January 30, 2012

20 minute sketches!

I've been trying to play more and more with working digitally, and have to say it's quite enjoyable. Someday I would like to move over and do more projects all digitally, but right now I still have a lot more fun and am happier with doing inking traditionally. But here are some 20 minute digital sketches in Manga Studio!

This weekend was pretty productive as well! I've been tinkering around with my new website, and am getting closer and closer to having it ready to launch! I'm pretty pumped about the new layout, now I just gotta get things working right! 

Also, I've been working on something special for y'all which will probably come to fruition by the summer! More details on that soon! 

And I went over to a bud's house and saw the new Tim and Eric Billion Dollar$ Movie, and if you are a fan of their show, I don't think you'll be disappointed! Here's the trailer!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and has a great week!

January 26, 2012

The season is almost upon us!

Here's a digital sketch in Manga Studio of a pencil page from ********! 

And here's a beginning rough for a drawing I'm gonna finish up later. If you can guess what it's a picture of kudos to you, but to be fair, it's still pretty rough around the edges.

Also, just got some good news the other day that I'll be doing a short for something I'm a huge fan of, and can't wait to talk more about that later! Also, setting up new layouts for the con season. Here's a loose sketch of what I'm thinking this year! Hopefully I'll have this ready for Emerald City Comic Con in 2 months in Seattle!

And here's some little doodles of "bros" I'm trying to nail down for a story from my sketchbook. Hope y'all have a great weekend!

and donate and get some awesome stuff! If you're a fan of Johnny Wander or Gunshow like I am then go get some goodness! 

January 23, 2012

Stayin' Minimal

So this week with my face sketches I wanted to stay a little more minimal with the detail. I was trying to just squint and draw these faces with shapes rather than line, but I know I still do some line work! :D Oh well, hope you enjoy!

Also, if you are on the west coast at all in the next month, you should go and find out when Adam WarRock is coming to your town! If you don't know who he is go here! He's a Southern Korean just like me, and he's gonna be here in Portland in February, so get some tickets! 

And here's a rough from a page I'm working on!

I've been doing everything in Manga Studio lately. Well except for me inking. I still like to do that traditionally with brush and ink. If you haven't tried the program or are skeptical, don't be. It's great for the perspective tool alone! That has saved me so much time it's not even funny! 

Anyways Have a great week y'all!

January 19, 2012

Kamen Rider Booyah!

A quickie digital color sketch of my favorite Kamen Riders! (Double, Decade, OOO, and Kabuto!)

And now for a little more explanation:

In a previous post I explained how much I grew up loving Power rangers/Sentai, but I also wanted to get a chance to spotlight Kamen Rider! If you aren't familiar, American television tried to bring it over in the form of Masked Rider. It was pretty bad, which is why I put it out of my memory. A few years ago I got back into the franchise overseas, and they do not disappoint. If you get the chance, find Kamen Rider Decade online to watch. It's a great place to start. 

Anyways, I brought it up because recently I've been hunting down and reading Kamen Rider comics. They have some pretty amazing layouts! Here's just a few examples of some of the pages from Kamen Rider Spirits illustrated by Kenichi Muraeda. 

Both of these layouts are just insane. The first with the horizontal panels, building the pace and staging, and also building suspense. Then the vertical panel page gives an eerie sense to it! I just can't get enough of it!

Not only are the layouts great, but the action is done so well too! It's one of the few comics based off a franchise that doesn't let you down. You get the sense that the artist is a fan of the series and loves drawing these pages. I still can't get over how cool the first panel on the page above, uses strong silhouettes for the dynamic action.

I'll finish up by showing this two page sequence, which is one of the coolest ways to setup an arrival of a badass character. Hope this gets y'all as excited about the series as I am, now I just wish there were more translated!

Have a great weekend y'all! 

January 16, 2012

The Past and the Future!

So this past year has been pretty great. I feel rejuvenated now more than ever! Here's a few things I accomplished:

Going back to school to finish my degree. 
-- I can't explain how much I thrive in the school environment, and enjoy the people I am surrounded by. Professors and peers really push me! Hope to finish this next year, and be able to someday teach in the near future as well. That's the plan at least!

