Friday, May 30, 2008

Office Space

[UPDATE]  I just finished this little pieced together panning shot.  I'm so crafty.

I thought since I've moved and I have a spiffy new studio space that I could show you some pics before I trash the place.  It's all nice and neat now and is the first space that I've had that really is set up the way I want it.  My old place was so old that it only had one outlet per room forcing me to put certain things on certain walls and networking a million cords all around the house.  Ancient radiators keeping me from placing things on  a wall, and shitty walls incapable of holding a simple shelf on the wall.

Here I'm all new an fancy...with shelves and everything.  I know, it doesn't take much.
Here is a general look at my workspace.  I went to Ikea and got 2 "build your own table" tables.  I chose table tops that match my bookcases and some simple table legs.  I wanted one table for my monitor (and the Cintiq I'm getting ready to buy) and one for my drawing board.  In my old studio I had a GIANT drafting table.  Seriously, it was like 60 some inches wide.  I got tired of my table taking so much room and I wanted to tilt the table more but couldn't because of the shit i kept piled on top of it.  So, i donated the table to my buddy Patrick for his comic store Challengers so people could come by his shop and draw.  I bought a few table top drawing boards at different sizes.  This allows me to tilt the hell out of my drawing surface to prevent hunching over tables but also maintaining the workspace of the flat table.  So, if I'm done drawing but I need to do...what ever else, I can take the board off, put it in the closet and have extra space.

You may not be able to see it well, but the tables allow for a decent amount of space to used underneath. I have mini fridge on the left of my drawing boards.  This allows me to keep a good amount of water, juices, sodas, ect.  at my fingertips.  

On the right and left of the "L" table set up are my large format Epson scanner and printer.

Above the drawing board on the shelf is the flat screen and dvd player.  I used watch movies on my computer but it got annoying working on covers and what not while images are flying around on the mini screen.  This keeps my tv and work separate.  I spend the majority of my day working with a tv show, movie or commentary  on in the background.

I have a simple multi drawer with rollers that I slide from under the table while drawing.  It's filled with pencils, pens, brushes, inks, and everything else you need at your finger tips while drawing.  

The Aeron Chair is the other must have for me.  My back used to feel like death was tapping on my door.  I've had the Aeron for about 4 years and haven't had back problems since.  It's pricey but worth it.  The even make a drafting table version.

The other spot on the table is for the monitor.  I like have the monitor at my fingertips while I draw.  It's great for reference, music, etc.  I have a PowerMac with a 20" cinema display.  I love this monitor.  In a few weeks I'll be getting the Wacom Cintiq and will be a little more prelim stuff on that so I'll still have enough room for both monitors.
Every studio needs the shelves filled with all the geeky shit we all love.  Art books, comics and DVD's.  Not much else to say here.  I do have a Blacksad bust from my buddy Sal and a Mr. Incredible from Casey.
To end this mini tour is the newest edition to my studio.  The dogs.  Our family has 3 dogs, Murphy, Cricket and Cooper.  Murphy is pretty Emo and has taken a long time to even let me come near him let alone hang out with me.  But Cooper (bigger one)  and Cricket both have really begged to come in the studio and hang out.  Both enjoy jumping on my lab and just going to sleep while I fiddle on the net or draw.  Cricket is asleep on my lap as I type this.  It's pretty crazy to have dogs around and actually like them.  I love dogs, but it's been awhile since I've lived with them and have them like me in return.  They're fun.

So, there you go, a very small tour of where I spend my days.  

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Devil and Me Podcast Coming Soon!

For those of you (even if it was only a few of you) that enjoyed hearing me run my mouth on the Around Comics podcast will be getting your regular dose again.  Casey and I are almost ready to start recording our new podcast THE DEVIL & ME and we need your help by sending us emails with your questions.

The show will be about just about everything so the topics are open.  From music to movies or relationship advice...or warnings, haha.  We're up for anything.  So, go over to The Devil & Me WEBSITE or MYSPACE PAGE and send us some emails.

Our first episode should be ready to go in the next 2 weeks so start sending them soon and we'll read as many as we can.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Rhythm of the War Drums

Last week I got the idea for a story surround child soldiers.  This week, after spending time bouncing ideas around with my buddy Sal, I have decided that I'm moving ahead with that idea.  I am insanely excited about the potential and will be working on this in my spare time (meaning at night when I'm not drawing Wizard of Oz.)

I will writing it, and drawing some parts.  I hope to be able to convince some of my buddies in the industry to be apart of it and will also be reaching out to some new talent that I've been keeping an eye on for the last few years.  

I'm not going to say much as this idea is still very fresh and I'm sure like most things, tons of it will change during the process.  I don't know if this is even the title yet, but it really struck something in me today.  So, for now, this is the temp title.   

More later.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I've started penciling pages and this book is just plain fun.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the book I'm talking about for those of you who don't know.  

I thought I could show you a few Scarecrow doodles.  At first i was drawing him with the typical pointed hat that you see him in all the time.  Then I was doing a few warm up drawings and trying to work out Dorothy's Uncle Henry.  The first drawing started off a little more burly in the beard area but I felt I hit something with the hat.  I loved the hat and decided that I was going to take it from Henry and put it on the Scarecrow.  I think this hat gives a little bit more of a clunky look and feels a little more blush.  Like the hat was filled with straw so to give it enough weight to stay on his head.  

Thanks to everyone who gave their support and came out to Emerald City Comic Con.  It was great meeting you all. 

Friday, May 09, 2008

Emerald City Comicon

Well, nothing the morning of my flight to let you all know I'll be in Seattle this weekend for Emerald City Comic Con.  It's pretty much the only show i'll be set up at this summer (how fitting since I'll be spending the summer drawing the Wizard of Oz.)  I don't know where in the convention hall I will be but I'll be there none the less.

For more info check out the ECCC site 

I didn't have any art ready so I've used Tim Sale's piece he did for the show.  

See you there.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Settled In

Wow, it's been a long break from the blog.  I am officially moved and not living in the city anymore.  So far things have been strange, but good.  It's quiet here and I find myself realizing how many little things I've missed about non city living.  Freshly mowed grass...that smells fucking good, right.  Seeing actual stars at night time is a shocker.  Everyone you drive or ride past waves like they're happy to see you.  People working in stores call you "sweety" and talk to you about their day.  Not needing to lock up my bike like Fort Knox.  Like I said...strange, but good.  

Now that I've got my studio up and running I started thinking about new ideas.  An image of a kid soldier was in my head and I wondered what I  could do with it.  Then the title "The War of Ages" came to mind.  I liked it and thought that it might be interesting to tell a story about a World War that puts children against adults.  Imagine the struggle for those children of cusp of adulthood.  Which side would they choose, or better yet, which side would have them.  A global Lord of the Flies.  I don't know, there may be something to it, and I'll spend the next few weeks thinking it over.