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Saturday, April 30, 2011
DESK SHOT 25!
I'm a bit behind of posting, this week. I've been working like a madman finishing up this issue of ARTIFACTS. I'm REALLY proud of the way the issue is coming out. I've put my all into the book and I can honestly say that I think it's easily some of the best work of my career.
Of course, given that the issue is absolutely riddled with all kinds of spoilers, I still can't show much more than a panel here and a panel there. In spite of that, I'm happy to put up another cool Desk Shot. Once again I'm drawing Tom Judge. Among SO MANY amazing characters, Tom Judge is probably my favorite to draw. His craggy "Rapture" look is something that I could draw every day. He's pretty badass.
Over the next couple of days, as I get the time and ink this page, I'll put up a few more shots of this panel to share the progress.
Hope you dig it!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Annnnnnnd we're back, with more Instagram goodness. This week's round follows my recent trip to Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con. It was a good time! Hope you enjoy the shots.
I'm on a plane.
On the way to breakfast with the Top Cow crew.
My image from the 2011 ECCC Monsters & Dames art book.
The Top Cow booth. I worked on two of the three book banners, there.
My table at the show.
Having a martini with dinner. This meal is already amazing.
Enjoying drinks and good pre-dinner conversation with good friends.
Bone in filet (medium rare) and fries at the Metropolitan Grill. Pretty much the best meal ever.
In the lounge on my last night in Seattle.
So there are a few more images from my Instagram collection. I still have a few more posts worth of stuff. More soon!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
DESK SHOT 24!
Time for another quick desk shot. This is another tiny peek at an in progress Artifacts page. Yeah, I know, it's just an eye. Seriously though, it's a pretty big moment. So even though it's completely out of context, you can know that you're seeing a big moment in the book. And to top it off, I just love drawing close-ups of eyes.
I'm really trucking on Artifacts pages, right now. We're working hard to wrap up this issue within the next week. If I don't post much in that time, please for give me. Just know that I'm working my tookus off to get you all a really nice book out on time.
So until next time, I hope you dig the Desk Shot. I'll be sure to post more fun stuff as soon as I can!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
DESK SHOT 23!
Okay, so here is another Desk Shot! No, this isn't from ARTIFACTS. It's the first peek at a project that I'm doing in my spare SPARE time. I don't really want to say too much about it, right now, as it's something that's a ways off. I have a lot on my plate with Top Cow, for the time being. This is just something that I'm working on, a panel here and a panel there. I can't/won't let it get in the way of my day job. It's a labor of love. All of that said, I'm happy to share this with you. I'll try and show bits here and there whenever I get something done. In the end I think you're really going to enjoy it. ...well, I at least hope so!
Alright, I'd better get back to my ARTIFACTS pages. Lots to do!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Well, I'm back for week three of my Instagram photo dump. These things just keep coming. There're are a lot of fun shots this time around. Hope you all dig em!
Out for a walk.
Out for a walk 2.
"This is my cool pose."
Drip. Drip. Dripdripdrip.
Always loved these old apartment buildings in town. Kinda creepy.
Tools of the trade.
Right where I left them.
Me and E.
Nice to see Walking Dead merchandise. I'm glad the show and comic are doing well.
Ran by Hurley's Heroes. Needed a Saturday comics fix.
View from our room during NYCC last October.
Set up at Fancon in KC.
Took a quick nap before the show. Thanks to Jason Hurley for snapping me snoozing.
Fiery Fish Tacos w/ Crunchy Corn Salsa! Deliciousness.
Leaving the house for Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle.
Needed a Coke for the road.
Parked and waiting for the shuttle. On time for once...
Alright, there you have it, part three. Only about thirty more to go. :) More next week!
Friday, April 15, 2011
DESK SHOT 22!
Another Desk Shot! Woo hoo! It's been tricky trying to find sneak peeks that don't spoil anything with ARTIFACTS. Hopping on in the final act of the series has got me drawing huge moments on nearly every page. Luckily, I got to do this fun shot of a couple of Darklings peeking out from under a statue this week. Of course every other panel on this page is something pretty big, but at least there is this one shot. I love drawing the Darklings. They're a lot of fun. I constantly think back to Gremlins when I draw them. I think that probably shows through.
Anyway, be sure to check back again soon. I'm sure I'll have something else that I can show in the next week or so.
Friday, April 15, 2011
NEW COMICS WEDNESDAY 16- WHAT I BOUGHT!
Okay, I'm going to have to keep it short and sweet this week. I've got a big deadline looming on Artifacts, and that hasn't given me much time to read and even less time to gab.
This was another pretty big week for books. A lot of great stuff came out. Again this week there were a LOT of excellent creator owned/indy titles.
HELLBOY: BUSTER OAKLEY GETS HIS WISH
THE INFINITE VACATION #2
MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES: THOR (FOR THE BOY)
X-MEN LEGACY #247
SECRET WARRIORS #26
CARBON GREY #2
BUTCHER BAKER: THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER #2
BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #517
UNCANNY X-FORCE #7
ULTIMATE SPIDERMAN #157
ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #3
THE NEW AVENGERS #11
THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER - THE LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA #5
CASANOVA: GULA #4
THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN #658
FEAR ITSELF: BOOK OF THE SKULL
Since I don't have much time this week I DO want to mention one book, my "pick of the week" if you will. From the moment I heard about Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish, I've been on the edge of my seat looking forward to reading it. Kevin Nowlan is easily one of the best craftsmen working in the business. The man is a genius. Since he doesn't do but a handful of projects each year, this was a real treat. Add to that Mike Mignola writing Hellboy and it's just perfect.
