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Wednesday August 5, 2020, at 10:57 pm

Things that are awesome: Kane

Here is some fan art for Kane, a crime comic by Paul Grist. I started reading this back in the 90’s and was lucky enough to meet Paul at the ‘97 SDCC. Paul is an absolute master of comic storytelling, and his comics are a great blend of crime noir atmosphere with some more light-hearted moments. I’ve been rereading the comics while I worked on this, and they are a real treat!

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Wednesday July 15, 2020, at 11:07 pm

Things that are awesome: Rumble

Another creator-owned comic that has just blown me away the last few years is Rumble by John Arcudi and James Harren.  This story of an ancient warrior resurrected in the body of a scarecrow who is sent by the gods to hunt down demons in modern day has a bit of everything.  There is tons of amazing, kinetic action and quirky character designs, but also a lot of heart and humor along the way.  I’ve been wanting to try to draw Rathraq for a while now, and it was just as fun as I thought it would be!  I hope I conveyed at least 10% of the energy that this book does so well.

 

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Wednesday July 8, 2020, at 11:21 am

Things that are awesome: Double Fine Action Comics

One of my favorite webcomics of all time is the delightfully quirky Double Fine Action Comics by Scott Campbell. He is one of the main designers for Double Fine games such as Psychonauts and has also illustrated several kids lit books (along with many other projects). I always enjoyed the stream of conscious looseness of this webcomic (in both art and story) with its tales of knights, strongmen, astronauts… and of course, a two-headed baby. They were so much fun to draw! Check out Scott’s amazing work at www.scottc.com (including this comic).

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Wednesday July 8, 2020, at 11:10 am

Character Mashup

We did character mashups for our local Sketch Night yesterday. Here’s my Totoro + Gonzo! I wasn’t sure if this would turn out, but I kind of like how it did.

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Wednesday July 1, 2020, at 11:13 pm

This and that

Something I have been working on recently is related to the epic Shadow of the Colossus game on Playstation.  My daughter and I have been kind of obsessed with the game the last few months, and we decided to try our hand at designing new colossi that could have been in the game.  Here is Vrachius, my idea for an octopus/kraken type of creature to battle with.

In other news, I am continuing to work on the murder mystery story for Random Ink based on the classic delta blues song “Death Letter Blues.”  Here are some digital studies I recently made of Son House, the composer of that song.

And finally here are just some fun little alien guys I doodled the other night.  It’s been a while since I inked traditionally, so it was fun to bust out the good ol’ brush pen!

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Wednesday June 3, 2020, at 1:26 pm

Redrawing monsters!

This drawing was done as part of the Monster Project, where different artists illustrate the creations of some amazing kids. This is Bumpy, created by 7-year old Grant! Bumpy is an alien with an impressive list of powers. When Grant mentioned one of them was “lava breath” I just had to draw it! I also had fun drawing those cool eyes and claws. Below you can see Grant’s amazing original drawing!

For more info and to see even more amazing work (and maybe join in yourself!), check out themonsterproject.org.

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Wednesday May 27, 2020, at 11:26 pm

Things that are awesome: Courtney Crumrin

My daughter and I recently took a break from reading the Harry Potter series to introduce her to the world of Courtney Crumrin and all the various night things of her world.  Ted Naifeh has created a true classic with these graphic novels.  I highly recommend them to anyone who likes spunky protagonists, fairie creatures, and slightly dark humor.  Ted is a master of atmosphere and light and shadow.  This piece of fan art was so much fun to create!  I hope you dig it.

 

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Friday May 8, 2020, at 6:25 pm

More Six Fan Arts!

I enjoyed doing the Six Fan Arts Challenge so much that I did two more! The first was from requests from our local Sketch Night group, and the second was requested by students in the Cartoonist Club I sponsor.

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Wednesday April 29, 2020, at 2:57 pm

Things that are awesome: Scud the Disposable Assassin

This was such a blast to draw. One of my favorite indie comics in high school was Rob Schrab‘s Scud the Disposable Assassin. I remember proudly wearing a Scud t-shirt to school like a real hipster and even getting a sketch from Rob at San Diego Comicon in ‘97. Such a cool comic, full of groovy, over-the-top action and surreal situations. Here is Scud with his faithful pal, Drywall. Pardon me while I go dig out these old comics to read…

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Wednesday April 22, 2020, at 10:36 pm

The Great Red Dragon

Going to be doing some fan art on here fairly regularly featuring work from other creator owned comics (and other random stuff I like). Starting off with one of the ultimate indie comics… Bone! I fell in love with this series when it was first coming out and had the great pleasure of reading it with my daughter a few years ago (like many, many parents). The Great Red Dragon was always one of my favorites… definitely the most chill dragon in all of literature. Thank you, Jeff Smith, for creating this classic for us all!

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