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Monday, October 31, 2011

HALLOWEEN!!!

In honor of my favorite holiday of the year, this Halloween I thought I'd post my ten favorite horror flicks of all time.  ...in no particular order.



1) SUSPIRIA



2) THE SHINING



3) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET



4) DAWN OF THE DEAD



5) SCREAM



6) HALLOWEEN



7) THE THING



8) FRIDAY THE 13TH: PART 3



9) THE HOWLING



10) IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

If I'd had more time, I would have commented on each of these films. As a HUGE horror fan I've seen just about everything out there and like more than I really should. Still, these ten films stand out as some of the most impactful and horrifying that I've seen. I go back to them time and time again. If you haven't seen any of these and don't scare easily, check them out. They're worth it. ...or at least I think so.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

THE BEAUTY! THE CONTEST!



So my Top Cow: Pilot Season book, THE BEAUTY co-written by my good buddy and writing partner, Jason Hurley hits comic shops TODAY. In honor of that we're giving away FIVE signed copies of THE BEAUTY #1 and exclusive prints.

Here are the rules-

5 random people who tweet #TheBeauty or reply and share this link on Facebook before midnight tonight CST, October 26th, will win a signed copy of THE BEAUTY and the PSA poster (featured below). Repeat as many times as you want.

Best of luck to everyone. We will contact winners tomorrow, get shipping information, and all that.

Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

THE BEAUTY- FROM SCRIPT TO FINISHED PAGE!

As we count down to the release of THE BEAUTY, this Wednesday, the 26th, I thought I'd post a new page from the book showing our process from script to finished page.

 

Even though I was going to be drawing THE BEAUTY, my co-writer Jason Hurley and I fully scripted the book with panel descriptions and everything. More than anything we wanted to practice the fundamentals of comic book scriptwriting and get used to co-writing a project. We started with a full outline for the book. It was a simple one page document that broke down each page into a sentence. From there we sat together and discussed the actual beats of the page. Finally we wrote up our notes and each took a couple passes at the dialogue. This is the final result.

 

Page Six

2 Panels

 

6.1

Back in the subway train from the opening sequence. Shot of Foster, Vaughn, and DeSilva as they look down at the off panel body. Slight worm's eye view.

1. FOSTER - That is definitely not from a bomb.

2. VAUGHN – Really, you think?!

3. DESILVA -  Based on the scorching around the mouth and eyes, it looks like she…well…internally combusted. That sounds ridiculous, I know… but that’s what it looks like.

 

6.2

Large 3/4 page panel. A worm's eye view, looking past the legs of the investigators, at the charred remains of the beauty. Her body is just a husk, frozen in the distorted, twisted grimace of her painful death throes. There are scorch marks around all of her facial features and up the sides of the car from the heat of her combustion. Her skin is white as ash, but hard as a rock, and smooth like porcelain.

No Dialogue

 

Once we had the script written, I quickly thumbnailed out the page. This thumbnail is actually a little rougher than I usually send in. Since it was a story that I was both writing and drawing, though, as long as I understood what was going on, that's all that really mattered.  Thumbnailing for me is just about getting down the angle and storytelling of a page. I work out a lot of the minutia in the actual pencils stage. Still, this gives you a VERY rough quick idea of what was described in the script.



 

USUALLY, this is the point where I'd show you the pencils on a project. Once again, because this was my own project, and due to the production schedule, I was actually working on inking the book even as I was penciling it. The pencils themselves were a lot looser than I tend to do. Most of the little details, the grit and some of the finer facial detail was actually finished in the inks. I've been using a lot of black Prismacolor colored pencil to give my work some extra depth and texture, lately. I didn't do a ton of it on THE BEAUTY, but this scene with the scorch marks around the dead lady's head was a nice place to have fun with it. I really like the effect it creates.



 

After I sent in the finished inked pages, our amazing colorist, John Rauch, did his magic. I thought I'd show you this shot of his first pass at the color. Page six was one of the first pages we worked on and we were still figuring out the color palette. Everything is there-- all of the texture and feel. With just a couple small tweaks, we nailed the feel of the book. I've mentioned it before, but John is a brilliant collaborator. I'm going to be working with him for a long long time.



