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Wednesday February 24, 2021, at 10:12 pm

Inking/coloring practice


I’ve been doing more digital inking and coloring practice over the pencils of the talented Ben Caldwell.

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Thursday February 18, 2021, at 12:12 am

Snow day fan art!

So, we are on week two of snow days (or “virtual learning days due to inclement weather”) in our area.  My daughter and I decided to use some of the free time to challenge each other with another round of the Six Fan Arts challenge.  Above you can see my drawings of the six characters she gave me, and below are the six I had her draw.  I especially enjoyed drawing Mebh (from the Wolfwalkers animated film that just came out on Apple+) and Snag (from the Long Gone Gulch animated pilot… a really fun cartoon she introduced me to).  But the best thing is seeing her draw some of our favorite characters in her style!  It’s great having such a creative daughter.

 

 

 

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Wednesday February 3, 2021, at 9:20 pm

Face studies

Facial expression practice from tonight’s Sketch Night!

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Saturday January 23, 2021, at 10:51 pm

Inking practice

Lately, I’ve been trying to improve my digital inking skills by working over the pencils of some of my favorite artists.  This is quite relaxing, and I feel like I’m learning a lot…

Penciled by Jim Lee:

Penciled by Ben Caldwell:

Penciled by Jake Parker:

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Thursday November 26, 2020, at 10:48 pm

Inktober 2020- Wrap up

Inktober Day 27: Aces & Eights!
These guys I created in high school were going to run a super-powered detective agency. Ace Kingston had various vision powers while Jackson Aighte was invulnerable. Maybe I’ll do something with them someday…

 

Inktober Day 28: Prodigal!
I had a story idea with this guy back in high school where you would see it from his perspective as he took down one of our superhero teams… only to reveal it was all a simulation of what he was about to do.

 

Inktober Day 29: Sever!
Yet another character from my high school days. I think this guy was inspired by Ripclaw from Cyberforce.

 

Inktober Day 30: Sliver!
Another character from my high school comics… such a pleasant fellow!

 

Inktober 2020 Day 31: Decrypt!
Back in high school Elton and I created this cosmic entity to be one of the main villains in our universe. We still might use him someday…

Thanks for following along with my Inktober drawings this year! It has been a blast to revisit so many old characters, even if it took most of November for me to finish.

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Wednesday November 11, 2020, at 11:26 pm

Inktober 2020- Week 4


Inktober Day 19: Drogo Trentwhistle!
I have not played much D&D, but the last time I did this was my character. He was a halfling werebear. Our party’s trademark move was to toss me in halfling form into a room full of orcs, at which point I would transform and slaughter them. Fun times!


Inktober Day 20: Lazarus Hunt!
Co-created by Elton Gahr , Lazarus spends his days investigating the unsolved mysteries of the world. We’re looking forward to telling some of his tales soon!

 

Inktober Day 21: Menace!
This character appeared in the very first comic Elton Gahr and I created back in 7th grade study hall. (There was definitely a Venom inspiration going on.) We still have big plans for this evil, shape-shifting alien in our upcoming Random Ink comics.

Inktober Day 22: Dusk!
This shadowy figure is another one of my older characters that we have big plans for in new stories. Is he emerging from the darkness or part of it?

Inktober Day 23: Paladan!
I created this cosmic character with @eltongahr over 20 years ago and haven’t drawn him since. His origin involved space battles, a genocidal madman, and a fun time paradox. It was fun to bust out the Kirby krackle brush on this one.

Inktober Day 24: Spitfire!
Another one of my characters I haven’t drawn since high school. Spitfire woke up in an alley with no memory but the ability to make anything he touched burst into flames. I remember drawing that alley helped me learn how to render bricks in perspective.

 

Inktober Day 25: Stryker!
Another of my high school characters, this warrior had an incredible healing factor (totally unlike Wolverine), a double bladed sword (totally unlike Shatterstar), and was part of a team called Mutant Force (totally unlike X-Force). 🙂

Inktober Day 26: Rasputan!
Here is another member of Mutant Force, one of my comics from high school. He was actually the brains of the group and could project heat rays, if I remember right.

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Friday October 23, 2020, at 11:11 pm

Inktober 2020- Week 3

Day 14: Grop!
I love drawing this guy from one of my Duel comics. He didn’t last too long in my battle comic with Matt Meyers. Drawing the hair and weird proportions of this rock-eating beastie is so much fun.

 

Day 15: Lord Thornton Bartholomew!
This gentleman sorcerer is one of my favorite characters from my Duel comics. One of my students fell in love with his look and declared she was adopting him as her grandfather. Years later, when I created a comic about him writing a letter to his granddaughter, I made sure to use her name.

 

Day 16: Cyborg Stan!
One of the characters from my first issue of Duel. It was a lot of fun to create a short space western backstory for him a few years ago.

