Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mild mannered, super, and just plain bizarro.

OK so after I did that first set, I thought I should do a Superman set and show it to you so you can see what I'm talking about. Now these I actually planned and then sketched. As you can see (well as I can see) they are not as awesome as the Batman set I did, which was more "sketch as you go" instead of "plan then sketch."

I still think they are cool BUT not as rockin' as the other ones. Also I've stated before that I have a problem drawing Superman because he's my favorite comic book hero and there have been so many better renditions of him that I have yet to find my own way of drawing him because I'm too busy gawking and awwing at other artist's take of him.

I recently saw one Skottie did on his twitter which I thought was pretty amazing.

So if you notice through out my gallery on deviant or here I never draw Supes the same way because I still haven't found a style or look that I'm happy with. There was maybe one or two times that I've drawn him where he looked pretty decent and the other times some people think are good, I still see them as failed attempts. But then again maybe my style isn't all that compatible with a Superman character of sorts...I don't know he's too iconic and the fact that he's my fave will always make it seem like I can never do it justice. But who knows maybe I'll get tapped to do a run on Supes and'll probably be the best I've ever drawn him.

Ok well I'm outie 3008 you're so two thousand and late.

The Bat, the Bird, the Boy, and the Cat.

I had a lot of fun doing this set especially Bats and Nightwing. What I liked about doing these was that they kind of came to me as I was doing them. I first sketched a head and it had a great big forehead so it molded into a Batman sketch...then as I finished that, I thought to do up a Nightwing from the opposite side and then Robin from the front and Catwoman sort of from the back.

It wasn't planned before the process but planned DURING the process. And usually when I have those kind of moments when I'm sketching the doodles end up looking pretty awesome because I get more focused as I go.

I wasn't thinking ahead..."oh I'm gonna draw Batman" and then start sketching a started out with a blank head and it turned into Batman. It's like my initial construction lines for that head made me look at it and see what was hidden in them, I just had to sketch more to find it. I start and the sketch shows me how to finish. If that makes any sense.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Review: (500) Days Of Summer

This past Sunday, Nic and I caught a late show of (500) Days Of Summer starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. This movie is 500 kinds of awesome!

The narrator of the film tells you that this is not a love story. It's a simple formula in that boy meets girl, boy falls in love, girl does not. But its so brilliantly executed in story, style, music, and acting that it makes it more poetic and beautiful then the formula sets out to be.

And although they say it's not a love story, I can tell you that it is a story ABOUT love and more importantly...hope. That when something like love, which can be so known to you and foreign the next, can lift you up and often times drop you...the movie's message is that you do eventually stand on your own two feet again.

Monday, July 27, 2009

More sketches!

Hi all! I went on vacation to Cedar Point last week and headed up to the Warren Dunes in Michigan on Saturday. I'm super dark and super tired but I was able to sketch some things before I left and I've got some "free" time now to post them.

Again, these were sketched with a ball point and filled in with sharpies. The convention is in 10 days and I'm nervous and excited. I have some small things left to do and I should be A-OK and read 2 go. I'm thinking in the days before I'll post on my deviant art some of the art that I'll be showcasing at the convention. Hopefully people will dig it..and my books. Well that's all for now.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What a con sketch from me might look like:

So below are some examples of how I want to sketch at the Chicago-Con in August. I'm thinking of using mostly sharpies and going in with smaller tip marker for details here and there to make the sketch seem more complete.

I also want to keep my construction lines visible so that the viewer can process the steps on the card. Oh BTW I want to draw on index cards instead of a full sheets of paper. So come by my table and get a sketch done. Who knows I might end up doing sketches another way but as of right now, this way is fun to do. I'll keep you posted on what I'm bringing and what I'm sellin'as the day draws (heh get it draws) closer.

So whatdya think?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fun with Sharpies AND White Out!

It's almost 2am and I'm still doing laundry. Nic's passed out and I just finished packing for Cedar Point. I thought I'd share some cool pieces I did with ballpoint pen, sharpies, and white out. I liked it so much that I think I'm going to do some free sketches this way at the Comic-Con in August. Probably the index card size too. I've gotten so used to doodling on these index cards at work it only seems right to me to offer free sketches like this. Fast, free, and most of all fun to do! Well I should probably check on the dryer and kiss my lady goodnight before she completely knocks out. (heh)

PS - I got my prints AND my new business cards in today, things are shaping up nicely so far. I'm now less nervous and more excited to go. I'll probably give you some quick looks as the con gets closer and closer.

Have a good mornight!

Total Geek moment #2

So a couple posts ago I talked about giving my favorite artist, Skottie Young, a copy of my book.