 

Finally, after the book was colored, Top Cow letterer extraordinaire, Troy Peteri added the vital touch of putting our dialogue on the page. This really isn't the most dialogue heavy page, still, Troy really brought his A game on the book. GOOD lettering isn't easy. Troy really understands how to lead the eye across the page with his lettering. Add to that, the guy is FAST. Also, I know it's a small thing, but I'm really a fan of the shape of his balloons. They have a nice, organic feel. Goes well with the rest of the book. That's more important than some people realize.



Okay, so there you have it-- another page of THE BEAUTY, from start to finish.  Hopefully it was a little informative and gave you a nice peek at the hard work that we put into this project.

Check back tomorrow on the day that the book hits stores for another bit of BEAUTY fun!

 

Thanks.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

THE BEAUTY- FIVE PAGE PREVIEW! (NOW WITH LETTERS!!!)

We're just two short days away from the release of my upcoming Top Cow: Pilot Season book with co-writer Jason A. Hurley THE BEAUTY.  Over the past couple of weeks, I've shared the black and white line art, and colored pages for the book. Today, I'm posting the fully lettered pages. Enjoy!











So there you go. If you like the first five pages, this Wednesday, the 26th, please check out THE BEAUTY. I've said it before, but we're really proud of this book. I hope you dig it too.

Check back tomorrow for a look at the process from script to  finished colored and lettered page on another page or two from THE BEAUTY.

 

Thanks!

Friday, October 21, 2011

AND ONE TO GROW ON…

The 30 Day Photography Challenge is over and I have to admit, I feel a little empty. Taking photos every day has kind of become reflex. Silly, I know.  So in order to kind of sate that, and put up on one more shot that I wish I'd had the opportunity to use, here is just one more.



I took this shot on my last night in NYC. It had been a long trip. An amazing trip, but I was just done. Not to get too artsy about it, but I think this shot really captures me. There's just something about it, at that moment, happy but worn.

After some more thinking about it, and a couple of more requests, I've decided that I'm definitely going to put a collection of these  images together. It should be a lot of fun.  I'll have more information on it and a few more upcoming bits and pieces soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

30 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE! (DAY 30)

Well, it's here, the final day of the 30 Day Photography Challenge! I'm equal parts sad to see it go and happy to have made it through.  It's been a long month. Every single day I have taken a shot (or twelve), edited it, and posted it here for you all to see. It's been an inspiring, challenging, rewarding, and very often exhausting experience.

Today's challenge- A Photo Of Whatever You Please.



I like this shot. If you go back and look at the majority of my entries from the 30 Day Photography Challenge, you'll find that most of them feature dramatic use of light and shadow and structures. In this last shot, I'm not changing that trend. NOW, I have to say that given everything, this isn't really the way that I would have wanted to go out. Like I said, I like this shot. Truth is, if I wasn't here, in NYC, I probably would have gone with something entirely different. Something a little more heartwarming. Something a little more beautiful. In the end, that's kind of the nature of the challenge. So I'll live with it. Heck, I'll probably even be proud of it.

So there you have it. My 30 Day Photography Challenge. I owe a big thank you to my good friend Melodie for asking me to take part in this...and an even bigger one for hounding me to do so until I said yes. It's been really special.

It's kind of weird, but I've had several people ask about me putting together a collection of these shots. I've decided I probably will. If you're interested in me doing one, drop me a line and badger me until I do. As you've seen, it works wonders. :)

This is the last time I get to say this. Makes me a little sad, really. If  you'd like to know more about the 30 Day Photography Challenge, possibly join in on thirty days of absolute fun, or maybe just check out some of my pal Melodie's life filled photography,  go to her blog-

http://www.mellowyellowphotography.blogspot.com/

Actually, if you do nothing else, check out Melodie's photography. You won't be sorry.

You know what? I'm taking tomorrow off. Look for more bloggy goodness soon. Once I'm back home, I'm going to be returning to more regular artwork, process, and desk shot posts. ...and yes, probably still a lot of photos of random stuff. It's kind of what I do.

Thanks for following me on this adventure. I hope you enjoyed it.

See you soon.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

30 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE! (DAY 29)

Day twenty nine of the 30 Day Photography Challenge. Just one more to go. I can't believe I kept up with this challenge. But, hey, when a friend bullies you into something you have to stick with it. I've said it before, but this has actually been a hell of a lot of fun. It's probably not something I'm going to do again, soon, but I really had a great time.



