March 29, 2012

Seattle Bound!

As this posts, I should be riding up in a car with my buddy George Rohac en route to Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con! Whutwhut! I cannot wait for this show!

My roommate, Andrea Sanders, helped me make this amazing display for my booth! Don't be scared. You just have to be brave and reach in its mouth for a free comic!




Also I'll have my Ric Flair prints and copies of The Return of King Doug. Again, I'm located at booth 222 with Periscope studio. And I'm in the Monsters and Dames book this year, and the piece itself is up for auction with the rest who donated their pieces. Donate if you can because all proceeds from the auction go to a good cause! 

Swing on by and get a free comic, and maybe even some other cool stuff! :D Hope to see some of you folk in person this weekend!

March 26, 2012

Only a week left!

Here's some sketches I did just for fun!

I watched the movie Idiocracy not too long ago and wanted to draw the guy from the Costco scene! Go watch that movie if you haven't already! "Welcome to Costco, I love you..."


I kinda dig the weird pixelation on the witch lady!

Also here's a WIP sketch of some of my favorite characters on bikes!
Kaneda, Judge Dredd, and Ghost Rider are seen right now, but there will be at least one more by the time I finish!


I went and saw the Hunger Games in theaters this week. I enjoyed it quite a bit! Well there's only a few more days until I head up to Seattle for ECCC! Again if you are in the area you should come out to the show. I'll be sitting with Periscope studio at booth 222! 

This is also my last week in Portland, as I'm returning home immediately after Emerald City and go straight to class. I'm a little bummed about leaving but my time here has been great! :D I've met a lot of great people that I can now call my friends, and I can honestly say leaving home even for just a short while over these last few months has made me grow in different ways. I've got a lot of great memories to take home with me!

In a closing note, my buddy Joey Weiser sent me this link and I am so hyped about this! Aahh!


It's gonna be the ultimate Super Sentai/Kamen Rider crossover!

Have a great week y'all! 

March 22, 2012

Go Go Moto!

Here's some WIP panels!



Recently, I've been looking at a bunch of different types of motorcycles. It's some of the most fun research stuff I've done in awhile. I want my character to have a fun bike and I'm trying to keep myself from just ripping off Kaneda's bike from Akira. Here's a some of the cool images I've found recently!




 

And here's a funny bike too! 


Hope y'all have a great weekend! I'm gonna go see Hunger Games this weekend and really hope it's good! We'll see!

March 19, 2012

Hermit mode begins again

Lately, I've been back on the late night schedule of working from 10pm to about 6 or 7am. I dunno why, but for some reason it is easier for me to get a lot more work done during these hours of the day.

I still get out a little bit and see people to keep my sanity! :P But I've gotta say it's been nice seeing more getting done on my part with the weird hours!

Here's some panels of stuff I'm working on. I can't show all, but a little to entice!



And here's a little gif of how my roughs turn into my inks! 


That late nite schedule sometimes messes with me. I've been drink way way wayyyyy to much coffee, but I'm trying to get better about it. I gotta switch back to tea soon. This is how I feel as the night goes on and the cups keep getting brewed! 



Been using Manga Studio to ink digitally nowadays, and I gotta say it's been a big help for me. I love inking traditionally, but this program just allows me to move quicker. For the longest time, I was against doing things digitally, but I'm happy to say there's a nice flow to it. I can get things the way I want them to look and not get too stiff either. That was probably my biggest concern. I wanted to make sure pages seem as if they are still coming from human hands and not a machine. I dunno, I'm still learning all the tricks, but I like that I can still get a sketchy/loose look with it. 

If you haven't ever tried using it I would totally recommend it. It's reasonably cheap and you can do raster and vector drawing in it. 

Also I've been a fan of Pierre Alary's stuff for awhile. And whenever I get a chance to look at his blog it's super inspiring! If you aren't familiar with his stuff, go check it out! His Belladone books are some of my favorites! 

Here's a sample of how awesome he is!

 


He's got that perfect balance of realism and cartoony drawing that I strive for with my own stuff. He does action and drama super well! Gah! Gotta keep working at it to get to this level!

And as the weeks keep moving, I'm almost all ready for ECCC. I can't believe how quickly time flies! Where does the time go? I feel like I just got into Portland, but it's been a few months now. Jeez. Hope everyone had a safe and fun St. Paddy's day! :D

Also I am so so so pumped about this! MIB 3!




Have a great week y'all!

March 15, 2012

Progression!

I've recently finished up my short for Atomic Robo that will run later this year I think in an issue, so be on the lookout! I was super honored that Brian and Scott asked me to do a piece for them! Here's a non spoiler panel from it!



