Sunday, December 30, 2007

Elf Queen

Here is one of a series of digital fantasy paintings I completed this year. More will follow. These paintings are done in Corel Painter after starting with a scanned drawing from my sketchbook.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Create Magazine Award

I'm proud to announce that "See" Monster has won a Create Magazine Gold Award. My poster design won in the student category for graphic communication. As a graduate student at CSUF I originally designed the poster for the 2007 Hollywood Reporter Student Key Art Awards, but didn't win. The concept I came up with was to create a treasure map out of the movie poster. So if you follow the riddle and fold the poster you get a secondary image. Pretty cool. I'm glad it's being recognized by the create awards. The November/December 2007 Create Magazine Awards issue is on-sale now. - Patrick Scullin

Make My Logo Bigger!

A friend forwarded this link to me. These amazing products do the trick when dealing with those pesky amateur clients! Enjoy!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Here is a rough sketch I did this week with my students. I was teaching them some digital painting techniques in Painter.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Here is another painting done with my students in Digital Illustration. This is my favorite day in the course when we paint a picture together. There is something very relaxing to me about painting and I love it. It's done completely in painter and I follow a traditional technique. I find it's best to approach digital painting the same way you approach traditional media. Out of habit I like to start with a blue pencil drawing, followed by vine charcoal. I then do a sepia value painting with digital watercolor, followed by opaque color added with wet acrylic and air brush. It's still rough and unfinished but I like it. - Patrick Scullin


The studio has been closed for the past 10 days due to the terrible slide fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. The mountain communities have been affected like never before. We know many folks who lost their homes, including my parents, and our hearts go out to everyone. We would like to thank all of our friends and family for their concern and prayers. Thankfully my parents place wasn't completely burned and as they've returned home they've discovered that they will be able to salvage many things. The brood has been couped up in a house with cousins and extended family for two weeks and everyone is anxious to get back to normal. Finally the evacuation for Running Springs has ended today so we're headed home. - Patrick Scullin

P.S. The picture is a view of the fire from Running Springs.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Captain America Returns!

Marvel has announced that Captain America will return next year. CBR News has an article about it repleat with new costume designs by Alex Ross and story details by Ed Brubaker. I'm going to patiently wait and withhold judgement until I see how this turns out when the new Cap finally appears in issue #34. Ed does confirm in the article however that it's not going to be Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, who picks up the cowl and shield. The revelation that someone else will take over as America's greatest hero for me is bitter sweet. I want my favorite character to return, but I'm hesitant to accept someone other than Rogers, the heroic World War II veteran, as Cap. We'll just have to wait and see, don't fail me Brubaker. - Patrick Scullin

Friday, October 05, 2007

Elf Queen

It's been a while since I've been able to post. Here's a new sketch from my sketchbook. I'm turning it into a digital painting. I'll post that when it's finished too. - Patrick

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Quirl Burt Myers

I got the news that this past week one of my mentors had passed away. This painting is one his that hangs in my home. I have two of his paintings that he gave me and I will always cherish them. Each day I pass by them and observe his brush work and marvel at his talent. I am grateful to have these paintings to study. His style has had a great influence on my artistic sensibilities. Burt was a private man and a very deep and thoughtful artist. I grew up with him and he was a grandpa figure in my life. I can't put into words all the things that he meant to me as an individual and as an artist but, suffice it to say, I will miss him. I quote a favorite hymn of mine and Burt's by W. W. Phelps "There is no end to glory; There is no end to love; There is no end to being; There is no death above. There is no end to glory; There is no end to love; There is no end to being; There is no death above." Burt, until we meet again - Patrick.

Comic-Con This!

Well some time has passed since my debut at Comic-Con 2007. Thanks to Doug Sirois for being my booth mate. And thanks a bunch to Michelle, Dana, and Dan for hanging and helping out. It was a lot of fun with lots to see, and lots to do. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried to make as many contacts as I could and promote myself and Banshee Comics too. I got a wide variety of responses from "you're not ready for this" to that is "totally awesome". The best response I got was from Art Baltazar the creator of Patrick the Wolf Boy. He was very encouraging and very helpful and I appreciate that. To sum up Comic-Con was fun, exhausting, and really, really cool. I'll be back again.

