Sunday, January 19, 2014

I just finished a Thing.

It was a small thing, a panel of a jam comic, but it became the Thing That Needed Doing for about 10 months. It was rather embarrassing since other people were waiting on it. When I sat down to actually work on it, it probably took me roughly two weeks all told. I decided to do the Thing in Manga Studio and in the process learned enough to get more comfortable with the interface.

When I finished the Thing late last night, I thought I'd be really happy and feel like a great weight has been lifted. But no, I felt dread instead. I tried to shrug it off and use the momentum of finishing one thing to tackle the next art Thing on my to-do list. But it was 1am, I was getting tired and ended up staring at the monitor for another hour.

Waking up the next day didn't really help. I then realized that I was fairly pleased with the how my panel came out and was concerned that I wouldn't be able to follow it up. Oh, so THAT's what "fear of success" is! But yeah, I gotta get over it and do the next thing. Having a dozen "meh" pieces of work for the world to see is much better than having an infinite number of "maybe some days..." in my head.

So as I look it over, it's not by any stretch amazing, but it is DONE. Since there are about 5 other panels to be done, I don't want to reveal the whole thing, but here's a sample. And if I remember, I'll put up a link to the whole thing later on...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I just discovered that Photoshop CS5 easily creates animated gifs. I also realized that it makes it easier to share some of the retouch work I do.
Gantz volume 27 doesn't come out for three weeks or so, but I don't see any spoilers here either.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Grumpy

I've been sick since Emerald City Comic Con. I was fighting it off really well and then I found out Toren Smith passed away and my health just went to Hell.

Now that I don't feel like my entire immune system is inflamed, I've been spending half days in front of the computer and the rest upstairs in my bedroom where it's warmer. I still sound like I'm coughing up a lung and can't go out to play anywhere. Like the really cool Drink-n-Draw tonight. :-(

Here's the latest scan from the sketchbook. I started it in late Feb with the right eye and then finished the rest in bed last night. I didn't even notice that I had used a different pencil until I scanned the image. Owell.

I'm gonna try taking some sketchcards to bed with me today and see what comes of it.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Waiting at the Dentist's


Waiting for my husband at the dentist's office. He forgot to bring me the iPad, so I couldn't tweet while I was waiting.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Skiers-April 2012

I was watching "the Pink Panther" and was expecting to sketch some groovy jet-setting 60's clothes and instead did a generic sketch of two skiers. Figures.

I think it also says a lot about the cinematographer that this shot called out to me.

Sketched in Pigma micron, with Photoshop colors.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Dr. Sketchy-Stumptown 2012 edition: The Endless

I finally made it to Dr. Sketchy's again, although it was at Stumptown. I guess that counts. I told Mike D that the theme was the Endless and that he MUST be there. I have to say it was pretty stunning to walk in and see folks dressed up!

I struggled with the session. Sitting next to Mike D drawing Death and Destruction will do that to you. The young lady they had posing as Delirium was perfect and I wish my sketches of her came out better. Then for the 20 min family pose, this came out of me. There's a lot of things I would have changed if I hadn't been drawing in pen, but there ya go. I was also a bit too tired to think up what Dream and Destruction are leaning/sitting on, which is a bit of a shame.

In retrospect I really should have thanked the models afterward because they were totes awesome, but I had my shy on.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Sketchbook Month Day 5

Yes, I skipped a few days. Hopefully I'll be a bit more consistent. I can't say I'm really happy with it, but I can tell that if I keep at it, I can get really good again.