Saturday, December 13, 2008

On The Stands Now!!!


Here's the colored version of the cover for HACK/SLASH #18--On the stands now! It features absolutely stunning work by colorist Lizzie John. If you scroll down my blog you can check out the entire process of the making of this cover. From layouts to pencils, ink, and now color.
I would like to point out my disappointment with the actual published cover though in that they added the credit list on the cover over my and inker Paul Wee's signatures. Me, I don't care about, and I'm embarrassed to say that my signature is visible, but Paul's is obscured. This was Paul's first comic work, and I really wish that he'd been able to see his signature on the cover. I'm really sorry, Paul.
I also wish that Lizzie had signed the cover. This was one of my favorite collaberative efforts I've ever worked on, and I feel like it would have been great if we all had visible signatures on this one.

New Stuff Part 3!!!


Here's the colored version of the Forgotten Realms cover that Ray Snyder and I did recently for DDP. It features RA Salvatore's popular character, Drizzt. We had a great time with this one. I really dug working on the panther.

More New Stuff!!!!


Here's a cover that I drew a couple of months ago for DDP and CAPCOM's BIONIC COMMANDO comic series. I'm not sure when it's coming out, and I haven't seen any colors for it yet...Inks are by Ray Snyder, and are really excellent--Thanks Ray!

New Stuff!!!


Here's a piece that I drew & inked myself for a book called Wolalina. I've been fooling around with making my background characters more distinctive to offset the idealized looks of my "heroic" main characters. I really ended up having a great time with the revolutionary war soldiers behind Wolalina here. I hope the contrast works...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Ebay update again!

The GI JOE and SUPERGIRL pieces have sold! Thanks to everyone that bid, and thanks to the winners of the artwork!
I'll be posting more work on ebay again soon--Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New artwork on ebay this week!



This week on ebay, I'm offering a close-up pencil splash image of Supergirl from page 1 of Supergirl #28.
In addition, I've also made available the penciled cover for the GI JOE New York Comic Con '08 variant edition. The cover features Fan fave characters The Baroness and Destro.
Check out these links if you'd like to bid on either of these pieces.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=160295467930&Category=14010null&_trksid=p3907.m29
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=160295470389&Category=3985null&_trksid=p3907.m29

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ebay update!

Page one from Supergirl #24 has sold---I'll be posting new artwork for sale on ebay again this week, tho, so please stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Supergirl page on Ebay!


I've just posted The original pencil art for Supergirl #24, page 1 on Ebay. If you'd like to bid on it, check out this link:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160293973194&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Psylocke: The final inked work


Here's the final inked piece. I transferred it from my sketchbook to a full sized artboard and used it to break in my new pens, ink and brushes.
Just finished it up tonight after we've just gotten back from a trip to the East Coast, and it was a fun diversion while I got over my reverse jet lag.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

HACK/SLASH #18 Cover-The process part 3


That wraps up my part in this piece--Now to the inks! The inks on this cover are a real thrill for me. This cover is inked by my friend, Paul Wee--You can check out his art blog in the links section on the right--Go there! It's worth it! Paul is an Assistant Director on The Simpsons, and I met him through my wife, Karen, who is a retakes Director on The Simpsons. Paul is a true artist's artist and his work and advice have really inspired me over the last few years.
At the same time that I got this cover job, Paul and I were sketching animals over at the LA Zoo once a week. During one of our trips to the zoo, I was telling him about a cover gig I was starting work on for a horror comic called HACK/SLASH--and I suddenly put two and two together. I realized that Paul digs horror and that I've wanted to work with Paul on something for a long time. So I asked Paul to ink the cover. He was kind enough to say yes, even though he was in the middle of moving.
The resulting cover is one of my very favorite pieces of work. Paul's line over my pencils is spontaneous and exciting. I hope everybody out there digs it as much as I do.
I know I've blathered on a bit here, but please indulge me just a bit longer. I'm not posting the next part of the process of this cover right now---I want everyone to be psyched to run out and pick up the book when it comes out---Here's the thing: The colors are a sight to behold. Lizzy John colored me and Paul on this cover, and when I say colored, I wonder if I should say painted? The work Lizzy did on this piece is the best color work my pencils have ever seen. No offense to the great folks that have colored my work in the past, but, wow. Big huge thanks to Paul and Lizzy and our editor, Mike O'Sullivan for a really fun job.
HACK/SLASH #18 is on sale in November and you can find a portion of the final colored cover in the September issue of PREVIEWS on page 240!

