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Kickstarter Success! Strength Monsters is Funded!

Posted by Sam Kressin in Comic Books, Strength Monsters, Uncategorized

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THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! There are literally only 3 days left I was seriously worried! I was thinking, “man this is going to come down to the last minute,” and then… This morning I get up check my email and find out. It made it! IT MADE IT! I’m jumping off the walls right not. Thank you everyone who’s back this project, liked or shared any of my posts and believed in this! I won’t let you guys down! There are still 3 days left if anyone else wants to jump in and pick up one of the rewards heres the link;

Tom Raney Batman Sketch Circa 1991

Posted by Sam Kressin in Comic Books, Drawing and Illustration, Pencil Drawings

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I got this Batman Sketch from comic book artist Tom Raney at the San Diego Comic Con Circa 1991.  Raney was an unknown artist at the time trying to break into comics. I thought this batman sketch was one of the most awesome kick ass depictions I’d ever scene of my favorite superhero. This sketch hung on my wall and sat next to my drawing board for years.

Today I look back on this sketch and it drives me crazy how batman’s bicep is drawn because a bicep does not tie into the deltoid like that. Batman’s abdominals and triceps are completely incorrect as well as the rest of the his anatomy. The head is too small in proprtion to the rest of Batman’s body. Yet even with all these errors it still looks cool. Perhaps some day I will ink this sketch myself and correct it.

New Strength Monsters Banner!

Posted by Sam Kressin in Comic Books, Design Work, Strength Monsters

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Detail_Strength_Monsters_PosterHere’s a look at the new Strength Monsters Banner I had made for conventions, special appearances and other stuff. The title is completely hand lettered you can check out my process here.

You can download a digital copy of the first issue of this comic book for Free. Just enter your name and email below and I will send you a link to download the book.

Check out some of the details and special feature I put into this;












New Mystery in Space Inspired Design Work

Posted by Sam Kressin in Design Work

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New Design Work I did. This is hand lettering I based on DC Comics 1950s Mystery in Space Science Fiction Comic Book Series. I often choose to letter designs and logos by hand because it gives the piece more personality and avoids the sterility of what you get working 100% in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Most people have no clue how labor intensive it is to do a job like this.

I get asked often by people if I can help redesign a logo or letter something and most of the time I have to say no because of the amount of work that goes into it. Of course everyone has a price and if offered enough money or a fair trade I would be happy to do the work. With that said the amount of work I do is nothing compared to some of the top of the food chain graphic designers. Although I do a lot of work I’ve been to the Dual Forces studio in Los Angles many times. Not only will they extensively research an idea for weeks and longer once they have a basic design they will turn out nearly 100 different iterations of that one idea. That’s one of the many reasons why they are the best and work with the all the biggest brands on the planet.

For this job I started out researching a lot of old science fiction pulp magazines and comic books I will do this until I come across something that inspires me or triggers my imagination. Once I had an idea of what I wanted to create I got started by drawing several boxes in perspective laying out where I want things to go.








Next I used a non-photo blue lead pencil to roughly sketch in all the letters.


After that I scanned in my sketch and created a grid in Adobe illustrator. This is to make sure all my lines match up to the correct vanishing points. I couldn’t do this part traditionally because the vanishing points for this design are so far away I would need a ruler the length of my living room. If you don’t know any thing about vanishing points there are lots of good books you can research to learn. I would recommend  Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the Ground Up as a good starting point. This book helped me a lot when I was first learning today I have numerous books in my library on this subject.

Once I had my grid built I printed everything out and tightened it down with my pencil and ruler making adjustments to my design.


I will continue to build up the design with my pencil and ruler until I’m confident enough to move onto inking.


The final step for this one was to scan in the final inked drawing and color digitally.

Frank Frazetta Recreation

Posted by Sam Kressin in Drawing and Illustration, Pencil Drawings

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I finish this today pencils for a recreation I’m doing of a classic Frank Frazetta piece. I will being inking tomorrow. My proporations are not exactly the same as the original as I freehanded the entire piece (no tracing). This is an exersice to improve my skill to pay attention to Frazetta’s lines and feel how his drawing was put together.

