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Sacramento 2015 Commission List
STARLORD. 2015. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″. Wizard World Sacramento is just 4 weeks away! I'm still planning to go, but I'm going to run my commission list a little differently this year. For one thing, I'm a bit backed up from Megacon. For another,...
Wizard World Sacramento is just 4 weeks away! I'm still planning to go, but I'm going to run my commission list a little differently this year. For one thing, I'm a bit backed up from Megacon. For another, I'll be a guest of Hero Initiative, and proceeds from everything I do there will be going ...
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Archie!
ARCHIE #2. 2015. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″. Here's a cover we did earlier this year for the Archie  relaunch with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. My Dad actually used to do caricatures back in the day, so I'm sure he w...
Here's a cover we did earlier this year for the Archie relaunch with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. My Dad actually used to do caricatures back in the day, so I'm sure he was having flashbacks as he inked this. Posted by Paolo Rivera at 10:13 AM. Labels: Covers, Digital Color, Inked, Joe Rivera ...
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Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 284
THE VALIANT #1 p18. 2014. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px. Did I say this week? What I meant was that The Valiant  trade paperback will be out May 27. But in keeping with the spirit, here's another page with its accompanying reference. This page was made complete...
Did I say this week? What I meant was that The Valiant trade paperback will be out May 27. But in keeping with the spirit, here's another page with its accompanying reference. This page was made completely in Photoshop, with a major assist from Kyle T. Webster's brushes, specifically Rough Inker ...
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Book of Death #2 Cover
BOOK OF DEATH #2 COVER. 2015. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″. Hope everyone had a good week! I'm working on Book of Death #3 right now and will be starting a couple poster projects in the coming month, starring some of m...
Hope everyone had a good week! I'm working on Book of Death #3 right now and will be starting a couple poster projects in the coming month, starring some of my favorite characters on earth. I've finalized my Photoshop perspective template, and recorded a tutorial, so I hope to finally get that ...
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Spider-Gwen
SPIDER-GWEN. 2015. Ink, watercolor, & acrylic on paper, 9 × 12″. Here's a recent commission starring everyone's new favorite web-slinger, Gwen Stacy. It's ink and watercolor, with a touch of Holbein Acryla Gouache for the light-on-dark webbing. I've also go...
Here's a recent commission starring everyone's new favorite web-slinger, Gwen Stacy. It's ink and watercolor, with a touch of Holbein Acryla Gouache for the light-on-dark webbing. I've also got a quick video of the finishing touches on Instagram. And in case you missed the link on social media, ...
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Wacky Reference Wednesdays, <i>No. 282</i>
BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #3 VARIANT COVER. 2015. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″. This was a 1:25 variant cover that came out last week. You may be familiar with the character. (If not, how did you ever come across this blog...
This was a 1:25 variant cover that came out last week. You may be familiar with the character. (If not, how did you ever come across this blog?) This particular take is based on a video game, so I was given ample reference, from in-game screen shots to concept art. One such piece featured an ...
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Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 285
THE VALIANT #1 PAGE 12. 2014. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px. This page involved looking into the mirror a lot, but I took at least one webcam pic for the last panel. The cigar club is based on a real one in NYC that I found pics of online. (Those beautiful, blo...
This page involved looking into the mirror a lot, but I took at least one webcam pic for the last panel. The cigar club is based on a real one in NYC that I found pics of online. (Those beautiful, blonde waves are based on my own hair.) All but 4 pages of issue #1 were done digitally, ...
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2014 Captain America Commission
CAPTAIN AMERICA. 2014. Watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″. I'll open up the list for next month's Sacramento Con sometime next week. I'm going to work things a little differently because I'll be at the Hero Initiative booth all weekend... I may only take fully pa...
I'll open up the list for next month's Sacramento Con sometime next week. I'm going to work things a little differently because I'll be at the Hero Initiative booth all weekend... I may only take fully painted commissions ahead of time, leaving the ink and wash ones to do at the show.
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Harley Quinn
HARLEY QUINN. 2015. Ink(s by Joe Rivera) & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″. Here's a commission from this year's Megacon (I finished it just prior to the show, then forgot to bring it). Inks by my Pops! And I'm finally selling the 24" anatomy figure I've owned...
And I'm finally selling the 24" anatomy figure I've owned for years — you can bid on it here. I "downgraded" to the new 12" figure, also from anatomytools.com. In the coming weeks, I'll be selling the female figure as well. Posted by Paolo Rivera at 10:30 AM. Labels: DC, Inked, Joe Rivera, ...
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Wacky Reference Wednesdays, <i>No. 283</i>
THE VALIANT #2 PAGE 15. 2015. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″. The Valiant trade paperback comes out next week, so I thought it might be a good time to look back at a page from issue 2. In this scene, Ninjak really cuts l...
The Valiant trade paperback comes out next week, so I thought it might be a good time to look back at a page from issue 2. In this scene, Ninjak really cuts loose — only to have his bum thoroughly handed to him. As you can see from the pencils, I changed where he was looking in the first ...
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Coast to Coast
SPACE GHOST. 2015. Watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″. Y'all better be going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron . Have a great weekend!
Welcome to The Self-Absorbing Man, a weekly blog featuring my artwork and creative process. I post on Mondays and Wednesdays (or more). Your comments and questions are welcome on any post, old or new, and I hope you'll become a regular reader. Thanks for visiting.
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Spidey (In the 70s)
SPIDER-MAN/PETER PARKER. 2015. Watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″. Here's a good scan of the commission I finished about a month ago. It's based on a Byrne drawing from the Roger Stern era of Spidey (which I have not read... yet). Such a stylish fellow.
Here's a good scan of the commission I finished about a month ago. It's based on a Byrne drawing from the Roger Stern era of Spidey (which I have not read... yet). Such a stylish fellow. Posted by Paolo Rivera at 12:00 AM. Labels: Painted, Portraits, Spider-Man ...
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  • Rhode Island School of Design
    Illustration, 1999 - 2003
  • Mainland High School
    1995 - 1999
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