Time ago I received a request for a commission from a NY director: Hilton Ariel Ruiz. He asked for a pin-up to advertise his Zombie with a Shotgun Vimeo videos. I watched the videos posted on line and drew an Image from the first one because I couldn’t resist to draw a bearded man with an axe 🙂
Hilton liked the commission a lot and he proposed me to draw a comic book of the same character. I loved what he was doing so I accepted the work and I started to draw Zombie with a Shotgun issue 1!
Together with the decision of creating a comic book Hilton started to work on the ZWAS movie.
I created the comic book script from the Movie script, so I had total freedom and Hilton trusted me completely.
When I started to ink the pencils pages I realized that I needed an help to complete the work on time, so I hired an inker (Raffaele Semeraro) that inked 10 out of 20 pages of the comic. Along the way we run into a very good colorist that accepted to climb on board and color the book : Mark Dale, while I assigned lettering work to the same Team I worked with on the Italian Near Death version: Miriam and Massimo.
Working on that team has been really a blast! The comic was done…it was time to find it a home.
Hilton and I sent out several submission pitches and after a while we received a very good proposal from Rats and Crows Publishing.
So I’m very happy to announce that it’s official: Rats & Crows Publishing will be releasing Zombie with a Shotgun comic.
Comic will be released end of May 2017 together with the movie release!
please Pre-Order ur copy you can do I from this link
He’s a Zombie with a Shotgun…c’mon! Nuff Said!
Thanks in advance for your support!
Noir and Crime are my favorite genres…Don’t misunderstand me I love drawing other genres as well: Sci-fi, military, Horror, Superheros etc…but when the lights turn Off and the party is over I always get back to my noir alley.
I think this is reflected on my art work as well…even if I draw a Cow Boys or Gi story…you can see a “noir” approach.
People think of me as Noir artist due to the way I approach both black and white balancing in the page and the way I use cast shadows.
I’m a fan of old classic black and white movies and I learned a lot from them, I studied the way both lights and shadows and camera angles were used to add drama, mystery, fear ecc.. and and I tried to apply the same in my work.
What I’m saying it’s not new at all and wonderful example can be seen in the amazing work of several artists I admire and follow.
I run into Gene Colan work on Dare Devil and Doctor Strange when I was a kid and it’s been love at first sight. I was captured by that dark style and this was just the kickoff of my learning journey that had important milestones when I knew the work of Zaffino, Bernet, Trigo, Mandrafina, Milazzo, Battaglia, Breccia, Munoz, Williamson, Toth, Raymond etc… And I’m still learning from today masters: Sean Phillips, Steve Epting, Michael Lark, Corrado Mastantuono, Tommy Lee Edwards, Shawn Martinbrough etc…I’m just an absolute beginner compare to their work.
Did it put a “noir artist” label on me? It did. Almost 80% of the work requests I receive are about noir or crime stories, the rest is split between Horror and Military stories.
I’m Ok with it. I’m totally fine.
“I didn’t know I was doing film noir, I thought they were detective stories with low lighting!” Marie Windsor
I kicked off 2017 with a Skyfall “Q” character commission.
I’m happy customer asked for this character played by Ben Wishaw in SkyFall movie.
we decided to capture a moment of the film where Q standing in front of the map screen has the face turned toward to us. I’ve been immediiatly captured by the intricate map in the background and decided to use it to focus the redader eyes to the character besides I drew a dramatic cast shadow on his face and body to pop him out of the background even more.
Customer is happy ow it turned out and I hope you like it too 🙂