Portrait study.

I've been doing some more realistic paintings lately. It really took me back to all the cool airbrushing work I did in the past. Here's a portrait study from last week. Click the images for a close up look.

Here's a bit more detail:

Painting Dragons!

Here's a short clip of me painting some cute little Dragons in Photoshop. Had to post to YouTube though. While it's still just a short video it seems to be to big for the blog to just drop it as is. 

Digital Painting.

Really like this time of year, the days between Christmas and New Year's Day. Here's some digital painting exercises I did today while playing around with some different brushes in Photoshop. 

Donald Duck at the Oscars.

Here's something I did right before the Oscars this year. unfortunately I didn't get to finish it due to other obligations at the time. Although it's not nearly finished I still thought I'd post it here seeing I haven't been keeping up with posting.


First day of another 'hard lockdown' here in the Netherlands, everything is closed and people (even kids) have to stay/work/study at home, due to the increasing amount of COVID19 cases right now, and the difficulty to control this pandemic any other way. It'll last at least until January 20th this time. 

Drew this little Donald this morning, hoping we will all try and still have some fun this Christmas.

Donald Duck Spannendste Avonturen 20.

Glad to see my story for Disney's Donald Duck magazine reprinted as part of Donald's Most Exciting Adventures 20 (with art by Bas Heymans). Now in stores!

Disney, Donald Duck, "spannendste avonturen", Bas Heymans, Dave Wessels
Disney, Donald Duck, "spannendste avonturen", Bas Heymans, Dave Wessels
Disney, Donald Duck, "spannendste avonturen", Bas Heymans, Dave Wessels

Heat Wave.

It's been extremely hot where I live (in the Netherlands) for the last few weeks. It's at least 30/37 degrees everyday (that's 90/98 degrees Fahrenheit for you folks in the US) It's pretty uncommon and makes it hard to keep drawing, as my hands keep sticking to the paper! Here's a little rough Donald trying to keep it cool. Take it easy guys!

Badboy Comics.

As you may have noticed, I decided to take the main site, Badboycomics offline as of this week. With all the social media going on, I didn't feel a need anymore for an 'official' website. Especially since I'm not in the habit of selling stuff, like artwork or prints etc. I've scanned through older blog posts and saw that some of the artwork up there never made it to my sketchbook, so I decided to put some of that here today.

Below: Some promo images of Eppo, a popular Dutch comic character created by Uco Egmond. Eppo was a popular Dutch comic magazine from 1977 to 1988, which, beside Uco's comics 'Eppo' and 'Falco & Donjon', published well known favorites like 'Asterix' and 'Lucky Luke'. It was revived by Rob van Bavel in 2009 and is published since every two weeks. Clean-up and inks by me, sketches by Uco.

Eppo by Uco Egmond and Dave wessels.
Eppo, Uco Egmond, Dave Wessels
Here's some more work I did with Uco. It's a little 4 page comic about some kids trying to rescue a small neglected zoo, I think it was called 'Het Zoo'tje' (meaning 'The little Zoo', in Dutch that could also be interpreted as 'The Mess'). Uco came up with story and sketches, I assisted with cleanup and inks.

het zoo'tje Uco Egmond Dave Wessels

het zoo'tje Uco Egmond Dave Wessels

het zoo'tje Uco Egmond Dave Wessels

het zoo'tje Uco Egmond Dave Wessels

Oldschool Donald.

Wednesday morning. What better way to start the day than with some oldschool Donald? :)

Gyro Gearloose.

Here's an illustration I did for Disney a little while back (design, inks & color). It's Gyro Gearloose getting some ice cream during the Summer. By the way, Gyro is called 'Willie Wortel' over here in the Netherlands!

Personally, I love just B&W illustrations even more than colored work, so here's a version with just the inks (all characters © Disney):

Bubble Fox.

Last month various artists were asked to participate in drawing a guest comic strip for 'Bubblefox', Jon Esparza's webcomic. Below is the result of my efforts, needless to say I had a lot of fun playing with these characters. Click to enlarge, or visit Esparza's Bubblefox website to read it.

Easter Bunnies.

Illustration of a trio of goofy bunnies, decorating an egg. The oldtimer clearly has seen his share of Easter eggs during his lifetime!