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It's licensing work which has kept me busy in recent years, and I've created a gallery section devoted to that art. Most falls under non-disclosure agreements, so to be safe, what you see here will have been done at least a year ago or more.


The bulk of the work has been for style guides from which licensees are able choose art for their products. The guides offer character poses, turnarounds, backgrounds, graphic treatments, props, and more. All this is offered as fully rendered art ( rendered with Adobe Photoshop) and vector art (rendered with Adobe Illustrator).


I've been supplying the vector art. All generated with Adobe Illustrator. Vector art can be scaled to any size without pixelization or decay, colors can be easily changed with just a mouse click or two, and the color palette can easily change from ultra simple to very complex, so those files offer clients a wide variety of options to fit their equally wide variety of budgets.


I've done more vector coloring than anything else, but plenty of vector inking too, which has taken a couple of forms... Inking from penciled files is the norm, but I've also use the Live Trace tool in Illustrator to take traditionally inked art and convert it to vector art. Penciling has taken a back seat, other than correcting files or adding elements to files.


The galleries consist of jpeg files generated from my Illustrator files. All files were inked and colored in Illustrator only, no use of Photoshop.


Batman Animated

Some style guides were already produced before I began working with the licensing folks, but I did get to contribute to a couple of them before the animated series (and subsequently the style guides) were cancelled.

Batman Core

Represents the established DC Comics Batman look. Typically 2 and sometimes 3 style guides may be produced in one year. Plenty of requests for Batman from licensees, so these guides are on something of a regular schedule.

Brave and Bold

The most current DC animated series as of this writing. This gallery consists of style guide samples as well as some images created for the Mattel line of Batman: The Brave and the Bold action figures and toys.

Cover Project

I think the DC Covers Project was originally conceived as a style guide, then quickly gained a second life as part of the DC75 celebration. The point was to recreate some key covers throughout DC's history in vector form for licensee use or DC's use itself. Some of the source material for the older covers was either poor quality or missing altogether, so some where a challenge to recreate. In the gallery now are examples of covers that lacked good source material and were pretty much full recreations. Others with good black and white files had Live Trace potential to get things started. I completed over 150 covers for the project, and will probably add a few more "favorite" covers to the gallery later on.

Superman Core

The partner to the Core Batman Style Guides, although not quite as many produced as Batman. Samples in this gallery from a couple of guides I worked on a few years back.

Justice League Unlimited

Per usual, style guides were produced for all DC character animated series airing on Cartoon Network or later on Kids' WB. I worked on a few guides during the seasons that JLU aired.

Legion of Super Heroes

More samples from style guides produced while the series aired on television.

Teen Titans

The samples in this gallery are a combination of style guide work, and some images produced for foreign licensees. Again produced during the seasons that Teen Titans aired on television.

Krypto

One of the show's animators supplied some sweet pencils for this style guide, making it one of the more enjoyable projects to come out of the licensing department. A little different color approach with this guide as well.

Super Friends

The 'big foot' characters that serve to introduce younger children to the DC Universe get the regular style guide treatment. Some samples in this gallery from a few of the guides I've worked on.

Other

The catch-all gallery for stuff that doesn't yield the numbers to require a gallery of their own!