Mark Celis’ Online Illustration Portfolio

I guess it’s now LONG-past time that I set-up a one-stop link for an online “portfolio” of my illustrations. So: below are some of the best (in my opinion) of the past few years, displayed from the latest to the earliest, covering mostly the last five years. I hope you enjoy them.

“Sue Solare” for the 2013 National Paper Doll Convention

Face Detail for the above Illustration. This is a digital painting in Photoshop using a photo of an actress named Lauren Ambrose as reference, seen side-by-side for comparison.

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Hit-Girl” from “Kick Ass” and “Kick Ass 2

“Hellboy” from “Hellboy” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Laura Kinney (X 23)” Marvel Comics’ female version of their character “Wolverine”.


“Storm (Ororo)” from Marvel Comics’ “X-Men”.

A “Space-Babe” Practice for “Sue Solare” above.

Spider-Man after Todd McFarlane.


A Classic Supergirl

“Hank” interpretation of an original character for a Weekly Sketch Group challenge at

“American Woman” a sort of re-imagining of a “Wonder Woman” type character.

“Captain America” inspired by the recent movies.

“Green Lantern” inspired by the recent movie.


“Paradigm” an original character of mine.

A Stylized Portrait of a good friend and neighbor of mine

A “Skrull “ for a Weekly Sketch Group challenge at featuring the Villains of the “Fantastic Four”.

“Whiplash” an original character of mine.

I’m first and foremost a “cat” person, but I like dogs a lot, too.

“Flying Batman” a re-imagining of mine for Batman’s suit, with folding “wings”.

“‘NEW’ Batman” Another rendering of a re-design of mine for Batman’s suit.

“Dr. Manhattan” inspired by the movie “The Watchmen”.

“Corona” an original character of mine.

Another one of MANY “Space Gals” I’ve Illustrated over the past few years

“Elinore” one of the feature characters in Ralph Bakshi‘s classic animated movie “Wizards”

This “Space Girl” was during a period when I was emulating the great Chris Sanders. I leave it to you whether I succeeded.

A “Space Girl” taken from my sketch, then rendered in vector format in Adobe Illustrator

A character I created named “Trailer Trish”. Aliens always seem to be dropping in on the backwoods people.

“Bronze Bot” a photo-collage combined with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop elements to create a mechanoid in the “Steampunk” style.

“Cuddle Bear” Another piece started as a sketch, then rendered in Illustrator. I entered the name “Cuddle Bear” into a translation website to get the Kanji characters. I wanted a “J-Pop” feel to this piece.

“Robo-Ex” This piece was started as a simple Illustrator animation, which I later rendered-out, adding special lighting effects in Photoshop. Inspired by the online sci-fi comic series: “Varla Dayne”.

“‘Buck’ Celis” This self-portrait as myself as a “Buck Rogers” type was for a self-promtional flyer, advertising the design and graphics services of “Captain Quickdraw”.


Addicted to Photoshop

This week’s Weekly Sketch Group at Penciljack (heretofore to be referred to as “WSG”) includes the characters from “Kick-Ass”. And, yes, the WSG’s do tend to be influenced by upcoming comic-book movies. The “Pin-up” subject is “Batgirl”. So: I was kicking around an idea of doing Hit-Girl and Batgirl together, Batgirl saying to her: “I suppose I was your role-model growing up?”, to which Hit-Girl was going to say: “And,  you are?”

So I roughed out the poses, then started some Google Images research on Hit-Girl, as I wasn’t to familiar with her costume. Just for a study/preparation, I later did a sketch of Hit-Girl’s head, trying to capture her (and Chloe Moretz‘) features in general, although at this point, i wasn’t using references.

The head sketch, even though not leaned up, turned out (I think) pretty good, so, as only one other person had posted anything on the WSG this morning thus far, I was excited to post the sketch as a kind of placeholder for the piece I mentioned above, and be maybe the second guy to post on the group to boot.

After scanning it, and cleaning it up a (little, I swear), I was JUST gonna add some flat colors. It’s now 4:45 am Tuesday…………it sorta got away from me……………

The only bit of the original linework that remains is in the hair. Although I’d done the drawing without references, I had downloaded some really good, high-rez images of Chloe (Hit-Girl) close-up, and I religiously referred to three of them for the lighting and shading. I did more “frisketing” this time, to get the hard-edges. And I did use the smear tool quite a bit, with the spatter-shaped brush (whatever it’s named), but other than that, I didn’t use Photoshop “cheats”, except a few times I used the blur tool on spots, mostly to save time, but not as a habit on this piece.