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Greg Capullo’s Bane Inked By Sam Kressin

Posted by Sam Kressin in Comic Books, Drawing and Illustration, Inked Drawings

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I recently finished inking this Bane Penciled by Greg Capullo. I usually spend 25-30 minutes everyday inking over some else’s work I respect and admire. I do this as an exerices to improve my own skills in Drawing and in using my brush. This piece was 100% inked with a #3 Windsor Newton Series Seven Brush. Check out Greg’s original pencils below. Greg_Capullo_Bane_Pencils

If you are unfamilar with Capullo’s work I strongly recommend checking out;Batman: The Court of Owls this is a fantastic Batman Story with amazing visuals. I prefer the unwrapped edition because you can study Greg’s raw pencils. Aside from his acclaimed work on Batman He’s also known for having drawn the longest runs on Spawn which I believe spans over 70+ issues.

It’s also well worth listening to these fantastic Fatman on Batman interviews with Greg;

Earlier This Year Studying Walt Stanchfield Method of Gestural Drawing With David Pimental

Posted by Sam Kressin in Drawing and Illustration

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David Pimentel is a Story Artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation and a disciple of the late Walt Stanchfield.  David continues to pass on his knowledge and approach to Gestural Drawing through regular classes at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank California.

Here are a few of my drawings from one of the sessions I did in Pimental’s class hover over the photo to click through to the next slide…

Hayden Christensen is Indiana Jones! FULL COLOR!

Posted by Sam Kressin in Drawing and Illustration

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Hayden_Christensen_is_Indiana_JonesYesterday day I posted Joe Rubinstein’s masterful inks over my pencils of the Hayden Christensen as Indiana Jones Illustration. Today I was able squeeze in enough time to finish the coloring lettering and everything else for the Hayden Christensen as Indiana Jones art. Stay tuned to see what comes of this art work! Join me and together we can single handedly dismantle the entire Indiana Jones Franchise BEFORE Disney and Lucas do! VOTE for Hayden Christensen to play Indiana Jones and show your support by liking and sharing this Illustration.

Hayden Christensen is Indiana Jones! INKED!

Posted by Sam Kressin in Comic Books, Drawing and Illustration

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You may or may not recall a few weeks ago I published this Pencil Illustration I did of Hayden Christensen as Indiana Jones. Today the inked version is finished. I was real lucky to get my teacher Joe Rubinstein to commit to inking this piece for me and just in time before he got real busy with a bunch of Justice League of America pages for DC comics. Stay tunes as you will see more about this piece of art work soon.

Freaks of the Gym: Checkered Shorts Guy

Posted by Sam Kressin in Drawing and Illustration

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Illustrated and written by me circa 2004. This is part of a series I did titled “Freaks of the Gym.” It was inspired by real people and heavily influenced by Mad Magazine. Check out my other Freaks of the Gym posts here; MosesPropeller Head.


Checkered Shorts Guy: a trustee side kick to Moses, attracts the smaller, genetically weaker, intellectual individuals who are fearful and apprehensive about training with the actual Moses. Checkered Shorts Guy hopes that somehow he will be able to obtain the freakish strength and esoteric knowledge Moses has.


New “Total Dim Mak” Design Work

Posted by Sam Kressin in Design Work, Dim Mak

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Another design piece I finished today. The skulls came from my original copy of The Human Body A Text Book of Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene by H. Newell Martin published in 1900. The font is known as Danzig 4p by Rob Villareal based on Danzig’s Danzig 4p album. Danzig’s original font is based on 1959’s The Giant Gila GiantgilamonsterMonster movie poster. The characters under “Total Dim Mak” read, “The Death Touch” according to Danzig these characters are Vehmic Runes from a secret majical alaphabet of Germanic origin. The “Caution” area is Futura a common font used for caution signs and notices. The red excitement box and yellow backgrounds are inspired by numerious 1960s Jack Kirby, Artie Simek, Fantastic Four splash pages.

Hayden Christensen is Indiana Jones!

Posted by Sam Kressin in Comic Books, Drawing and Illustration

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Pencils for an Illustration I am doing to make some T-Shirts my brother and I are going to make to wear to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration. I’m really tempted to post this around the internet with the caption; “Just in new production art leaked with Hayden Christensen to star as Indiana Jones in next film!” Image the mass hysteria that would ensue!

Professional Wrestling Comics

Posted by Sam Kressin in Catch Wrestling, Comic Books, Design Work

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Another design piece I finished this weekend. Inspired by AWAs bi-weekly All Star Wrestling Publications circa the 1970s.  Like I’ve said before and in other posts I don’t really enjoy doing design work like this but if you want to make comic books and be in buisness for yourself it’s a necessity.

Martial Arts Web Comic

Posted by Sam Kressin in Comic Books, Design Work

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Finished up this art today. I don’t really like doing design work like this. I’d prefer to draw, ink and illustrate stories but it was work I had to complete for another currently top secret project. Other than the font everything in the piece was done by me.