Hitting the Oregon Trail

Terrific news to those of you that enjoy my cartooning: the second installment of Hitting the Oregon Trail is now available in my online store! It encompasses the first and the second issue into one, jumbo issue! People who saw the original 13-page comic may notice that I have colored this newest iteration of Hitting the Oregon Trail quite differently. Why did I do this? For many good reasons.


First, this new color scheme is significantly less labor intensive. The original coloring of this page took several hours, while the new color scheme took about one hour.
Second, I believe this new color scheme is more interesting than the original, in that the original was fairly representational, the colors used more or less corresponding to what they might be in real life, and draws attention away from the form, particularly the inking. The new, more expressive color palette emphasizes the inking. Furthermore, as the person who is actually doing the coloring, this color palette is more interesting to work with than the original one.

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Jason and the Argonauts

I came across a still from Jason and the Argonauts, which is a movie that had a profound influence on my formative years. I’d recommend seeing it for the Ray Harryhausen animation alone. So here’s my process.

I started with pencils.
pencils skeleton

Then I moved onto line work.
work in progress

Then I added some spot blacks
spot black

And followed by some ink wash.
inkwash

And finally I added a color layer and adjusted the levels in Photoshop.
jason and the argonaut skeleton fight

Pop by a Wood Chipper

I was going to document this step by step, but I was so enthusiastic about drawing my dad with the Fez I got him for Xmas that I forgot to document each step properly. I may go back and play with this image further, but for now it’s done. This is an ink wash and brush pen team-up with a little photoshop color tint.

wood chipper man

Robot in Spot Black

In my continuing journey through heavy shadow, I have drawn some brawny bots.
I had two goals in drawing these bots: first, the robot on the left has a level of detail that I usually illustrate with line work, but I wanted to try to delineate details with light and shadow rather than line. And second, the robot on the right has a simple enough design that I could get a little playful with my highlights.

robots

Robot Cityscape

I’ve decided to get back to basics: robots comin’ to town!

What love about robots in a city, aside from the obvious, is that it’s a great opportunity to test easier ways to draw cityscapes. You see, gentle reader, while I love looking at cityscapes, as I imagine many of ye do, I find drawing them labor intensive, time consuming,  and sometimes boring. So the “robots in a cityscape” exercise is a three-pronged attack: practice cityscapes to become faster and generally more proficient at drawing something that can be un[pleasant to draw; discover new short cuts along the way;draw some robots.

Octopus for the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hard to believe that another year has gone by. And in honor of the 18th year of this century, I have here and octopus. I realize that octopi have eight arms and not 18, but let’s  not worry about that.

I started with a pencil sketch that started out very loose, then I gradually tightened up a bit.

octopus sketch

I then inked it.

octopus

I was originally planning on leaving it black and white, but I eventually decided to apply a wash and some ink splatter.

octopus

The original piece is fairly large, and even with my large format printer, I had to stitch this together.