HACK/SLASH #18 Cover-The process part 2


Check out the MANY differences in the pencils that you see here versus the original layout. I was happy with the pose, but when I got to drawing the actual cover---I started to kinda see a mini movie of the scene in my head--Cassie in the sewers, repeatedly attacked and slashed at by the crazed killer that's reflected in her knife. The sewer background felt right to me instead of the checker board background in the layout--Horror and action movies seem to have a tendency to have their climaxes in old factories, steel mills, or sewers...Not so much on checker boards...Also, I changed the gloves from the layouts to bandages in the final piece, and added many more injuries. Cassie chases slashers, and from reading the HACK/SLASH Omnibus that Tim Seeley gave me, I saw that she tends to get in a little over her head sometimes. I thought the whole "Hunter becomes Hunted" idea might work well, and that became the story I wanted to tell with this cover.

HACK/SLASH #18 Cover-The process


Now that my cover for HACK/SLASH #18 is being solicited in PREVIEWS, here's the process by which I drew the cover, and what happened after it left my drawing table!
Here's my initial sketch for the cover---

Monday, August 25, 2008

UPDATE for late August

Boy, a new baby keeps you busy! Karen and I have been having a great time with our super-cute little daughter, Cole. Lotsa family has been here to see us and we've had lots going on here at Casa de Johnson.
In the meantime, I've gotten to work on a couple of new covers for Devil's Due Productions---The cover for HACK/SLASH #18, and I just finished up the cover for an issue of the upcoming BIONIC COMMANDO comic that's inspired by the new and exciting version of the classic video game. I'll post the artwork for all to see as soon as it's ok to do so.
I've also been getting in some work on The Black Lake---Previous posting here featured our first promo piece for the graphic novella. Hopefully it aroused some curiousity out there. I'm having a lot of fun every time I get to sit down with it. I'll have something new to post here in the near future. In the meantime, please keep checking back!

Thursday, August 07, 2008


(Matilda Finn & The Black Lake are (c) Drew Johnson, 2008)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Say Hi to Cole Johnson!



This post took longer to get to than I meant it to, but now I know what my friends who are parents meant when they said you don't get much sleep when your baby first arrives!
That aside, please join me in welcoming Cole Jeanette Johnson into the world! She was born last Tuesday at 2:41 pm in sunny Burbank, CA. She's 21 inches long and weighs about 8 lbs now. She came out into the world barely crying and shot me such a sweet look that it was love at first sight. She's healthy and happy and easy to get along with. Karen and I are having a ball with her.
Here's a couple of photos that they took at the hospital---She does a great Caesar impression, our stoic little Colonel....

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Baby, get out here!

Sorry to say there's no baby arrival to report. Karen's almost two weeks past the due date, and we've got an appointment with the baby doctor again on monday---Maybe we'll see some activity after that....
In the meantime, Karen's folks have been here waiting patiently with us for The Colonel's arrival. Karen's mom has been walking her around the mall, we walked around Disneyland..There has been much walking...So now we're all sleeping better, but no baby yet.
Up in my studio, I just finished a new Cover for Devil's Due and Tim Seeley's comic, HACK/SLASH. I had a GREAT time with it, and was pleased and flattered that I could get my friend, Paul Wee to ink it for me. You can see Paul's extraordinary work on his blog, which I've linked up with on the right side of this blog. It's full of beautiful work, and if you are not familiar with Paul's work, you'll get a big kick out of it, I promise.
I've also been working away at my graphic novel, THE BLACK LAKE. I've got a friend coloring the first promo piece, which will be on display here as soon as I can get it here. Stay tuned....
Finally, if you've been waiting around for a commission, some good news---I've started working on them again...DT, yours is almost done. Thanks for all your patience everyone!
That's all the news that's fit to print right now---If you've got a moment, check out the link I've posted to Brian Stelfreeze's blog! It's really cool, and Brian is one of my favorite artists and a great teacher.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Colonel arrives this week! Maybe!


