I think most of you know, but to those who don't... the comics industry lost a legend last Sunday. Mike Wieringo passed away, he was 44. A great artist and a great person, my only "contact" with Mr.Wieringo was through his blog and his posts on the Drawing Board. His stellar work and even more stellar encouragment (that he readily gave budding artist on that forum) resonated with me much more than I had realized. When I learned the news of his passing, what I felt inside wasn't what I would have expected (not that I ever thought about it). Mike influenced more artists than he was aware of... I'm one of them. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they go through this time. We'll miss you Mike.
Over the last few days I've found myself sketching a character from a project that is said to be closest to his heart. Koj the tiger warrior from the "Thellos" series... here is one of the finished pieces: