a commission from me, I'd give it a read through.


Thanks for all the support, posts and comments. I do my best to respond, but I know I'm pretty terrible at it. I do see your comments and very much appreciate all the encouragement and kids words. 

I'm not currently on a monthly comic, I've got a few pitches in the works for larger projects and we'll see if those take off. In the mean time I've been working with NERF as a lead illustrator for their 2013-2014 line of products. So you'll see my art and Simon Gough's art :iconspidermanfan2099: on all the packages this coming fall! 

Keep an eye on my blog for updates on work and more daily sketches!!!
  • Listening to: Game of Thrones audio books
  • Reading: X-Men, Valiant!, Captain America
  • Watching: EPL, Gundam Seed and Destiny
  • Playing: Indoor Soccer
  • Eating: Redvine Licorice
  • Drinking: 2 gallons of water/day..I have a drinking probleml
Mostly I'm posting a journal because I got sick of seeing the same thing on my wall every time I logged on. Im about halfway through teaching the Figure drawing course for the Comics Experience. I think it's going pretty well for the first time teaching it. I'm sure each time we offer the course the rough edges will get smoothed out. I'm just extremely happy to see the amount of progress the students are making in their daily and weekly sketches. Everyone is grasping the material so well, I'm gratified to see that the instruction provided is clicking with the students, and then how hard they are working to apply it. Very cool, to me that's the best part of teaching.

On the work side of things, I'm still working on the Castle book for Marvel based on the ABC tv series. I'm also working on commercial-art side projects for Nerf, Super Soaker, and some action figure lines for Avengers and Batman related package art. It's all been fun to do as it's so different than the daily penciling work of comic pages. Don't get me wrong, I love drawing comics, but it really is a nice breath of fresh air to do other things occasionally. The struggle has been doing it all at once. I've also been doing breakdowns for Snake Eyes for IDW, and an larger OGN with Larry Hama and Ryan Schifrin called Shadow Gambit. Both of those projects will be out next year.

Finally things are starting to slow down a bit to just the monthly book and a couple side covers and commissions to wrap up. This has been pretty steady since last June especially, and it's really taught me what my limits are. As I get a bit older I cant stay up for 3 days and rebound like back in college. Watching my kids during the day also takes a big chunk of work time, but it's a matter of setting priorities. I know it's important for me to have that time with them.

Over all, it's great to be busy, but we have to keep our perspective on the things that are most important.
  • Listening to: Game of Thrones audio books
  • Reading: X-Men, Valiant!, Captain America
  • Watching: EPL, Gundam Seed and Destiny
  • Playing: Indoor Soccer
  • Eating: Redvine Licorice
  • Drinking: 2 gallons of water/day..I have a drinking probleml
I've been teaching with the Comics Experience for a couple years now. It's a great program online that allows artists and writers to take comics related courses taught by working professionals. I've taught the Intro to Comics Art and the Advanced Comics Art classes in the past. They've mostly focused on comics storytelling, an introduction to the industry and how to properly go about getting work. The advanced class focuses more on final pencil techniques, styles, and rendering. Along with more advanced page layouts and storytelling concepts.

We felt the need to expand our Art Curriculum and I saw a desire to focus on human anatomy and dynamic figure drawing as it would apply to comics and other media arts. So we now have officially created a course and it has just opened for enrollment!

You can read more about the class and enroll here:

comicsexperience.com/courses.h…

I will be teaching how to build up an ideal figure and construct it through basic forms. Then I will go through an in depth study of all the muscle groups, and their range of motion. The class is set up so that it's in real time, you sign on with audio and visual in the class' program. I can share my desktop screen with you and you'll see me work as I draw along with the lectures for each course. Assignments will be given and critiqued each week. Each class is recorded in case you miss the live session, and I 'm available all throughout the week to contact and go over the lectures or assignments.

Along with enrollment to the class, you'll also receive a free trial membership on the Creator's Workshop, an online forum full of comic creators, editors and industry professionals available to give advice and critiques on your work.You will also get a FULL ACCESS membership to Human-Anatomy-for-Artists.com A reference site full of over 100,000 royalty free stock photos of figure models to use for your drawing instruction.

I would see this class being a valuable resource to any artist that's looking to refine their skills of drawing anatomy for comics, toy design, sculpting, gaming or any form of figure concept art. Even with a "cartoony" style, being able to abstract from a foundation of proportional knowledge will help you in your work.

