Wednesday, September 26, 2007

More Monster Stuff

A friend and I have a small side-project in the works pertaining to monsters. Here's a sneak peek....

Monday, September 17, 2007

Look Out....Here Comes the Spiderman!

If you're like me and you enjoy drawing, every once in a while you hit a bump in the road between projects. In order to break the lull, sometimes I'll do a drawing for a friend. For some reason this has been not only good practice, but has encouraged me to experiment a bit more.

Case in point, last month we attended Wizard World in Chicago. I worked and worked to get my little mini-comic made to hand out there. I got them made and about five minutes into "Artist's Alley" (the place where all the professional comic artists sit and sign your books) I was scraping my ego off the bottom of Ethan VanSciver's shoe. (That dude is soooooo good!) There was so much amazing talent there I was humbled....and alot of the talent is like 10 years younger than I!!!

Oh the taste of humble pie.

So, upon returning home, I decided to temporarily shelf my graphic novel project. I needed something to work on in the meantime, so as a means of paying my friend Brent back (he paid for our hotel room in Chicago and at the last moment was unable to come...even though Ben was on the phone with him 85% of the time we were on the convention center floor looking for comics and whatnot.)

Anyways, back to the drawing. My friend Brent is a huge retro Spidey fan, so I thought I'd do an original Spidey drawing for him. I pulled out a recent book I got on Silver age comic art and found an amazing Steve Ditko panel of Spiderman circa 1960s.

I ended up redrawing it (to try to get some Steve Ditko into my drawing DNA). This was a joy to work on. Once I finished inking it, I thought it would be unthinkable if I didn't color it. So I scanned it and finished coloring it in less than 2 hours. (Fairly simple color job) I tried to get the feel of the old 1960s Spiderman cartoon in there. That's why I added some texture and detail to the background but left Spidey, fairly flat colored, kinda like a cartoon cell.

So, the next time you're in an artistic lull, do a drawing for a friend.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Here's an unfinalized front and back wraparound t-shirt design that I've been working on for a startup t-shirt company out of California. The drawing was fun to work on. I enjoyed the gnarledness of the tree and the roots and whatnot.

I referred alot to the illustrations of the great Arthur Rackham for inspiration on the tree and foliage. My college drawing professor introduced me to Rackham's work back in 1995. I've loved Arthur's stuff ever since.

The company's website isn't up yet. I'll post a link when it is.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Making Friends With Adobe Illustrator....

For the longest time I've hated working much at all in Adobe Illustrator, particularly drawing with vector "Bezier Curves." I've been experimenting lately with doing little retro cartoony drawings, scanning them and then tracing them in Illustrator, then importing them into Photoshop where I add tints and shades. Now I'm seeing the benefit of this software.

I originally got the idea from an illustrator by the name of Paul Conrad who does some amazing stuff. His coloring is very texturey which I liked. Very reminiscent of 1970s retro cartoons like the Herculoids and Thundarr the Barbarian.

So, I decided to challenge myself and learn this method and I had some fun doing it.

Here's a step-by step of my latest project. I removed the official text in the balloon and replaced it with something really classy.