Monday, December 27, 2010

Here's the Christmas/new years card I sent out this year. I need to work on getting a decent digital reproduction of watercolors. I tried both scanning and photographing it, and neither was capturing the subtle tone and hue shifts. I had to do a whole lot of photoshop tweaking, and I still couldn't get it very close to the original painting. I might have to use a professional scanning/photographing service next year. Ugh.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Here's an illustration I just finished recently. It was for a weekly contest on a forum I frequent. It didn't win, but I think it turned out decent. For those who aren't familiar with the characters, these are from Mike Wieringo's Tellos

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Playing around with some heavy brushwork combined with hatching. It didn't turn out too bad, especially since this is pretty much my first attempt at inking water. The contrast on the ripples seems a bit too high, but I'm pretty sure halftone hatching on the water reflections would look really, really bad. I'm gonna have to research some pen and ink artists, and see how the masters handled it!
Anyway I'm either gonna throw some quick watercolors on this, or maybe just photoshop tones.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Playing around with the idea of making a Halloween card. I realized halfway through that the illustration was way too dark, but I threw this together anyway.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

another pen/brush/ink illustration for the heck of it. There are a few areas that are like acid on my eyeballs (some of the clothing folds, etc), but for the most part I'm happy with this one.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Damn, I really fell off the wagon with this blog thing eh? Well I intend to get back on! I've got a few more woodsman strips that just need some touching up, and I can continue with it to where, you know, something actually happens. That'd be cool right?

In the meantime, I've been playing with ink some more. I've been trying to really nail down the steel-nib pens, and I feel lately like I don't completely suck with them anymore. So here's a warmup from today, this was about a 90 minute piece.

Whats that you say? Stop stalling and post more Woodsman stuff? Sure, it's just, uh... I'll be right back.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I had some issues with this one. I screwed up the first panel, and tried to cut it out and replace it using a technique Matt Bernier goes over on his blog. Well, suffice it to say, I should have given it a practice run before diving onto my bristol wielding a razorblade. I did, in the end, manage to replace the panel with a shiny new chunk of bristol, but I had to digitally remove a few wobbly cut lines that strayed into the panel borders.

Anyway, next week: Talking heads! Exposition! Nudity?


Monday, March 1, 2010

A warmup study from a photo of an old-school bodybuilder. I threw some half-assed tone and highlights on it in photoshop. Did I say half-assed? I meant crazy awesome. Anyway, I'll have some more "The Woodsman" panels up later today.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010



I decided to change my formatting a bit, I'm putting a white border around everything. Should make the lettering easier, as I can intersect the bubbles with the border this way.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Well the next panel is inked, all but the text/dialogue or what have you. So I'll have to get 2 panels up tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a bit of life-drawing from last night. The "one minute" poses the model was doing were more along the lines of 15 second poses, so I ended up spending most of the session drawing my fellow artists. I wish I would have got this guy when he was sporting his leather cowboy hat.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Panel 3. My lettering is balls, hopefully it won't take me too long to get the hang of it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Here's panel 2. I'm a bit frustrated with my scanner, it blows out to white about 5% of my ink washes. I'll have to go a bit darker from now on, bump up the contrast on the page. I'm already catching a few bad habits with my technique, so this will be a good chance to squash those before my next freelance assignment pops up.

So since freelancing has slowed to a trickle lately, I've decided to keep myself occupied by doing a comic-strip. I'm going to do one a day for as long as I don't have any work coming in. I figure this will give me a good reason to work on my writing, landscapes and environments in general, and my inking. Oh yeah, I'm going to keep these 100% traditional, so I'm going to have to suppress my ever present urge to redo everything in photoshop. I have very little idea where this is going, and I haven't written any short-story type stuff since college, so bear with me here. It's gonna get messy.