Monday, June 29, 2015

Monster of Mars

This week I'm showing something from the forgotten files... also known as the cluttered desktop of my computer.  I drew this a few weeks ago for and Illustration Friday topic that I don't even remember anymore.  It sat on my desktop waiting to be colored and honestly ended up being lost to my hectic schedule and frazzled mind.

Still, I think it works out OK in the end because it also fits this week's Illustration Friday topic of "Danger".  I ended up leaving it uncolored and raw due to time constraints and the fact that I honestly think it looks pretty decent as-is.

What exactly are we looking at, you ask?  Clearly it's some type of Martian big cat who is sadistically toying with his meal.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Head Light

I felt like blowing off a little steam at the table with nothing in particular, so I scribbled this out and threw some ink and (digital) paint at it.  I call it "Head Light" and I did it just because I needed to.  I haven't drawn and inked anything in a couple days, so I needed to make sure everything on me didn't cover itself in rust to the point I wouldn't be able to draw when I need to.

I've spent the last couple days thumbnailing pages for a comics project.  I'm not at liberty to talk about a lot of it right now, but I will say that it's a collaboration, it's for a pitch to a publisher, and it is the first time I've ever worked on comics from a written script.  It's a new process for me, has its own unique challenges, and makes me realize how much I've bent my own unique process to fit me and only me.  None of this is bad, I'm enjoying some aspects of the process and figuring it out as I go.

Anyway, a skull with a candle in it is the result of all of this.  Sometimes you've just gotta work out a sketch just because.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


Today, I put my pens to work for Illustration Friday again.  This time, the prompt was "Airborne", so I went to work on the Winged Monkeys from the "Oz" universe.

I am not an Oz fanatic or a superfan.  I think it's a fascinating, fun world, and I really dig the darker parts of it.  I love the movie's use of winged monkeys, sentient apple trees, and the urban legend of the Munchkin suicide. 

I'm not an overly nostalgic person.  I don't love things from my childhood just because I still see them through that lens, but the "Wizard of Oz" is a slight exception to that.  I'll always have a fond childhood memory of that movie because it was a television event in the days before home video.  When I was real young, we did not own a color TV.  We would go to my cousins' house to watch it so we could see the transition from black and white to color, since they did (and presumably still do) own a color set.  My cousin, Deanne and I would hide under blankets whenever it got a bit dark and we'd laugh and joke about it all.  It was really a fun time to hang out with my cousins and a great way to experience the film.

(this image is available as a print by clicking HERE)