Sunday, October 31, 2010

Female Spy #1

I'm scanning/posting images for my prospective published sketch book (more on this later)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spawn Storyboard Panels

I uploaded these last night to the portfolio section of, in conjuction with Raising the Bar Recruiting (RBR) at the CTN animation eXpo Nov 19-21, 2010. You can see for yourself what potential clients will be seeing in the coming month. These 12 storyboard panels are from the sequel to the HBO animated Spawn series. This was to be a direct-release-to-dvd that I worked on in the summer of '05. All the pre-production was completed by Starz/Film Roman, but Todd McFarlane didn't like S/FM's choice of overseas animation studio, so he pulled the plug. (This is my recollection of the gossip at the time; I could be incorrect. That said:) As far as I know, which isn't all that far, the pre-production material languishes in a warehouse until Mr. McF. acquires a suitable animation studio and/or funding.
The work you see here was roughed out by Chris Rutkowski, a good friend of mine who quit the project to work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle CGI movie. Chuck Patton reworked Chis's section. Then I was hired to replace Chris, bringing the pages to completion. In spite of the work's heavily collaborative nature, I'm quite proud of it. Actually, I was trying to achieve this look on the "Fogtown" graphic novel, but was unable to bring myself to work that loosely and spontaneously in the comicbook format.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rabbit VS Snake

This is a recent sketch. I drew it using ballpoint pen, Tombo brush pens and a Presto! Jumbo Correction Pen.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

John 2002

This is a sketch I found while digging through an old journal, of my significant other, John Callahan, done in 2002

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fogtown Page 155

On this page, the editor, the author and I got into trouble because I feared that the audience might not
appreciate the important revelation that it was Colonel Thorpe who targeted the teen whore on pages 6/7 for murder by Father Fischer, who then mutilated her and removed her sexual parts while he was at it. I insisted on a re-write where we would actually show the removed sex parts and her unborn child instead of implying it. Bob and Andersen accommodated me in this.

Unfortunately, I was contacted by the book’s third editor, Will Dennis, earlier this year. He informed me
that the group editor thought that panel 3 was much too disturbing and controversial and that we had to pull back. We ended up with the image shown, returning to the original script.

This is the re-drawn panel, conforming
to the original script. The page was composited in Photoshop.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brad Rader signing Fogtown at Meltdown on Saturday, October 23, 2010

I'll be signing my new graphic novel Fogtown at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. The date is Saturday, October 23, 2010 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Please come by!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fogtown page 149 - Closing in

Frank sneaks onto Madame Tse's freighter where he discovers her partner-in-crime, Colonel Thorpe.
This is a nice, Toth-influenced page.

Ironically, given the name of the project, one of my biggest failures in these pages was my depiction
of fog. Portraying atmospheric effects is one of my general weak areas that I didn’t have the luxury of time to overcome.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fogtown page 146 - Bone's Face

This is a dramatic and eerie close-up on Bone's mutilated face. 

Another influence on "Fogtown" was  the work of cartoonist Russ Heath ("Sgt. Rock," "Haunted Tank"). I especially like the work he did for the early 50's  horror anthologies, "Strange Tales," "Journey into Mystery" and "Menace."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fogtown page 131

I find an excellent way to check my art for mistakes is to flip the page over and study it on a light table.
I draw on the reverse, flip the page over, and draw again on the front, working back and forth. This allows me to see my art more objectively, a difficult thing to do in my line of work.

Here is page 131, and a computer scan of the reverse side of Page 131.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fogtown page 130

I debated with myself whether to do the shadows from the blinds in black in or save it for the gray tones. I decided to do them in black because I was uncertain if the artwork actually would be gray toned and opted to make the graphic novel work in black and white, leaving the gray toning as an unnecessary gloss.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fogtown page 129

This is the first page of a dramatic sequence in which Frank awakens from a drugged slumber to discover himself framed for the brutal murder of Karen and Carmen, the teen runaway who set the plot in motion. I found it challenging to draw the light and shadows from the Venetian blinds and keep things simple and readable. I had to cheat, for instance, by framing Frank's hand and gun in white rather than striped or black shadow as would be more realistic.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fogtown page 122

In "Fogtown," my goal was to design and depict four different individual women. I feel I succeeded with their faces, but failed with their bodies, which are basically the same.