Friday, 29 July 2011

Captain America Casting

Back when the Captain America movie was first announced, there was a lot of debate in the Sinderson household about who exactly should play Mr. Steve Rogers.  For obvious reasons all foreign actors were out of the picture.  It would be too easy for Cap to slip into major cheese-mode so I thought you'd have to cast an actor with some serious acting chops.  My choice was Michael C. Hall of Dexter and Six Feet Under fame (who I've attempted top sketch up top).  I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised with Chris Evans' performance but I still wonder...

Hugo Weaving, on the other hand, was perfectly cast as the Red Skull.  While I might have preferred the villain to be more grounded in reality, the Red Skull made for a sinister figure even before he took off his "human face".  And what can be more sinister than a villain with the voice of Werner Herzog?  After the movie I brought up the idea that Hugo Weaving seemed to be doing a Werner Herzog impersonation for the Red Skull.  I believe my wife's response was, "You are probably the only person who thought that."  This of course lead me to do a Google search where I found an interview with Hugo Weaving where he stated that he did indeed base the character's accent on Herzog.  And for most everyone (including me) who doesn't know what the German director looks like, I have included him in the second sketch.

Hokusai warm up

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Wednesday, 27 July 2011


First post on here so just wanted to thank Si and everyone for having me.
Had lots of fun with this one and I will get better at this toned paper thing!


Captain America vs The Red Skull

Penciled then Inked with a Zebra Brush Marker ( which is awesome BTW )
Coloured in Photoshop

Cap'n America

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


George O’ Connor’s new Graphic novel, HERA: THE GODDESS AND HER GLORY is being released this week!

To celebrate, everyone is going to the wonderful Bergen Street Comics this Saturday, July 23rd for the Official Book Release Party.

There will be a workshop for kids where they’ll be making their own Olympians from 4 to 6, and then a wild Bacchanalia for the grown-ups from 8 to 11. Nectar and Ambrosia will be served.

Click HERE for more info on the event. I hope you all can make it!

Also, myself and most of Drawbridge Studios and many more will be signing
Savage Dragon funnies tonight at Hanley's in Manhattan from 6 to 8!

And in honor of these events, we at Drawbridge are drawing “Bacchanalia” sketches!

Monday, 18 July 2011


People here at Drawbridge feel they need
a break for the summer("people" being everyone but me).

Thus, we will only do one theme sketch a week on Wednesdays until
the Fall.

But I'll be posting warm ups and work in progress
over at my place when I can.

Plus, I don't have to create a theme to fit my
sketches! Today's sketch is...a sketch!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Chupacabra - The Goat Sucker

I'm channeling my inner Steve Ellis today. It all got very painterly. So this is a pencil sketch, photographed then painted over in good old Photoshop.

As of today DrawBridge is going weekly for the next couple of months. It's summertime and I know that we would all rather be locked in our gloomy studios working, than outside soaking up the sunshine or drawing just for the fun of it.
See you next Wednesday.


Monday, 11 July 2011

Cartoon poison Ivy pern mobile

Someone searched these key words last week and found Draw Bridge.
Thus,Simon and George though it should be today's theme.
What is up with them and their wacky theme ideas???!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Lisa Natoli - La ragazza di volo

When Grant Morrison eventually ascends to godhood then comes back down to Earth and gives us all superpowers, I hope that Lisa gets big, beautiful, butterfly wings. Happy Birthday Lisa.

Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Lisa Natoli's Birthday!

Sunday is her birthday so I am told.
Lisa is a dancer and Aerialist who does some amazing
things on silks very high above the safety of a nice firm floor.
She creates butterflies in my stomach.
But in a good way!

I turned her into "Manga Lisa Dancer" who uses her silks to
fight robot clowns from the circus of robot crime.

See her work here:

Happy Birthday, LISA!

Every time I see Lisa Natoli defying the laws of Gravity and God through her aerialist performances I am in awe. I can type away at describing what Lisa does, but see for yourself at her site LISA'S BRIGHT IDEAS. She performs regularly, so keep your eye out for it.

Thursday, 7 July 2011


Made it with just a few minutes to spare! This is Kay from Akira, by the way, and I really should've drawn her holding a knife or a spoon or something a little less detailed. Anyway, I kept ink away from this one, just to see how neat I could keep the pencil marks. I made up for it with the color.


Akira ( and Katsuhiro Otomo ) taught me many things, possibly the most important of all those things was the value of stillness and calm.

I saw the movie in 1989, on a flakey NTSC VHS tape I got from a friend ( thanks Kiyo ). I think I watched it 5 times, then bought the soundtrack album ( brilliant!) and then all the albums by Geino Yamashirogumi. I have yet to see the movie in English, or even with subtitles. It doesn't need them.


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Aquaman - Supercavitation

So I was giving some thought to how Aquaman must move through the water. If he's swimming superfast underwater there are various friction effects that start to really make a difference to how things work, specifically Supercavitation which allows objects to move at extreme speeds through fluids by building a bubble of gas around themselves. In the case of Aquaman the gas would be steam caused by friction with the water. There are various naval torpedo systems in use that take advantage of this effect and scientists are theorising that a missile could  achieve supersonic speed underwater. Of course something moving at that speed would be utterly devastating to anything anywhere near its flightpath...but never mind about that.

Aquaman is a character who really would have benefitted from being written and drawn by Jack Kirby.


Or, pandering to Mike Cavallaro.
I know nothing about Aquaman except that
you can cut off his hand and he'll
keep growing it back!