Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Battlepug Daily Sketch

One of the strongest concepts any of my friends have ever come up with is Battlepug by Mike Norton. A warrior riding a pug. Seriously, come up with something better than that.

6x9 bristol, pen. SOLD.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Bone Daily Sketch

I think it is near impossible to draw Jeff Smith's character BONE without it looking like Jeff Smith drew it... only not as good as if he would have ACTUALLY drew. I call that having a Death Device built in. This is a style and design so solid that if anyone else touched it, they explode and it just looks like the original. Bone is one of those Death Devices. The design is so... BONE, there is no really making it your own. There are some other characters in his universe that lend themselves to a bit more freedom. But Bone is Bone.

So Bone is today's daily sketch. There's a lot of adventure in this book but I always loved the crush Bone had on Thorn and his desire to share his poem with her.

6x9 on bristol. Brush and ink. UPDATE: SOLD

Friday, January 27, 2012

Brobee Daily Sketch

My son won't watch anything but Yo Gabba Gabba and I use the word WATCH very loosely. He basically just runs around the room dancing and will randomly check the screen to see if he's doing the dances right. He's 2.

So here's Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba

6x9 bristol, brush, pen, color pencil. UPDATE: SOLD

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Earthworm Jim Daily Sketch

Doug Tennapel is a big inspiration to me. He's shared a lot of ideas about how he goes about producing so much work and striving for more. He's a creative guy that puts out a graphic novel ever year, if not two.

The thing that you all probably know is Earthworm Jim. If you didn't know, this was Doug's creation. So here's my quick tribute to my friend, Doug Tennapel. Thanks for the advice and encouragement.

6x9 bristol, brush and ink. UPDATE: SOLD

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Invader Zim Daily Sketch

A few years back I did a month of gag cartoons called THE ADVENTURES OF BERNARD THE WORLD DESTROYER.  A little alien that came to earth, confused by our ways but didn't care much because his mission was to take us out. I thought I was so clever.

Then I discovered Invader Zim. Ok, so I spent too many hours slinging burgers at Ed Debevics in 2000 to notice this little gem of a show. I found it on Netflix and devoured every episode in a few days. First I laughed at it's genius and then cried that I had just about ripped the entire concept off without knowing it. Only IZ had done it much better.

So today is my tip of the hat to one funny show. Invader Zim.

Pen on 6x9 bristol. You can buy the original in MY STORE

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Super Mario Bros. Daily Sketch

I can still remember my friend Chad explaining that he got a thing called a... NINTENDO. What was this word? Who were these Super Mario Bros. he was talking about. I manipulated my way over to his house and was stunned by the amazing world I had discovered. It wasn't long before I had my own Nintendo and was saving the Princess like nobodies business.

Here's my tribute to those fun days of mashing that A and B button until I had what we labeled NINTENDOITUS.

9x12 bristol, pen. UPDATE: SOLD

Monday, January 23, 2012

Daily Sketch: Year of the Dragon

Someone suggested a little Chinese New Year piece since it's the Year of the Dragon. I'm probably nowhere near the culture stylings of the a Chinese Dragon but I celebrated in my own Fairyland style way.

9x12 bristol, pen.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Snow Day

Illinois usually starts getting snow in late October to mid November. December is usually a complete whiteout for as long as the eye can see. It's around this time that I always start getting hit with story ideas that puts a character running around in all that snow.

The snow came much later this year, but when mid January came and the snow finally fell, so did the sparks of inspiration. Trying to keep with my 2012 manifesto, I won't say more than that because I need to actually DO something before I get too excited. 

But here's a quick sketch I did when all that now started falling. I just pulled out the brush and drew. No pencil, no underdrawing. Just started drawing with that brush to get the idea out. Then I threw in some very basic color to give it a little life and we have a piece. 

