Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Spidey gets all CG'd

A cg artist Duncan Fraser emailed me awhile back and said he wanted to create a 3d version of a commission I did. A few weeks later, here it is. It is so cool to see a piece like this come to life in a different way. I'm now obsessed with making a movie like this with my own characters. Anyone want to make that happen:)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monster Buddy Daily Sketch

Sometimes they just want to play some video games.

8.5x11 card stock. pen

Monday, July 23, 2012

Smile Daily Sketch

SMILE was a word suggestion today on Twitter. It made me think of a time when I was in elementary school and wanted something more than anything other thing on the planet. Braces.

For some odd reason It thought having metal on your teeth was so cool. Not just a little, but like super fresh. I would bend paper clips and put them in my mouth like I had braces. I talked about the day I would get mine. I know, it's pretty weird. This obsession didn't last long and soon I would move on to cooler things like biker shorts, Bart shirts an and eventually wondering if I could pull off a Humpty Hump nose and glasses. And yes, I did attach a plastic nose to a pair of sunglasses.

8.5x11 cardstock, pen

Friday, July 20, 2012

Still Raining Daily Sketch

2 words suggested on twitter today. "Still Raining"

My son is 2.5 and really starting to love his dogs. Emma, our Saint Bernard is his favorite and he's always thinking of ways to try and get on her back for a ride. She's not having it. This is inspired by that relationship with the words suggested.

8.5x11 card stock

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Spongebob Zombie Daily Sketch

My son has become a Spongebob Zombie. So, there you go. Today's sketch... Spongebob Zombie.

8.5x11 cardstock, brush and ink. pen.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

No SDCC for Me Original Art Sale

Are you sad because you're missing out on San Diego Comic Con? Well, I'm missing it too. So let's try to cheer you up by adding some original art to your collection!

All ORIGINAL ART will be 20% off from today thru Sunday night. Just enter the code NOSDCC in at checkout.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mice Templar Daily Sketch

It's cool to live in a  world where we have 2 mice driven fantasy comic series. Mouse Guard from my buddy David Peterson and Mice Templar from my buddy Mike Oeming and his team Bryan Glass and Victor Santos. I've done a Mouse Guard piece so today I went with Mice Templar. Though they may seem similar, these are two very different books and both great in their own way. go check them out.

8.5x11 Card Stock, brush and ink.

Friday, July 06, 2012

SDCC Update-Bad News

I have decided to cancel my SDCC plans. I have so much work piling up and a very cool, big project about to start so the week+ that it takes to attend and recover from the monster that is SDCC just doesn't work this year. I've been to Germany and North Carolina in the last month so my trips are cutting into my work a bit too much. It's all fun and games until I don't get my work done. :)

I know it's crazy last minute but the decision has already opened up my scheduled enough to breath and not live in a constant state of "WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO ME!"

So, I'm going to stay at home and make some comics for you all to buy when you get back from having fun at the con.

Steampunk Daily Sketch

Joe Kelly and Chris Bachalo created a book called Steampunk back around '99-2000. It was so different than all the other books coming out of the big publishers. The story was mysterious, epic, and centered around a mans love for his dying wife. There were no capes or anyone saving the day because of the pain caused by the death of a loved one. It was more than that. Like some of my other favorite books by Joe Kelly, it explored loss and love and the mistakes we might make because of. Add to that the beautiful, puzzle like artwork of Chris Bachalo and it you have a book that had me trying to imitate it for years.

I just didn't want to draw like Chris, I wanted to draw Steampunk and draw just like Chris. I mean... I almost literally wanted to BE Chris. The pages pulled me and made me rethink what comic books could be. A lot of people complain about his work on that. "I couldn't tell what was going on." "It's too confusing." Blah, blah, blah. :) It was the first time I landed on the arty side of replying "THEN YOU JUST DON'T GET IT!" Ha ha. I was very protective over my love of Steampunk.

The book finished before it's intended end so I'll always hope for it's return. The best part of my journey with Steampunk is where I've ended up today. I was kid in comic shop looking at a promo mobile hanging from the ceiling in 99. Today I'm lucky enough to call Joe a close friend and nervously talk to Chris on the phone about the voices he's made up for the OZ characters while he reads to his son. There's not enough pinching in the world to convince me that this is all real.

Today I decided to reach back into Steampunk and try my hand at my interpretation of the character. I've drawn him before and it was always a version of Chris's. This is a little more of my slant. Enjoy

8.5x11 cardstock, brush and ink. extras in photoshop
original for sale in MY STORE

Thursday, July 05, 2012

My Cousin, My Dad, and Amazing Spider-Man

Instead of a sketch, I did a quick strip of featuring my cousin, Colin, and my Dad.

My Dad didn't take me to movies when I was little. Don't worry, I'm not scarred by this, it was just a fact. I'm not saying I didn't go to movies, I did. And as the VCR had just hit the world, we rented a lot of movies. But I can't remember going to the movies with my dad as a kid. Just him.

When I was in my early 20's I watched something special. After years of waiting, Spider-Man was going to hit theaters. My dad grew up reading Marvel Comics and I had just started working at Marvel... drawing a Spider-man comic. I lived a few hours away in Chicago so it wasn't so easy to call him up and go catch Spidey's big screen debut. Instead, he did something that always made me well up a bit. He called up my 10 year old cousin and told him to get ready, they we're going to see SPIDER-MAN. 

He would probably never admit this but he was trying to do it over.  You know, the movie thing. Father and son, going to the movie. My brother and I were older now and while it was fun seeing flicks with dad, he couldn't see that magic and wonder in us. He got many years of joy watching us achieve great things in sports and me later with my art. But there's something special about watching a kid discover the magic of movies and he was going getting his do over.

He took Colin, age 10, to Spider-Man and they LOVED it. He then proceeded to take him to Spider-Man 2 and then Spider-Man 3 and they just kept loving them. Every birthday and Christmas, Colin would receive various Spidey-centric gifts. Shirts, toys, boxer shorts. As Colin got older, it became less about a kid getting Spider-Man toys and more a big wink from his Uncle Kim. It was their thing and we all got a kick out of it. 

Last night, Colin pointed something out on Facebook that hit me pretty hard. He's 20 now and Amazing Spider-Man was released yesterday. He realized that he was going to see Spider-Man in the theater for the first time in his life without his Uncle Kim. I guess it's fitting that Amazing Spider-man is starting over and retelling the story from the beginning. It marks the end of an era, and the start of a new one. 

It's been  6 months since my dad passed away. I miss the hell out of him. Tomorrow I'll go see the new movie and think about how he probably would say "That was F**king awesome." or "Did you see the new Spider-Man? It was the TITS!" Yeah, I know. Who the hell says that, right? 

My dad did... a lot. haha.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Tank Girl Daily Sketch

Tank Girl is one of my favorite books. I love the randomness of the character. You can't pin her down. So she's the star of today's Daily sketch. About 20 minutes today.

8.5x11 card stock, brush and ink. 

Monday, July 02, 2012

Akira Daily Sketch

After a ton of work and traveling, i'm back with my dailies. I know I started the Word of the Day but my schedule has been too crazy to keep that up must yet. I'm going to block a month out in the Fall and revisit the idea. Today's suggestion was from Twitter.

Akira. 9x12, bristol board, brush and ink. SOLD