Sunday, March 15, 2015

Work In Progress

Come here, sit on my shoulder, and I'll tell you a story of a man who drove himself crazy trying to... well, trying to tell you a story.

The man is me.  The story is where the images in this post are pulled from.  It's a new comic I'm writing and drawing about the Warrior Igor and his quest to claim a throne and control of its undead army.

Anyway, this project has been brewing for a long time and is finally nearing an end.  After I published "Rock and a Hard Place" last year, I wanted to make another Igor story.  I wrote drafts of two more, and drew dozens and dozens of sketches and rough layouts.  After trying for a long time to make the prose work and the story solidify, I decided that since these were highly visual stories anyway that they would probably work better as comics, so that's what I set out to do.

Since January, I've been laying out, penciling, and inking pages of this still untitled comic and I'm finally nearing the end of the tunnel.

 In a few weeks time, I should have everything ready to go.  My goal was the end of March(I am far from the fastest illustrator ever) and I am going to be very close to it.

While I'm not insanely thrilled with every aspect of my art in this comic, I am satisfied with most of it, and like that it has been a platform for me to experiment and try out a few different tools and techniques.  It's been very helpful to me in this project and will continue to be helpful in projects in the future.  Once I got past the frustration and insanity of beating my head against the wall trying to get everything perfect, and once I talked myself out of throwing everything away and starting over, I calmed down, saw the light shining through and pushed forward.
(thanks to JF Dubeau for helping talk me off the ledge)

I'll be making more noise about this as it gets closer to time for me to release it, so keep an eye out for it in the next few weeks.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Bookmarks

I've been making new bookmarks:

This is the newest finished project I have.  I've been working on a comic featuring my go-to Barbarian, Igor, but that's still a few weeks away from being finished.  More on that as I get closer to the end of that tunnel.

I've been needing new bookmarks for awhile and drew the three possibilities a month or so ago.  The one I settled on first is the middle one with me holding a sword, which was apparently fashioned from old, decommissioned electric chairs.  Why am I holding a sword above my head like this, you ask.  Because I'm the Chosen One, obviously.  Or because I found it and didn't know you shouldn't hold metal things high in the sky during a lightening storm.  You decide.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Wicked Valentine

In lieu of a card for Valentine's Day, I made this for my wife...  OK, I made it ON Valentine's Day...  OK, I drew it late in the day on Valentine's Day... OK, OK, I didn't finish it until today.  It was late, alright?  Everyone happy that I admitted my tardiness now?

It's cool.  If I was on time with a card, present, or letter, everyone would think I'd lost my mind.  So here it is.  Better late than never, right.

It's a witch because my wife is an unabashed fan of all things "Wicked".  Also, unicorns came up a  couple times in conversation yesterday (like they do), so somehow it seemed natural to put a sexy, wicked witch atop a mythical horse.

Anyway, here it is.  A declaration of love in a way that probably only makes sense inside our home, but I thought it'd be worth sharing with the rest of the world anyway.

Those of you who have been wanting to see me draw in color again can enjoy this one.  Those of you enjoying my current run of black and white work can enjoy the inks, posted below.