The official due date for the Johnson offspring is July 3rd---So it seems The Colonel could be greeting the outside world any day now! Karen and I are bouncing between excited and terrified.
Why is our baby currently known as "The Colonel"? It's a name idea I came up with for David Hahn's daughter, Cleo before she was born. Rightly, David and Robbyn chose not to go with it---But I stand by the name. Think about it: The teacher in elementary school asking the other students--"Is The Colonel back from recess yet?"--Future co-workers asking each other, "Well, what does The Colonel think about all of this?" It's a name that continually demands respect.
So while our parents would probably kill us both if we actually went with "The Colonel Johnson" as our baby's name, Karen and I have been enjoying using it as a place-holder name for the baby since we've decided not to learn if it's a boy or a girl 'til it's born. It's been pretty funny when friends and relatives call to ask, "How's The Colonel?"
I have a feeling it's gonna be hard to stop calling it that when it's born. I also suspect that I may just have to salute as The Colonel arrives finally for it's first inspection of our little family platoon.

(Photo of me & Karen by Sari Zimmerman)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June Update!

I have not fallen off the Earth! Been busy working on things I can't show off. I just finished work on my part of the GI Joe Movie Style Guide---Unfortunately, I won't be able to show that stuff off 'til after the movie is released...
I've also been at work on my graphic novella, The Black Lake this month. The script is complete and the entire book is laid out and ready to draw. I've penciled the first promo piece and Ray is inking it as I write this entry---Well, maybe not RIGHT now. Actually, he's probably asleep...Ol' Ray's getting up there in years....As soon as the promo art is finished, you'll see it here first folks.
Speaking of Ray Snyder---Everyone should be checking out his work with Yanick Paquette over on Marvel's Young X-Men. Yanick is one of the best artists working in comics today, and Ray makes his beautiful work look even prettier. Good book, guys!
One last note---I'm thinking about putting some of my Supergirl work up for sale. If anyone out there is looking to pick up any pages or covers from my recent run, just drop me a note at graphitemonkey@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Now it can be shown, part 2


Over on my Comic Art Fans site, you can see an alternative costume that I designed for Supergirl before I started my run. It didn't fare that well--There was more interest in a more conservative look, recalling that Supergirl is, well, 16. I think like a lot of folks, I forgot that for a moment when I was doing that first design.
Here's the second design I did, and for a little while, It looked like it might get accepted. In the end, I'm sorry to say, it didn't.
I'm putting it up for public consideration, and to see if I was totally full of it or not for thinking that it was cool.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Eyes only: The NYCC GI Joe variant cover


Here's the finished version of the GI Joe New York Comic Con variant cover that Ray and I did for Devil's Due. It features The Baroness and Destro---If you'd like to see the original pencils, check out the link to my gallery at Comic Art Fans on the right of this entry!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Good Night, Kara Zor-El!

DEPT. OF BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS! I've tendered my resignation from monthly penciling duties on DC's SUPERGIRL.
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that Karen and I are expecting our first offspring soon. I figured that if I go ahead and wrap up my work on SUPERGIRL by June, then I can have a month to work on my graphic novel, THE BLACK LAKE, before our baby arrives in July. I'm planning a four month hiatus from regular comic work to learn to tackle the challenges of being a new dad and to finish work on penciling THE BLACK LAKE. Look for further announcements regarding THE BLACK LAKE to be posted here in the near future.
BIG HUGE THANKS to everyone who has supported my work on SUPERGIRL. It's been a tough run, but I had a great time. Thanks to my editor, Matt Idelson, and to Tom Palmer Jr and Nachie Castro. I've loved working with you guys and hope we get to work together again soon. Thanks, too, to my great friend and inker, Ray Snyder. Thanks for putting up with my usual crazy crap, and thanks for doing such lovely work over my scribbles. Can't wait to see what we do on THE BLACK LAKE and beyond.
And of course, the BIGGEST THANKS to my wife Karen, for all of her love and support, and for being the coolest soon-to-be mom ever to walk the Earth.

