Thursday, February 26, 2015


So..umm..Day 3 of 29 Faces. LOL

I just finished a really tight deadline a couple of days ago and needed to decompress. I haven't heard from the client about it, but I *think* I made the deadline.

Anyway this young lady is a member of the "Radical Brownies" in Oakland. I was excited for this group and then found out that they weren't associated with the Girl Scouts of America and needed to change their group name. It kinda took a little polish off of my excitement, but on the other hand, I'm still a fan of what the group's mission statement. Hopefully they'll be around a long time to empower young girls. Here's their Facebook page, if they have an official site with a new name later on, I'll try to post that too.

Meanwhile about 29 Faces... the month is near-over, but I'm going to try to continue. I envy the other people in the challenge who can just DO this. I need to channel more discipline and drive to do a drawing every day. Go to the 29 Faces badge on the column and check out the work of people more dedicated to their art than I am!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

29 Faces, Day 2

Three times a week I sit with my mother-in-law while she has breakfast. I tried to sneak in a sketch while she was reading the comics. I missed her smiling and after a while, I think she felt me gazing at her and moved around a bit. I may end up doing several of these during the course of this challenge.

Mechanical pencil and watercolor in my sketchbook. You can see the previous page's sketch bleeding through the paper. It was in ballpoint, but for some reason everything I did that day bled through. Watercolor isn't my medium and this totally didn't come out the way I thought it would, but that's okay. Note to self: unlike acrylics, watercolors dry lighter.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

29 Faces, Day 1

Starting late on the "29 Faces" thing, but I'll give it a small shot. Deadlines are breathing down my neck and I've been nursing a cold, so I may as well get SOMEthing done.

This is Avery Brooks from "American History X" (yes, I have a perverse sense of what's good to watch when you're in bed with a cold). The page was pre-primed with gesso and then washed with acrylic. The drawing was done with Pigma Micron .03 and then I threw watercolors on it. I forgot how watercolors react on gesso!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Not super-happy with the way this came out, but pleased with myself that I actually sat down to draw something at all. Little victories!

BG is acrylic wash with metallic paint. Drawn in pencil, colored with Caran d'ache and hot-spotted with a white pen.

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.