Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I just sat down this evening to get a post up and found that the piece of art that I wanted to share is delightfully Halloween appropriate! So, enjoy the art, enjoy the holiday, and enjoy some zombies I guess.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Revising my development process

I've been having fun working with a new process for creating book three. Instead of handling the book one page at a time, start to finish, I have been working through the whole book all at once in phases: layout, sketches, pencils, inks. It's sort of like being a one-man assembly line. Using this method I have already completed the first draft of writing and layout for this issue and am about half way though the sketching.

This has been exciting on a number of levels (and I will probably go into more detail in subsequent posts) but the number one thing that this has done for me so far is it has allowed me to see the writing process unfold very quickly through a series of iterations. I got started by breaking down the events of the narrative into a page-by-page sequence and then divided that up into simple panel layouts and basic dialog. At this point I can take a first simple read-through of the story, sans images but with a rough idea of pacing.

Following this step I proceeded to measure out all the panel divisions for all twenty-eight pages of the issue. I enjoy doing this because it allows me to trace off the exact size and proportion of each panel in the book when I sit down to do my sketch-layouts of the content. Before I proceed to sketch layouts themselves. The result is a series of large, pre-pencil, sketch-compositions from which I lightbox when I start penciling.

While I have used this sketch method in the past, this is the first time that I have done large segments of a story in sketch form before proceeding to finish work. By doing it this way I am already getting a preview of how the story will actually read before I commit to development that will be too
costly (in terms of time) to fix. I expect that in a couple of weeks I will have finished this next phase of development and will be in a position to read through another iteration of the story and begin making serious edits as necessary.

I'll have more pictures as I complete the sketches and move into the penciling phase of the project (one of my secret hopes is that the new process will force me to take my pencils more seriously as preparatory work for finished inks). Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Moving to a new location!

My new site is up and ready to accept visitors.

Very special thanks to Ian Wilson for the design. I'm really excited to have my own site again and I'm looking forward to having it grow with me. I've had a few domains over the years and I've always had to scrap the site once I switched projects, so for once I decided to go with a domain that I can keep.

Check it out!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Feeling in the groove.

Just finished inking a page. I've been waivering back and forth between tech pens and brushes for a little while. I went all brushes on this one and I think I'm finally getting the hang of them. It felt natural, and I loved working with them. It was a nice change of pace.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Big changes coming soon!

It is really late, so I will keep this brief. This blog will be moving soon to a new location on my very own webpage. Development is coming along swimingly (thanks to a friend who I will credit in due time) and the design is looking great; so I'm pretty excited about it. I will drop a link here when the move takes place, so keep checking back.

In the meantime, some drawings!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Zack Snyder: Typist

The following excerpt is taken from the script of the Cohen's Brother's film The Man Who Wasn't There.


               Ed enters, uncomfortable. He looks around, taking in the 
               high-ceilinged space, which is dominated by a grand piano.

               Carcanogues has followed him and now runs water from a tap.

                         I speak to you on ze phone, non? You 
                         have a special interest in music?


                         Ah yes, a music lover.

                         Well, I don't pretend to be an expert.


               He uncaps a small bottle of pills, shakes two into his palm, 
               tosses them back and washes them down.


               He twists a cigarette into a long holder, sticks it in his 
               mouth and lights it.


                         Well? How'd she do?

               This elicits a Gallic frown of consideration.

                         Ze girl?... She seems like a very 
                         nice girl. She *plays*, monsieur, 
                         like a very nice girl. Ztinks. Very 
                         nice girl. However, ztinks.

                         I don't understand.

                         Is not so hard to understand. Her 
                         playing, very polite.

                         Did she make mistakes?

               Another gallic moue:

                         Mistake, no, it says E-flat, she 
                         plays E-flat. Ping-ping. Hit the 
                         right note, always. Very proper.

                         I don't understand, no mistakes, 
                         she's just a kid--I thought you taught 
                         the, uh, the--

                         Ah, but that is just what I cannot 
                         teach. I cannot teach her to have a 
                         soul. Look, monsieur, play the piano, 
                         is not about the fingers. *Done* 
                         with the fingers, yes. But the music, 
                         she is inside. Inside, monsieur...

               A two-handed gesture, indicating his heart.

                         ...The music start here...

               He waggles his fingers:

                         ...come out through here; then, 

               His wave takes in the heavens:

                         ...she can go up there.

                         Well, look, I don't claim to be an 

                         Then you listen to me, for I am 
                         expert. That girl, she give me a 
                         headache. She cannot play. Nice girl. 
                         Very clever hands. Nice girl. Someday, 
                         I think, maybe, she make a very good 

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A little something I worked on for Christmas

Here's a piece I worked on for my Fiancee Rebekah. I got her a book for Christmas, but the cover was so bad that I thought I'd do a new one. In the end my own cover had its own set of issues, but I thought I'd share it anyways.
In color.
In black & white.

I had a bunch of musings to post on digital coloring, the peril of pink skies (it's supposed to be dawn), and illustration as cover art, but I'm out of time and I have to go. Maybe someday.