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Cover art created for children's book for Simon & Schuster. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Upper area leaves space for the book title. Vector line art created in Adobe Illustrator. Color work done in Photoshop.

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Howard Simpson

illustration of Black & white page of comic book art. 

black and white, mystery, adventure, action, drama, man, men, danger, crime, violence, violent, dark, noir, death, horror, mob, woman, women, guns, father, daughter, family, night, evil, urban, ethnic, diverse, Afro-american, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white page of comic book art.

black and white, mystery, adventure, action, drama, man, men, danger, crime, violence, violent, dark, noir, death, horror, mob, guns, motorcycle, night, evil, urban, ethnic, diverse, Afro-american, motorcycle, bike, hood, crook, criminal, thug, cycle, wheels, chain, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white page of art for my graphic novel in progress. 

black and white, mystery, adventure, drama, man, men, danger, crime, violence, violent, dark, noir, death, horror, mob, mafia, woman, women, guns, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white page of art for my graphic novel in progress.

black and white, mystery, adventure, drama, man, men, danger, crime, violence, violent, dark, noir, death, horror, mob, mafia, woman, women, guns, father, daughter, family, night, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white art commissioned by client created for potential Eazy-E film documentary. 

black and white, urban, adventure, action, man, men, gun, rifle, danger, crime, violence, urban, ethnic, diverse, Afro-american, hood, violent, dark, noir, bullets, death, rap, hip-hop, music, snoop dog, gangster
illustration of Black & white art commissioned by client created for potential Eazy-E film documentary.

black and white, urban, adventure, action, man, men, gun, rifle, danger, crime, violence, urban, ethnic, diverse, Afro-american, hood, violent, dark, noir, bullets, death, alcohol, drugs, crack, drinking, money
illustration of Black & white interior art created for paperback book titled “Aviation Aces” published by Airship 27. 

New Pulp Movement creating stories from the age of pulp publications. In this case, stories of World War Two aviators. The art is intended to invoke the feeling of those old pulps with that retro feel.

black and white, adventure, action, man, men, woman, women, war, military, spy, spies, danger, jungle, forest, airplane, pulp fiction, rugged, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white interior art created for paperback book titled “Aviation Aces” published by Airship 27. 

New Pulp Movement creating stories from the age of pulp publications. In this case, stories of World War Two aviators. The art is intended to invoke the feeling of those old pulps with that retro feel.

black and white, pulp fiction adventure, action, man, men, woman, women, war, military, spy, spies, boxing, boxer, drinking, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white interior art created for paperback book titled “Aviation Aces” published by Airship 27. 

New Pulp Movement creating stories from the age of pulp publications. In this case, stories of World War Two aviators. The art is intended to invoke the feeling of those old pulps with that retro feel.

black and white, pulp fiction adventure, action, man, men, war, military, spy, spies, danger, airplane, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white interior art created for paperback book titled “Aviation Aces” published by Airship 27. 

New Pulp Movement creating stories from the age of pulp publications. In this case, stories of World War Two aviators. The art is intended to invoke the feeling of those old pulps with that retro feel.

black and white, pulp fiction adventure, action, man, men, woman, women, war, military, spy, spies, danger, airplane, fighters, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white interior art created for paperback book titled “Aviation Aces” published by Airship 27. 

New Pulp Movement creating stories from the age of pulp publications. In this case, stories of World War Two aviators.  The art is intended to invoke the feeling of those old pulps with that retro feel.

black and white, pulp fiction adventure, action, woman, women, war, military, spy, spies, danger, jungle, Asian, Japanese, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white interior art created for paperback book titled “Aviation Aces” published by Airship 27. 