Back to the Dept. of Big Thanks!

A long overdue Dept. of Big Thanks THANKS to Aimee LoSecco for adding her page from my Wonder Woman run to the "From Panel To Panel" Exhibition that was curated by her friend Tara Donahue during the New York Comic Con. It was really cool to know that my work was being featured among so many great artists. Aimee and Tara, I'm sorry that I wasn't able to get over to the gallery to see the show--I stayed really busy during the con every day--but I hope you'll send me some pictures from the show when you get time. I'll post 'em here!
Also, another big THANKS to Aimee and her co-workers at the Gotham City Comics booth at NYCC for being so cool, and giving me a killer deal on my Bowen Wasp bust. Karen and I stopped by Gotham City Comics when we were in New York last November at Aimee's invitation, and it's a really cool shop. They're at 796 Lexington Ave. 2nd Floor at 62nd st. Stop by and see 'em if you're in New York!
BIG THANKS to the awesome folks at Metropolis Comics in Bellflower, CA for having me and Karen as their guests for Free Comic Book Day '08. What a rush! We had a spectacular crowd turn out, and Karen and I had a great time meeting everyone. THANKS to Gail, John, Debbie, and all the other great folks at Metropolis for a great afternoon, and thanks to all the folks who came out to see us. It was a real blast.

Now that's what it should've looked like!


This is a piece I just did for my friend, John Higashi. It's Leia as I had originally designed her to appear in the fourth issue of the Star Wars Infinities:A New Hope project that Ray and I worked on a few years back.
It's basically "Darth Leia"--as she's become Vader's apprentice after the rebellion's failure to destroy the Death Star. I'm glad I got the opportunity to draw her again. I feel like I had a better handle on the idea this time, versus my original design drawing.
Hope you like it, John--- Thanks for your infinite patience!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Don't forget!

Karen and I will be appearing at Metropolis Comics in Bellflower, CA for Free Comic Book Day this upcoming Saturday.
We'll be there from 11:30am-3:30pm--Be sure to come by and say "Hi". I understand they'll have cookies.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

New goings-on for the end of April

Just got back from a really great trip to New York Comic Con. That was a really great show. I think I may do that one now instead of San Diego. It's a bit less crowded and seems to focus more on comics. I noticed that all the editors that I'd been hoping to get to see were there, and they seemed a lot less over-worked than at SD, and more interested in chatting. I got some exciting business done, and hope to have some cool announcements in the next couple of months. Thanks to DC and Marvel for putting on some really nice parties, and thanks to Vince and Adam for having me at the DC signing on Sunday. Also, big thanks to Brian, Nora, Tim, Josh and Mike for having me at the Devil's Due signings each day of the show.
Also, a big thanks to my pal David Hahn for coming out to NYCC with me all the way from Portland. David, it was really fun to share a table with you buddy, and even better to just get to hang out with you again---It's been a long time.
*NEWS OF THE RAY* Ray Snyder stayed home from NYCC and worked. I'm sorry to report that he did that around regular trips to the hospital to visit his brother, who fell from a roof and pretty well shattered his leg and foot, as well as his mother, who suffered a light stroke. Hope they're both doing better, Ray.
*New Link!* If you look over in the Links column, you'll see inker Marc Deering's blog link. Marc inked penciller Lee Ferguson when he filled in on Supergirl #26 while I was recovering from my Appendectomy. They did a great job in not much time--Big thanks to them! Check out Marc's blog---He does nice work, and he has a great group of links.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ray's not dead!

That uh...That was my bad. I didn't think about how that last headline looked....My apologies for the fright.
Um...Sorry Ray.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The cleaner version...