 

Day 17: Grantolonius Rex!
Now we’re getting to some more obscure characters… I haven’t drawn this guy in about 8 years. My Cartoonist Club I sponsor at the high school decided to create a tournament of characters inspired by the old Fist-a-Cuffs blog by Sam Hiti. This weirdo was my entry in that first tournament. He didn’t last too long, but he was a blast to draw.

 

Day 18: Meatstorm!
Another crazy character I created about 8years ago for the Clash of Champions tournament that we do in the high school cartoonist club I sponsor. It’s kind of fun to imagine what the other settings on his arm gun could be… what do YOU think?

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Wednesday October 14, 2020, at 11:38 pm

Inktober 2020- Week 2

Inktober Day 7: Toby Fox!
No, not the creator of Undertale… I actually first created Toby back in college in 1997. As the star of my Rook City comic, he spends his days investigating the various unexplained mysteries happening around campus. Eventually this attracts the notice of Sam, one of the ancient order of Custodians that protect the city. I recently drew a new Rook City short story with my daughter which I will share with you soon.

Day 8: The Rebuker!
Another Rook City character originally created in 1997… this guy sprung from the amusing thought of what all these hard-boiled 90’s vigilantes would be like as senior citizens. He has become one of the main characters in the city and someone Toby consistently has to keep an eye on so that his quest for justice doesn’t get out of hand.

 

Day 9: Dimitri!
Back in 2005 Elton Gahr came up with the idea for the Vlad Squad, a group of wannabe college vampires who each have different powers. We have featured them in several Rook City stories. Dimitri here can transform into a bat, wolf, or mist.

 

Day 10: Gregori!
Coming up with good names is never easy, but when @eltongahr came up with the idea for this group of characters and told me they were called the Vlad Squad, I knew he was on to something. Designing them went really quickly… their look just came together smoothly. This is Gregori, the actor of the group and the one with the power of hypnotism. Whether he uses that ability to make his audiences enjoy his performances or not is a matter of some debate.

 

Day 11: Esmerelda!
One of the most hardcore members of the Vlad Squad, she has vampiric strength and invulnerability. Always fun to draw! Co-created by @eltongahr .

 

Day 12: Ralph!
Ralph was the first member of the Vlad Squad to doubt whether they were really vampires or not. Perhaps because his only vampiric power was that of no reflection.

 

Day 13: Dark Star & the Captain!
Rumor has it that the Captain, Rook City’s favorite superhero, is nothing but an opportunistic charlatan. Rumor has it that Dark Star is merely an under appreciated actor hired to fight him in mock battles. But who pays attention to rumors…?

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Wednesday October 7, 2020, at 9:24 pm

Inktober 2020- Week 1

Day 1: The Last Martian!
This year for Inktober I am doing nothing but original characters and digital inks. I still love inking traditionally, but definitely feel I need some practice to refine my digital linework. The characters are going to range from some of our more established characters to some pretty obscure ones to even some ridiculous ones I haven’t drawn since high school! It should be fun, and I hope you come along for the ride.

The Last Martian first premiered in our Random Ink anthology about 15 years ago. It was about the time of the first Mars Rover, and I was amused by the idea of a grumpy Martian vs an oblivious Rover in an homage to the classic Coyote & Roadrunner cartoons. You can read some of his misadventures if you look back in my posts a bit. I will be creating a brand new story with this guy in the near future, so stay tuned!

 

Day 2: Dr. Nimbus!
The world’s most frustrated evil genius and star of my Evil Ain’t Easy comic… this guy is always quite fun to write (and draw). Way back in 2006, this comic ran as a strip in the Kansas City Star’s Previews section. Later, I retooled it, and it was accepted into DC Comics’ Zuda webcomics contest (it placed #3 that month). Eventually, a couple of years ago I decided to revisit these characters and tell a few more stories and gags I had for them in a full issue of Evil Ain’t Easy. Writing Dr. Nimbus is cathartic, because it gives me license to complain about the various annoyances of modern life with hopefully a fun twist.

Day 3: Lothar!
This uber-chill reanimated henchman acts as an enjoyable foil to the high strung Dr. Nimbus. Little known fact… I got his name from an old Mike Meyers SNL skit, “Lothar of the Hill People” (although according to Nimbus, Lothar is named after Nimbus’ pet gerbil).

 

Day 4: Cinder & Feathers!
These guys premiered in a story in the second issue of our Random Ink anthology that featured chess and demonically possessed bullfrogs. I’d like to tell some more tales with these chaps someday…

 

Day 5: Sir Knight!
This character was created by Elton Gahr and I back in 7th grade study hall. We are still telling stories with this knight out of time in our Random Ink comic. This drawing was a fun experiment, and I guess I accidentally used today’s official prompt “Blade”.

 

Day 6: Al!
Here is another one of our oldest characters that Elton and I created back in 7th grade. His name is an acronym for Alien Lifeform. This new drawing shows an important moment from the story we are telling of him and other heroes.

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Wednesday September 30, 2020, at 8:49 pm

Symmetrical octopus

This octo-guy started life as a fun little experiment with Procreate’s symmetrical drawing guides.

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