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.

Turnips, Artichokes, and Leeks

In an ongoing series of foods and cooking, I’ve drawn some of my favorite veggies.

I started with a few concept rough drawings:

raddish turnip

Then I moved on to pencils (not pictured) and inks:

veggies

Finally I added a wash and in photoshop, a greenish tint:

veggies

I’ve also made a meat chart:

meat

Crows and Halftone

In my continuing experience with midtowns and color, I have unlisted the aid of some crows. My uncle was kind enough to photograph these crows at the beach.

I used a grey brush pen for the crows on the right, which gives the midtown a watercolor-feel. The crows on the left use a red brush pen that I manipulated as a solid block of color.

Going forward, I plan on using halftone dots in conjunction with other colors. Stay tuned!

crows

Here are the original crows.

crowscrows

Daredevil Profiles

The second season of Daredevil hasn’t been bad: there’s actually a Daredevil costume, there’s finally a Punisher that is not a joke, and it’s super violent. However, I think the best part of DD has been the moody, noir lighting. It’s very evocative of the Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen Daredevil, and it adds a necessary gravitas to what could be a very campy super-hero.

And as always, when the visual realm inspires me, I do a little drawin’. This is a profile of Matt Murdock talking to a priest. I was really taken with the sliver of light on the front on Matt’s face that quickly fades into grey then blackness.

matt murdock

This is the priest with whom Matt is speaking. I kept the eyes bright because it gives him a supernatural, laser-eye appearance.

priest

Filming a Ghost

A few months ago, a startup contacted me to illustrate them some designs for their blog. They ended up not using the designs, so I now share this with you!

ghost film

This is an ink wash and technical pen mash up. What I love about the wash is that it takes on a warm tone even though it’s diluted black ink. It’s great for more subtle shadows, and for a supernatural, ethereal feel.