Friday, December 17, 2010

New Poster. Simple, Elegant, just needs some iPod earphones :D

Here's a preview of another poster designed for the Amity Blamity 2011 marketing campaign.  
Starting in January we're going to be trying to promote awareness for Amity Blamity Book One hitting the stores in April and available in Previews in February!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Speculation on "Social" Behavior

I was invited to be a Special Guest Writer for one of my favorite comics Lethargic Lad.  I wrote the above comic(based on actual events) which was drawn by my good pal Greg.  Click on the image to visit his site for hilarious comics spoofing Superheroes & Pop Culture.  Don't forget to follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Amity Blamity Digital Release Covers

With Book One eagerly waiting to be printed and its release in stores everywhere, Amity Blamity will also be available for download through various Digital Comics providers so you can get them on your iDevice or your computer.  I'm not sure when they will be available, but will also make them available here on the blog too :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Cover Mock Up

Here's yet another revised mock up for the Book One cover. 
 My good friend Lisa has been helping me out and we're still revising, but this version is closer.  The process got slowed down by some freelance work that came my way, but hopefully we'll have book one locked and loaded by the end of the week :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cover Concept v2

Here's another cover mock up that got nixed.  Getting closer though :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cover Sketch

Here's a sketch I did for the cover of Book One.  
I'm going to take another stab at it cuz this composition is a bit crammed and probably not a good choice for a cover. 
I like the drawing and it's got a good expressiveness so I figured I'd post it. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

APE 2010 Round Up

This past weekend I was over at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco.  All-in-all it was a good time, while sales weren't that great(I heard the same from a lot of the attendees, so I don't feel too bad) the people who did stop by to check things out seemed genuinely interested in the book and it's upcoming release. I got to meet a lot of really cool folks and hang out with my pals Jonathan, Vincent & Jana (all Image central employees coincidentally enough) and all their comics pals who stopped by to check things out :)

I also got to go over more details about AmityBlamity Book One with Dan from SLG...exciting news coming shortly!  As well as meet the amazingly talented Philippa Rice who does one of my favorite comics called "My Cardboard Life"  - if you haven't checked it out here's a link  it's pretty brilliant.  She was all the way over from London England for the weekend!

Finally, I want to give some shout outs to Dave & Nikita who bought early copies of Pigtails and Potbellies back in 2008, their pal Alek, Laurne Davis who is putting out a book called "The Comic Book Guide to the Mission" in which there will be 3 pages by yours truly, and Leef the owner of Mission Comics & Art who I featured in my pages for Laurens book :)  Also, big thanks to all the good people who picked up a copy of Amity Blamity and who shared their stuff with me.  I didn't get to do any shopping so I was thrilled to be able to trade with people for great books!

Well, back to work - as soon as I solidify my exciting news I will post the details :D

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Poster Art

Just finished up inking this poster I'm hoping to use at APE this weekend and other upcoming conventions.
Next step...color!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hoo-RAY! Book One...Done.

Well...kinda.  I just finished the artwork.  It still has to be scanned, lettered and prepped for printing, so there's still quite a bit of work 'til the book is actually "done."  However, the drawing part is pretty much complete and I gotta say it feels pretty good -160 pages, scripted, penciled & inked in 18 weeks. I'm pretty proud to get to the end(kinda). I'm not sure if a lot of people get the opportunity to start a project and get to finish what they start without having to sacrifice it for something more practical so I'm pretty thankful and it's a really nice milestone to hit.  I imagine this is what it's like wrapping principal photography on a movie. 
Here's a shot of the pile of onward to post-production!

Monday, October 4, 2010

POTD: Background Inks

Here's what a final inked page looks like before it gets scanned.  I do the Lettering and Tone on the computer and drop out the gray from the pencils and then a page is pretty much done!  If i had the time and money, I would print out the text and paste it down and get actual Letratone and apply it to the physical page.  I love seeing old original art that is a photo ready piece, but I don't plan on selling the pages so I guess I can let it slide...unless someone drives a dump truck full of money up to my place ;)
For inking the backgrounds I use pens, just for speed and economy.  Below are the pens of choice for my bg art.  The Pentel Brush pen is probably the nicest brush pen I've ever used.  The ink is nice and the tip feels most like a brush and it saves time from dipping and blotting. I use this mostly for organic type stuff in the bg like leaves or stuff with a soft texture.  The micron pens are: 005(for fine details like woodgrain or hatching) 02(for midgrounds) andthe 05(for bolder lines to bring an edge to the front).  These are typically used on anything hard, like walls, floors furniture etc.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