Okay, that's it for tonight. Back to work for me. Talk to you soon!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
DESK SHOT 21!
I've been bouncing around on pages like a madman, lately. I only just got back to inking this page from Desk Shot 20 a little over a week ago. There are only a couple of bits that I can actually show from Artifacts, right now. There will be more little sneak peeks that I can share next week.
I will say that I'm loving working on this book. It's a real challenge. There's a lot going on and I'm really pushing myself to draw more...and better than I ever have. I love drawing Sara/Witchblade. She's such a strong and beautiful character. As you can probably tell, I'm getting a real kick out of drawing her armor, too!
So that's it for this desk shot. I'll have another couple for you next week.
Thanks for checking in!
Monday, April 11, 2011
LIFE DRAW STUDIO SESSION 26! (NSFW)
It seems to be the case lately, I've been intending to post this for a little while now. We met a few weeks ago for our 26th life drawing session. We've really had such great luck getting amazingly talented models for our sessions. This week's model, Alysha, was no exception.
She has a great classic look and is remarkably easy to work with. As usual, we did 10- one minute, 5- two minute, 4- five minute, 2- ten minute, and a final 20 minute drawing.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the session. Hope you enjoy them.
1 minute drawings: Rather than my usual Sharpie, this week I started out with a blue papermate ballpoint pen on 8 1/2 by 11 paper. I still haven't made it back to the local paper supply to pick up larger 11 x 17 stock. To be honest, especially on these fast one minute drawings, I really like working slightly smaller. These are quick and because of working in ballpoint pen, a little scribbly at times, but I like the way that they turned out. In one pose on the middle right side of the page, I liked the placement of her hand so much that I just focused on trying to draw that in a minute.
2 minute drawings: As soon as we finished the one minute drawings, I ditched the ballpoint and went back to my beloved Sharpie. I had a lot of fun on the two minute drawings. As usual, I found myself wanting to spend a lot longer on them than two minutes really allowed. Still, I'm happy with the way that I nailed a few of the poses and I especially like the way that the sketch with her head in her hands turned out.
5 minute drawings: I'm really happy with all the five minute drawings this time around. All of Alysha's poses had a real classic quality to them. In spite of the time limitation, I'm happy with the way that they turned out. I especially had fun drawing her hair. Even as often as I draw hair in my comics work, I really didn't feel like I mastered the shape of hair until recently in life drawing. Of the five minute pieces, I'm especially fond of the last two. Alysha's poses were excellent and in spite of a couple of time limitation goofs, I really feel like I captured both.
10 minute drawing: On the first ten minute drawing, I went my usual route with a Sharpie with shadows accented by Copic marker. It was another great pose and I especially liked the curve of her hip. I wish I'd had a bit longer to spend on this pose. I got hung up on penciling in the figure and was left playing catch-up the rest of the time. For the second ten minute pose, I decided to go back to the blue ballpoint pen. I'm not really sure why. It just kind of felt right, like the pose called for it. As much as any drawing I've done lately, I wish I'd had more time on this piece. I don't think I've been so tempted to cheat and to suggest that we go ahead and make this our 20 minute pose. In spite of that, and not getting to finish the lower half of the body, I feel like I really nailed the pose and caught Alysha's likeness.
20 minute drawing: As I've done for the past few sessions, I did the final piece in my oversized 12 x 17 Moleskin sketchbook. I had so much fun with the blue ballpoint on the previous piece that I decided to go with it again and see if I could take the look even further. I had a lot of fun scribbling hash and cross-hash lines trying to create depth and shadow. Unfortunately, this slowed me down a lot. Again, I think I really managed to capture Alysha's likeness in this piece. I really wish that I'd had longer to fully finish the image.
All in all, I'm really happy with the way this session turned out. Life drawing has been invaluable to my creative process over the past year. It's challenged me to step outside of my comics work, work in techniques that I normally don't use, and just have fun drawing. I'll be sure to post our next session later this month. I hope you enjoy this one.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I'm back for week two of my Instagram photo dump. Thanks for the positive response to last week's batch. I'm enjoying putting them up!
Icicles outside of my studio.
Out in the cold.
Giant icicle! Something like 7ft.
Mine are the rather manly blue striped socks...
Owee bed head.
Now THAT is a breakfast burrito...for dinner!
Kid likes his Batman.
Getting cleaner. There's a DESK under there!!!
View from the studio. The sun is out. After last night 26°F feels WARM!
An afternoon biscuit in the window.
Why yes, please! I will have a cuppa.
At the Spiva gallery at MSSU, checking out the hanging of my one man show.
Pages from my gallery show at Spiva MSSU.
Ethan and the firetruck.
Inking inking inking.
A little light bedside reading...
So there you have it, the second batch of my Instagram collection. Now all I need to do is quit adding so many new pics every week so that I don't have to do this forever. :)