Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
This one didn't take very long too do, but it was fun to jump back into charcoal for a bit. My mom #2 (ie: beloved mother-in-law) raised the idea of a holiday card a few weeks ago. Originally my Goldilocks piece was going to be a standard "Goldigrizz and the 3 Humans" image, but with the holiday looming (and my wife's promise to help me print and mail cards) I decided to make it more along the lines of "Goldigrizz and the 3 Klinkits". I had thought of using a polar bear, but it looked too much like one of those CG coke adds, so I had to go back to the grizz.
On a side note, I lived with a Klinkit once, his name was chuck Chuck CHUCK CHUCK BOOM!
Also, I thought about coloring this in Photoshop, but I realized I'd be too tempted to make that bowl of porridge look like a bowl of blood...
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Bet you can't guess my third Portfolio Piece is based on. I wasn't planning on doing this one, but I'm not quite sure how to go about doing the one I want to do yet. This piece just jumped into my sketchbook, so I think I'll pursue it for awhile while I stew my other idea for a bit.
This is an old idea revisited. Originally I made an etching of the troll under the bridge giving up his carnivorous ways, but I never quite finished it because etching is a long and arduous way to make an image that I never really took to. I had a lot of fun working on this painting, even if I'm not quite happy with how the reflection turned out. I felt I was at risk of overdoing the blobs of color in the water, so I called it quits. I think I should have added some foreground rocks into the pool of water to break up the reflections, but working back into watercolor is risky business. Honestly, I think like the duck the most.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Here's the Jack piece colored in Photoshop. I think I need to let it sit for a day or two to see if I like the washed out tones. The problem with Photoshop is that you can tweak stuff endlessly, it makes it even harder to know when something is "done".
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Here is the top half of the sketch for my next portfolio piece that I worked on today while at work. I was rather pleased with how it was coming along, but when I proudly showed my wife she gave it a "huh". With the help of my uber-tuned husband senses I was able to deduce that she was unimpressed. When I pressed her on her opinion she finally admitted, and I quote: "I just don't like monster drawings". This isn't as bad as the time she didn't recognize a certain character from Star Wars (which she let slip in front of my buddy Josh, nerd friend #1), but I was a bit taken aback since I have spent a considerable amount of time in my life drawing monsters. It's one of those skills I have been working on since childhood and which I imagine will only get better until I draw my last monster and drop dead at 98.
I mention all of this because my wife is my best critic, and I can always count on her to give me an honest opinion on my work, and she brings up a valid point: some people don't like monster drawings.
Oh well, can't win 'em all.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Well, I've been dragging my feet on this one. I foolishly let myself paint the meatloaf early on (the part I was most excited about) and ended up having a hard time motivating myself to finish the whole piece. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. It feels nice to be painting again. Dusting off the cobwebs on my watercolor abilities is both fun and frustrating.
The main reason I finished this morning is that I'm super excited with how my future Jack in the Beanstalk image is coming along. I still have a lot of drawing to finish, but I am pretty sure its going to be a blast to paint.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
SO, I started sketching some ideas for Jack the Robot Killer (sounds too aggressive, I know), or Rocket Jack and the Beanstalk, or something like that. Pretty much I doodled this character design and decided to make a futuristic jack and the beanstalk. The giant is going to be a huge steam punk robot, obviously, but I'm not sure what the future golden goose would be.
Any ideas? Whoever suggests something cool that I use gets a present!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
One of the things that I find helpful is a comic book trick, where you change your drawing to blue tones in Photoshop, print it out, ink it, scan it back in and remove the blue tones. Editing stuff tends to be a pain but it is essential to getting a good image, or good writing (not that I write, but I've heard there are these people who specialize in editing written things). In order to keep my momentum, tricks like the blue line thing are invaluable time savers. Below you can see what I'm talking about, my old drawing is in blues, and then I re-drew some new arms in pencil. I'll do this a couple of times till I get it right. I think in the old days people used tracing paper, but who owns tracing paper anymore? Normally I can just fix this on my original piece of paper with a good ol' fashioned eraser, but I've drawn and re-drawn this thing so much that my paper is getting unusable.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
If you're so inclined (though I'm pretty sure only my mom is) here is the link:
I'm about halfway down.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Every now and then I dust off an old picture book idea and breath some new life into it. One of the nice things about this is that I get to see how much I've improved as an artist since the last time I touched the idea. I just finished the drawing for a painting I'll start working on tonight after work. As you can see, sometimes I get carried away with details like the leaves of the shrub (though it could just as well be scales on a monster, wood grain in a board, etc). I doubt most of those leaves will be in the final painting, but I find its usually helpful to start with too much information and then scale it back as the painting comes along.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Lurks in the Hearts of Men?
THE STUDIO KNOWS!!
Ok, that was lame, but it was better than me claiming to be batman with a lot of dramatic pauses and somehow typing in a gravely voice. I just retrieved my drafting table from my friend Damien who was helping me refinish the surface. I love this thing. Nothing is more satisfying than a brand new piece of equipment that you know will last the rest of your life.