I got pretty lucky with today's shot. It was a beautiful sunny day, but the cl0uds just weren't out. We ran around central park and the best I got was a bit here and there. Finally, later in the afternoon, we headed to our comic signing right next door to the Empire State Building and I managed to snap this shot with a cloud or two in it. I like the shot. I'm sure this angle has been photographed a couple hundred thousand times. Still, I've always been partial to worms eye shots of buildings. This one is just epic. Such a grand scale.

If  you'd like to know more about the 30 Day Photography Challenge, possibly join in on a some good times, or maybe just check out some of my pal Melodie's truly inspiring photography,  go to her blog-

http://www.mellowyellowphotography.blogspot.com/

See you tomorrow.

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

30 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE! (DAY 28)

Oh wow...we're really to day twenty eight of the 30 Day Photography Challenge. I think I might actually pull this off!

Today's challenge- A Photo That Incorporates Motion.



Motion. How the heck to you capture motion? Better photographers can probably do it with ease. For me, it's an act of repetition, chance, and well, accident. Somewhere in there, magic kind of happens. I took about twenty shots of feet as they crossed the street around me, today. It wasn't easy. I got three shots that I was pretty fond of. I managed to narrow it down to this one. I like the abstraction-- the blur, playing against the position of the ladies legs. Not bad, I think.

Now this is the ONLY time I've allowed myself to do this. Understand that this is NOT my entry. I'm not trying to pull a fast one, in any way.  I just wanted to share it with you all. If the rules weren't set firmly in place "take a picture and post it that day", this is the one I would have used. Taken at the beginning of the challenge, it was an accident. I'm not even sure how I got it. I absolutely love it, though. It's odd and blurry and everything I could ask for in a shot. Still, I'm not cheating. This is just for show and disclosure.



 

It's almost over. I promise you that you'd like to know more about the 30 Day Photography Challenge, you probably want to join in on such a good time, and you owe it to yourself to check out some of my pal Melodie's moving photography over on her blog-

http://www.mellowyellowphotography.blogspot.com/

See you tomorrow. Just two days left...

 

 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

30 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE! (DAY 27)

It's day twenty seven of the 30 Day Photography Challenge. NYCC 2011 just ended and I'm WIPED OUT! I have a feeling this is going to be a early night for me. Tomorrow it's all fun and running around the city with Hurley. This Sunday, though, might truly be a day of rest.

Today's challenge-  A Photo Using The Sun As Your Lighting.



 

I'd say something like 90% of my photos are shot using only natural light. I'd like to give a lofty speech listing the reasons that I do so, but the truth is I'm kind of lazy and setting up a great lighting package takes time and understanding that I just don't have. Today's challenge, using sunlight, was a pretty easy challenge for me. Unless it's dark out, I'm more than likely going to be using some daylight. I grabbed this shot as I was walking down to the bodega. It was earlier in the day and the sunlight was just gorgeous. I've always liked the little bottom floor apartments of brownstones. As I walked by, I liked how the sun lit this entry. Click. And there it was. Today's entry.

So, if you haven't already checked it out and if you'd like to know more about the 30 Day Photography Challenge, possibly join in on your own challenge, or just check out some of my pal Melodie's warmly lit photography,  go to her blog-

http://www.mellowyellowphotography.blogspot.com/

See you tomorrow.

 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

30 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE! (DAY 26)

Craziness. It's day twenty six of the 30 Day Photography Challenge. Somehow, even in spite of being in the city and spending far too many hours out and about carousing with comic creator cronies, I've managed to pretty much stay on target. Here is another shot. I'm really fond of this one.

Today's challenge- A Photo Playing With Shadows.


This shot is mostly shadow. It really plays with dramatic pools of light, working against the low hanging fog, in the darkness. I shot this as we were walking through the city. It was equal parts eerie and beautiful. Almost like something out of a noir sci-fi flick. I'm sure this would have turned out better shot with my SLR, still it's pretty damned beautiful for a pic taken on a portable telephone device.

I'm going to go ahead and call it a night. It's late, and I could use the rest. Just four more days left in the challenge. I'm looking forward to sharing them all with you.

Once you're done re-watching Blade Runner you might like to learn more about the 30 Day Photography Challenge, possibly join in on the neo noir goodness, or just check out some of my pal Melodie's beautifully shadowed photography,  go to her blog-

http://www.mellowyellowphotography.blogspot.com/

See you tomorrow.