POTD: Inking

At this stage of inking, I'm going through and doing all the characters.  I find that you get into a kind of flow and don't want to stop and switch gears to do the backgrounds so I'll pile up a chunk of pages and when my hand gets tired I can take a break and do the bgs.  Later, I'll do the bgs and props with a pen or brush pen (my subtle little trick to distinguish the characters from the bgs) so I can take them to a coffee shop or something and get out of the house.   Doing bgs and objects is kind of boring to me so it helps to be doing something else at the same time.  The characters are where the life and story is, which is another reason I like to do them separately and nicely with a brush and ink.  

Below are my current inking tools.  Windsor Newton India Ink($5) and a #2 Blick Scholastic Wonder White Round($1.50).  Right now I'm inking up Chapter 6&7 with these and did the rest of the book with different brushes and ink - mostly what I could find at stores close to my place and what was the cheapest.  I think the most I ever paid for a brush was $4 but can't really tell the difference.  Once I bought cheap ink(Sumi Drawing Ink) and I could tell the difference, that stuff was watery and turned out kind of gray.  I like the Windsor Newton and will likely stick with it, it does a nice black and goes on smooth. I'm looking forward to comparing pages and trying to see if a difference in materials made any difference in the art.  Though, my hypothesis is: it's not the materials, but how tired or focused I was at the time!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Photo of the Day: Pre Inking

Finally finished the pencils for Book One! It's kind of like wrapping principal photography on a movie though, there's still a bit of work that needs to be done.  But it's a nice milestone to hit.  I still have to ink the final 2 chapters(about 30 pages) and I usually do it in stages, like my own little assembly line, doing parts at a time.  The first stage is inking all the boxes and speech bubbles.  I usually do these with a Micron pen and whip through a bunch before getting out the brush and india ink.  
The next stage will be inking the characters! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Photo of the Day: The New Studio

I recently just moved and have a new studio set up and the house.  I also just got that drawing table - prior to this month I was using a portable drawing table with the handle and ruler (you can see it there behind the chair).  Anyhoo, I'm always curious to see the workspace of other artists so I figured I would post this.
Also, for those interested in art materials, here's what I used for penciling. the 2ply Bristol paper is 9x12 but I use a letter sized drawing space because I have a small all-in-one type scanner.  The pencil is a drafting pencil with 4H leads which keep the pencils light so I can drop out the gray after it's inked.  On the far left there, I have my script and do the page layout/compositions in the margin.   
As fot the actual paper, I've used 3 different kinds making Book One.  I can't really tell the difference in quality, so I just go for the cheapest one.  The pad I'm currently using only cost $4.  In the words of an old detergent commercial from way back when : "I can't tell a difference, can you tell the difference?...PRICE is the difference!"
When I get to the inking I'll post more materials related stuff then :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

p.37 Think of the Possibilities!

Speaking of possibilities... i always liked this video, you've probably already seen it - but it's worth watching again :)

This one is also offers up some pretty interesting thoughts

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The FIRST AmityBlamity Sale Ever!

Monday afternoon a box arrives at my door containing 100 Amity Blamity Sample Books.  The team investigates for bombs and/or treats.
48 hours later the first ever sale of an Amity Blamity product is made :)

Congrats to Mr. Ray Long for being the first (but hopefully not the last!) to purchase the preview edition of AmityBlamity.
It contains the first 3 chapters of the book and is a limited print run of only 100 copies  which I will be taking with me to Chicago this month and to APE in the fall.  They'll all be signed and numbered and more than likely I'll do you a sketch or something on the first page so come on out and say "hello."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Just contracted Pig Corp. to handle my promotion and trade show sales :)

Uncle Downey just joined the team - now get out there and sell, sell, sell!

POP Prep

Oops! Missed posting a new page yesterday.  Instead, I was recruiting some helpers for some upcoming comic conventions that I will be attending :)  Introducing my sales team(pictured below).
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