Friday, July 20, 2007


Here's Iron-Man, another one of my quick sketches. Funny thing, a few years back I was hired to design a program book for the Iron-Man triathlon at Camp Pendelton. The crazy thing was I had to take snap shots of the event that day and put that together with real-time race results for 100's of people. All that data then had to be formatted and printed over night and bound in a booklet and available the next morning at the closing breakfast. It was an all night affair for me and the printer. I still don't know how it ever got finished. Why do I bring this up? Because I'm undergoing another self-impossed marathon trying to complete my materials for Comic Con 2007. No matter what it seems, my creative work, no matter how hard I try, is a marathon down to the very last minute. Back to work. - Patrick Scullin

Friday, July 13, 2007

Comic Con, Comic Con, Comic Con

Here's a quick sketch of Wolverine in honor of Comic Con 2007. It's getting closer and closer, July 26th - 29th, 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center. I'm looking forward to being there this year for the first time as an exhibitor. I'm in booth #4921 with Doug Sirois in the Fantasy Illustrators section. I'll have lots of materials to pitch and tees and prints to sell, so come one come all and BUY something. - Patrick Scullin

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

More Than One Patrick Scullin There Is!

I thought I would clear the air about something I discovered recently. If you have ever "Googled" your name you may get some interesting results like I have. I have always figured that my name is pretty unique, but there actually ARE other Patrick Scullins. And one in particular inhabits the top spot of a google search for Patrick Scullin. It's quite embarrassing infact because that particular Patrick Scullin had something to do with a not to be named "girlie magazine" (I don't dare write the name and further increase his search results). In any case, that Patrick Scullin is NOT me. I'm doing my best to knock him out of the search results. Hopefully it won't take to long. - The REAL Patrick Scullin

Friday, July 06, 2007


Here's a little sketch I did recently of Captain America. I just finished reading the Fallen Son series from Marvel. It's a five part story about the affects of Cap's death on different heroes that knew him. I think the stories were very well written and I have to say that I'm really enjoying a lot of things that are coming our of Marvel these days. I'm in a Comic Book reading mood this week so I thought I'd say something about it here. - Patrick Scullin

Friday, June 29, 2007

Buy Prints!

Shameless self-promotion alert! Buy prints of my illustrations. I've set up a new online ordering system. I'll keep updating it frequently with my favorite images. Did I mention I want you to buy my prints?! I've got a few fantasy and sci-fi illustrations to choose from. (Plus I need to make sure I programmed the Paypal system correctly). - Patrick Scullin

Quark This!

Some of us spent the day in downtown Los Angeles at the Quark 7 symposium. It was an invitation event put on by Quark to support the launch of Quark 7 and try to convince us all to start using it. We had great fun and I learned a lot. It seems to me that they've finally got the message and they've included great features that InDesign has had for a while. I for one and going to use it because I WON A FULL VERSION copy of 7 in their raffle drawing! Not bad for a free conference, it was pretty awesome. - Patrick Scullin

Friday, June 22, 2007

Indy's Back

I found this picture on, one of my favorite sites. Click here for the actual link. It's cool! It's for real! They actually are making Indiana Jones IV. Lots of speculation abounds on the internet about what this movie's going to be about. I plan on doing my best to remain unspoiled and ready for May 22, 2008. I can't wait, it looks to me like Harrison Ford won't have any trouble reprising the role.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Key Art Awards - Update

We had a good time at the 2007 Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards. This is a snap shot of the Fullerton crowd. It was great to see Cheryl, Larry, and Doug. Also, we met a few celebrity guests which was cool. We said "Hi" to Dave Foley from News Radio (one of our favorites) and Rob Corddry from the Daily Show. All in all we had a great time.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Key Art Awards

Today is the day of the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards. I was an entrant in this year's student competition with my See Monster poster design for Pirates of the Caribbean. Unfortunately it didn't win any anything but I'm looking forward to the awards ceremony regardless. It should be a great time and hopefully I can meet some good people.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sponge Bob

Here's a fun painting I did for my animation background class with Cliff Cramp. We used actual Nickelodeon painting tests so the idea was to duplicate the look and technique of the original. I picked Sponge Bob because he's the best. This painting was done in traditional acrylic on illustration board. If you'd like to see more of my background painting you can download my portfolio, click here.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Comic Con 2007

Annoucing the premiere of Patrick Scullin - illustrator extraordinaire : ) at Comic Con 2007. Fantasy illustrator Doug Sirois of DAS Illustration, has invited me to be a special guest in Booth #4921 in the Fantasy Illustrators section. I'll be there all week July 26th - July 29th. Come and see us!