Notice how the artist didn't even bother cleaning the studio before sharing it online? Stuff not pictured, bug collection, Daphne the stuffed armadillo (and studio mascot), Crossbow (for zombie attack), and longsword (in case zombie attack gets too close).
I'm not sure what to do with my old drafting table. I was going to toss it in the dump, but I am rather fond of it. My parents bought it for me when I was in 8th grade, so its fair to say that I learned to be an artist on that table. Drawing, watercolor, woodcut, and comics (junior high, high school, college, and "adulthood") all on one surface. I briefly entertained fantasies of my as yet unborn children all being better artists than me learning to draw on the same table, but its pretty beat up and I don't think it can stand safely for more than another year or so.
And, since mom asked to see a photo of him, here is the other studio mascot. This is my dog Grover, he was once a tiny tiny puppy and is now a pony. For Halloween he is going to be dressed up as Sirius Black (or, should I say, Padfoot), his favorite character from Harry Potter. Notice his steely gaze as he stays on the lookout for dark wizards. Phew, I got a lot of nerdy out on this post.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Though I imagine he doesn't make any friends this way, good thing he has a secret identity.
Collaborating with Liz has been a lot of fun, she is very receptive to suggestions and is a great brainstormer. I just wanted to draw MB picking up a bus for fun and she worked it into the story! Liz also had the idea of a Muddy Boy drawn in browns instead of black and white.I really like it, and mud is brown after all. That fact that it was an easy fix in Photoshop is just icing on the cake.
I also recently bought an AWESOME new drafting table the other day. It's a monster (5 feet wide!!) classy table from the 30's. My studio is now a batcave of creative power. I'd post some photos, but I think I'm the only one that would find it interesting. Special thanks go to my lovely wife for giving up her small bit of sewing space in the studio.
And, saving the best for last, I recently acquired an agent!! Her name is Kelly Sonnack and she works for the prestigious Andrea Brown Literary Agency (http://www.andreabrownlit.com/). Kelly specializes in picture books and graphic novels, which is a perfect fit for everything I want to do at the moment. I am very excited to have Kelly representing me. She pretty much had me when she said "I don't want you worrying about the business stuff at all, your job is to create". I may have fallen over at that point, I can't remember.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Every August I can't help but wish it was October. This is going to be my Halloween card for the year, though it may be in color if I can get photoshop to cooperate with me (getting the color to work well with charcoal has been a bit of a wrestling match). If any friends, family, or (gasp) fan would like one feel free to send me an email with your address. I can't guarantee that I'll send you one, since last year's card didn't make it out to all intended recipients (I'd like to blame it on the post office, but unfortunately it was my own undoing).
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Anyhoo, here is a pencil rough of page 4. This is what I draw in my sketch book before blowing it up 125% and rendering it in charcoal.
The final charcoal version is done, so once I scan it into my computer I'll post it up so you can see some process.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The link directly to my comic is:
I also added a link to the right for your clicking pleasure.
Comixpress prints to order I believe, so I'm not sure how long it takes from ordering it to getting it shipped....if anybody does this please let me know what the time frame is.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
In other work news, I am currently working on a collaborative pitch with a local children's book author (look out Random House! Prepare to be floored! You might as well whip out your checkbook now just to save yourself the trouble! you have been warned). Once I clear it with her I'll start posting some process shots that are pretty fun.
Oh, and I recently found a blog called "terrible yellow eyes" that is a tribute the great Maurice Sendak (a huge influence on my artistic development), the submissions are invite only, but I think I'm going to try so slip in under their radar.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
For those of you not in the know, I'm the only non-famous/respected guy in the bunch! I envision myself as one of those birds that perch on rhinos in order to eat the bugs that land on them...except instead of a Rhino its Joss Whedon...and instead of bugs its little bits of fame that drip from his ravenous jaws! Luckily Joss (I can call him that now) will never read this post and never know that I compared him to a rhino of fame.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
My lil' sis took some photos from the gallery opening, thanks to all of you that came! I think the printer I chose will be selling my comic through their online store, so those of you who'd like to buy a comic (no pressure) but can't make it to Stumptown, keep you're eyes peeled for a link to their store soon.
By the BRUSH OF FRANK MILLER!! IT'S A CRAIG THOMPSON ORIGINAL FROM HIS UPCOMING BOOK HAIBIBI!! HANGING WITHIN 50 FEET OF MY STUFF!!
This is me pointing to something at the show. Probably Craig Thompson...did I mention that he had some pieces there? Oh, I did? How silly of me.
And here I am with my lovely wife and greatest critic/moral supporter/editor/self esteem booster/marketing forcer on-er in front of some of my pieces, doing who knows what.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
And here's the actual painting.
And here is the digitally touched up painting looks nothing like the original, the wonderful magic of Photoshop has once again saved me from my deficiencies (ie, not so good at painting or color).
Sunday, March 15, 2009
let me know if anything doesn't work, since I have no idea what I'm doing