Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Nikola Tesla VS. Thomas Edison Steampunk Adventure






Nikola Tesla VS. Thomas Edison Steampunk Adventure concept Nathan Bowden "Riding Shotgun" and I put together.  Coiled… is set in this almost Dickensian environment, the dirty city streets of the late 1890’s but quickly soars into the fantastic with its Sci-fi elements.  Sherlock Holmes-style take on the man who invented the 20th century, Nikola Tesla. The story will weave true, documented events into a compelling game of cat-and-mouse between two fascinating historical figures and provide an explanation for the mysterious Tunguska blast of 1908.
The book depicts Tesla as something of a reluctant, action hero forced into dire situations by Edison.  Our American hero is twisted into a villain, torturing animals and committing murder to further his own agenda and spite his rival.

Monday, December 29, 2014




I love inking in this classic style.  It just feels right and getting the lines I want comes naturally. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thomas Edison VS. Nikola Tesla



Some character Designs I did.  Electricity is cool... and dangerous.
Maybe they did this as one of those youtube "Epic Battles".
 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Watercolor Commissions

Here are a few of the watercolor commissions I've been doing the past year or so.  I have a few I've done up but I can do any character requested.  Ask for pricing.

Friday, December 7, 2012

BLACK BAT PULP in sepia

Enter the Black Bat!  He's not Batman but his costume is similarly inspired by the same flying rat.  He, however carries guns and is a bit more lethal than the comics code approved Batman.  My friend had written the script and had an editor but was having trouble finding an artist.  The more I learned about the character the more I wanted to draw it.  He may vary well be the inspiration for Batman and Daredevil.  And it makes me wonder if DC came to the agreement to have Batman not use guns as to make him different from the Black Bat.  Coincidentally Todd Jones and I own the rights to this piece if anyone would like to publish it.  It hasn't been published in the States.  8 pages.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Guest Blog Entry for Artist Daily

I wrote a guest blog entry for Artist Daily.  Artist Daily is an excellent resource for serious artists.
Take a look, it's me talking about how comics and classic art share some DNA.  It is illustrated with art by Adi Granov and Lee Bermejo as well as some Michelangelo.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Escape from Terra Vol. 2 voted book of the Month

Escape from Terra Volume 2 was voted book 
of the month by a whopping 86%
I don't give awards much creditability, 
but when the public votes for you that's kinda cool.
Thanks people!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Escape From Terra Reviewed by Reason

I guess EFT got a little review in
the March issue of Reason.
Not too shabby:)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Uncanny X-Men #500 comic page 18

wolverine and colossus x-men how to tutorial
Uncanny X-Men comic page 18 pencils by Lee Oaks script by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction
This is Wolverine's page.  Wolverine is always cool to draw.  I tried to give it a slightly unique spin in the way I did his eyes.  Here I used a technique for shading in the bricks black with white joints.  I know Ed Brubaker is not a fan of the outer white lines but I like how it looks.

Uncanny X-Men comic page 19 pencils by Lee Oaks script by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction

X-Men comic page 19 pencils by Lee Oaks script by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction.
This is Colossus' page.  Colossus is fun too because of the reflective surface.  The X-men are just cool all around.  I also enjoying drawing cars.  I'm not a car guy, but it is fun drawing them.  Their beauty is more visible when simplified in a drawing.  I used to love drawing cars from how to draw car books.

X-Men comic page 20 pencils by Lee Oaks script by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction

X-Men comic page 20 pencils by Lee Oaks script by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction.
Drawing Nightcrawler's Bamf is as fun as it looks.  I thought it would be more challenging to draw cyclops, but it went smothly.  Magneto not so much.  Beast took a little getting into also.

X-Men comic page 21 pencils

X-Men comic page 21pencils by Lee Oaks script by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction.
Drawing Storm is always a pleasure.  Her eyes light up everything. I wanted cyclop's blast to have this certain effect on Magneto's magnetic field, but it will make more sense with color.

X-Men comic page 22 pencils

X-Men comic page 22 pencils that I'll be using for an upcoming tutorial.
It took me awhile to get Angel's pose.  I didn't want it to be a pose that you see all the time but when I got too original it didn't hold as well...  The White Queen came out of my pencil in one stroke.

Saturnist page 9 pencils

Saturnist #1 Page 9 script by Mike Baron pencils by Lee Oaks.

Friday, March 9, 2012

ESCAPE FROM TERRA Vol.2 Release Signing Mile High Denver

So it looks like Scott Bieser and I will be doing a signing for the biggest comic book store in the world, Mile High Comics (Jason Street Mega-store) in Denver!  I grew up in a rural place that didn't have comic book stores.  But in the books I read I remember seeing the ads for Mile High Comics.  Little did I know it was only like a 3 hour drive away from where I lived!  Since then Mile High has become a ginormous warehouse of comics making it the biggest in the world.  I have shopped at BD world in Belgium (and still do when I'm there) the previous largest store and now live not far from Mile High.  The last two guests at Mile High were Jim Shooter and Chris Claremont, so we're pretty excited to be a part of it.

Hope to see you there.  I will have sketches.
Saturday March 17 10am-3pm

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saturnist page 22 pencils Lee Oaks

Saturnist comic page 22 pencils sketch Lee Oaks

Friday, April 29, 2011

FREE ComicBook Day

On May 7th I will be at Gryphon's Games and Comics located at:

2020 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 224-3599

If you've never been to Free ComicBook Day, then you're missing out.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Denver ComicFest April 15-17

I will be at the Denver ComicFest April 15-17th.  Come and say hi.  It's a nice show where the lines are short and the talent is top notch.

http://www.denvercomicfest.com/


Monday, March 21, 2011

Graphic Novel Seminar by... um Me

Location: Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Avenue
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Time: 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Details: What makes a graphic novel successful? Join graphic novelist and illustrator Lee Oaks for this seminar and find out. Learn how to do both the artistic work and scripting of your own graphic novel. Mr. Oaks’ works include Confessions of a Cereal Eater, Tales of Tralodren: The Beginning, Black Ice, Idris and his own creation, Thunder Monkey. Space is limited so call 970-221-6380 and reserve your spot today. Teens and adults are welcome to attend.
Contact: Norman Fitzpatrick
Phone: 970-224-6122
nfitzpatrick@poudrelibraries.org

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

THOR official costume LEE OAKS

Thor or Aquaman?...  Both have blond hair and grow the beard from time to time.  Both sport a large iconic weapon related to a natural element.  Both have drawn on Arthurian lore.  Finally both hold a similar status in their respective universes...