I can answer any questions you might have here, so feel free to ask! Enrollment is limited since we keep class sizes small to accommodate the amount of critiques you'll receive throughout the course.

I'm basing my instruction on my experience and instruction received through my M.F.A. degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design along with my 8 years of experience within the comic industry and commercial arts field.
  • Listening to: DC NOISE podcast, hilarious stuff
  • Reading: Daredevil
  • Watching: Young Justice, Soccer/Football
  • Playing: GI JOES...seriously I am.
  • Eating: Powerbar!!mmmm.
  • Drinking: Lots of water....
Hey all, the enrollment for the Comic Experience Intro to Comic Art class I teach is now OPEN! Here's a blog post over at Comic Experience that talks all about the available classes.

blog.comicsexperience.com/2012…

There are also classes in Comic's writing, coloring and lettering and production currently open. Throughout the year there are also classes on Editorial (how to be an editor!) and advanced classes in writing, coloring, and storytelling. I'll also be introducing a Figure Construction class this fall! It will be an indepth study of the human figure and constructing it from scratch!

If you're not familiar with Comics Experience, head on over and peruse the website. It's a well packaged way to learn these skills from current comic professionals and editors and a great way to make contacts with these professionals and other creators!

blog.comicsexperience.com/2012…
  • Listening to: DC NOISE podcast, hilarious stuff
  • Reading: Daredevil
  • Watching: Young Justice, Soccer/Football
  • Playing: GI JOES...seriously I am.
  • Eating: Powerbar!!mmmm.
  • Drinking: Lots of water....
This was the blog post #366 for my year long drawing challenge I just wrapped up. I also just wrapped up my work on Snake Eyes, so I was looking back on my work on GI JOE:

"I started drawing GI Joe for IDW in 2008. I had worked on it previously with another publisher, and only a couple covers for them. However, I started a run on the book that I hardly expected to be so continually involved with at the time. 4 years later I've done over 50 covers for the property. I have a few completed that I can't show quite yet.

While I look back on the body of work, I can see it as a timeline of my growth as an artist. I'm always doing my best to challenge my work and draftsmanship. I know I have quite a bit to still learn and that opportunity excites me still. I've just wrapped up my latest arc on a GI JOE book with Snake Eyes #16 and it's made me want to look back on my work with the property.

GI Joe has really been a dream project for me. It has always been fun because of the nostalgic aspect to the property. I grew up on the cartoon, toys, and then later reading the comics. To have been able to be associated with it professionally has really been a treat and something I've never taken for granted.

I've also been blessed to work with Chuck Dixon every step of the way. Chuck and my fantastic editors, Andy Schmidt, John Barber and Carlos Guzman, were the reasons I've stayed on for so long. I have done comic work for Marvel, NBC, Dark Horse and DC comics while I've been working on GI JOE. However, every time I came back on to GI JOE, it was a breath of fresh air to get such exciting scripts so clearly written and have an editorial staff that was always encouraging and supportive.

With this last run on Snake Eyes, I can't say enough about how great it's been to work with Juan Castro (Inker) and Simon Gough :iconsimongough: (Colorist). Both are fairly new to the industry, and in fact this book was Simon's first published work in the comics industry! I've never worked with such a tight creative group. We were copied on every single email that was turned in related to the project and that helped us keep everyone on track and limit any possible mistakes throughout the run. It's truly been a pleasure to work with both artists in such a fun collaboration.

I'm not done with the property, I'll still be on covers for the foreseeable future and there are still projects I'd love to be a part of related to GI JOE. This is simply a retrospective of the work I've done and a chance to look back and appreciate the amazing people I've had a chance to work with."


Here's the link to the blog post with a higher res version of the covers I've done on GI JOE all collaged together.

