February 1st, 2016 by

DeviBeen listening to the audiobook for Fortune’s Pawn over the course of last week while coloring PvZ, and I felt compelled to do a sketch of Devi Morris.

A Cat Can Dream, Ya Know?

January 26th, 2016 by


Birthday gift for a friend and her cat who just wants get on the pole sometimes.

Oh Hey, I Know Those People!

January 26th, 2016 by


Hey, it’s me and my fam

(my partners Blue and Marco and our baby Ember) screaming in terror!

Snippet from a panel in Issue 8 of PvZ (out now).  Ron is always doing awesome easter eggs like that when he draws this comic, whether it’s people he knows or video game and pop culture references. It’s always something I’m on the lookout for when I’m flatting.

Script: Paul Tobin

Line-Art: Ron Chan

Colors: Matthew J. Rainwater

Plants Vs. Zombies Bully For You #3 Is On The Way!

August 24th, 2015 by

PVZBFY-#3-PreviewThe final issue of the “Bully For You” storyline is upon us, things come to a head, and there’s a whole lot of comeuppance! Check it out in your local comic book shop now!  

Bonus comic strips by Peter Bagge!

Script: Paul Tobin

Line-art: Ron Chan

Colors: Matthew J. Rainwater



Plants Vs. Zombies: Bully For You #2 Is Out and About!

July 16th, 2015 by



It’s raining zombies in this month’s issue of Plants Vs. Zombies: Bully For You!

 Get it at your local comic book shop, today!  

Script: Paul Tobin

Line-art: Ron Chan

Colors: Matthew J. Rainwater

Plants Vs. Zombies Signing Saturday June 20th

June 15th, 2015 by



Cover by Ron Chan

This weekend I’ll be at a Plants Vs. Zombies signing happening at Things From Another World in Portland! I and PvZ line-artist, Ron Chan, will be signing books and celebrating the release of the new PvZ mini-series coming out this week, Plants Vs. Zombies: Bully For You. It’s going to be a 24 page book featuring coloring work by myself and art by Ron Chan and Dustin Nguyen. I can tell you at this point, having colored my portion of the story, that it’s a ton of fun, and you should check it out at your local comic book store (or if you live in Portland, do it this Saturday).

Watercolor Everywhere

May 11th, 2015 by

Cat Crow Doge Fox Guinea-Pig Hawk Koala Mouse Party-Owl Platypus Squirrel Batmonster Raccoon

Crazy Dave

May 4th, 2015 by

Since those last two PvZ watercolors I posted about were so enjoyable I decided that I was going to do one more, just for the fun of it!  This time it’s Crazy Dave! Once again, I’m going to run you through my process, albeit faster, since this painting didn’t give me any detours or backtracks that I feel worth mentioning or would be informative into a watercolor painting process.

Step 1: Roughs

Crazy Dave Pencils

One of the few things I’ve drawn late at night, recently.  I haven’t been much of a night-owl artist the last couple of years, partially because I don’t want to get caught up in a late-night work cycle as life demands more day time responsibilities (not that that’s stopped me from sleeping in) for myself.  I originally thought I would do a picture of Crazy Dave reclining on a hammock sustained by two tall nuts, but recanted on that idea because I’d already drawn tall-nuts in a previous illustration.

Step 2: Inks (Skipping Pencils)


The only reason we’re skipping pencils is because I forgot to scan them in.  I just ran straight into inking after I transferred the idea onto watercolor paper.  Some changes took place. I added a mushroom to the right of Crazy Dave to better balance the composition.  When I drew this onto watercolor paper, I didn’t really center Dave, so it looked awkward.  The best fix: add more stuff! Also added one of those trippy shrooms on top of his sauce pan.

Step 3:  Watercolor!


This step was pretty much a breeze (mediating a house-cat crisis, notwithstanding) and I didn’t have any mishaps to report on.  Lots of fun, and I’m happy with the outcome.  Don’t really know what to do with it, though… I’m sure it’ll make a great birthday gift for somebody in the future.

Free Comic Book Day 2015 Is Tomorrow! (May 2nd)

May 2nd, 2015 by


Plants Vs. Zombies is appearing alongside Avatar and Bandette in this year’s All-Ages offering from Dark Horse for Free Comic Book Day 2015!  Check out your local comic shop on May 2, 2015, to get your hands on it, and yeah, seriously, it’s FREE! No money down.  Just walk in, pick it up, walk out, enjoy, and share with your friends!

Plants Vs. Zombies: Script by Paul Tobin, Line-art by Ron Chan, and Colors by your’s truly,

Matthew J. Rainwater!

Plants Vs. Zombies Watercolors: Nate

April 20th, 2015 by

For context on these paintings, please refer to my previous post on the Patrice painting I did in this pair. This will be a faster run-through of the process since a lot of this was covered in the last post.

Step 1: Roughs


The roughs for this illustration took two passes, but I didn’t scan the first pass because I dropped it early in its development, it was really obvious that first one wasn’t going to work out, but hey, this one did! Something that needed to be worked out in the pencils was that I needed to put space between the cherry bomb and Nate to create a better sense of it being flung.

Step 2: Pencils


Well, looks like it worked out! The cherry bomb has enough space from Nate’s head. It was not the easiest issue to resolve considering that what you don’t see here is the edge of the paper.  

Peashooters were also rearranged in this step to create more rhythm in the illustration.

Step 3: Inks


Lots of drybrush for the inks in this picture.  I didn’t want to create a solid shadow for the Tallnut, I thought that would make it dominate the picture too much and also make the Tallnut look kind of flat.  Also used some drybrush to emulate motion for the flying cherry bomb.

Step 4: Watercolor


Didn’t have any trouble for the watercolors on this painting.  It went really smoothly.  I’m really happy with how that cherry bomb turned out, its my favorite part of this painting.  There’s just a lot of energy going into it

So there you have it, both paintings and both processes!  Now it’s time to color more Plants Vs. Zombies!