batman12spidey asked: Are there any books or anything that you think can help a person learn to draw? I don't mean be a great artist, just so I can draw something other than stick figures...
For comics, try How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema. It covers some pretty essential basics about drawing as well, condensed into a very reader-friendly format. Beyond that, all it really takes is practice, and in doing this practice you’ll eventually develop your own style and discover your own solutions to the tricks of the trade.
Ahoy! Been a while since I posted any new art I think…or has it…?…that’s the trouble with being a freelancer, time loses all meaning after 14 years doing this stuff. I know it’s nearly Xmas because all my editor/freelancer chums are tweeting about taking time off for the holidays (hah! as if….) but beyond that I think it’s bin-night, and I have no idea what any of that means.
But I have been drawing! For you! And for my editors! And for my bank account! And by association, for my stomach! And perhaps for my legacy? Much of what I’m drawing right now won’t see the light of day until mid 2014, because it’s a comic series and it isn’t finished yet so we have a ways to go before I’m allowed to show stuff, but on the side I still draw covers! This one is for a new series from Boom! Studios in March, titled “The Returning”. It’s 4 issue long, and I’m doing all the covers. Yay! I like Boom!
I have another Bedlam cover to show as well, but I’ll wait till tomorrow for that. In the meantime I have another Grant Morrison script to read, so if you’ll forgive me I must pour some wine and begin the evening session in Irving Towers…
Anonymous asked: How do you paint? i mean its digital or some others paints?? thnx and great work!!!
All digital, pretty much exclusively photoshop CS5! It’s been that way since around 2007, ever since I drew Silent War for Marvel comics. Man, I bet all the ink in those bottles has dried up by now…
Anonymous asked: Hi Frazer, Is it possible for me to get a pre show commission for the thought bubbles convention this year? Many thanks. My name is Alan ( I got those iron man cover that you did ages ago)
I hope u liked the 2-face sketch! And we are on for a different Batman villain sketch every year!
bradjohnsonvstheworld asked: Hey Frazer, I was just wondering if you have anything coming out soon that I should keep an eye out for? Ever since your run on Uncanny X-Men ended I've been bummed out! You really are a fresh and exciting talent in an industry where everyone seems to be drawing the same way. I can't wait for for your book with Morrison!
Yo! Well, I think the next thing from me on the shelves will indeed be Annihilator with Grant, and that won’t be seeing the light of day until some point next year :( On the plus side tho, I have a few other things lined up for next summer so there’ll be a glut of the Irv next fall. In the meantime I’ll be posting all the covers I do for Boom here, as well as other personal art which should entertain in a non-narrative fashion.
Anonymous asked: Hi! Will you be working with Mr. Spurrier in the foreseeable future? *please, please, be a positive answer. Please* Your art rocks my world. Also, i wish you the very best.
Heh, well I *will* be working with Si at some point over the next year (or so) as we resolve the epic Gutsville for re-release, tho that’s been on the stove for quite a few years so I don’t know if it constitutes a new collaboration. When it’s done it will be brilliant tho, and I hope it will continue to cause seismic activity in your world. Hurrah!
Bedlam in Irving Towers! Well, the cover to Bedlam issue 10 anyway. It’s actually quite peaceful in Irving Towers.
Just returned from a visit to Staffordshire University where I spoke with students about comics and freelancing, and I told everyone there they should read this book by Richard Starkings and Comicraft in order to truly appreciate the skill of lettering.
Next up is the wonderful Thought Bubble festival, where I will be rolling around in a semi-inebriated state for most of it. Come and say hello!
Back from another crazy NYCC, recovering from all of that I felt I should share with you an example of the wonderful people that one can meet there. This lady was a shining example of positivity and excellence, so I decided to capture our fleeting association in case we were to never meet again and I would one day imagine the whole thing to be a dream.
We also saw Bruce Willis in the bar that night (I am 99% sure it was him) as well as my old college buddy who I haven’t seen in like 7 years or so who coincidentally was in the big apple proposing to his girlfriend at the time.
Next year I’ll probably stay at the same place in the hopes of rekindling the connection I formed with this lady (and her brother who was hanging out around the corner) and perhaps spotting more acting celebs getting toasted on the sofas.
Everyone else I met at the con (or in the bars) you know who u are, comrades. The future is ours for the shaping (tho perhaps we should modify our working habits to be a little more productive).
Anonymous asked: Hi Mr Irving, just to wish you all the success you deserve and hope to see your art on more books, I saw X-Men terrific art. Years ago you send me a sketch of Judge Death (Im from Argentina) and that was and incredible gift from you. Again, I think you are the best artist on the medium, any chance that you return to 2000AD or Judge Death? Kind Regards, wish you the best Mr!!!! Pablo from Argentina (forgive my English!!!)
Hi Pablo! Yes, I recall that sketch, it was one of the last actual working sketches I made before I made the switch to digital art! I’m glad it still lives with its owner :D No plans to return to Judge Death at the moment due to my work on Annihilator with Grant, but that doesn’t mean I’m closed to the idea in the future. Hope all is well in Argentina!
Anonymous asked: Hey, could you possibly know [and tell] the publication date for "Annihilator"? Also, will you be back in Uncanny X-Men? Doing interiors and such? An alternative cover, maybe? You are/might just be the best thing that ever happened to the X-books. Yeah, that's how much I love your art. Keep up the good work.
Hello! It’s not for me to reveal any details regarding Annihilator yet, as that’s in the sticky hands of the mercurial marketing department at Legendary, so you’ll have to wait to see what they say when they say it.
As for the X-Men, well I’m currently 100% involved with Annihilator for the next bunch of months which rules out any more X-stuff until next year at the earliest (if I was to be invited to contribute that is). I’m glad U liked what I brought to the comic, I was particularly proud of what came out as well, and that’s rare for me as I feel like the Woody Allen of comics in that I never like my pages when I do them due to seeing all the faults, tho that’s changed a bit since the X-Men as I like my work a bit more now.
Recovering from NYCC right now, but I’m itching to get back into the groove and make more pix so that folks like you can enjoy them :)
Greets, peeps. So, locked away in Irving Towers beavering away at Annihilator pages I suddenly noticed it was October already, and that means one thing: New York Comicon. Oh shit. It’s that time of year again already? So it seems.
Unlike last year I haven’t got a sketch-list set up as I just don’t have the time to derail the Art-train from one project to another, but if I do doodle anything cool whilst out there I’ll take a pic and share it so those of you who desire such items can get all jealous.
I have one public appearance confirmed so far, and that will be a signing at the Boom! studios booth on saturday from 3pm to 4.30 pm. I’ll be part of the Polarity signing, where I’ll be encouraged to deface lots of very pretty books right in front of you. I think they’re also selling limited edition prints of my cover art to the series, so I’d best get one of you to buy 2 and then u can sell the un-defaced copy back to me at no extra charge. Sound like a plan?
The rest of the creative team from the book will be there so once those attending have tired of my vulgar cockney manner and dirty jokes, they can simply move along the line and chat with decent and reasonable people instead.
Above is the cover to Bedlam issue 9, which is the only art I can share for now :( Now to get back to the cintiq…