Now I can geek out that Lori from Amazing Fantasy stacked my signed copies next to The Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney!! Awesome.

Take a look, here it is on the shelf:

Now head out there and pick it up!

PS - sorry the photo's blurry but the green sticker on it says "signed".

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Coconuts melt in my mouth?!

So a couple of days ago Nic and I went to breakfast at our favorite spot: Blueberry Hill off of 49th & Lagrange Road. There always seems to be something going on when we decide to head down that place and that morning was no different because there were street vendors selling all kinds of weird stuff on the streets. Of course, it was bit crowded but we had already decided to walk around after brunch to see what all the hoopla was aboot.

On our walk, we checked out this new candy store that opened up entitled Sweetness. And that it was. They had all types of candies from Satellite Wafers/Candy Saucers to Candy Cigarettes. The one thing that caught Nic's attention though were these limited edition bags of Coconut M&Ms.

Say whaaaaaaaaaaa

We bought a bag and last night had the pleasure of eating them during the Season Finale of Run's House. Needless to say....they were


wait for it

...(daboooommmb)DARY! (we put our own spin on it)


'Til next time!

Monday, July 13, 2009


A couple of weeks ago I rented this movie called, Outlander. The basic premise for it is Beowulf meets Predator/ Vikings vs. Aliens. I read a lot of reviews for the film and they say it's a miss. I have no idea what movie they were watching because the movie I saw was bad ass. It was a bloody good time and I loved the creature design, which they call a Moorwen.

I would recommend it because it has the right blend of sci-fi, creature horror, and action. It's comes up short in terms of an EPIC scale but it's still worth the rental.

Anyways it inspired me to whip out the brush pen and do this. The Outlander is played by none other then Jesus himself, Jim Caviezel.

Peep the trailer here! And tell me that that doesn't look like a good time!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fun with brush pens!

Hello all! I'm taking a break from working on a new print I'm thinking of selling at the Wizard World which is a couple weeks away! Right now, I'm watching Lost In Translation.

First it was white out and now I thought I'd play around with brush pens. I'm not one for using brush pens in fear or MESSING up...but as I started to play around with strokes and line weight, I found out how much brush pens can give off the illusion of "no mistakes". They hide them so well if you treat it more as a painting. They make your art feel care free and very loose. It doesn't give off the impression that its confined or the art is contained within the lines. The are breaks...and space...and thats what gives it life, style, character.

I drew Penguin, Joker, and Scarecrow roughed out lightly with ball point and inked it with a brush pen playing with strokes and weight. I really like how it turned out. It's a style of art I'm not used to normally doing. I feel there are far better artist with far better tools who have utilized this technique and turned it into something all their own.

I might do more stuff like this in the future just for scribbles and doodles. I'm still very fond of not inking and just coloring over my pencil lines but I'm still practicing my inking and I feel that I'm getting better at it and may have found an ink style I'm comfortable with.

Well that's all for now. Of the three, I like Scarecrow the best.

Another thing I wanted to share is I bought a new sketchbook. It's more of a "travel" sketchbook where I could lay down some quick gestures or sketches when I have time at lunch or if I'm sitting in front of the TV, or just hanging out with some friends.

There are some days I go without sketching and when I finally get a chance to, I hit a creative road block. So, I feel if I have pen and paper on me at all times, it'll help keep my creative juices flowing and I won't forget an idea that I had but couldn't jot down on a pad.

I was excited because I went to breakfast with Nicole and brought it with me and was able to do a nice warm up sketch before we got seated to eat. It felt great and I want to keep at it.

Well enough rambling get back to work!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Fun with White Out!

Hi all,

I hope everyone had a good holiday this past weekend. Mine was real fun: BBQ, family, food, fireworks, you can't go wrong.

Well it's back to the grind. I've been busy prepping some new artwork and haven't really had the time to blog it up. With all the vacations, activities, and drawing, it's been quite the summer let me tell ya. Well I wouldn't have to tell ya if I blogged about it like I should.

I was messing around with white out or as it's known around these parts..."liquid paper" today at work and thought I'd show ya. You can't ever go wrong with The Crow. I really enjoy drawing this character and have shared some renditions of him with you in the past. This here took me a quick 5 minutes. I always say I like the "rough stuff" and often times prefer that look over fine inks. I'm trying to be better about my inking quality and getting away from thinking its sub-par. I realize in order to improve and get better at it I have to do it more and like what I do. I think Skottie said in one of the podcasts how much you have to be in love with the stuff you're working on and with that kind of mindset I've got to say drawing/sketching has been real fun these past couple weeks. Well that's my little artist's insight for today.

I got some movies to review, games to write about and daily going ons I want to share. So until then...