Welcome to my sketch blog!

I am a cartoonist, illustrator, designer, and painter. I'd like to say a professional one, but I'm still working on that. Welcome to Step One of that process: my own personal sketch blog! Its purpose: to keep me drawing, and hopefully, to provide art for others to enjoy. Please feel free to leave comments- I appreciate any critiquing of my work. Just try not to completely tear me a new one. Also, I do commissioned projects! If interested, contact me at tonyaros1@gmail.com. As you can see I draw comic characters a lot, but I also paint and draw just about anything so hit me with your ideas!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Manhunter from Mars

Plugging right away with my Justice League redesigns.  Here I have my redesign of J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter:

My main inspiration for this redesign was to think of him as a hunter, which inspired my use of almost tribal-looking face paint.  I also wanted to stick to the fact that he's an alien being, so I made him larger than the other Leaguers, with three toes and elongated fingers.  I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out!  Let me know what you think

Monday, December 26, 2011

Justice League Redesign: Aquaman

Next in my redesign of the Justice League is Aquaman.  While not exactly a fan favorite, I had a lot of fun redesigning him.  My basic thought process was to put him in something streamlined like a wet-suit, and I'll admit I borrowed the foot-fin combo from the Aquaman design in the show Young Justice, which I really dig.   So here he is, ready to smack someone with an anchor while he calls for backup:

...and without the undersea adventure background:

Let me know what you think in the comments.  I have a few more Justice Leaguers up my sleave.  Stay tuned!  I'm saving some of my favorites for last...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What a Wonderful Time of Year

It's been a little while since I've posted here, but I've definitely been keeping busy.  Gearing up for Christmas, finishing up some last minute shopping, and while I don't enjoy that at all, there's definitely something special about this time of year; being with family and friends, sharing in a spirit of giving.  

Before I get too sappy, here's a sample of what I've been working on in my spare creative time.  Continuing my JLA redesigns, here is my redesign of Wonder Woman.  

With this redesign I was mainly trying to "de-cheezify" her a little bit, while keeping her both feminine and bad-ass.  I dropped the gold from her look because I just don't like gold, and instead replaced it with silver.  Her toga signifies her Greek connection, as well as hearkening to the Amazonian practice of mastectomy.  I was mainly trying to imagine what an Amazonian warrior would want to wear to fight, and this is what I pictured.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

He's the best there is at what he does...

Here are some designs I drew up of an idea my friend Chris Harper had for a way they could work Wolvie's classic look into the film franchise.  Instead of a spandex mask, he could wear more of a helmet.  As Chris pointed out, the only thing that really seems to hurt Wolverine in the film franchise is head injuries (like when he lost his memory at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was a terrible, terrible movie).  So, his idea was that they make a helmet for him to wear and train with in the Danger Room- a yellow and black one.  I came up with the following designs:  

My reasoning on the yellow and black choice is that it's a test helmet, so they use the yellow and black caution-tape color scheme.  As in "Caution: You may not want to shoot Wolverine in the head because he will tear yours off."  

Then, as the film progresses, Chris' idea is that he gets a repainted version of the helmet that's close to his X-Force look (which I think looks pretty awesome).  

So there it is.  Cool idea, Chris!  If you have any comments, leave them below!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Cowardly and Superstitious Lot

Next in my redesigns, I give you Batman.  With this design, I was thinking what a person would need to wear to do what Batman does, and I decided that was riot gear.  Also, seeing as how Batman's at his best when he's striking fear, I tried giving him a scarier appearance, hence the red eyes and more bat-like face.

I played around with the colors a lot, and I'm torn between the previous color scheme, and the following which doesn't use the blue.  I'd love to hear any opinions on it!

And here he is without his mechanical wings.  I figured he would use those to glide over the city on patrol, but would put on the cape for situations on the ground that might require stealth.  