New Pulp Movement creating stories from the age of pulp publications. In this case, stories of World War Two aviators. The art is intended to invoke the feeling of those old pulps with that retro feel.

black and white, pulp fiction adventure, action, man, men, war, military, spy, spies, danger, airplane, jeep, base, uniform, officer, enlisted, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white interior art created for Edgar Allen Poe titled “Tell-Tale Heart” published by McDougal Littel for an educational textbook.

black and white, mystery adventure, horror, man, men, danger, crime, violence, violent, dark, noir, death, horror, old, scary, storyboards, storyboard
illustration of Black & white interior art created for Edgar Allen Poe titled “Tell-Tale Heart” published by McDougal Littel for an educational textbook.

black and white, mystery adventure, horror, man, men, danger, crime, violence, violent, dark, noir, death, horror, old, scary, police, policeman
illustration of Likeness of reluctant superhero Jessica from Jessica Jones TV show drawn on spec.

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illustration of Likeness of Selina Kyle from Gotham TV show drawn for spec work.

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illustration of Likeness of Oliver Queen as superhero Green Arrow from Arrow TV show drawn for spec work.

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illustration of Likeness of superheroes Tony Stark and Steve Rogers drawn for self-promotion.

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illustration of Likeness of Chris Rock drawn for self-promotion.

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illustration of Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow art used for promotion on magazines and banners created for Disney Publishing. Johnny Depp, actor, celebrity, adventure, action, movie, piracy, nautical, crime, robbery, treasure, booty, robber, caricature, cartoon, crusade, quest, escapade, comedy, film
illustration of Theatrical coming soon movie poster. 3 concepts and logo designs were submitted to client. The approved items were drawn and designed for this final poster. Client needed poster to communicate a mother of a Mafia boss and include a gun. Crime, drama, comedy, actor, acting, film, movie, family
illustration of Presentation art of Thomas the Tank. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, colorful, illustration, book, train, conductor, tracks, station, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, advertising
illustration of Character designs created for Disney Publishing. Cartoon, woman, women, girls, music, guitar, tambourine, family, mother, daughter, child, children, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, kids
illustration of Toy package art design for powerful children's t oy water gun. Howard's intent was to make gun seem like a mini-cannon with a lot of power. He used perspective to create a dynamic angle to make the illustration exciting. Children, kids,cute, fun, colorful, illustration, bright, happy, fun, young, boy, family, child, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, play, playing, game
illustration of Art created for children's book for Simon & Schuster. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Upper area leaves space for the story text. business man, suit, mayor, bald, balloons, pirate, ship, pirate ship, swords, bald head, advertising
illustration of Art for children's book for Simon & Schuster. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Upper area leaves space for the story text. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, colorful, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, family, mother, daughter, child, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, pirate, adventure, playtime, father, ship, balloons, swords, action, humor, treasure, map, city hall, advertising
illustration of Art for children's book for Simon & Schus.ter. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Upper area leaves space for the story text. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, colorful, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, family, mother, daughter, child, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, pirate, adventure, playtime, father, ship, balloons, swords, action, humor, treasure, map, booty, shovel, advertising
illustration of Cover art created for children's book for Simon & Schuster. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, colorful, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, family, mother, daughter, child, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, pirate, adventure, playtime, father, ship, balloons, swords, action, humor, treasure, map
illustration of Vector art created for children's coloring and activity book for Random House. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, black and white, black & white, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, family, mother, daughter, child, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, father, action, humor, race, running, checker flag, man, advertising
illustration of Vector art created for children's coloring and activity book for Random House. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, black and white, black & white, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, family, mother, daughter, child, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, father, action, humor, race, running, scooter, man, relay, baton, safety helmets, advertising
illustration of Vector art created for children's coloring and activity book for Random House. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, black and white, black & white, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, family, mother, daughter, child, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, father, action, humor, race, running, scooter, man, relay, baton, safety helmets, advertising
illustration of Vector art for children's coloring and activity book for Random House. Sketches submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, black and white, black & white, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, family, mother, daughter, child, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, father, action, humor, race, running, scooter, man, invention, technology, ethnic, diverse, advertising
illustration of Vector art created for children's coloring and activity book for Random House. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, black and white, black & white, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, boy, boys, family, child, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, action, humor, race, running, exercise, physical fitness, run, advertising
illustration of Vector art for children's coloring and activity book for Random House. Sketches were submitted before arriving at the approved cartoon final art.Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, black and white, black & white, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, boys, family, child, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, action, humor, apple, victory, winner, winning, advertising
illustration of Alien character design that communicates in a binary language. Color, weird, fantasy, sci-fi, science fiction, outer space, advertising
illustration of Character designed for client to represent a modern day Peter – Fisher of Men. Character development went through a series of sketches and concepts before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, kids, cute, fun, black and white, black & white, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, ship, boys, family,child, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, ship, fisherman, advertising
illustration of Character design of main hero for potential animated series. Character development went through a series of sketches and concepts before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, colorful, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, boys, family, child, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, drinking, playtime, urban, ethnic, diverse, sports, animation
illustration of Client wanted to update characters used in children's educational textbooks that were unchanged since the 1960s. Howard created these characters that reflected a real world representation of a the size and ethnic variety of children. Character development went through a series of sketches and concepts before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Chinese, grunge, black, teenagers, Hispanic, Latino, baseball, thinking, Asian, advertising
illustration of Character designs for potential children animated series. Character development went through a series of sketches and concepts before arriving at the approved cartoon final art. Children, books, cartoon, animation, kids, TV show, cute, fun, colorful, illustration, book, bright, happy, fun, young, woman, women, girls, boys, son, family, daughter, child, colorful, bright, happy, fun, young, adventure, playtime, urban, ethnic, diverse, Asian, black, Afro-American, Hispanic, mother, mom, advertising