It's been fun lately to look back at old pages I did when I was 18 and realized how incredibly bad I was! Jeez, they are horrible but I keep them because it's nice to see where I've come since then. It's not only humbling but reassuring that I'm always getting closer to what I want to be!

Even from a couple years ago, I've been able to progress more than I thought I would! Here's a page from the Return of King Doug and then one from this year!



I bring this up because I can't wait to see what's gonna come next! I can't wait to keep moving forward and progress further and closer to where I want to be.

I was glancing around at one of my favorites Takeshi Obata. He's made a pretty huge progression as well within his body of work. I liked Death Note and have been enjoying Bakuman, but I also am fond of his other work in Cybory Grandpa G. It's kinda nuts to see the progress he's made not only technically, but also in the way he approaches page layouts and how he puts more energy into his characters. It's also nice to see that he doesn't corner himself into one type of story, and can do a bunch of different types of stories, be it serious or comedic. 

Here's a page from each of the mentioned works of his in order of when they came out. 

Cyborg Grandpa G (1989)

Death Note (2003)

Bakuman (2011)

I feel like everyone is growing and improving and I can't wait to see what the future holds for comics. I know I'm gonna bring my A-Game! and I hope y'all do too! 

Have a great weekend!



March 12, 2012

Spring is coming!

Spring is definitely close! At least I hope so! It's been pretty nice here in Portland the last week with sunshine! It's getting me pumped to return to Atlanta next month after ECCC and get greeted by the warm weather of the South!

Here's an illustration I did for fun. I dunno what it's for but yeah!


I started getting back on the late nite schedule which means work is getting done! I dunno why, but I seem to get SOOOO MUCH more work done when everyone else is asleep. 

Also, some sad news was that Moebius (Jean Giraud) passed away this weekend! Damn he's gonna be missed. Watched the Fifth Element again this weekend and that movie so good!

Here are a couple great write ups about Moebius. 

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

PS. Been listening to some Kpop more than usual lately. :P Here's my current guilty pleasure/pump up jam! Catchy as hell, and what's cooler than a black pyramid! 








March 8, 2012

Not moving from my table!

So I've finally gotten back into the groove of working from home! It was tough at the start of this week getting into a good flow, since I was so used to having the luxury with the internship of separating where I work from where I sleep.

That said, I'm in a good headspace now and plowing through stuff! It's always nice when you get pumped back up again with something you're working on! I was thinking about trying to finish up another mini comic for ECCC, but hell, I'd rather just work on my books! Sorry if that bums you out, but I'll still have stuff to show!

Here's some in progress pages!



Again, I'm using Manga Studio, and love that program! I can't believe how well it works and fast things can get done in it! I'm still using photoshop for little things, but overall I think this is the best working method for me!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

March 5, 2012

Free Sketchbook Download! Woot!

Hey y'all well I think the title for this post is pretty self explanatory but yeah! I've compiled some stuff from my 2011 sketchbooks if you want to have a free download of it! It's a pretty good size file. (about 5-6 MB) So it might take a sec! Fair warning to some people, there are some nude life drawing sketches so it might NOT be safe for work or children. Nothing naughty, but just life drawing.

Here's the link! ENJOY! :D

I got the proof for my Faces mini, they look pretty okay. And I'll have them for the cheap at ECCC! Probably $3. And I'll do a free sketch on the back for you!

Have a great week!

March 1, 2012

End of my Internship!

They other day Jesse Hamm let me borrow Al Hirschfeld the Line King! It was so good and I'm such a huge fan of Hirschfeld's work! Here's an animated head at my attempt to get a little bit of that magical feel!



And here's an small bit on Youtube from the movie!




Another thing has been making it's way around the internet lately and is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

It's from the artist of one of my favorite manga, Eyeshield 21, Yusuke Murata! Click on the link to check out his crazy way he's been doing a fun experimental comic while working also on his next series!

Also the Masters of Comic Art Vid has been uploaded to Youtube! Go watch it!



And as of today, my internship at Periscope studio is officially over.  I never thought I'd be able to have such a great time! Everyone in the studio was open and great to me! I have nothing bad to pull from my experience and fully encourage if you are interested in seeing what it is like in a studio full of professional full time cartoonists and writers working in the industry, apply for an internship at Periscope.

Though my internship is over, I am not done out here yet. I am staying in Portland until Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle at the end of March, where I'll be tabling with the Periscope folk! So please come by and get to meet all these great people!

The only thing I can say to the studio members is thanks again for making my experience wonderful! It was short but super sweet! :D

Hope y'all have a great weekend!