Al Bigley

2017 Library Card! Let’s "Build a Better World!"

Once again, I’ve been tasked with creating another fun-filled library card for the fine folks at the Union County Library (see past cards here)! This time, the simple theme given me was “build a better world,” and, with that, off I went! Click each image below to enlarge!

Below five images: I submitted these pencilled rough designs, all hinged on the “build a better world” motif! The trick, as always, was to get the scene to be clear and powerful enough to “broadcast” from a tiny library card!


2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"
2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"

2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"
2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"

Below: The “puzzle-piece world” idea won out! Here are the final pencils, worked up from the rough sketch!
2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"

Below: The final inked drawing….
2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"
Below: The final colors, with text and graphic elements added!

2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"

Below: The artwork used for the actual library card and key-fob!

2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"
Below: It’s me, a proud papa, posing with the newly-minted cards!
2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"

"Movie Catwoman" Comic Art Commission! Halle Berry!

Sure, lots of folks dislike the 2004 CATWOMAN film, starring the slinky Halle Berry as the famed Batman foe. But, ya gotta admit, the movie sure had striking visuals, including the design of the lead cavortin’ character herself! Looks like more than a few fans love the look of this leggy lawbreaker! One commissioned the very artwork you see here! Click below to enlarge images!


2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!

Back again with yet another superhero-themed library card (see past card designs here)! The same North Carolina library system tasked me with creating this year’s captivating card, and here it is! Click below to see its creation, in a sensational step-by-step process!
Below three images: Some rough ideas I submitted, retaining 
the idea of superhero action, mixed with reading and learning!
2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!
2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!


Below two images: The above “running profile” pencil 
sketch was chosen, and I began work fleshing out the 
two main superhero stars! It was decided to make the 
female fighter the main star, so, into the spotlight she goes!
2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!

2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!
Below: Characters are put in place, but the pencil 
sketch still needs some fine-tuning!
2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!
Below: The final pencil sketch!

2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!


Below: The final inked piece, ready for colors!

2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!


Below: The fully-rendered card, complete with 
colors and text in place!
2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!
Below: The finished lending card (with key-chain fob-tag)! 
I’ll see ya at the library! 
2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!

Hey Hey! It’s a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

One of the oddest uses of my art has to be this one!

Super Monkees fan (as am I) Scott Murray was commissioned to create another one of his amazing custom Monkees-themed electric guitars, and approached me to ask if he could re-purpose my own Monkees artwork for a nifty neck plate for this new awesome ax!

Click below to view this amazing one-of-a-kind guitar, one I’m proud to be a part of!

Below: My original 1995 artwork!




Below two images: Scott’s design for the guitar’s rear neck 
plate, using the above artwork, re-formatted into the 
limited plate area!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!
Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!


Below four images: The printed and etched plates are ready 
to be attached to the guitar!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!



Below: The new custom guitar (bottom) seen with Scott’s 
earlier color custom Monkees guitar (top)!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!



Below: The attached neck plate! This brass plate helps 
attach the neck to the body of the guitar!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!
Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!
Below: Even cool custom picks are created!
Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Below: New proud owner (Jodi Ritzen) poses next to the 
talented Scott Murray (holding his original custom ax)! 
Scott has also made other themed custom guitars such as 
a “Steve Jobs Apple guitar,” and a George Harrison “Magical 
Mystery Tour” guitar! See them (and so much more) here
or at Scott’s new site, over here!
Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Hey Hey! It’s a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

One of the oddest uses of my art has to be this one!

Super Monkees fan (as am I) Scott Murray was commissioned to create another one of his amazing custom Monkees-themed electric guitars, and approached me to ask if he could re-purpose my own Monkees artwork for a nifty neck plate for this new awesome ax!

Click below to view this amazing one-of-a-kind guitar, one I’m proud to be a part of!

Below: My original 1995 artwork!




Below two images: Scott’s design for the guitar’s rear neck 
plate, using the above artwork, re-formatted into the 
limited plate area!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!
Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!


Below four images: The printed and etched plates are ready 
to be attached to the guitar!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!



Below: The new custom guitar (bottom) seen with Scott’s 
earlier color custom Monkees guitar (top)!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!



Below: The attached neck plate! This brass plate helps 
attach the neck to the body of the guitar!

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!
Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Below: New proud owner (Jodi Ritzen) poses next to the 
talented Scott Murray (holding his original custom ax)! 
Scott has also made other themed custom guitars such as 
a “Steve Jobs Apple guitar,” and a George Harrison “Magical 
Mystery Tour” guitar! See them (and so much more) here, or at Scott’s new site, over here!
Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!