Over on my gallery at comicartfans.com (see link on the side of the page), I put up the published version of the cover pencils for SUPERGIRL #28. She's really muddy, especially around her face.
My original pencils kept her face a little clearer of debris, but I've got to give it up to Matt Idelson--She's crawling from the grave--She probably wouldn't look all clean and pretty...Unless you're looking at her here, revealed for the first time in all her clean-ish glory...

Now they can be shown...



Here's some of the design sketches that I did for the recent appearance of RESURRECTION MAN in SUPERGIRL #28---I didn't wanna let 'em out til the issue came out. Here they are---warts 'n all.
The head and shoulders shot is the second version that my editor and I liked. We came up with the idea that he cuts his own hair short, but each time he gets killed and is reborn, his hair grows back out again---Hence the scene in the desert. Also, note the facial tattoo---It's an uruboros (dunno if I spelled that correctly...), symbolizing rebirth. We wanted to give him a little bit of a new look for his re-emergence onto the scene, but alas---it was cut in the end.
I just finished my work on issue 29, which features more Rez Man. He's been rather fun to draw, and an interesting departure from some of the, well, tidier heroes I've drawn.

We'll miss you, Ray....


Looks like due to a large workload, my good friend and inker, Ray Snyder will not be attending New York Comic Con this year.
Gotta give it up to Ray---He's eating a fairly expensive plane ticket to make sure he gets his books inked. I pressured him to come any way, just 'cause David and I were looking forward to getting to see him, but in the end I realized I wasn't helping and stopped being a jerk about it. We'll miss you, Ray, and Kim as well...It won't be the same with out you.
THE GOOD NEWS FOR FANS OF SUPERGIRL: Here's the silver lining---Though I'm not selling any of my penciled pages or covers yet from our run on SUPERGIRL, I will be selling Ray's inked SUPERGIRL pages for him at the New York Comic Con, in an effort to help him recoup his losses from his unused plane ticket. Come by Artist's Alley and check 'em out! If you buy one of his pages, we can call Ray on my cell phone, put him on speaker and he can thank you personally. Well...He might be busy...We'll see.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Upcoming Appearances!

The weekend of April 18th, you can see me at NEW YORK COMIC CON along with my great pals Ray Snyder and David Hahn. If you're in town, come by and say "hey". Ray and I will be signing our NYCC variant GI JOE cover at the Devil's Due Productions booth at varied times throughout the weekend, and David, Ray and I will be signing at the DC Comics booth on Sunday from 3pm-4pm. The rest of the time we'll be hanging out in Artist's Alley.
May 3rd, Free Comicbook Day, I'll be appearing at METROPOLIS COMICS in Bellflower, CA with my lovely wife Karen Carnegie-Johnson, re-take director on THE SIMPSONS. Also, she worked on THE SIMPSONS MOVIE. Come by and say "Hello", and maybe we'll draw something cool for you.
To answer the folks who've been asking lately, I won't be attending San Diego Comic Con this year, because our NEW BABY is due shortly before the con in July. I might make it down there briefly, but just to see some friends. Karen and I will see you there next year, though, with our new tyke along for the ride.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Look what I found!


I was looking for something in my portfolio file the other day and unearthed this Wonder Woman panel that I had saved during my work on Jody Picoult's run on WW. It's one of my favorite shots that I've drawn of her--from the pencils from issue six, panel 1.
Just thought I'd throw it up here for any fans of my Wonder Woman stuff that might be lurking around out there. I love all three of you.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dave Stevens died recently

I know I'm late in saying something about this. I don't handle death well, so these things can take me a while. Heck, I'm still trying to figure out what to say about 'Ringo's death. All I can think of is what a great guy he was the few times that I got to hang out with him.
Unfortunately, I never even got to hang out with Dave Stevens. I thought I might someday---It's a small industry. I was crossing my fingers. I'm really sad that now I won't get that chance to meet him. Dave was one of my biggest inspirations in the way that I draw and in the kind of stories that I'm interested in telling. I dunno that knowing that would have been a big deal to him, but I wish I could've told him sometime.
You know what's great, though? We can visit great artists--great storytellers like Mike and like Dave any time through their work. We can go back and re-read The Rocketeer or Tellos and see what those guys wanted to share with us. What they wanted to dazzle us with. Every time we look at their work, we will remember why we miss them, and enjoy what part of themselves they've left for us. Forever. I take comfort in that idea.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Sketchbooks for sale!

