The Snow Battle (13x19)
I worked this one up as I sat talking to my son about dinos- I just thought to myself would a triceratops be able to hold off a snow dragon. As the image progressed so did the rider and and armor on the dino. Giving way to a young man on a quest.... what the quest is for the viewer to decide.
Sitting with the ancients (18x24)
When I look towards mountains and rocks I was see things within in them. Faces, shapes, images etc.... inspiring me to put those same elements into my own work. Not everyone sees all the faces or other things i choose to hide within my pics.
Both these and several more will debut at SDCC this year - there will 2 new 18x24 pics and several smaller ones as well.
I’ve found some more nice artwork recently in this video game about the Wizard Merlin.
So Come join the adventure.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Echoing James Van West's post about the incredible Mitch Byrd, here's some more comic goodness from da' man.
Mitch has a way with a simple line that borders on magical and his storytelling ability is second to none. If you haven't guessed...I'm a fan of this dino-loving creator.
I only wish that more issues of his, "Mitch Byrd Presents:" comic were produced.
The death of my father has thrown me into a nostalgic mood. I’m remembering things I hadn’t thought of for years and years…if ever. Even before his passing I was on the track to starting a sort of autobio journal comic and now I don’t think I can stop myself from doing it.
Back in the 90s in particular there was something of a glut of autobio comics. Sort of. It was only a glut if you don’t like them or if you believe there is some kind of limit to how many life stories can be told. I enjoy reading them. They’re honest and real and I feel connected to other people by learning how they think, what they think, and what they’ve experienced. So I’ll probably start sharing my own thoughts and memories in pictures and panels and word balloons very soon.
I have no huge plans for this. Hell knows I already have more than enough projects on my desk and not nearly enough raw energy to see them done with anything resembling speed. But I do what I do and it’s all I can do. Kind of like Popeye. So I’ll do this in honor of my father and in order to sort through these old, dusty memories of bygone places, past times, and lost worlds. Maybe I can reveal things about the world that some folks never knew in the same way others have revealed things to me.
We all have stories to tell. I’m a story teller.
Catgirl Mojo is now live. The content is for mature, grown up types. I'll be adding more to it as often as I can.
There is little in the way of explanation. I figure the content speaks for itself. The comic itself is most definitely inspired by Vaugn Bode's classic Deadbone Erotica strips. I'm aiming for a weekly update, but we'll just have to see how that pans out.
Waka waka, hubba bubba, shamboom!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
While browsing through some old files from my comic `Tween, I happened upon this little gem from the days when `Tween and Pewfell both shared some space on the ModernTales site. I don't know the occasion or reason for this piece but, I think it's pretty cool.
It's funny, I remember when I was contemplating doing `Tween as a webcomic. I was hesitant because of possible comparisons to Pewfell and repercussions from Chuck Whelon fanatics. I even held off doing it for almost a year. If it wasn't for some friendly peer-pressure, `Tween may not have ever seen the light of day.
Look at us now.
Cheers, Mr. Whelon.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Looks interesting - Coming soon apparently:
Devid Reddick seems to be a very talented cartoonist, I hadn't heard of him before.
Check out his blog.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
A nice little book of sketches and roughs by the man himself, Frank Frazetta. It's a small sized little sketchbook-type thing with loads of lovely loose drawings, color roughs, scribbles and coffee mug rings. Other than an introduction, there's not much in it text-wise, but as an artist it gave me some nice insights in the way Frank works/worked:
Frank Frazetta - Rough Work
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This is just a little "lead-play" where I'm bored and uninspired but my hand feels the need to sling some lead. I think the lazy atmosphere of the page reflected my state of mind at the time. Yeah, I know, that's some interesting insight. :)
Here's a little plug for an artist I've greatly admired for some time...Seth Fisher. if you're a fan of Moebius or the eye candy of Geoff Darrow, you'll dig Seth's work. Seth haunted the pages of heavy Metal Magazine off and on and then got some major mojo going when Vertigo bit on his project with Andrew Dabb called "Happydale: Devils in the Desert". Seth's career began to skyrocket with his Green Lantern story, "Willworld" and soon followed up with "The Flash: Time Flies", "Tokyo Pop" and "Batman: Snow".
This blog is an excellent place to eyeball some of Seth's original art.
Sadly, Seth is no longer with us but, I like to take a few moments from time to time to remind people about his inspiring work.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
These are some concept sketches of the main character of a short graphic novel I've been flirting with over the last couple of months. Basically it's a planetary romance/sword and sorcery tale with an uber-sexy female lead who crash lands on a strange and brutal world.
This one is still in the very early concept stage. I did about 10 thumbnailed pages of layouts and I have 4 or 5 different versions of the story roughed out so who knows which direction this will take in the end.
I think it's both exciting and enraging how stories are birthed by a process of inspiration pumping you up like a cheap hooker then focus and realism beating you down like a bad stepchild. In the end you either make a comic or you have a folder stuffed with neat sketches and half-baked pages.