Friday, December 29, 2006

Update on the Poster Design

Hey everybody.

I just switched the blog over to the new Google/Blogger format, and I hope all is well.
I have also been sick with the flu, and let me tell ya... it sucks.
I have hacked up more plegm biscuits in the last few days than I care to admit.
First I am hot, then I am cold.... oh heck, back to hot again.
And could I possibly need to blow my nose any more. I think not.
Anyway, enough of that from me. I hope to get over this soon. (sniff)

I am posting an early layout of the poster that I doodled a few posts back. It went from that thumbnail, to this series of sketches. Still a mess, but a step forward for me. I am inking it, and attempting to color it up. I now think I may want to re-do it in a completely different way, but probably not until later.
Some process huh! Hah.

The second drawing is a re-work of Dwight's character.

I hope everyone has a good New Years Eve.
Be safe.


Saturday, December 23, 2006

Here is a quicky to say... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

The best thing about this piece, is that I may have my most favoritest art tool back. Long ago, I used Painter Classic. I loooooved Painter Classic. It had the greatest watercolor tools known to man. Then, one day, my computer and Painter Classic had a fight. My computer refused to run Painter Classic any more. I wept. I tried the new Painter versions, but the watercolor tools sucked.

Now, thanks to a co-worker, I have discovered the "tint" brushes in Painter 9. I tell you, we may have a winner! This was my first quick attempt, and I do believe it might work! YAY! Much rejoicing! I hope to do the Rocket Dreams poster in a warm wash, so wish me luck.

Ok, enough of that.

Again, Merry Christmas.


Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Almost Christmas everybody.

Tomorrow is the day before Christmas Eve, yet I head to the mall to do some last minute Christmas shopping.
I am bracing myself for the horror.

I wanted to post SOMETHING on the blog, so I chose an older concept drawing.
Hopefully I will have some full color goodness soon.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

This started as a series of doodles on a sketchbook page, but I threw them into a little comic strip template. I contemplated re-drawing it to make it all sit together better but I let the original stand. I want to do a little mini strip comic with these two, as sort of a little side story to the bigger tale.

Happy Thursday everybody.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Happy Monday everybody.

These are rough characters done for a larger piece. Scribble scribble. I am working on a pair of larger pieces, but I hope to post some of the concept bits and pieces as I do them. Food for the blog.

Christmas is coming!


Friday, December 15, 2006

This is perhaps the strangest piece of art I have ever done.

Let me start by saying what a horrible week I have had at "the day job." I believe I have discovered a new level of stress. The kind of stress that reaches inside your chest and squeezes. I am not big on complaining, but I will admit that I did some of that this week. Anyway, while I was going through this crazy week, I started my Drawergeeks submission, which was supposed to be "Santa Claus."

It started as a sickeningly cute scene, where Mr. Polar Bear is giving a little cutesy penguin a Christmas gift. Then, it went wrong. The stress began talking to me. It didn't like the fact that I was drawing something warm and fuzzy. We needed some butt kickin. So, the single penguin became a group of penguins. You see, they have been picked on by this dumb Polar Bear for the entire year. So when dumb Polar Bear decides to make nice for the holidays... they don't care.

As the leader of the fearless penguin clan distracts said bear and pretends to accept the gift, his reckless brethren take action. Steve Penguin quickly cuts open the gift sack and pilfers the remaining presents. Bob Penguin jumps from the santa hat where he had been carefully hiding and bludgeons Bear with a large rock. (The Bear did call him a Puffin.) Then for good measure, Nelson Penguin jumps from the top rope wearing his Sears and Roebuck Luchador outfit, to deliver the dreaded Mexican Clothesline.

So, the lesson here is... Don't let the mind numbing day job kill you, and certainly don't pick on the penguins.

I need a nap.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

This is truly my art at it's roughest form. When I get an idea, I either grab a Post-It, or sketchbook, or WACOM tablet... and start scribbling. Nothing clean. Nothing solid. Just pure crazy scribble.

This is my first rough on a teaser poster for Rocket Dreams. (which may actually be getting a new title)
There is a lot going on, and it is still a mess, but the idea is there. I will continue to work through this, and try to post my steps.

Thanks for the kind words, and I hope you all have a great Wednesday.


Monday, December 11, 2006

Sorry about the lack of art postings, but these last few days have really been nuts at work. I find myself drained when I get home, and sometimes I don't get that much done on the project. I do plan on updating the RD website soon, with the story section opened. A lot of the art that I have posted here will go into the "concept art" section, as well as a few extra goodies.

On a side note...

The fact that Christmas is merely weeks away, has really started to hit me. Maybe it's all of the Christmas music that I have been pumping through my headphones. Anyway, I have also been looking at old photographs that I dug up at my Grandparents house. Me as a kid. My brother and sisters and I in our rag-a-muffin existence. We were so young, and so unaware. I remember not having much, but my imagination filled in so many blanks. One day, I want to sit and write about those days. My siblings and I have talked about putting the memories down on paper, and I think the end result would be something pretty rich.
An orange crate could be the world's fastest race car, and a bed sheet might act as a bullet proof shield.

Oh well. Sorry about the break in form, but I think I am having a moment. A moment of reflection, where I look back and wonder what exactly made me who I am today.

(I am the tallest, oldest, and goofiest of the bunch.)

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Being sick sucks.
I have a flu bug attacking me.
Bad ju-ju germs.

BUT (cross my fingers and knock on wood)
I think I have fought it off.

As you can see here, my white blood cells are jacked up
and already smokin victory cigars... Is the celebration premature?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Happy "Hump-Day" everybody.

This is a version of the main villain. Sort of mild I know, but there is a story to who this guy is, so I believe he does have scarier versions within his seemingly calm shell.

Christmas is approaching very fast!
I need to get my Christmas card done as soon as possible.
I of course will post it here as soon as I begin.


Monday, December 04, 2006

Not much tonight, as I am so tired I can barely sit up. A small sketch from my sketchbook to hold the blog over.
More to come, I promise.

Off to sweet, sweet beddy bye.