Here’s a fun illustration I took on recently! Even tho I don’t read the new BATWOMAN comics (or any current comics, really), I love the look and costume design of this bold DC Comics crime-fighter! I’m also a sucker for red-and-black used together in any way (on costumes, clothing, vehicles, design), so I just had to see if I could come up with a unique look for this unique character…Click each image below to enlarge! 

Below: This photo really caught my eye! That black 
and red (with no competition from any other 
colors) is just wonderful! This is cosplayer 
Cami Roebuck as Batwoman!



Below: My original quick pencil sketch, trying to 
capture the exactly pose and composition I 
envisioned for this illustration…

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!


Below: A more refined pencil sketch, working with 
symmetry and very graphic design elements…

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!


Below: The final inked artwork!

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!


Below: Adding a bit of texture and atmosphere to the illustration…

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!


Below, Working with the image in black and white, to 
gauge value and contrast, before adding actual color…

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!

Below: Playing with adding the single color (on many b/w 
copies of the art), but how much? Where? Just 
the figure? The background? Both?

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!

Below: Still playing with the color, and finally 
zeroing in on its final placement!

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!


Below: The final, colored, finished artwork!
Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!

BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!

Here, direct from my voluminous vaults, are more rare images from my work with the 90s BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES properties! Click each to enlarge!

Below: The original cover art for a BATMAN “Mark and See” coloring book!
Notice how the publishing firm reversed the image, and substituted the loom-
ing visage of Killer Croc with an insidious image of the Joker? I wonder where 
they cribbed that Joker image…

Below: That’s where that Joker artwork came from! Here 
is a style guide piece that spotlights the daring Dynamic Duo, 
doing their best to thwart an oversized death trap!
BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!
Below: Batman makes a leap from his own speeding 
Batmobile, to get the goods on some escaping thugs! I 
love the sense of motion and skewed perspective I was
able to achieve with this one!  A portion of the art was 
even used for the cover of the premiere BATMAN-THE 
ANIMATED SERIES DVD set, as well as a toy racing set!
BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!
Below: DC comics was being told that manufacturers wanted more
images of Batman and Robin together, and this was part of answering
that call! Again, lowering the viewer’s perspective made for
an exciting layout, one that gets to include the Batmobile, too! 
This design was used for trading cards, package art, even
t-shirts!

BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!
Below: The original art for a dramatic scene of Robin and 
Batman, just as they complete the capture of their two greatest 
foes! Not sure where this art was re-purposed…T-shirts? 
Posters? Puzzles?
BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!

Below: Speaking of puzzles, here are my pencil roughs for a 
series of kid’s puzzles that were tied into the 1997 BATMAN & ROBIN 
live-action film! It was interesting trying to depict the movie’s 
stars in the “animated style!”
BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!
BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!
BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!

FANTASTIC FOUR Pencilled Pages! Retro Marvel Comics!

Here is a fun find from my fathomless files! This was a three-page pencilled try-out for the then-new (2001) FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD’S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE, from Marvel Comics! That series was a wonderful “retro” comic, created in the style of the original 60s FANTASTIC FOUR comics, so I tried to deliberately channel the art of Jack Kirby (the 60s FF artist supreme), and these were the results! I had a ton of fun creating these! Click each below to enlarge!


FANTASTIC FOUR Pencilled Pages! Retro Marvel Comics!

FANTASTIC FOUR Pencilled Pages! Retro Marvel Comics!


The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

That’s right! I was asked back by a local library, to create another new (see the first one here) superhero-themed library card! Once again, the card was to feature two cavorting costumed characters, in dramatic action, all in an awesome effort to promote reading, and the attractions of the library system! Click below to follow the card’s step-by-step creation! Click each image to enlarge!
Below ten images: Rough pencil ideas for the card! Once again, the 
theme was to feature two heroes (one male, one female), and 
the many library offerings!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

Below two images: Zeroing in on the final image! It was decided 
to feature the two superheroes exploding from the interior of 
an opened hardback book, so…

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

Below: The final penciled art for the card! Note the changes 
to the two characters, so as to differentiate them from the 
previous heroes that were seen on the first card!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!


Below: The final inked art for the finished card!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!


Below: The colored artwork!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!


Below: The finished card, complete with text and graphics!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

Below: The “key-chain” version of the captivating card!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!
Below four images: It’s me, with the latest colossal card!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!