Friday, June 26, 2009

I want to be a Blue Lantern!


Saint Walker © DC Comics 2009
By Corey Breen
Pen & Ink


Saint Walker © DC Comics 2009
By Corey Breen
Pencil

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Some Freelance Work & Other Stuff


Father's Day Caricature for Private Client
11 x 17 Comic Board
Pencil, Illustrator & Manga Markers

By Corey Breen


Religious Tattoo Design for Private Client
Pencil & Photoshop
By Corey Breen

And a SPECIAL TREAT! A drawing by my brother, Christopher Breen years ago, of the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. My mom found this and I just HAD to share, because I think they are really AWESOME! Nice job, Chris, you totally need to get back to drawing, I really miss your work!


Alice in Wonderland Characters
Pen & Ink on Post-It's
By Christoper Breen

And a very, VERY Happy Father's Day to my Pop! I love you Dad, and would not be who I am today without you. You always taught me to follow my dreams no matter what anyone said, and I know that you are on my side always, hoping I can be the best artist I can be. I hope I am doing that, and I continue to make you proud! You are the world to me, thank you for supporting me!

Lots more art to come soon, so stay tuned! I got a bunch of stuff just waiting to be posted!

Corey

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"And Where, is the Batman...?"

Batman & Robin © DC Comics 2009
By Corey Breen
Pencil

"...He's at home, washing his tights!"

This is the final pencils for my Batman & Robin Pin-Up! I was gonna wait to show it until I did the inks and put a Chicago skyline in the background, but I am very impatient and wanted to post something since it's been a little while!

I had a lot of fun drawing this one, and I am really happy with how it came out. I originally wanted to draw all the Bat characters together, but I was very happy with these two, that I decided to end it there. I love when I tap into my Joe Quesada/ Todd McFarlane style, so I felt I really nailed what I wanted o draw. They are my two favorite Batman artists of all time besides Neil Adams and Jim Aparo!

I was gonna quit on all the Bat characters, since I was kinda getting sick of them, but after watching The Dark Knight on TV again, and with the release of Batman & Robin #1 in stores, I got the bug again!

In a previous post, I expressed my displeasure with the Battle for the Cowl issues, but everything was made better by Batman #687 and Batman & Robin #1. Judd Winnick and Ed Benes knocked their issue out of the park, and I felt THAT was what Battle for the Cowl should have been. It had characterization, plot, action, and despite uneven colors; GREAT artwork! I love Ed Benes, especially on Batman, and this issue was exactly what I wanted in terms of passing on the mantle to Dick Grayson.

Then Batman & Robin #1 came out, and finally the world got to see what I saw early when I worked on the book getting it ready for print. The issue blew everyone away, and further solidified Grant Morrison & Frank Quietly in the eyes of fans. I know it's only a three issue run for these two together, but they really know how to handle Superman (in All-Star Superman) and now Batman. Great stuff in this book... wait til you read issue #2! The suspense and pacing are perfect! Well done getting Batman on track FINALLY, DC! Big ups to Janelle Siegel and Mike Marts, two great editors to work with! It's really hard to make Batman fresh and interesting, but when it is on, it reminds me why it is my favorite character and book in comics.

Great stuff coming up in the future, starting with Batman & Robin, and the HUGE summer blockbuster, Blackest Night! It's gonna be a great time to be back into DC Comics, you will see, trust me!

More blogging to come soon,

CjB

NEWS from around the internet!


I don't where on the internet this is from, but it is freakin' HYSTERICAL!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More Finished Freelance Gigs...


Two Girls Baking © Christine Breen
Designed by Christine Breen & Jonathan Breen
Final Image by Corey Breen
Photoshop & Illustrator


Red Bear © Jonathan Breen
Designed by Jonathan Breen
Final Image by Corey Breen
Photoshop & Illustrator


Three Lady Bugs © Gretchen Mancuso
Designed by Gretchen Mancuso
Final Image by Corey Breen
Photoshop & Illustrator


These are three logos I recently re-designed for private clients. The three logos were all originally designed by the clients themselves, but were given to me to re-draw in Illustrator CS4 and Photoshop CS4. I just imported a low res image they provided, and then re-drew and traced that image to create a high res, perfect image file that they can use for anything they need. It was all designed already, it just took me a while to translate them into artwork. Just goes to show the wide range of things I am asked to do, and what can be done to make even a simple sketch like the the ladybugs, into a full functioning, finished logo.

