Saturday, March 21, 2015

inks for practicing 2

from the harley quinn valentine's special:

inks for practicing 1

howdy all!
gabe from SCAD asked if i had any inked pages that he could use for coloring practice. ol' ben is nothing but love, so i thought i'd start posting some hi-res inks here for anyone who wants to do the same.


round 1: pages from future's end--superboy (to make it easier for anyone who wants to play with some of the backgrounds, i've put them as grey)...

(EDIT: i guess blogspot compresses them, i may or may not have the energy to mask a dropbox-type thing for people to get hi-res copies...)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

the case of the phantom cleavage

daily doodle 157, $40 etc

back in my toybiz days, we made the action figures for the first XMEN film, including jean grey. her figure, for reasons i never fully understood, was sculpted so that an awful lot of cleavage was exposed. they made the expensive die and produced the figure and, shortly afterward, realized all that decolletage might be a mistake.

recutting the die was expensive, so instead they opted to paint a bit of bra to suggest that her breasts were indeed fully covered, and put that on the shelves. which was worse.

so finally they gave up and had her die recut to more demure coverage, and produced the figure all over again.

i heard several people complain afterward about how toybiz had OBVIOUSLY made these multiple jeans as a way to "trick" collectors into getting three versions of the figure.

some of the reactions to the first PREZ promo image (which was, in fact, just a personal test sketch) remind me of the phantom cleavage.

Friday, June 13, 2014


howdy all! i'll be at the NYC special edition saturday 14- sunday 15, table d10!

and the next week i'll be in charlotte for heroes con, friday 20 - sunday 22, table 805!

i'll have the usual books, plus lots of original comics art and daily doodles! plus commissions!

ben c

Thursday, June 5, 2014



howdy all! it's that magical time of the year, when a young man's fancy turns to spring! or sketchbooks. let's just say sketchbooks. my two newest sketchbooks are the second and third installments of my daily doodles! each is 80pp b/w softcover. voila:

sb20 daily doodles, $15 + shipping

sb19 daily doodles, $15 + shipping

sb18 daily doodles, $15 + shipping

and of course, there are plenty of other books full of characters, vehicles, monsters, pretty much anything you can think of!

 sb16 misc design, $15 + shipping

 sb14/15 dare detectives/amazonia

 sb12superheroes/harry potter, $15 + shipping

 sb11 dare detectives, $15 + shipping

there is also my first full-color sketchbook, the dare detectives' "misfits' manual"! hardcover, with 60pp of full-color art and notes on the world's most defective detectives, and the people who try to kill them!

misfits' manual, $25 + shipping

and don't forget the uberfolio! this is a compendium of the first 4 dare sketchbooks (3, 5, 7, & 9) rescanned, resized and with bonus pages. 126pp b/w softcover. this book supplements a lot of the background and history in the misfits manual! i didn't print up a ton of these, so i don't know how long they'll last.

uberfolio, $25 +shipping

as always, email me to order any books, commissions, etc. i accept checks or paypal; checks are slower, paypal will include a small fee. 


Commission rates: 

Pencils 8.5x11” — $80
Inks 8”x11” — $150

Super-Fancy Markers and Inks 9x12" — $200

Pencils 11”x17” — $150

Inks 14x17” — $250

Super-Fancy Markers and Inks 14x17" — $300


All domestic (US) orders: include $2 shipping,
plus $.75 per item for paypal purchases.
International orders: write me for shipping etc charges.
I accept check or Paypal

Pencils 8.5x11” — $80

Inks 8”x11” — $150

Super-Fancy Markers and Inks 9x12" — $200

Pencils 11”x17” — $150

Inks 14x17” — $250

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

daily doodle catch up

hi all! been busy lately, started a few talky posts, but don't know when i'll finish them. in the meantime, some recent daily doodles! $40 each, if you want any.

$40 if you want it.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

day?? red skull

numbering is getting a bit confusing, but here's a red skull. based on a cartoony design i did for him when i was at toybiz, got bored, and redesigned the whole marvel universe. oh, memories!

gonna ink this bad boy some day, i think.

8x11", penicil. SOLD.

here's the inked version!

8x11", ink. SOLD.


hi all! quick rant:

you've all heard that the best way to get good at something is to do it. and do it again. but it's not simply a question of hours and labor. if you want to draw comics, then don't draw spider-man headshots over and over. 

draw ACTUAL COMIC PAGES: don't just draw a glory shot of wolverine punching aquaman (you know you were thinking it), because about 2% of comics pages involve stuff like that. pick up an existing comic script, or movie script or even a play/book and draw all the stupid stuff they have to draw: people shopping for groceries, a science lab, kids riding on a bus, kids riding on a bus that is smashed by a giant cyborg lizard (ok, sometimes you do get to draw the fun stuff, i mean it IS comics).

kissing: if you can draw 2 people kissing in your style, and make it both physically and emotionally believable, then congratulations! you are a goddam genius. everyone else, GET ON THAT.

different body types: sometimes women are young and hot and dress like ninja hookers. sometimes they look like actual women. it you can't manage to do both, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. if you draw a team of superheroes and their silhouettes are indistinguishable, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. (unless you're bruce timm. you can do whatever the hell you want, because bruce timm.)

cars and stuff: do you plan to draw every story in a cosmic void? are you independently wealthy? i hope so, because no one else is going to pay for that crap. figure out how to draw cars and trees and buildings. if you live in a desert where there are no cars or trees or buildings, look into something called the internet. if you can't get everything you need from real life or the internet, then you have bigger problems than drawing comics.

structure: did you draw a really cool shot of luke cage? can you do 20 more panels of luke from different angles? smiling? shouting? pooping? hey, i don't know, people always talk about "realism" and realistically, everyone poops. there's a book and everything. but i'll give you a pass on that one. all the non-pooping stuff? DRAW IT.

reference: pick up a goddam history book. yeah, you. you may or may not have to draw a samurai riding a sabre-tooth tiger's back one day. i mean seriously, isn't that EXACTLY why we all got into this? so why not be ready for it?

anyway, i'm too tired to go on, but that's enough to start with.nobody's perfect (except rodolphe guenoden), but if you're not working on these things, just stop drawing right now. because there are a lot of other people out there who are!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

day 33 wolverine

in a pretty negative place lately (no, not reno) so i just did a little drawing purge. we'll see what comes next!

8x11, pencil. $40 if you want it...

the original pencil art