Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dark Engine Issue #2




Cover to issue #2 of Dark Engine (B&W and Color) and a panel detail from the same comic.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

some unlettered pages











These unlettered pages were posted in a CBR interview
so I figured it would be fine to share them here. 
Help spread the word, and let your LCS know to order a copy or two.

DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. 
It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.

@rburton03 imagecomics



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Panel detail



Dark Engine Issue #1 panel detail.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Dark Engine is coming...


... and I need your help spreading the word about it.  The company low-down is as follows:

Sent to the distant past, Sym must thwart her enemies before it’s too late
Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.
With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.
DARK ENGINE is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it’s showing the stygian machinations of Sym’s creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it’s all there.”
DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.

The book is being published by Image Comics, and here are a few images from the first issue (and some process stuff):




Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.
With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

DARK ENGINE is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it's showing the stygian machinations of Sym's creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it's all there."

DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.
- See more at: http://imagecomics.com/content/view/in-dark-engine-a-savage-woman-seeks-her-destiny-against-all-odds#sthash.F29JXcjW.dpuf















Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.
With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

DARK ENGINE is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it's showing the stygian machinations of Sym's creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it's all there."

DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.
- See more at: http://imagecomics.com/content/view/in-dark-engine-a-savage-woman-seeks-her-destiny-against-all-odds#sthash.F29JXcjW.dpuf
Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.
With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

DARK ENGINE is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it's showing the stygian machinations of Sym's creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it's all there."

DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.
- See more at: http://imagecomics.com/content/view/in-dark-engine-a-savage-woman-seeks-her-destiny-against-all-odds#sthash.F29JXcjW.dpuf
Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.
With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

DARK ENGINE is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it's showing the stygian machinations of Sym's creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it's all there."

DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.
- See more at: http://imagecomics.com/content/view/in-dark-engine-a-savage-woman-seeks-her-destiny-against-all-odds#sthash.F29JXcjW.dpuf

Monday, March 10, 2014

SLAP!

Panel of inks from OLD WOUNDS.  Comic written by Russell Lissau and to be published by POP GOES THE ICON.

Inked Panels

A Couple of inked panels from the 1st issue of Dark Engine.

Process Animation


Process animation for the creation of a panel.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Panels of pencil-roughs in process to becoming panels of inks.

Monday, May 27, 2013

How I do my flats

Flats for a panel. My flats are done in Illustrator, using the Live Paint tool, after converting and expanding my drawing using the Live Trace tool. I found myself really liking the color palate options available.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SHMOO!!!

Did a page for the GUTTERS.

http://www.the-gutters.com/comic/421-john-bivens
Follow the link to check it out.

Also, figured I would post some of my thumbnails for another project, to show how rough they normally are:


Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Hang in There

video

Rough pencils on a possibility for a job, set to some of the music I listened to while making it.  In this case it was THE WALKMEN.

prehistoric arts and crafts...


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ACen 2013


I am attending ACen this coming weekend, in Rosemont, as a guest and will have a table on the show floor. For those interested I will also be taking part in three panels:

1) Drawing Comics- Friday 8pm
2) Murder, Ghosts and Swordplay- Friday 10:30pm
3) So, you want to make comics- Saturday 8:15pm


Gonna have some books, prints and sketchbooks for purchase. Also I will be taking commissions and am going to have rates posted at the table.