Please feel free to visit the sites of the companies above to see what they are, and what services they provide!


http://www.twogirlsbaking.com/home.html

www.redbearadvisors.com

http://www.threeladybugs.com/

Corey Breen



Monday, June 8, 2009

May flowers bring June SHOWER... for my girl!


Kristy's Wedding Shower Wishing Well Logo & Tea Tags
By Corey Breen
Photoshop & Illustrator
Cheshire Cat © 2009 Walt Disney Productions


Kristy's Wedding Shower Wishing Well Logo & Tags
By Corey Breen
Pencil - Pen & Ink
Cheshire Cat © 2009 Walt Disney Productions

My fiance, Kristy had her wedding shower yesterday, and this was the cartoon I drew for her wedding party, to display at the restaurant! I usually don't do straight up cartoons anymore, so this was a lot of fun to go back to that style after so long. It's definitely not as easy as it looks, but it is still as much fun as I remember!

Kristy loves the Cheshire Cat so much, so I hope she enjoyed the piece, and her shower as much as I had fun contributing to it! I want to thank all her female friends and family, and soon to be extended family for throwing her such an amazing party, and literally showering her with so many gifts!

We can't wait to see all of you again for the wedding next month!

Love you Kristy,

Corey

And the winner is...

...NOBODY

Nobody won the Contest, because, well, no one entered! It's all good though. One less thing for me to do and send out. I will try another contest again one day, when I know I have more followers. I thought I had enough people checking out the website that at least two or three people would enter, but I guess I'm just not ready for that yet. It just gives me more incentive to go out and market myself more, and spread the word about my site.

Next time I try something like that, I'll make sure I have more of following. In a sense, it was a test for me to see how many people check out the site, since I can't really go by the Blog's "FOLLOWERS", because a lot of people don't subscribe to Google, or just don't know how to "follow" it. To "follow" my Blog, you need to click on the "follow" button on the RIGHT side of the website, just under my Profile, "About Me".

So now I just have make sure I get the wor
d out about the Blog! [You would think the 386 people I "know" on Facebook, I would have more of an audience, but I guess it just means I have a LOT more work to do.] LOL

I will be posting some FUN, personal art later today, so be sure to check back in. And just in case you want to know, the answer to the Slave Leia contest is below!


Huttesse-
"Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!"

English-
"I want you to enjoy the dancing girl, bounty hunter, and Jedi, who is Slave Leia!"

CjB

PS- Some people have said that there is a problem with the video on the site, and I am looking into it. It is saved as a Quicktime mp4 file, so I'm not sure why it is telling some people that is it "temporarily unavailable". I will look into why this is, and/or try to upload it as something other then how you import it in Blogger!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!


Princess Leia © 2009 Lucasfilms

By Corey Breen
Final Photoshop Color

THE CONTEST!

To win an exclusive, FREE sketch by me, all you have to do is correctly guess the translation of the title of this Blog entry... "Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!" I will randomly draw one winner from the people with the correct translation! So please send in your entries in an email or comment on this Blog!

The winner will receive a small 5-10 minute sketch of any ONE character of their choosing. I will have to get the address of the winner so I can send it out to them. Contest only open to United States residents, and the contest is NOT open to immediate family and coworkers!

The winner will be selected on Monday, June 8th, 2009, at 1pm!

CjB

Friday, June 5, 2009

Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!

PART THREE

Princess Leia © 2009 Lucasfilms
By Corey Breen
Pen & Ink & Copic Cool Gray Markers & Photoshop Touch Ups

Here are the final tones for the Slave Leia Pin-Up! I did the tones in Cool Gray Copic Markers, with a Colorless Blender, and Whiteout Pen. Above is the tones that I touched up in Photoshop. The original scan of just the markers, without any touch up, is below!


