Saturday, April 25, 2009

Post 343

So, I know in a way it's a cop-out, but I just couldn't get any new content together today. I have a picture started, but by the time I got back from working on things for the day-job, and getting some final details done for another story, I felt like I could have ruined some stuff if I would have touched it. So here are some more sequentials, this time from Legendary, about the Monkey King. These are the B&W versions...the colors are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY

BTW, if you've noticed, I'm not shying away from perspective anymore, but instead embracing it and mixing it with my own idea of skewed perspective. Also, someone asked if I built the shrine digitally, the answer, nope, right out of my noggin and drawn with a ruler. I'd like to try sketchup, but haven't had the chance. I'd like to show how I can do backgrounds on my own first.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Post 342

A taste of things to come!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Post 341

Well, I've never done any oil painting before...I mean NEVER! In college, we had to take a lot of theory classes, art history, but in terms of studio, we got jipped! I loved watercolor, glad I chose it since I could only choose one painting discipline, but never got the opportunity to work with oils.

So I bought some Holbein water soluble oil paints...because I don't like dealing with turpentine, and I had a mat sitting around that a student had messed up on, so I started painting on it...I DON'T KNOW WHY I HELD BACK SO LONG!!! It's so amazingly I need to do the epic Velvet Elvis painting I've been waiting so long to do!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Post 340

My goodness, will this week EVER END?!?!?!

I'll tell you, the toughest thing about breaking into comics is the wait. You wait and wait...and wait some more for things to come out. You line up other projects, and finish them, and then you wait. You're only as good as your last project, and when you're still waiting for your last project to come out, you don't have that to even utilize as momentum. For that reason, the internet is fantastic...keeping momentum going. Granted, it won't give you that fantastic push that a book dropping will, but at least it's dependable on the date...because YOU control it.

I love holding copies of my work, but by the time I do, it's out of date! I've refined my style. It's like sending Photoshop 7 for publishing, and by the time it comes out you're ready to release CS7. I'll tell you, at least my recent projects are things I can still be proud of! In a lot of my previously printed work, it took an insane number of months for them to get printed, so by that time I'd changed my style a billion times.

At least I've found constants in my style, so that you're not seeing me go all over the map from project to project. But the improvement is definitely noticeable.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Post 339

Geez, this is a long week, and it's only Tuesday!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Post 338

Very little time nowadays, so it's nice to have Manga Studio to expedite the sketch process...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Post 337

This sketch brought to you via sketching in Manga Studio (10 min. colors in photoshop)! Just got it Friday night, so I've maybe played with it for an hour at most...but I'll tell you, I like sketching in it WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY better than any other program!

Had a fun weekend at the con, you can check out the pics here. Got to talk a bunch with Kristian, and the more I get to know him, the more I'm amazed at how much we have in common...besides our shared obsession with art pens!

I also got to sit with Brent Peeples and Paul Milligan, poor Paul, I gave him a tough time the whole time he was here...that's what he gets for crossing Oklahoma state lines! Seriously though, I respect the heck outta' the guy!

Also, here is a video of me caught like a deer in the headlights in an interview...totally caught off guard!