Got a series of books I'm going to be writing and drawing approved! YAY! 
-- I'm so pumped about this. It's a story I've wanted to do since I finished The Return of King Doug, and can't wait for y'all to see it and hold it in your hands! I'm inking Volume 1 now, and thumb nailing Volume 2. Get ready for it to kick off 2013!

Got to go to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle! 
-- I was super fortunate to be able to get across country this past March and attend the show for the first time! It was just like I had heard. GREAT! I got to meet and make a lot of new friends, and catch up with some old ones I don't get to see regularly at east coast shows. I didn't know a whole lot of people since it was a west coast show, but I forced myself to talk to people and everyone was super nice and open. I guess half the time it's nice to know how endearing the comics community really is! And this year, I'm not only tabling, but got the honor of being in their annual Monsters and Dames art book.

Live on the West Coast
-- I'm currently interning at Periscope Studio in Portland, and have been here since Thanksgiving. It was a bit of a change but I can't complain in the slightest. Everyone is extremely nice and helpful. This is the first time I've been out of the South for more than a week, and I gotta say it's such a refreshing change. I love my home back in Georgia, but the Northwest is welcoming. It's nice to leave the nest, if y'all know what I mean.

Alright well 2011 was a great year, but I am even more excited for the next 2 years to come. 2012 holds a lot, and what I will be probably working on the whole year will hopefully start coming to fruition beginning in the summer and blasting through into 2013!

Goals for 2012:

Finish 2 volumes of ********, before it's released. 
Start a webcomic by the summer, and stick to a normal update schedule.
Make a new website, and update regularly. (heh, I WILL!)
Experiment more with screen printing. 
Make a good thesis that will be applicable to other cartoonists. 
Finish school and get my degree.

These are some pretty lofty goals, but I think it'll be a good year ahead! Hope everyone has set goals for themselves as well! Let's all do well over the next 12 months! :D

Some pencils and sketches:

January 12, 2012

Working Digitally and Researching!

I've been using Manga Studio for the last year, but usually just for the layout and pencil stage, but recently I tried using it to do some illustration work. Here's the black and white of what I was able to do. It's a little looser and sketchier than what I would normally do with traditional tools, but I still enjoy the end product. Hope you like them as well!

I ended up color these for my friend Jackie who writes for the Art 21 blog. I'll repost about it with a link to the actual article when it goes up. It's about this man named David Maclean, a writer, who woke up in India with memory loss. You can listen to his account on This American Life. Pretty scary!
Also here's a link to her work! She's an painter, and awesome!

Also things have been going great at my internship so far at Periscope Studio. I can't describe the feeling of working in a real comic studio. I feel like I'm getting more work done than usual. Also because if I wasn't they'd probably call me out!

Maybe not quite like this, but you get the picture!
(Me getting me up by Erika Moen)

Also, I've been doing a lot of research for the book I am working on currently. There is a cockpit and when doing an image search these are what I stumbled upon! Some of these are kinda amazing, and I just wanted to share what I found.

Hope y'all have a great long weekend since Monday is MLK Day!

January 9, 2012

Staying Busy

Sketchbook stuff!

I'm feeling like things are starting to pull together. I'm starting to prep for Emerald City Comic Con at the end of March and should have the new website up and running before then, so be on the lookout!
Also it feels good to be back in the inking process. I've penciled a bunch and am gonna start plowing through them over the next two months. I'll post up some non-spoiler panels!

Also if you didn't know already, I'm a Super Sentai fan(power rangers). I've loved this stuff since I was a kid. And I saw these images online the other day! I'm pumped that the new show for this next year is Gobusters! They are a team of three with sidekick machines, and theses machines will turn into the heads for their mechs! CANNOT WAIT! 

January 5, 2012

Life Drawing!

Here's some life drawing from last night at Periscope studio. Tryin to focus just on the black and white placement without relying so much on line!

Have a great weekend! Also, I my piece got into the Monsters and Dames 2012 book that will be at ECCC 2012! I'm super pumped and honored! Hope to see y'all at that show!

Here's the link to the drawing for the book! Monster! 

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Here's some new stuff from the sketchbook!

Hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year's Eve!