Saturday, May 23, 2020

Raising funds for Aussie comic book shops! #aussies4comics

Here is a drawing I did of Cable, Deadpool and Domino for #aussies4comics

We are a group of professional comic book artists from Australia, raising funds to help out local comic shops!

Auctions are held on eBay. This one can be found here, right now:


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Avengers issue 1 cover art

I am currently working on the new all ages Avengers comic being released in conjunction between IDW and Marvel Comics. Having the opportunity to work on these most iconic superheroes is a bit of a highlight for me, and I'm making the most of it.

Just thought I'd share the making of the cover art for the first issue here. You can see my initial concept followed by the ink version and then the final coloured image.

This comic is out now and can be purchased from all good comic stores around the world.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Star Wars Cover Art

It has been a while since I last posted. I mostly use instagram (@sommariva) and twitter (@jonsommariva) to share my art these days, but I thought I would do an update here as well.

Here is a collection of recent covers for Star Wars Adventures that I have done.

As a long time Star Wars fan, it has been a real pleasure to add this franchise to my list of achievements.

More art coming soon!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca - hanging out, now in full colour!!

Hey guys!

So I decided to do a colour experiment with this drawing I did of Han, Leia and Chewie. I'm into this look. I don't know what it is, but it appeals to me! More Star Wars and more experimentation I say!

If you are interested in owning the original art, there are 3 hours left to grab it from here:


Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Princess Leia, Han Solo, Yoda and Obi Wan Original Art


Just wanted to share some of my recent art. I did a bunch of Star Wars art for Inktober. You can see a couple of them here.

I am currently selling the Princess Leia & Han Solo original art on eBay. Only 2 days left to buy it! Check out the auction here:

More Star Wars art coming soon!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TMNT Covers for IDW

Things have been pretty busy! So busy in fact that I have not posted here on my blog in a really long time. Well, today I'm gonna fix that!

One of my current projects is doing cover art for IDW's TMNT AMAZING ADVENTURES. I've always loved drawing the turtles, so its pretty cool getting to do the covers regularly.

Aside from this, I recently had a book come out published by DARK HORSE COMICS called REXODUS, I also worked on a short comic for DC comics not long ago and I just finished doing a huge load of cut scene art for a game called WULVERBLADE.

Most exciting of all I'm currently finishing up the long over due fifth and final issue of Gemini which was published by Image Comics.

So... Keep your eyes on this Blog, 'cause I'll be sharing art from all of these projects over the next few weeks.

For now, here are some turtles covers!


My first TMNT cover



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TMNT ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Hey guys!

Just wanted to give you guys a little heads up about this piece of art. I am currently selling it on eBay, and I will be donating whatever it goes for to the ALSA. You can find the auction here if you would like to bid on this piece of art:


Back Story:

I was nominated by a fellow comic book artist, Khary Randolph to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challnge, but with one important twist... Instead of pouring a bucket of ice water over my head, I had to draw some characters doing the challenge. Of course I picked a couple of Ninja Turtles for the task and added a little chibi twist to it. I thought this would be a great way to help the cause by helping raise awareness through these great characters, and also by donating the funds I get on the piece straight to the ALSA.

I hope the art finds a good home with a real turtles fan.

Please feel free to share this post with anyone you know who might like to buy the art work so I can raise as much as possible for this cause. I have seen what this terrible desease can do to people (not personally, but through some very touching videos online) and I think it is great that they are getting their moment to shine in the spotlight. Hopefully through all of the shennanigans we have made a difference to some of these peoples lives!

OK....Soapbox story over!

More art posts and news coming soon!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

TMNT :: Ninja Turtles Covers for sale

Hey guys!

Just a heads up to let you know that my sketch covers for IDW are going on sale today in a couple of hours.

You should be able to get them from the IDW limited site here:

All up I did 15 covers for them, and they are all original and one of a kind!

Hope you guys enjoy checking them out.

Here are a few more recent turtle pieces I did to wet your appetite!

Happy Hunting!


UPDATE: All covers sold out within minutes of going up for sale. I will be selling off 10 covers as commissions in the near future, so if you are interested, keep an eye out for an announcement. thanks!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Black Widow of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D

Wow... 5 months since the last update! Sorry about that my poor little blog. Today I will fix this up!

I'm back to my commission list, which means I am making my way through the list one by one until they are all done and the slate has been wiped clean. 2013 has been a year of tying up loose ends for me and it feels good!

This piece is one of my standard 9 x 12 copic marker commissions. Here you can see my pencils as well as a couple of other thumbnails for some poses I was trying out. This was the 2nd page of sketches I did until I finally landed upon the pose that I liked best for the piece.

Here you can see a close up photo of the actual art which gives a much nicer look at the actual colours on the piece. Unfortunately my scanner is a real POS.... they dont make them like the used to!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Wolverine VS The Sentinel Head

copic marker and ink on 9x12 bristol board
Hello? Testing, testing.... It's dusty around here...time to clean off the cobwebs and make some regular updates. Anyone reading this?

Well, I'm still making my way through all of these Ozmosis commissions, so if you are still waiting, here is proof that yours is coming soon! There are not too many left...maybe 15 or so and then I might open up for new commissions. Maybe.

Anyway, this one was cool... I was asked to draw Wolverine, which is always fun. I added the big Sentinel head in the background to create a little more of a story for the piece and to give me something which I could use to help Logan pop off the page even more.

traditional pencil with digital pencil
For you guys who like to see some of the steps and progress behind the scenes...well, you know thats what this blog is for... so here you go. I apologise for the watermarks, but people have been stealing my shit and trying to sell it, so I gotta do what I gotta do. Those scallywags!

So, this is kind of where my process is at these days. I like to start with my pencil and sketchbook as I have always done. Once I have something that I'm feeling pretty good about I will usually scan it and then clean it up and mess around with it a little digitally. In this case you can see below that I actually drew the sentinel head completely digitally because it was an idea I had when I was sitting in front of my computer I suppose, so that's just how it worked out.
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 Above you can see a progress shot I took once I had done most of the line work on Wolverine. In the scan below you can see that line work with the undersketch removed, but this was the same step here.
inks done with a brush pen

Thanks for reading, and hopefully I will see you guys back here very soon!