Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mind The Gap Cover

My buddy Jim McCann has a new book out called MIND THE GAP. He asked for a cover and of course I said yes. Very fun to get to play with some different subject matter.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sweet Tooth Daily Sketch

Today's daily sketch was a suggestion on twitter, Jeff Lemire's SWEET TOOTH.

9x12 bristol, brush, pen, marker

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fairy Daily Sketch

Couldn't help but add a touch of quick photoshop to today's Daily Sketch. Just felt like doing something whimsical today.

9x12 bristol
brush and pen

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lobo Daily Sketch

I'm going to start this off with a disclaimer. This isn't a hate post, it's not meant to start a movement of any sorts or get a bunch of replies about how this guy is the devil and how he drew pouches and shoulder pads and no feet. Pouches are awesome, GIANT shoulder pads are even more so, and his comics are riddled with feet. Though I've never read a comic made better by adding more feet so that complaint has always bee very funny to me.

Rob Liefeld is a comic book cheerleader, played a huge role in my early days of reading comics and has always been a very vocal supporter of me as a professional creator. So my following post is meant in good fun.

A lot of people are up in arms about a lot of things in comics these days. There seems to be a new hot button topic every other day. My twitter feed reads like some sort of Sorkin episode. Everyone is talking so fast while a camera is sprinting behind them as they walk from room to room battling the finer points of who owns what, who screwed who, what company is more evil than the other, and so on and so on. I love Sorkin, but sometimes it just gets to be too much. Then I listen to a podcast with Rob...

... and I have decided that he must be stopped. (again, not really. Take it easy everyone)

He's writing a comic that will feature Lobo and his feelings on the character. That Lobo had become the Wile E Coyote of comics. That he had become to gag based and he would be making him more badass and hardcore. I'm all for everyone doing their thing with the toys there given and I'm sure he'll write a fun comic. But I for one, LOVED the humor that Lobo comics have brought over the years. There are 2348 comics on the shelves that have badass, hardcore, I'm here to get serious characters. There are very few humor books, especially when you start looking into the mainstream lines. Giffen, Bisley and the like have given me some great laughs over the years with their Lobo comics. It was a nice little corner to go to when everyone is in tights was grimacing and getting broody. Having Lobo cut off an old woman's arms and legs while hunting down Santa... well that's just my kind of comics. 

Again, this is all in good fun. Rob's going to do his thing and I'm sure you all will enjoy it. I don't get my fanboy rage on very often and thought I'd take my chance today in my Daily Sketch. Lobo is sad over the end of his fun era. Now he has to go get a REAL job in comics, and get serious. We'll see you again one day, funny Lobo. 

So there, Damn you Rob. You're killing my childhood... or at lease my early adulthood, or something. :P

Original for sale in MY STORE  (at home today so no scanner. Just the photo.) 9x12 bristol, brush and pen.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Thank You, Maurice

Maurice Sendak, creator of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE passed away this week. There's not many names you can mention that played a bigger role in nearly every kids life. That book has been in my house in some for or another since before I can remember. My son 2 copies now and will own many more thru his lifetime.

I thought a lot about that book this morning. I've said "That book isn't as good as I always thought it was." And after some time today, I've been wrong in saying that. The strength of that book is how vastly different it is being read thru the eyes of your 7 year old self than the 34 year old man I am now. I grumble at how quickly it moves and doesn't actually show you that much in the way of imaginary worlds, or even WILD THINGS really.

But then I remember how big my mind was at 7. Those gaps are important, those spaces are crucial. They allowed me to imagine on my own where the wild things WERE instead of being told and shown every corner. Imagination is a powerful thing. That book shows the beginnings of it and allows you to fill it all in.

So today's piece is a quick thank you to Maurice. I hope to revisit this subject over time in a more official manner but today we'll just give a sketch.

In honor of the man who touched so many children's lives, this and the rest of the weeks Daily Sketch proceeds will be donated to ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL. Thank you in advance for helping out.

9x12 bristol, pen, brush. For sale in MY STORE

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Beetlejuice Daily Sketch

Beetlejuice is one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched it more than any other movie as a kid. It was so stylish and funny and creepy and the and's to keep on going. I actually remember enjoying the Saturday morning cartoon as well. So today I kept with the Burton theme and went with good old Beetlejuice.

9x12 bristol, pen.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Edward Scissorhands Daily Sketch

Today's daily sketch was a Twitter suggestion. Edward Scissorhands BLEW MY MIND when I was young. That and Beetlejuice were really big movies of my childhood and I watched them both more than I can count. I think I rented Beetlejuice once a month thru out elementary school. I'll jump on that one tomorrow.

9x12 bristol, brush, pen. Sold

Friday, May 04, 2012

Rapunzel Daily Sketch

Putting together 3 pieces to create the Princess and the Pea so I added a 4th for today's Daily Sketch. Rapunzel needed the extra room.

12x48 (4 pieces of 9x12 bristol)
Brush, pen, ink

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Old Witch and the Apple Daily Sketch

The old hag with the apple was always a great part of the Disney Snow White.

9x12 bristol, brush, pen and ink.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Green Pea Princess Daily Sketch

I decided to stay in Fairytale and fable mode all week and today's suggestion came from twitter. I wouldn't have considered this one until someone mentioned it and now it may be my favorite daily sketch yet. I got a little out of hand with the size.

3 pieces of 9x12 bristol board taped together. Brush, pen and ink.