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/2…
  • Listening to: DC NOISE podcast, hilarious stuff
  • Reading: Daredevil
  • Watching: Young Justice, Soccer/Football
  • Playing: GI JOES...seriously I am.
  • Eating: Powerbar!!mmmm.
  • Drinking: Lots of water....
I just did a quick 20 min. podcast with Josh Flanagan over at iFanboy about what to put in your portfolio and talked about the Comics Experience class I'm teaching. The class starts up in just 2 weeks, check it out!


here's the link to the podcast:

ifanboy.com/podcasts/ifanboy-m…


And here's a link to know more about the Intro to Comic Art class! If you're wanting to break into comics, this class provides a LOT of info about the basic foundational rules of storytelling. I pull from what I was taught from my MFA in Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as my 7 years of experience working in the industry to provide you with insight and instruction!

www.comicsexperience.com/cours…

I talk more about the specifics of the course in this blog post over at the Comics Experience:


blog.comicsexperience.com/2011…

And here's a write up by a student who took the Intro class:

blog.comicsexperience.com/2011…
  • Listening to: Honor Harrington Audio book series
  • Reading: An X-Men Omnibus you could kill someone with
  • Watching: Legend of Korra: Avatar
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: Powerbar!!mmmm.
  • Drinking: back on the Dew...what can I say,...
Finally we're live now for the KickStarter campaign to help fund our co-created project Elders of the RuneStone!!! Follow the link below to be taken to the KickStarter page:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

UPDATE!!!

We have just 6 DAYS LEFT for the campaign! Thanks to all the support we've met our goal, so that means the first 4 issues will be funded and able to get started on production! that also means that any more pledges for this last week will receive GUARANTEED REWARDS! We are trying to get our secondary goal of $12,000 which will allow for another issue to be produced. We still have some great rewards available.

The couple I wanted to spotlight:

- My commission list is closed and will be for the rest of the year. You can however get a commission from me for a convention price at $150 11x17 Full character inked by pledging to the campaign.

- You can also get a 9x12, full character, inked and COLOR Markered for $200.

-Original cover art for the series!

- This one in particular I wanted to stress. A one-on-one video call with me. I will give you a portfolio review and go through your art and help you prep your portfolio to show to editors to try and secure work. If you have a story, I will work through it panel by panel with you and give suggestions and live personal tutorials to help your work along. There are only a couple of these rewards available, but if you pledge now it's a guarantee that we'll get to meet and you'll get to benefit from my years of experience in the industry!


The book is definitely happening and we're already well into the production of our first issue. We're just hoping to make the most of this KickStarter campaign and get as many issues funded as possible. I'd hate for these great rewards opportunities to go to waste.

Pledge if you can, even $5 will help us out a ton and you'll get comics for it in exchange! Even if you just help by spreading the word and sharing the link on facebook, twitter and you're deviant page I would personally appreciate the support.




Thanks for all of you're support here on DA these past few years especially. I've made and kept in contact with a lot of friends here. I appreciate everything you do!

Robert
  • Listening to: Whats On Joe Mind? podcast!
  • Reading: An X-Men Omnibus you could kill someone with
  • Watching: Sherlock
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: Powerbar!!mmmm.
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
Man I just noticed I've been on deviant art for 9 years. Thats crazy. There was a while that I didnt post anything because it seemed to take page after page of category clarification just to post 1 piece of art. But in the last few years I really made up for it I guess. In that same amount of time I've accumulated over 100K page views. This seems pretty crazy to me, and I think more than half of those came in the last 2 years.

If it proves anything, it's just that much easier to connect online with other artists around the world, and to present your work how you see it. Im glad Deviant art is providing this service. Im sure they all get paid well for the service, but it's taken years of refining and I think they've pretty much nailed it. Im curious to see how this continues to grow in the years to come.

Also, it proves how you can use these tools and websites to promote your work in ways never before possible. I started a sketch blog last July, and in 6-7 months it's generated over 100K page views as well, created job opportunities for me, and sales to support my family. I hope more artists out there start to consider themselves their own small business and take the time to consider how they present their work. Find out who it's reaching, and how your art can support you. Let your art work for you, instead of laboring over your work and not having anything to show for it. That sounds all "pie in the sky" rhetoric, but I've taken the principle and actively thought how I can make the most of the artwork I produce year after year.

This isn't a How-To tutorial, just my thoughts. But if you take each drawing, or each project your working on with this concept in mind..."Does this work show what my full potential is?" and if so..."What am I doing to get people to see it?"...You'd be surprised at how much can come from what you produce.
  • Listening to: Whats On Joe Mind? podcast!
  • Reading: Old He-Man mini comics from the 80's
  • Watching: Warehouse 13 seasons
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
Again, just spreading the word. My friend and fellow SCAD Alum, Bryan Tillman :icontillman54: , is very near his Kickstarter goal!!!