Something may be out there. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bully on Pause

It's been over a year since I touched this project. It's not dead but it needs some re-working on the story front. I still have a lot of love for this idea and have a lot of fun drawing in this more frantic, shaky style. I'm a bit frustrated with my self that I wrote this entire book, laid out all 127 pages and inked 30 of them...

... then stopped. I got in my own way. That, and the content was a little hardcover for the age group I was going for. A book about bullies followed by a year of the biggest ANTI-BULLY campaign ever didn't seem to go hand in hand. I let the world around me get in the way of my idea and that was my mistake. I'm going to remedy that this year.

I thought I'd start the year off with sharing a bit of art from my little story about bullies. I'll get back to this one day, but for now here's some previews.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The 2012 Manifesto

When I start looking at 2011 I see a ton of half measures. Don't get me wrong, it was a good year for the most part. I worked on OZ, released another hardcover and with the help of the readers spent a little time on New York Times Best Seller List, joining the previous 2 hardcovers. I won 2 more Eisner Awards for our work on OZ. I started a great blog with Scott Morse. Great things happened, but like most people, I focus on the things that didn't turn out as expected. For example...

My family moved to a new town, but we played it safe and just went an hour away instead of the 14 to North Carolina like we thought.

I talked about working on 2 different graphic novels, started both, but fell victim to my own self destructive procrastination.

I started a webcomic with my buddy Scott Morse, but work,  travel and family matters got in my way of me keeping up with it.

My dad went on a 2 month business trip to Ireland but on Thanksgiving, 3 weeks before he was to come back home and retire, he had heart attack out of nowhere and passed away at the young age of 56.

2011 was filled with starts and no finishes. Ideas not fully realized. Goals set but taken for granted and not reached. Sadly, a parent who left and didn't return. Some were in my control, some not so much.  I'm hoping to change this in 2012.

First up, I will no longer be using this blog to talk about what I WILL BE doing. I will only share what I AM doing. I've tried to create a fire to drive me by using you and this blog as a motivator. If I talk about starting something, you'll get excited, I'll get excited and then the project will happen. Obviously I have many blog posts and no projects to show for it. So, I'm going to shut up and show you what I have when I have it. No more talking.

Tied to that is the ACUTAL doing it. I need to beat that fear, hesitation, ego, and all the other crap that keeps me from fully committing. But like I said above, I won't be talking about that. I'm just going to do it.

Just so you don't think I'm wallowing in my own sorrows, I will be keeping up with my morning sketches. I won't promise them everyday but I'll be doing them through out each week and selling them as usual. Casey will also be putting my original art in the store in the coming weeks.

I signed up for 3 months of personal training sessions because it's time for me to get back to where I was on the fitness side of life. If I'm not taking care of the body, the mind won't be there and all these goals will go unfinished again.

Moving into the new year I'm going to continue something that I started in the last few years. Staying positive online. I know this sounds like an odd thing to put out there. But we spend so much of our time on various social networks, art sites, and blogs. It's silly for me to pretend that's not apart of my life. It's how I interact with my readers and keep in touch with old friends and family. Most of all, it's how I keep up with the world of comics and what's going on out there while I'm locked up in the studio doodling away. Switching from the guy who hunts for the flaws, always ready with a rant on something, and generally being a bitter know it all... to a guy who just doesn't care about any of that at all has been the best thing for me. It's not that I enjoy everything now, that's just silly. But I try my best to focus on the things I enjoy and not waste my time or yours on the things I don't. I try to promote the books I like without trashing the ones I don't. I try... you get the point. I'm a bright, smiley fool now. Blame it on my son and deal with it. :)

There you go. There's a few things I'm going to try and change and in some cases, keep on keeping on. You may be asking yourself why in the world would you be interested in any of this. I have no idea. I'm really just typing this for myself and we'll see if posting it keeps me accountable.

I'd like to thank each of  you for support this past year but most of all, this last month. I'm a lucky man to have you all on my side. Let's see how I can repay you throughout this next year.

Happy New Year.