Thursday, November 30, 2006
I've finally started painting landscapes from life again, taking the watercolors out with me for quick lunch breaks. Fortunately the weather has been most agreeable lately... I'd forgotten how relaxing it can be to go out and paint what you see, making choices what to show, finding patterns in the colors... Here's the latest...
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
a quick hommage to one of my favorite painters... with the way he exaggerated proportions and experimented with different cultural styles, I would have loved to seen how he would have drawn comics...
For the uninitiated, here's a link to some of his work and a brief bio... here
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Finally, the final version, in rough... see below for the color finish. This one just felt right to me, aerodynamic and sleek, not too cute, not too scary, and fun! Hopefully others will feel the same.
What do you think? I'd like to hear from you... yes, you. Not the person behind you, looking over your shoulder. Not the crusty old man who lives downstairs who mumbles to himself while eating Cream of Wheat (or is it farina?). Not even the french pastry chef who makes the "to die for" eclairs that you savor. I wanna hear from you!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
More Bim developmental drawings... Was starting to get the right feel here, but still didn't feel right to me. Not aerodynamic enough, maybe still a little too scary, or too cutesy... another thing to keep in mind when I'm creating a character is "Will I want to draw this guy a thousand times looking the way he does?" Because if I don't, I'm setting myself up for a world of hurt down the road when I'm drawing up a story.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Just putting up some random stuff from the ol' sketchbook... just doodles really. Who said my doodlin' wouldn't get me anywhere? Oh yeah, most of my teachers, that's who. Well, that was before the days of sketchblogs wasn't it? Hah! The last laugh is mine!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Autumn is one my favorite times of the year, particularly now when the leaves are peaking (at least here in central NC they are) and starting to fall. I love the colors, the smells, the coolness after the humid summer, heck I even like to rake leaves. And of course my kids love to jump in the piles... so here's to autumn! Maybe someday I'll actually color this sketch up!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
-or- How a Cow became a Bim pt.2- I was going to start talking about what I started playing with after the initial cow drawings to make a unique character, but at this point the changes are pretty obvious. The similarities left are his eyes and general attitude, only because so much of that comes from the expression in the eyes...
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
As promised, here are the cow drawings that spawned a whole new set of characters and I guess even a new drawing style for me. Kind of opened my cartoonier style... or at least was a step along the way. Its always been interesting to me how the evolution of one's style progresses, so I thought it was high time to look at my own progression. (If one could call this progress... )
Monday, October 16, 2006
Way too long since I posted, what's going on here anyway? Must...post...something...before blogging abilities...wane...
This lil' critter evolved from a cow,
in a few days I might show you how
His best friend's a girl who's also a bee
Her picture can be seen on my first entry.
More to come with these guys...
Friday, September 08, 2006
On the occassion of the 4th collection of Grant Morrison and my run on Doom Patrol being released, I thought it would be a good time to present some sketches I did years later while having a fit of nostalgia. After re-reading theses stories, I was reminded just how fun they were to illustrate, truly some of the most enjoyable stories of my career. Bizarre, yes, and truly funny at times.
I've often been asked how we came up with such strange material. I don't know about Grant, who came up with most of it, but for me it was just a lot of taking things that wouldn't normally go together, and finding a way to make them work together. I took a lot of cues from the surrealists, particuarly Max Ernst, whose collages were a prime example of this... telling stories with an image cobbled together from different elements that were never meant to belong. Somehow, they take on a life of their own from there. Good times...
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Nothing says summer in North Carolina like... ice skating? Well, the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup back in June, so why not? Anyway, my son Brendan joined his buddy Brendan for some ice skating at the local rink one hot Sunday in August, and not wanting to crush my kneecaps with my incompent skating style, I figured it'd be a good chance to sketch. While most skaters are moving pretty quick they tend to repeat the same actions as they go around the ice, which made it easier to capture some of their gestures.
Friday, August 25, 2006
In the time-honored manner of showing the process of artwork on a blog, I was going to show the preliminary drawing of my last post. In the end though, I couldn't leave well enough alone and decided to throw a simple design element into it. Simple, yet effective, yes?
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Another pin-uppy shot from the past, this one of the Black Widow. Ended up donating this original to the HeroesCon original art auction back in June... If you don't know Heroes Con, you should! That is, if you're a big fan of comical books, which I know most people are of course... Check 'em out! http://www.heroesonline.com/index2.htm
Friday, August 18, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Okay, now that I've gone and done it, I guess I better start somewhere with posting up some pics! Here's one of many "girls with guns" I've drawn over the years... Guess it all started when I came up with the concept of "Annie Ammo" that I created years ago. (A history of that character will have to be an upcoming subject no doubt...)
This one was created on the back of a script one day just to loosen up. Careful observers will note the bits of type still showing through the back of the page. Colors added later in photoshop.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Hi, and welcome to my blog. I've started this site as an excuse to get some of my sketches and drawings out on the web, as well as incentive to keep sketching on a regular basis. Will be adding more images soon. Let the madness begin!!!