Profile

My name is Howard Simpson. I was born in Newark, NJ. My mom says I started drawing when I was two years old. I remember in fifth grade, when we took art for the first time, that the other students went “Oooo” over my drawings. I especially liked the attention from girls. Sorry fellas, I'm not available. In the years between both of those events I found some old, discarded comic books in the basement. Upon reading these four-color treasures I decided on my life's course. I would become a storyteller. And with all of my artwork I'm endeavoring to tell a story. Sometimes it's a personal story, the client's story and others it is the character's story. I have never been married to any style. I create the art as the story demands to be told. When the client has a particular style in mind, then I can draw in any style to suit their needs. I will never abandon the pencil and brush, yet I am using more digital tools such as a Wacom tablet and stylus. Usually using software such as ArtRage, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I'm always including more in the mix, such as Sketchbook, Clip Studio Paint, Procreate, Medibang Paint Pro, Mischief and Krita. I am a natural born storyteller and have been drawing for major publishers and animation studios. I have knowledge of the cinematic language and understand the principles of acting, displaying emotions and showing motion. I have the ability to analyze written scene and translate them into a visual form. Among other illustration assignments began drawing storyboards for Action-News & Accu-Weather while attending Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with Minor in Communications - Radio, TV and Film. Started drawing for DC Comics and freelance jobs began to include more comic book publishers - Marvel, Dark Horse and Valiant. Clients include various advertising agencies, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Simon & Schuster, Random House, HBO, Disney, Nickelodeon and Sony among others. I am creating my own future now with my creator owned web comics which can be viewed on Tapas at https://tapas.io/abbastudios Currently I am working on two personal projects, which are creator owned graphic novels. Outside of that I am doing freelance work for ad agencies, entertainment and publishing companies. You may find me online at https://abbadabba.com/ and my blog at https://www.justcreate.net/ and Instagram @abbastudios

Style/Techniques

Black & White, Caricature, Cartoon, Design, Digital, Graphic, Logo Design, Realism, Stylized, Whimsical, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Book Covers, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Computers, Editorial, Education, Family, Futuristic, Historical, Licensing, Mystery, Packaging, People, Portrait, Posters, Product, Scientific, Sci-Fi, Sports, Toys & Games, Transportation, Travel, Food/Beverage, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Youth, Ethnic, Edgy, Urban