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”.


Bruce Wayne Casts Batman’s Shadow

Batman '43 Emblem

From the 1943 Columbia Pictures’ serial: “Batman”.

Chapter 9_title cardIn Chapter 9: “The Sign of the Sphinx” Bruce Wayne disguises himself as Chuck White, a former boxer turned petty criminal-for-hire, in order to infiltrate Dr. Daka’s group of henchmen. While the henchmen question him (trying to determine if he’s legit), Chuck (Bruce) briefly casts a shadow on the wall that amazingly resembles the very profile he’d cast if he were in his Batman garb.

Batman's shadowBatman's Shadow_detailI don’t think this was intentional, but it’s just the sort of thing that had been done in comic books many times: Clark Kent casting Superman’s shadow, Peter Parker casting the shadow of Spiderman.C Bale_BM ShadowBruce casts Bat's shadow

Just another one of those little gems that keep popping up in this series, and which keeps me coming back for more.

And now, just for fun, and keeping in my “tradition” of including a little animation: Batman desperately trying to take off.


You can find a more detailed description of the serial and this episode here (along with many other images):
Legions of Gotham (Serial 1943)

© 1943, renewed 1971 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2005 Detective Comics, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Additional images: © Nick Smith, ©2011-2013 ~CABARETdelDIAVOLO

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The House of El

Recent tries at Powergirl, Supergirl (Tween and adult) and Superman, or: Kara, Karen and Kal……

Adult Supergirl. I reflected that this one shows considerable Loston Wallace influence, not that I’m comparing myself to him, or consider myself anywhere NEAR as talented……

Detail and variations of the same from when I was cleaning it up:

The latest in my attempts to draw a figure in forced perspective

Old Stuff 03 “A Better Superman”(from: 01-30-2010)

I ran across this concept at Penciljack some time ago (“I Can Do Better”), and decided to jump on it. I guess you’re supposed put the most recent first? So: here it is, finished late January of 2010-

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(July 2011 Update)

(I recently updated the layout of the above peice, fixing some things that I thought didn’t work, and which always bothered me, and adding some more flair. Some people might say I made it busier)


And so: working backwards, here’s just the linework from the peice above:

This is the clean-up of the artwork, the version prior to the above:

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And the version before that:

And the version before that, wherein I first put Supe’s uniform on him:

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And finally, here’s the original drawing:

Superman © DC Comics

Old Stuff 01 “Fleischer-Like Superman”(from 12-19-2009)

So…….it’s only been about 6 months since my last (and first………and only) post. And to accompany the facelift I’ve given it, I’ll begin to implement my original paln: catching up with old work, until I synch with my new stuff here. So here’s the first:

I was re-watching “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (the one about Chuck Barris’ life as a CIA hit-man), and was struck by one shot of George Clooney. I got caught up trying to emphasize his block-like jaw, ……and that led me to Superman.

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Here’s colors. I really started just to put flat colors in just to see how it would look, but as usually happens when i get in PhotoShop, I get carried away. I wound up trying to evoke something of the old Fleischer Studios’ Superman with the coloring.

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So………I guess that makes this a semi-annual event for me (or is it “demi”? “Hemi”?)