Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Cards (with my art) Now Available!

The Christmas cards I did the cover art for are now printed and ready for purchase. The cards were produced by New Reformation Press, and are available in packs of 12.

You can order them here.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lots and Lots of Little Black Lines...

Here's three pieces many have never seen, so I thought I'd get a bit more mileage out of them. They were three of the pieces I did for my senior show when graduating from art school right on the threshold of the year 2000. They're probably the most obsessively detailed pen & ink drawings I've ever done. I would literally build up every portion of the drawing with infinite little cross-hatch marks.

There's a reason for that.

I was unmarried and didn't have children when I was working on these. I say that with a smile on my face. My beloved and I comment often how we seemed to have all the time in the world when we were in college. I remember those days still living at home with my folks...rolling out of bed around 10:00 on a cozy winter morning, playing a little air guitar, look at a couple of comic books, and eventually moseyin' on down to eat some breakfast.

Move forward once more to 2003, married to my beloved, a full-time job, and two little bundles of baby girl joy and all of a sudden "lil' timmy" doesn't have all that much time to draw: ) I was entering some pieces in a show on "spiritual" themed art. I tried to pump out a piece akin to the ones above but it was weird, but I just wasn't "feelin' it" in this style anymore. This stuff takes waaaaay too long.

After watching a short segment on the Spiderman movie DVD and watching John Romita Jr. and Tim Sale draw I was inspired to begin inking with a brush. Here are a couple of pieces from this new inking era. During this time I wasn't working on any specific comic stuff, so most of what I was doing was work that was for small shows. I was beginning to merge my passion for sci-fi with my love for theological themes.

Here are two pieces that emerged from this time period. The first is called "Self Portrait as Lazarus at the End of Time," the second is entitled "Sehnsucht." Enjoy...

Monday, November 12, 2007

22 Pages and Counting!

I'm pretty excited because I just finished the first 22 page story of my bigger story/graphic novel. In order to actually make progress on this big monster, I've had to break the big story down into several smaller stories that build on one another. This is my first major comic work of length, so I'm trying to keep my goals obtainable, otherwise it just becomes depressing when you realize that you're not getting anything done on a big hunking goliath.

Anyways, I'm plotting out the thumbnails for a second story which will be about 14-16 pages. Most importantly, I'm having alot of fun doing this, which I suppose will be the fuel that will actually get this project done. And, it's the coolest feeling laying the pages out on the floor side by side and looking at the flow of the story.

More to come on this...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Celebration of the Incarnation...

Christmas cards, especially "religious" ones are either so stuffy you can feel and smell their bad breath or so fluffy sweet, they gag you. For this, I really just tried to produce good art.

I just finished up on this Christmas card design for New Reformation Press and I'm pretty stoked on it. I'm a huge fan of Albrecht Durer, (thanks mostly to my college drawing professor) and some of the old printmakers. I tried to mimic the look of his woodcuts, consulting his work constantly throughout. I also attempted to give this an aged, old, texturey look.

I actually did all the images separately, and then put it together at varying opacities in Photoshop. This was a fun, but challenging project to work on.

You can order the cards in bundles of 12 here at New Reformation Press.