Thursday, May 31, 2007


This illustration is part of a pitch proposal for a new graphic novel entitled Henchman. Henchman was written by Steve Whitestone. This image is a panel I penciled, inked and colored. Steve and I decided to enter a publication contest at ComicCon 2007 put on by Platinum Studios. If we are selected their may be an opportunity for the public to vote in support of our idea so we'll keep everyone posted.

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Prestige

During my Cal State Fullerton class with Cheryl Savala of Menagerie Creative I designed this poster for "The Prestige". The assignment was to create a poster that was a visual metaphor. So the poster needed to be a "dual" image of sorts. This is what I came up with.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Comic Space

Now that this semester of Grad School is coming to an end it's time to rev up the 'ol comic business. Banshee Comics is my new venture that will include the graphic novels and web comics I've got in the works. I've created a profile over at to promote the work. Starting this month, (May 2007) on that page, I'll start uploading artwork for "Hunter" the science fiction / action adventure graphic novel I am creating. Check it out! I'm going to try and release both penciled and completed pages each week as I prepare for "Hunter: Issue #1's" debut at Comic Con 2007 in San Diego.

Friday, April 27, 2007

"See" Monster

As a Graduate Student at Fullerton this semester I've been able to take the Entertainment Graphics Class taught by Cheryl Savala of Menagerie Creative. It has been a great experience. The animation I'm showing here is based on the design I created for Pirates of the Carribean Dead Man's Chest. The concept I came up with was to turn the poster itself into a treasure map. Like those old Mad Magazine inserts, when folded in the proper manner, the poster shows a hidden image. I have also entered the poster into the Hollywood Reporter's Student Key Art competition and I have my fingers crossed that I might win something. I'll know how that goes in a few months and let you know here. If you'd like a copy of the poster let me know I've printed a few hundred as promotional items.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Death of Captain America

Last year I resumed my hobby of Comic Book collecting. Marvel successfully lured me back after a 15 year hiatus with it's Civil War mini-series. I've since gone on to read many other new titles like Planet Hulk and Bullet Points (two of my favorites). And of course the first title I bought in 2006 was Captain America. My all-time favorite hero is Captain America. I probably have over 200 of his books dating back to the 1960's. On March 19th, 2007, Captain America #25 changed everything: "On his way to an arraignment at the Federal Courthouse in New York City, Captain America was shot in the right shoulder by a sniper's bullet. Several subsequent shots were fired point blank at Rogers by Sharon Carter. Captain America was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital." Captain America is dead. I won't go into the why's or what if's of Marvels decision to kill a high profile, classic character like this. Instead with this post I would like to pay my respects to the character and the ideals he represented. Strangely I'm not angry with Marvel. At this point I trust the writers to be doing something siginificant instead of just using it as a cheap publicity stunt. In any case, Long Live Captain America! And Marvel, don't disappoint me!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

2007 Addy Awards

On Friday, March 2 2007 the Inland Empire Ad Club held their annual Addy Awards Ceremony. As a Designer working with Vertical Advertising, I was able to win a few. The first was a Gold Addy for "Best Website Design" for the site created with Dea Goldsmith and Steve Bradbury for Kroh Architects. The second award was a Silver Addy for "Logo Design" for Fiesta Village. The third was a Silver Addy for "Flash Animation" for Matisse Footwear. And the final award was a Bronze Addy for "Corporate Campaign" created with Dea Goldsmith and Hayley Raynes for Amphion, Inc.. We're all very happy and proud of the results.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Force is Strong in My Family

So my friend Steve sends me this personality test. Usually I avoid those kinds of forwarded emails. This time I couldn't resist because they tell you which star wars character you are!!! As a true fan I turned out to be Yoda. Not bad, why don't you try it out, click the image:

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?