Music by John Williams, "Across the Stars"

Here also is the VIDEO of me working! I think this came out GREAT! I used my iMac G5 to film this, and used CS4 Adobe After Effects to edit the video, and speed it up! I love learning a new program and can't wait to do more of these! Took a long time to put an audio track on it, because I needed to watch some tutorials on how to do it, and it just took me longer then expected to learn that part of the pre-compression! When I do more of these, I will get better and better at it!

I hope you enjoy the video, and be sure to watch around the 4 minute mark of the 5 minute video, where you'll see what I have to put up with every time I draw! It's quiet the surprise, and it's very funny!

Special thanks to Mike Sellers for teaching me some video editing skills, and Julio Herrera, for letting me borrow his laptop to work on it and finish it up today! Thanks guys!

Final Color Image to be posted this weekend!

And don't forget:

THE CONTEST!

To win an exclusive, FREE sketch by me, all you have to do is correctly guess the translation of the title of this Blog entry... "Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!" I will randomly draw one winner from the people with the correct translation! So please send in your entries in an email or comment on this Blog!

The winner will receive a small 5-10 minute sketch of any ONE character of their choosing. I will have to get the address of the winner so I can send it out to them. Contest only open to United States residents, and the contest is NOT open to immediate family and coworkers!

The winner will be selected on Monday, June 8th, 2009, at 1pm!

CjB

Princess Leia © 2009 Lucasfilms
By Corey Breen
SCAN - Pen & Ink & Copic Cool Gray Markers

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!

PART TWO
Princess Leia © 2009 Lucasfilms
By Corey Breen
Pen & Ink & Photoshop

Here are the final inks for the Slave Leia Pin-Up! Tones to be posted on Friday, along with a video of me drawing the tones in with Copic Markers!

THE CONTEST!

To win an exclusive, FREE sketch by me, all you have to do is correctly guess the translation of the title of this Blog entry... "Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!" I will randomly draw one winner from the people with the correct translation! So please send in your entries in an email or comment on this Blog!

The winner will receive a small 5-10 minute sketch of any ONE character of their choosing. I will have to get the address of the winner so I can send it out to them. Contest only open to United States residents, and the contest is NOT open to immediate family and coworkers!

The winner will be selected on Monday, June 8th, 2009, at 1pm!

CjB

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!

PART ONE

Princess Leia © 2009 Lucasfilms
By Corey Breen
Pencil

Over the next three Blog posts, I will be showing the stages of my Slave Leia Pin-Up! The first of which is the finished pencils. I gave a sneak peak of this when I was drawing it, on my Twitpic Site. Now you can see it here for the first time! It will be followed by the inks, and then the tones, and finally, the colors!

I am also holding a small CONTEST! To win an exclusive, FREE sketch by me, all you have to do is correctly guess the translation of the title of this Blog entry... "Oto Chuba Tah Panwa Ta Chik Youngee, Murishani, An Jedai Coo sa SHAG LEIA!" I will randomly draw one winner from the people with the correct translation! So please send in your entries in an email or comment on this Blog! The winner will be selected on Monday, June 8th, 2009, at 1pm!

The winner will receive a small 5-10 minute sketch of any ONE character of their choosing. I will have to get the address of the winner so I can send it out to them. Contest only open to United States residents, and the contest is NOT open to immediate family and coworkers! So, go back to your lettering cave, Mr. Wands! LOL

Good luck, and be sure to stay tuned for Part Two of this series, with the inks to the above piece. I just received my Gray Copic Markers in the mail and will be starting the tones for Part Three! I am also going to try and film myself doing those tones, and post that as well, so everyone can see me in action! No promises on that though, since I'm not even sure I can figure out HOW to do that just yet. But I will try... Then shortly after I hope to throw some cool colors on the piece in Photoshop. I'm hoping everyone follows along this process, which shows how I like to work on a piece from pencils all the way to finished color! Hope you enjoy!