If you would like to get a hold of one of my Convention Sketchbooks, Just email me at graphitemonkey@gmail.com and let me know! They're $10, plus $1 shipping, so it can be mailed to you priority mail. I only accept Paypal for payment due to past problems with checks and money orders. In your email, just let me know your Name, Address and how many sketchbooks you'd like, and if you'd like it signed or not.

New Links!

Please note that I've learned how to add links to this thing---Now you can get to my gallery at comicartfans.com by following the "Drew's Art Gallery" Link. Also, if you're interested in following my and Karen's adventures in being expecting parents, you can check out the "Our Baby Blog" link and look in on The Colonel! Exciting!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

One more reason to get Supergirl #28!



Ray and I got to work with a familiar face this issue. Maybe you can't go home again, but at least you can visit. Here's a couple more preview shots from April's upcoming Supergirl #28. Hope you dig 'em!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Look over there!

Just posted the inked cover to the upcoming Supergirl #29 over on my gallery at www.comicartfans.com. It's one of my very favorite pieces that Ray and I have done together. Also, just wait til you see the colors. Brad Anderson is absolutely great at what he does.
My gallery is under Johnson, Drew, if you'd like to check it out. Sometime soon, I'm gonna start posting links on this blog. Stay tuned.
I'll be posting different art both here and at my CAF gallery, so keep an eye on both spots if you should wonder what I'm up to....

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Supergirl #28 Preview shots



Here are a couple of Supergirl shots from my work on SG #28. It's gonna be a fun issue!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dept. of Big Thank Yous

BIG THANKS to everyone at METROPOLIS COMICS in Bellflower, CA for having me and Karen as guests at their "I Love Comics" Event on Feb 9th. We had a really good time meeting everyone there, and we thoroughly enjoyed our customized Moon Pies during the car ride home.
BIG THANKS to JOHN HIGASHI for coming out to see us at the Metropolis event and for giving us that fabulous autographed "Hero Bear and the Kid" book. It was great to see you, John.
I know these BIG THANKS are a little late in getting announced, but hey, I just started this thing up again....

Sunday, February 17, 2008

What I'm working on....

SUPERGIRL #28. It's coming due soon here, so my posts will be brief for a while. For all you nice folks who are ripping me a new one for how little I was able to work on the recently released #26: I can only apologize for my appendix's bad behavior. It had worked itself into a state and had to be removed. Heck of a way to spend New Years Day, lemme tell you.
SUPERGIRL #27 will feature a great looking fill-in by Rick Leonardi with page one by yours truly. SUPERGIRL #28 will feature an all-Drew issue at last. Hope you all like it, I'm having a lot of fun drawing it.
ALSO---Look for the upcoming NY ComicCon Cover for GI Joe featuring The Baroness and Destro that Ray and I just finished. It was a heck of a lotta fun, and we'll be signing it at the Devil's Due Booth at the NYCC. Also, look for us in Artist's Alley with our good buddy, David Hahn.
FINALLY, to settle a controversy I've heard about lately: In SUPERGIRL #23---In the panel where she's flying up to the tesseract and you can kinda see up her skirt---Folks, she's wearing shorts under there. Brad just colored 'em kinda grayish and it looks like shading. Refer too all of my previous Girl illustration in comics. I'm no perv.

Here we go again

So, I've left off this thing for years...Just not much of a "Blogger", I suppose. However, since I'm so lame as to have avoided getting a web site, I realized this could pretty well fit the bill for alerting the public to my current art projects, and to show around the occasional bit of artwork.
Check back now and again, and I'll do my level best to add something new every few days. Really.