He just needs a few more pledges in the next 24 hours to see his project fully funded. He has created a fantastic table top card game that is incredibly elaborate and very playable. IF you're a fan of Magic and Dungeons and Dragons type games this would be right up your alley. It's similar enough you can start right away and get the hang of it, but he structure is different enough that it's fresh and cool to jump into this world he's created.

Here's the link

www.kickstarter.com/projects/k…

Check it out, loads of cool artwork and a whole new world of characters to explore. Any pledge will help, $5, $10 or more if you can.

Thanks,
  • Listening to: Whats On Joe Mind? podcast!
  • Reading: Old He-Man mini comics from the 80's
  • Watching: Warehouse 13 seasons
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
Hey everyone!!!

I've just got all my entries for the Cobra Commander Custom Action Figure contest over on my blog. I've posted all the entries, and there are some pretty AMAZING customized figures.

Cobra Commander by spidermanfan2099

I want to call to all the deviants who come by my page for 1 min. of your support! Please click the link below and vote on the poll to the left:

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/2…

It's all explained in the blog post, the winner of this contest will be determined by the poll results and we NEED as much participation as possible. If you could vote, then click on the buttons below the blog post and share the link on your Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or blogs It would help IMMENSELY!

It will only take a minute or two of your time, and I would really appreciate the support.

Thanks everyone, who has already been coming to the blog!
  • Listening to: Whats On Joe Mind? podcast!
  • Reading: Old He-Man mini comics from the 80's
  • Watching: Warehouse 13 seasons
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
My very good friend and fellow SCAD allum, Bryan Tillman, has a new table top card game he has developed. Bryan's recently put together a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the initial costs of getting the game produced and distributed. Check out the link below and pledge what you can to help get this awesome game made!!!

www.kickstarter.com/projects/k…

I've got the game myself, and Im blown away by the amount of work and attention to detail that Bryan has put into the art and production of his initial release of the game.

The game would be awesome enough alone, but as you can see in the video, Bryan also has plans for animation, comics and toys all related to the property!

Check out the link and see for yourself.
  • Listening to: DC Noise Podcast, hilarious stuff
  • Reading: Old He-Man mini comics from the 80's
  • Watching: Warehouse 13 seasons
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
All month long I will be doing a daily JLA sketch, any previous member of any incarnation of the Justice League is fair game. Im just over a week in and having a blast. I will be posting the images here, but if you check out the blog posts I give a behind the scenes commentary on the character and often the artwork itself. Sometimes technical info on what I use to pencil and ink, or my choices for composition and style.

Also, this month my sketches will be colored by Kyle Ritter (DC Comics colorist). you can find his DA page here :iconxxnightblade08xx:
Here is the first one he's colored.
JLA January Firestorm Colors SOTD by RobertAtkins

30 more to go!

You can check out the blog here:

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com
  • Listening to: DC Noise Podcast, hilarious stuff
  • Reading: Old He-Man mini comics from the 80's
  • Watching: Warehouse 13 seasons
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
Thanks for all the great suggestions! The winner was suggested by fellow deviant member :iconcatwingsv:

She suggested a Christmas picture that would homage a classic Norman Rockwell Christmas painting. Being a huge fan of Rockwell's art, I jumped at the chance.

You can see the finished Christmas sketch here:

Christmas Sketch Professor X by RobertAtkins

Or check out my blog where I talk more about the contest and my process of what Rockwell painting to use.

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/2…

Thanks again, I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!!
  • Listening to: The King's Commission
  • Reading: DC 52 books
  • Watching: Deep Space Nine seasons
  • Playing: With He-Man Action figures
  • Eating: Domino's Pizza
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
Sketch Cover Captain America SOTD by RobertAtkins


I'm running a current contest, super simple to participate in. I need a suggestion for the PERFECT character or scenario to draw for my Christmas Day sketch on my blog. If you are the lucky winner, I will send you the original art of your suggested sketch for FREE!



You can post your suggestions here, or on the comments section here on the blog:

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/2…

For more details click the above link!

Merry Christmas!!
  • Listening to: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  • Reading: American Vampire
  • Watching: Flight of the Concords seasons
  • Playing: with my kids!
  • Eating: powerbar
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
I have a few original art pages available for the IDW Snake Eyes series issues #1-4. I have the list of issues and page numbers on a blog post that I just updated. You can check out the list and examples of the pages here:

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/2…

All art sales are currently going through me, so if you have any questions you can email me directly at

Robert@RobertAtkinsArt.com

or send me a note through my Deviant account.

