Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Some non-Rocket work as promised. This is my entry for Drawergeeks this week. I may or may not be done, depending on how I feel about the drawing tonight when I sit down at my desk. I would like to do another one, but I may not have time.

I wanted this to look like a vintage illustration, using textures and 3D objects in places. The clouds are tufts of cotton. The waves are old denim. Something different for me, and I would like to do one of my book ideas like this in the future.

Stay tuned...


Monday, November 27, 2006

Back from the Thanksgiving holiday!

This is a character from the "one-of-my-arms-is-way-too-long" clan.
A test for my brush pen.

The blog might get boring over the next couple of week, since I am writing more than I am drawing... but I have decided to post some of my non-rocket drawings here just to keep things going over the next few days. I am almost done with my Drawergeeks "Raggedy Anne and Andy" entry, so I will post that soon.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Tuesday everybody. Here is the piece I posted earlier, with a little color scrubbed on. I am finished for now, since all I am doing at this point is figuring out how certain colors work on certain characters. If I have time before I finish the book, I might really paint it out.

Starting tomorrow, I will be on vacation from my day job for the Thanksgiving holiday. I will have a five day weekend, to eat way too much and hang out with the family. I also hope to finish up a few major story elements for the Rocket Dreams project. Writing is tough for me because as soon as I start, I tend to daydream of what I could be drawing. But, I am going to buckle down and type this stuff out.

So, no posts for a few days unless I daydream or decide to post a story outline.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I will be sipping the nectar of the gods, Eggnog... and writing.


Friday, November 17, 2006

I sketched this out originally for a poster scene, but it really wasn't what I was looking for in the end. I hope to paint it up for the book, and I will show the progress here. I am imagining Captain Blast really bashing the robot's glass head, trying anything to shut it down. The battle has caused them to slip off of a cliff, so they are falling... a long way.

It is Friday, and that makes me happy.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I am starting to like sketching and doodling with grey markers, then adding details with my trusty black brush pen. It helps me keep the drawing rough.

Over the Thanksgiving break, I am going to be doing some writing.
Not as many drawings over that holiday week, but I will start to fill in the story for you here on the blog.

Also, I am still on track to have a book ready for the San Diego Comicon.
It will basically be a "making of" type book, filled with sketches, paintings, doodles, notes, and story for the Rocket Dreams project. I am going to pitch it to several publishers there at the con, but I will probably get some printed to sell as well.
I want it to be a nicely bound, jam packed art book, so hopefully it will be worth whatever I have to charge for it.
If anybody knows that they want one, chime in between now and April so I can start figuring out how many to get printed.

Thanks for the comments guys!


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I drew this today of Dwight's friend Orznork below. I was thinking about what would happen if he took off his "jar" helmet and started to "squish morph." He can control it pretty well. Sometimes.

Monday, November 13, 2006

I feel for Dwight here. Sitting indoors while the beautiful fall weather is being wasted outside. "Why do I have to sit here?" he asks himself. "There are space battles to be fought in my yard, and I am wasting time here in English class!"

I feel like Dwight at the moment. The Florida weather has cooled for the fall, and our days are around 75 degrees.
So nice.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

He is Orznork. He is a cool dude. He is one of Dwight's classmates at the Ranger Academy. He is Orange, and gooey.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Well, it's Wednesday. Not quite Friday, but sure better than Monday.

I wanted to share a color key that I did of the Captain Blast character. He is an aged hero in the story, which would explain the salt and pepper hair and face lines. When he finally meets up with Dwight, he is beginning to consider retirement. But there is that story again! I have to slap my hand and finish it up... and hopefully share it soon. No really, I will.

Thanks again to the people who check out the blog. I have been getting nice email and comments, which as I said before, help motivate.

More art and maybe even story in the next few days.


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Yeah, I know this is old art. I felt so bad about not posting I wanted to throw something up that hasn't been on the blog.

I am working hard on Rocket Dreams, I assure you. It is slow going when I only have a few hours at night to tackle the project. I am certainly not complaining, as I am very happy to have a loving family and a day job to pay the bills. I do however sometimes find it hard to balance everything I try to do. And when it comes down to it, my projects take a distant third behind being a husband and a father.

Ah, but no preaching from me. I will be posting some cool stuff soon. At least it's cool to me. The story is coming along, as is the character development. I am making progress, which is always a good thing. I also hope to have a teaser poster completed in the next few months. It may be just for me, but if I do get it printed I will let you guys know.

And thanks to the few of you who keep checking this blog out!
I appreciate it very much, and it helps keep me motivated.

Also, expect a big announcement from me in a few weeks!


Thursday, November 02, 2006

I dug up a small little sketch book that I keep in my bag for this project. I don't think any of these designs stuck. Maybe some of the robot style pieces. I promise I will get something of more substance up soon.