(to be) Supergirl: Fighting Stance (NSFW)

I know. I’m SUPPOSED to be finishing “Supergirl-1943″, but I’ve been too intimidated. And I hadn’t done any drawing lately that showed my skills were up to THAT challenge……until now (at least IMO). THIS will be Supergirl, and as you’ve probably noticed, I usually start out with the nude (mostly because I’m still not that confident with cloth). And, since I wanted to preserve this drawing in this stage anyway, I thought I might as well put it up for you to critique. If it doesn’t get TOO picked-apart here, I’ll go on with it, but in any case–NOW is the time for changes, so have at it (please).

Supergirl: Fighting Stance, WIP (NSFW)

(Click image for larger view). Will be Supergirl in a fighting stance. I usually draw the nude first, as I’m still not completely comfortable drawing cloth.

Note: no references here (you may be thinking that it shows), but it is inspired by another artist’s drawing, though I didn’t look at it to draw this. THAT drawing is here: Superchick_by threetoedmidget

Supergirl ©DC Comics

The Rose Bandit

Not too long ago, I posted a portrait (included again below) on another thread about my attempt at caricature (link), and described the background/project that led to the drawing with the text quoted below. (BTW: The figure is nude, because I still suck a drawing drapery, and I have to start with the figure anyway. Eventually, when I’m up to it, I’ll put him in his cowboy garb). Here, I’ve now included all of the studies I did for that project:

“I started drawing studies for a project I’d had in mind for several years now: an illustration of a pulp-hero, cowboy: the Rose Bandit.

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This is my neighbor Matt’s self-appointed name, ’cause he’d often gone around the neighborhood, “stealing” roses off bushes that lay near the sidewalk on his way to or from somewhere. These he would then present to each of the women here in our apartment complex. Secondly: he is a big fan of Westerns, and has a pretty nice “cowboy” get up, when he wants to dress up. I’d always wanted to do an illustration of him as this cowboy/pulp hero called “The Rose Bandit” (dressed all in black, but with fancy trim and rose-themed embroidery. I always pictured him in a camera-at-low-angle stance, holding a rifle with one hand at his side, and the appropriate, turn-of-the-century lettering and scroll-work of “The Rose Bandit” behind his head.

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Up until now, I never felt I had the chops to bring it off, and still don’t see that I do in the way I’d envisioned it, but that’s another story. I sketched out the position a couple of times, alternating drawing just the head a few times. I felt like I was repeating myself after about six sketches, and took a break. Later, having reviewed all those drawings, and never having been satisfied with the “portraits” of the Rose Bandit/Matt, I started another one in earnest. Note that ALL of these were without reference, and me just trying to get kinda close to Matt’s look in a generic way, who is tall, wiry and gaunt in the face.

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This last portrait I drew began to strike me just how much it could be taken for Christ, and the more I looked at it that way, to more I decided that I had to at least scan it before I put the cowboy hat on him. And as I was contemplating this, I remembered that the “Rose” is a symbol of Christ, so then started coloring it in the computer with a mind to leave it so that it could be taken for Christ, but not insisting that it be so.”

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Batgirl: Competition for Powergirl

I saw an episode of the Adam WestBatman” in which Barbara Gordon (Yvonne Craig) was on the beach in a revealingly low-cut one-peice bathing suit, and fell in lust. Naturally, then I drew out these pin-ups of Batgirl in a similarly inappropriate super-suit.

Batgirl, Barbara Gordon and PowerGirl ©DC Comics

Batgirl 00

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Batgirl 01

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Old Stuff 10 “Trailer Trish & the Varmints Frum Spayce” (from: 11-13-2010)

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This is only the second drawing I did after having NOT drawn for four months, wherein I usually draw in a more “cartoony” style until I get my skills and confidence back up. The gent holding the dead possum is actually my neighbor, and it was actually something he DID, which inspired the very FIRST drawing in four months.


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I was just using up the empty remaining sketchbook-page space (to save money), and drew an alien on the same page as this drawing of Trish. Then the caption occurred to me as a way of making it all fit together.

Another drawings of Trailer Trish’s aliens. He’s holding another of my interpretations of the infamous “probe”.


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I did a few drawings trying to nail down the design of Trailer Trish’s aliens. These are two of the best. The left one is holding my interpretation of the infamous “probe”.

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I did the drawing of Trish separate, but on the same page as this Alien, then conceived of the scenario that combined them into the same scene. If it isn’t clear, the alien is supposed to be buzzing on some of Trish’s moonshine.