And there you have it.  I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.  Leave me any comments if you have any thoughts on the design- I'd love to hear them.  I believe I will continue this JLA trend.  Maybe I have a Green Lantern up my sleeve somewhere...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Flasher

Misleading title, I know.  Just a redesign of The Flash that I did yesterday.  I tried to take into account the physical effects of running fast, so I gave him goggles for the wind, thick-soled shoes for the friction, a light-weight harness to keep his legs from hyper-extending, and a helmet for any super-speed spills.  I know that technically his "speed force-field" makes all this moot, but that is the reasoning behind this design.   

And the redesign without my experimental streak:

 Finishing up a Batman one next- Just trying to finalize the color scheme...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's simple....Kill the Batman!

In honor of Arkham City (which is awesome and I highly recommend to any Bat-Fan), I'm posting a slew of Batman and bat-inspired bat-drawings!  Hope you enjoy:

My Tribute-to-Steve-Rude Batman

Batman concept- Oldie but possibly goodie?
Joker, looking as flamboyant as ever.  May finish this someday.
Who is Batman?

Half-an-Hour-and-a-Sharpie Batman

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Back to My Roots

 I thought I'd take a minute tonight to take a break from all the digital art I've been doing lately and create something more traditional (well, at least more traditional for me).  I painted and submitted 4 small paintings on 6" x 6" canvases to a local exhibition titled "notBIG", in which all pieces are to be smaller than 12" in any dimension. 

One of my favorite things about this idea is that you can hang each individual painting however you'd like to.  They can be one cohesive image, or they could be hung all over the apartment or house.  I've been considering exploring creating pieces that can be hung in an order to tell one idea or story, then rearranged to tell another.  This is maybe a baby step to that.

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Up late with Photoshop

I can't believe how fast the time flies while I'm drawing.  I mean, it's awesome that I get so focused, but I get so on a roll that it's suddenly 12:30 and my responsible side is telling me I should go to sleep.  Anyway, here's a small sample of the commission I was working on:

Kind of reminds me of a print I made back in college- one of my favorites actually.  Unfortunately I don't have an image of an actual print, just the sketch:

Good, wholesome zombie fun.  And, sticking with the black and white theme- a couple pieces I did with chalk on wood:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Something Old, Something New

I have so much art that I want to post, but so as not to become lazy and post only things I've done in the past, I'm going to institute upon myself a rule:  each post has to have both something old and something new.  And, seeing as how I just finished an entry to Project: Rooftop's (link) contest to redesign Image Comic's Invincible, I thought I'd post an old entry to their redesign Wolverine contest (which sadly wasn't featured) to hopefully show how I've improved from then to now.  So!  Without further ado...

Initial Wolvie sketch:

Gone and colored in Photoshop (I think this was the first design I colored using my Wacom tablet, and boy does it show).  Also, apparently my monitor was bad, because his costume's supposed to look more navy blue, and less like Grimace.


And now my lineart for the Invincible Redesign:

 And my finished, colored entry:

Fingers crossed that it gets featured! Either way, I'm excited to see all the other submissions.  Win/win either way, really.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I Just Discovered the Internet

After years of seeing other artists posting awesome artwork on their very own personal blogs, I decided I'd start doing the same, if for no other reason than to motivate me to draw more.  Hopefully somewhere along the process I will actually become able to draw.  So without further ado, just so this blog doesn't look so empty and pathetic, I'll post some old work of mine. 

I always liked the Fantastic Four when they're portrayed more as "science-adventurers" and less as superheroes.  Here's my take- Sue looking very mod, Johnny a literal ball of flame with a person somewhere inside, Reed with some kind of crazy techno-gadget, and the Thing basically a grouchy old man. 

Original Iron Man?  Original Iron Man.

Continuing with the "original" theme:  the original X-Men.  Now, while I was pleasantly suprised at how much I enjoyed X-Men: First Class, this is the the only first class that'll ever matter to me.  Why, oh why couldn't they have made the first X-Men movie about a team of teen outcasts in the 60s discovering their powers and fighting against intolerance?  Featuring Cyclops, Jean, Beast, Iceman, and Angel?  Oh, because that would have been too close to the source material that made the X-Men so popular.  My bad.