Thanks for all your support and interest in the Snake Eyes series. It's been a blast working on, and Im excited to get back to doing interiors for the book as of issues #13-18. I will be continuing on covers all throughout as well.


For other art news: In Jan. I am publishing a 366 Sketch Challenge Vol. 1. that will be the first half of the years sketches and commissions. Then again in May I will be putting out Vol. 2. for the remainder of the con season. I will also have a Snake Eyes specific sketchbook for the cons this year. You can get any of those three directly from me here on DA or my website. I will post journals and get the word out as soon as I have those done and available.

For now, I do have 11x17 prints available of any of the colored images and a cheaper rate for prints of the black and white sketches you can see on my blog. Shoot me a note through deviant art if you want the details

Thanks folks!
Robert
  • Listening to: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  • Reading: American Vampire
  • Watching: Flight of the Concords seasons
  • Playing: with my kids!
  • Eating: powerbar
  • Drinking: lots and lots of water, glug, glug
The topic was brought up in a thread under one of my gallery posts, and I thought it worth making more accessible. I mentioned that I went to art school for my graduate education, (the Savannah College of Art and Design - S.C.A.D.) and that I had a great experience there. The responce was just fine, but it was brought up that I seemed to be the exception.

There are many professionals working in the field that graduated from SCAD or art school in general that are where they are today because of that education. It's not for everyone, you have to know for yourself if you might thrive in a school environment or not.

I have noticed that those who feel they didn't get a lot out of it are more outspoken about the school experience and cost. Objectively, I look at some of those opinions and think that they must not have put much into it and expected the school to make them artists or give them a job. Those with the personal drive, and who were humble enough to take the instruction provided were able to grow in a very short amount of time and many are working now. Art school was just the foundation. You have to use the habits you learn in school on how to study, how to improve, how to get assignments done, and continue that through you post-academic career. There are some graduates that were diligent in school, couldnt find a job, and then give up or become jaded. There are some who were very talented, felt their instructors were morons and didn't bother to try and learn. Some of them are also working, and get quite a lot of attention within the comic's community.

I wasn't ready to work immediately after school either, but I took a year or so to continue refining what I had learned and found other sources to continue to teach me. Other professionals, critiques, online challenges, etc.

It comes down to hard work and diligence, and less about where you obtained the knowledge.

Again, you just have to know enough about yourself. You have to realize if you will learn more in a school environment, or if you have the discipline to do it on your own. Either way, thats just the first step in a long road. Because ultimately you'll be needing to teach yourself eventually throughout your career anyway. But that doesn't discount the good habits, resources and opportunities that can be found in school if you choose to take it.

Our countries school system certainly isn't perfect, I'm not saying it is. But it isn't worthless either. That said, there are alternatives to public education, or institutions. I teach with the Comics Experience, an online resource of courses and workshops that artists can take advantage of. There are many other opportunities as well that don't take the time commitment or financial investment, but you can still receive instruction from experienced professionals in a specific field.

Just rambling mostly, I just hate hearing so many one-sided bashes on the school experience, when I know I went through the system, learned a lot and felt it was worth the money. I work in the field of art art that I love, I can honestly say I owe a very large portion of that to the school instruction I received.
  • Listening to: English Premiere League soccer/football podcasts
  • Reading: DC 52 books
  • Watching: Justified Season 1, Walking Dead
  • Playing: Castlevania, Im in the mood!
  • Eating: gum and popcorn as snacks, going healthy again
  • Drinking: Okay Im back to a little soda...
Since early July I have been doing a daily sketch challenge at my Robert Atkins Art blog
robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/

Periodically I have had the chance to group up the characters on my list to work through and create themed weeks, or in the case of X-Men in Sept., a FULL month. I've realized I enjoy being able to focus on a property more than just doing the random character and keep everyone, including myself guessing who would be next.

Leading up to Halloween I chose to do a Castlevania theme. It served two purposes. First, it was a game that I rarely had played, but I have always enjoyed the look of the characters and wanted to take a stab at them. Second, my friend Quinn Johnson is a writer and Castlevania fanatic and had written up a treatment for a new comic that he will be pitching later this year. By taking each day to do a new character, I have been able to delve into the amazing designs and characters involved with Castlevania and help a friend out contributing art for his pitch all at the same time.

