Monday, February 13, 2012

Bad progress picture....

This is a terrible picture (because I took it with my phone), but I just thought I'd post a little sneak peak of what I'm working on right now. It's from a series of drawings relating to the zodiac. Got three others I'm working on right now. After I did that Capricorn drawing a while back, I figured I'd see what else I could up with. Stay tuned......

Friday, February 10, 2012

"Pruning Required" sold

This little drawing sold yesterday. It's from 2007 and was created for my drawing-a-day blog I was doing at the time. He's taking a trip overseas.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Getting comfortable with lettering

These past few weeks have been pretty productive. I worked on a T-shirt design for a skateboard company, started a few new drawings for some shows, and even dabbled with some hand-lettering. I've been meaning to try some more hand-lettering because I want to get more comfortable with it. And as everyone knows, the only way to do that is to work at it. So I've been experimenting and it's actually been pretty fun so far. I've been using ink with my nib pens and bamboo pens, then going into photoshop to clean up the lines. No vector though. I still want a bit of that handmade look. I'm hoping to add them to my website soon. Will keep you posted :)

And I'm hoping to get one of those T-shirts that I worked on, so I will post pictures of that when it arrives.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Untold Method

I was invited by the kind folks over at Untold Method to take part in their ongoing collaborative comic. A bunch of great artists illustrate the pages of this very weird story. I was happy to see that Michael Hsiung illustrated the first part of the story in his humorous trademark style. It was a first for me doing this kind of thing, and I was definitely a little wary about how it would all turn out. My experience in reading comics and graphic novels is pretty limited (Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, some Chris Ware stuff and a little Daniel Clowes). I wouldn't say I grew up on the stuff. There were guidelines I had to follow for the continuity of the story, and each panel was described for me, with dialogue to be inserted. A few times I had to problem solve a bit because the composition called for one character to be facing a certain direction, and my natural inclination was the opposite. But I think it all worked out ok in the end. I drew it all by hand and then scanned it and adjusted the levels/saturation in the computer. I did have to fix one panel in Photoshop where I forgot to add the text bubble. Aside from that, the original and final digital version are the same. I look forward to seeing how the story plays out. Please check it out and follow along, or better yet, spread the word!

Hopefully, I will explore comics more this year with my own stories. I think this is a good kick-start anyway.

You can see a higher res version on my Flickr HERE.

You can read the comic here:
Follow Untold Method on Twitter:!/UntoldMethod

below are a few work-in-progress pictures of the comic