Moving Day…

So, it was a moving day of sorts as what I really did was move my comic book collection into a brand new, freshly delivered piece of furniture custom built to house my comic books! It was my birthday (June 10) and my wife totally surprised me by presenting me with this awesome gift.

A few months ago, I mentioned I was looking into some new storage systems to house my collection. Some friends of ours who are cabinet makers took some measurements of my old, white comic book boxes wherein I had been storing my comics in for the last 20+ years. I mentioned I was looking at everything from newer boxes, filing cabinets, and other types of bookcases to move my collection into. Our friends the cabinet makers took some measurements in my studio (this is where I keep my comic collection), sizing up both the area and the volume of space my collection consumed. I thought it was great for them to take a look at my space, but I honestly thought that was going to be for some future, way down the road project they would work on. After all, they are busy running their business doing their wood crafting.

As it turned out, they ended up crafting a custom made, library style drawer system for my comic books. There are a total of 16 drawers, divided into two separate, vertical drawer cabinets. They are designed to hold up to Golden Age comic book, 4 mil Mylar sleeves. The handles for each drawer is just like a library card catalog drawer. There’s even a slot to add in a small card indicating what’s inside. I was absolutely stunned and surprised with joy when my wife presented me with this as my birthday gift. As I told my wife, this was the best gift EVER!!!


Wooden comic book draweers

Old comic book short boxes on a new wooden comic book drawer

Old comic books in new wooden drawers

Close up vintage comic books

close up of comic book drawer handle



Back in the day, I first discovered Marvel Comics’ Captain Marvel when the character was male and was an alien species known as the Kree. His name was actually “Mar-Vell”. I found out about the character when I went into a comic book shop for the very first time sometime in 1987 and saw the “Death of Captain Marvel” graphic novel! Imagine that, I find this really cool comic book character just as the company was basically axing him. Fast forward to today and we have the current embodiment of Captain Marvel. I have not yet read this particular comic book series, but I’m planning on downloading the first issue on my iPad so I can check it out.

As for the sketch itself, this one is a little larger than normal. Done on Strathmore Mixed Media 400 Series paper, 11″ x 14″.

Captain Marvel 2015 sketch by Rene Arreola

Something Strange…

Doctor Strange, Dr. Stephen Strange to be precise. He is the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts. One of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. And I just completed my first ever sketch of him…cool. Another one of my quick sketches, utilizing my commemorative Highlander the Series ballpoint, black ink pen. As usual, no preliminary pencil sketching, just straight to pen on paper. I added some Copic marker gray tones to add tonal value to the sketch. It looks a little wonky in areas, but it’s a sketch, it’s kind of supposed to.

Dr. Strange sketch by Rene Arreola

“If He Be Worthy…”

I Googled an image of Odin and Thor and found one I liked to do a quick sketch of. Although this one wasn’t so quick, I still used my black ballpoint pen, along with a little black Artist’s PITT marker for some shadows. As I’ve mentioned before, Thor is my favorite Marvel character. I just so happened to be in the mood to draw something based on the Marvel cinematic universe and the rest is history. Be sure to click the image of Odin above to see the full sketch.

Thor and Odin - Illustration by Rene Arreola

Quick Sketch: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

A sci-fi icon, Leonard Nimoy, passed on February 27, 2015. As an actor, he was most known for his role as Spock, starring in the popular television series from the 1960s “Star Trek”. From there of course he was featured on many movies and other related Star Trek television series right on up through 2013. Fans of science fiction and comic books will always remember who this pointy eared, logical alien Starfleet officer was, thanks to the great portrayal of Leonard Nimoy. May his memory live long and prosper.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock

Silver Surfer Quick Sketch

Silver Surfer quick sketch by Rene Arreola

A quick (about 10 minutes) sketch done with a black, ballpoint pen. I did this the evening we got back from being away for a holiday weekend. I had not drawn for 3 days! I had to get something out of my system…and so, at 2 A.M. , I busted this out. It was quick and it felt good to add some color as well. The gray and blue shades were added using Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers .

The Savage Conan the Barbarian vs the Giant

Conan the Barbarian sketch by Rene Arreola

A pen and ink sketch done one night to get me warmed-up for some comic book drawing. It features my take on Conan the barbarian fighting arena-style and taking out a giant. It’s a small sword he’s got, but it’s not the size of the sword in a fight, but the size of the barbarian using the knife! Created with Pitt Markers and Copic gray markers.