Dobrah Nenoleeya,

CjB

PS- Congrats to Geosette (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dR2Rf1BJRJ8/ShXAEVSSPAI/AAAAAAAAATU/xJuyqmVo74o/s1600-h/kuta(fan_art_concours).jpg), the winner of the Kuta Art Contest, that was held by Sean Galloway at http://cheeks-74.deviantart.com/journal/24824258/
! He may even make a Kuta Tribute Book with all the entries, since they were FANTASTIC! Show support for that idea here:

http://gotcheeks.blogspot.com/2009/05/kuta-card-contest.html

Monday, June 1, 2009

To Boldly Go Back to Where I Had Been Before... Comic Book Movie Adaptations


Old Spock © CBS Studios, Inc. 2009
Pencil Rendering
By Corey Breen

Much like video games based on movies, comic book movie adaptations and prequels have been nothing short of terrible. They usually make these adaptations with the original scripts, and the final printed story is actually quiet different then the movie itself. That is the first thing that never seems to translate well from a movie to a comic adaptation. And when doing a prequel comic to a movie, the story is never as exciting or well told, if there is a point to doing it at all. It tries to lead up to the movie it is based on, but it always seems that the comic is just filler, trying to cash in.

I am always tempted to buy these adaptation, especially if I love the movie it's based on, hoping it captures that same feel at least. I did this a lot with the Star Wars movies, and although the art was better then most, it still felt like it was just there to exist, having no merit or value otherwise. I have gotten burned by X-Men movie adapts, as well as ones for Superman, Constantine, Terminator, Spider-Man, Battlestar Galactica, among many others. I have since stopped picking up these adaptations and prequels, and just wind up enjoying the movies, for no comic could ever really live up to them. I have also tried to pick up the art of books of movies I really enjoy, because I seem to get way more out of them these below average comics.

That was until I went to Barnes and Noble this past weekend and picked up Star Trek: Countdown, the prequel to the movie. It was right next to a comic prequel for Terminator: Salvation. Both are published by IDW. I skimmed through the Terminator one, and saw awful art, bad dialogue, and what seemed like a boring, terrible story (same as the movie; LOL). Same old crap on a stick. I put it back, and was glad I don't get suckered into buying it as per my reasons above. But then I flipped through the Star Trek one, and knew immediately that this one was different! I decided to take a chance on it, and buy it.


Star Trek: Countdown TPB
By David Messina

Boy, was I glad I did. The art and coloring jumped right off the page at first glance! The page layouts and wide panels made it feel like a movie all to itself. It was AWESOME! The story was FANTASTIC, and the art was INCREDIBLE! This is how all comics based on movies should be done. It really was that good. It was written off of a story by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, by Mike Johnson & Tim Jones. The fantastic art was by David Messina who drew it and colored it along with Giovanna Niro (with color assists by Paolo Maddaleni). It also had three letterers.

I HIGHLY recommend this comic book prequel to any and ALL fans of the movie, and comic books in general. Just taking it along as a comic, it was fun, energetic, fast paced, great action, great sci-fi, a totally great plot, and much like the movie; very, very well made. This whole book seemed to be done with a lot of care and detail, and it really shows. It feeds off of all the strengths of the movie, and I must commend everyone involved in the making of this book. IDW may have failed with the Terminator prequel, but this book was stellar. Trust me on this one, and go out and grab this book! Put on some soundtrack music while you read it... heck, play the Star Trek Movie Score like I did, and really get into it! Dorky, I know, but it totally gets you into this great story. I wont say much more about it, content wise, because it is totally worth the suspenseful read!

I just want to finish this all by plugging the artist, who is now on my list of tracking down all his previous works, and I'm going to be buying anything he works on in the future!

http://davidmessinart.blogspot.com/

This is the wikipedia page on the book, if you really must know the story:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_Countdown

So go out and grab this trade, and let me know if you agree with me. I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Hope you enjoy my little rendering of Old Spock! Til next post, thanks for reading...

CjB

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