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/2…

I was grateful to recently hear from Konami (the company that owns Castlevania) that they took notice of my work and will be spotlighting it on all their social media sites in the next few weeks! Thanks guys! So I want to be sure to return the favor and provide links to them as well.

Here is their facebook page:

www.facebook.com/castlevania

Their twitter name is:

konami

If you could like the FB page and/or follow their twitter, I would appreciate any help you can give me by supporting them!

Because of the great feedback I've received over the last few days on Castlevania I'm going to extend it to more than just a week and make it a point to sketch out most of the playable Belmont characters and a few other notable side characters throughout the games ending with a full 11x17 commission of Dracula! Be on the look out and check each day for updates. I will most likely post the sketches here as well, however I keep most of my commentary on the property and process notes on how I do my sketches on the blog.

Thanks for all your support so far this year! However, I've still got a long way to go, so do what you can to spread the word!
  • Listening to: English Premiere League soccer/football podcasts
  • Reading: DC 52 books
  • Watching: Justified Season 1, Walking Dead
  • Playing: Castlevania, Im in the mood!
  • Eating: gum and popcorn as snacks, going healthy again
  • Drinking: Okay Im back to a little soda...
I recently drew a 24 page comic that was an in house Hasbro project to debut at NYCC this last weekend. I didn't know much about the project while I was working on it. Just the basic premise and the of course the script I was working on. The story itself establishes a way for Hasbro to start combining their properties and allowing them to cross over. The project has received a new trademark titled UNIT:E. The catalyst for the crossover is a reinvisioned approach to the Micronauts. Specifically that the Acroyear will rally heroes from across the Hasbro properties to fight an evil. It's an umbrella concept that gives Hasbro the chance to create stories that can combine, M.A.S.K., Transformers, GI Joe, Action Man, Micronauts, even Jem and the Holograms! heh. Luckily it has Andy Schmidt behind the scenes making sure the concepts are being well thought out and exciting. I doubt we'll see Snake Eyes riding a My Little Pony into battle anytime soon. No worries.

The book itself was a very fun project to work on, as it was the first sci-fi book I've had the chance to draw. Spaceships, robots, alien worlds and a redesigns for the Acroyear armor and Synergy from Jem and the Holograms was a lot of fun to do.

The book is out, It might be hard to find after the con since it was a limited run book of 1000 copies. Possibly Hasbro will make them available if there were any left. Im posting pages of the pencils to my gallery, but be sure to check out Simon Gough's page as well. He was the colorist on the book and did a bang up job on a tight schedule! :iconspidermanfan2099: Also I want to make sure to mention Juan Castro, I just remembered he had a DA page as well. He is the inker on this story as well as the Snake Eyes 1-4 we did together as a team! :iconjuancastroinker:
  • Listening to: English Premiere League soccer/football podcasts
  • Reading: Comic scripts, soo much work to do!
  • Watching: Iron Man animated series
  • Playing: more iPad app games with my kids
  • Eating: gum and popcorn as snacks, going healthy again
  • Drinking: absolutely NO soda...can you believe it Ren?
So I recently did a series of homage covers for IDW. I was directed to draw a GI JOE, Snake Eyes and Cobra cover based on the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 cover by George Perez. Talk about big shoes to fill. I talk about it more here on my blog:

robertatkinsart.blogspot.com/2…

But I had to approach it with the mentality that it was just a composition to follow and nothing else. I had to set aside my love for Perez, my nostalgic appreciation for the cover and it's significance, and the automatic reference it would bring if I was going to be able to focus on the cover. I had to put that all aside, or I was going to get too intimidated and think too much about it.

In the end I was happy with the result, but it's something I generally don't like doing. As I say on the blog, in the end I felt like it becomes a novelty for the property that is being supplanted over the original. Does that lessen the original's impact? Does it benefit the property that is doing the homage? I don't know.

But it was an enjoyable experience and I feel like I joined a weird Crisis homage club.
  • Listening to: English Premiere League soccer/football podcasts
  • Reading: Comic scripts, soo much work to do!
  • Watching: Iron Man animated series
  • Playing: more iPad app games with my kids
  • Eating: gum and popcorn as snacks, going healthy again
  • Drinking: absolutely NO soda...can you believe it Ren?