I believe it’s been nearly two years now, but I had the good fortune of meeting Bo Hampton down at Wizard World Austin in 2012.
I remember growing up and looking at comics Bo and his brother Scott created (specifically Viking Glory), so it was a real pleasure to meet Bo. I recall that Bo was sitting and drawing by himself, so I immediately ran over and grabbed my portfolio to get a critique! Bo was very gracious – he made some great observations which I’ve tried hard to incorporate them into my work since then. During the critique we got to talking and Bo had some questions for me regarding digital colors, which I admit was a bit of a thrill to be able to talk about the craft and help Bo as well.
Here are a couple promo pieces we worked on together as well as the cover to issue one.
When I got back home from Texas, I had an email in my inbox from Bo and we bounced a couple emails back and forth regarding digital color.
Fast forward a bit and Bo started posting some images for a new project he’d been working on, a supernatural western called 3 Devils. I love westerns, especially when there is a twist like supernatural elements. I immediately reached out to him and asked if he might need a colorist? Initially he declined, but changed his mind later and asked if I was available for some color work? Immediately I said yes.
Below are six pages from the first issue.
We’ve been working together pretty closely on this and Bo has had a lot of really great input in regard to the color. And it’s been a great deal of fun working with him and over his lines – his ability to spot blacks and tell a story visually is just amazing. It’s been a real pleasure to work on this project!
Additionally, the series has been picked up by IDW, the first issue of nine will premiere April of 2015. I can’t wait!