I recently had the pleasure of creating a pin-up illustration of Sherbet Lock for my friend Michael Vincent Bramley.He seems to be collection illustrations of his very own character for some unkown reason. I couldn’t imagine why, and I’m afraid to ask because I’m sure unimaginably terrible purpose. However when Michael asked me to contribute to his vile addiction, I was happy to oblige. Fore you see my fare readers, I’m addicted too. Addicted to drawing! Muahahahahahaha.
Anyway….. I think this is the first finished piece that I created in Manga Studio 5. I love all the new brushes and pen tools. I really enjoyed watercolor/inkwash effects I was able to achieve.
This was also my first finished illustration I created using my new (ish) Yiynova MSP19U, aka a Cintiq-like tablet without the price tag. Drawing directly on the screen was a huge time saver and I was able to improvise a lote more with my inking, (almost) just like when I work on paper. Normally while inking digitally, I would have to draw a lot more of details in my pencil draft and try to follow them pretty faithfully with my inking lines. However, with this piece i was able to quickly and naturally make upa lot of the background details as i went. Heck, It feels so natural and fluid, I can even do sketching digitally, and save the time of digitizing my pencil work.
Below is a slideshow of the steps of my creative process. I dont’ usually go through so many draft iterations before a finished piece. Normally I do one or two initial sketches before I move onto digital inking, but because this scene was rather complicated and i found it helpful to develop this image more thoroughly by slowing down the process and adding a couple intermediate steps.
I also took advantage of Behance‘s work-in-progress page to document my process. Definitely check out my WiP page for this project if you want to see larger images and soem more details about my process.
My wife, Laura, and I have attempted to collaborate on a single pieces a few other times, but usually we don’t get very far. All that’s behind us now! We finally finished a piece that we started together. Maybe we learned a little better how and what to delegate between us or maybe I learned to let go of control better. Whatever it was it worked out.
The final piece is a two-color screen print with embossing we created for Bottleneck Gallery’s new exhibition I Love You Man. Laura wanted to do a piece based on the friendship between Fry and Bender from Futurama. What better way to express a friendship between two guys than to create an old-timey beer!
The exhibition will be up from May 10th- May 26th 2013. Opening reception tonight at 7pm.
Brooklyn NY 11249
Further details here.
MoCCA Fest was a whopping success this year. We were very impressed with the new set-up implemented by MoCCA’s new benevolent over-lords, The Society of Illustrators. There were many differences from previous years, mos tof them great. The curtain dividers between rows meant everyone automatically got some space to hang their banners and art, and less background noise (although I still lost my voice fora bit from talking over the crowd all day). The MoCCA Museum Gallery was a pleasant addition. Loved seeing all the original cartoon art (see the photo gallery below). The fancy aisle banners and full-color commemorative booklet were nice touches too. The booklet looked great and included a picture and blurb from every single exhibitor. One very excited little girl even asked me to sign our page in the booklet.
As for EyeHeartUs (aka Laura G + me), all the improvement by SOI must have helped since our sales practically doubled over last year. I dunno if it was the crowd the attracted or the presentation or just us , but most other tablers I talked to seamed to be doing better as well. We’re definitely looking forward to another year of SOI at the helm. Overall I had lots of fun. Seems like we comics festivals are the only time we get to see half our friends nowadays. It was great to see and meet so many creative people and discover their work.
Speaking of new work. Two of my comics debuted at MoCCA Fest: my new mini Who Wants Meat? and the comic I contributed to the second Three Armed Squid anthology. You can check out photos of both along with other snapshots from the weekend.
..but I still drew it. It likes ice cream
First off, I just want to let the universe know that this weekend I, along with Laura Galbraith and Alice Meichi, will be be tabling at Otakon, the east coast’s premiere anime and comics convention, taking place in Baltimore, MD. Sources tell me our table is R13 in the Artists’ Alley. So if you are within the gravitational pull of that star system it would be nice to see y’all before you get sucking into the gravitational pull of all the amazing costumes that will surely be there. This will be my first time in both Baltimore and to Otakon. Super excited!
Below are some new stickers I made this week with a brand new drawing in preparation for Otakon. It started as a possible tattoo idea, but then I thought, “This would look way rad on silver. Too bad I don’t have silver skin … but i do have silver sticker paper…”
First print came out perfect. So far so good…
Next page: not so good. Apparently silver paper likes to clog things. Apparently, i need to cleanse the toner drum between sheets. This is one of the scrap pages.
Eventually I stopped wasting paper, and came up with a pile of shiny stickers! Hooray!
I recently did a series for Time Out Chicago Kids for articles highlighting Chicago’s playgrounds, and the lack thereof in certain areas. Check out the online version of the section including a few of my illustrations throughout. There are a few more that only appear in the print version.
This was a really fun assignment to draw and I enjoyed added my own cocepts into the mix. Getting to douse a bulldozer with boogers was one of the highlights for me.
I created these 95% in Adobe Illustrator with some final touches and color adjustment s in Photoshop. For the most part I worked directly from my sketches> Normally i might do a second draft in pencil to ink digitally, but the deadline was pretty tight, and I was already pretty happy with the sketches. That also helped keep the energy the initial sketches.
I’m not sure if an almond eating popped corn counts as cannibalism.
Over the weekend I did some screen printing of a new piece. It’s the first time I screen printed something myself in a loooooooooooooong time. Very out of practice and very sore but I really like how it came out.
I had been wanting to screen print for a while since I happen to have access to a studio. However I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to print. None of my existing finished pieces seemed like they’d translate well. So I started pecking around and had I had this drawing of just regular ice cream truck lying around. Though it would be fun attack it with some vandalism and put some scary bears are the wheel set it in some soft-serve colors. The rest is sweaty, ink-cover history.
Will be selling them at MoCCA Fest and maybe The Brooklyn Zine Fest later this month. But why wait until then?
Another random drawing, that I drew last night. I was culling through my sketchbook for inspiration ad this little antlered fellow caught my fancy. I, however, can’t explain the disembodied old man, therefore… SURREALISM! That’s what it is.
What if I type my post OVER the main image for a change. I feel like shaking it up tonight. That’s why I drew this weird doodle creature. I haven’t much to say about it except I like the colors. I think I’m anticipating spring, or reacting to the unseasonal weather we’re had in Brooklyn lately.