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.

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Delicate Adventures in 3D

I have embarked on a Delicate Adventure to make a strong table presence for my web comic Delicate Adventures. 

I drew up some basic plans here, keeping in mind the needs of this statuette, such as a pedestal for stability and a sign that locks into the egg with a peg.

egg stand diagram

Then I passed this off to my friend who will render it in a 3D program.

Next, I pass this file off to my friend who can 3D print the egg, the pedestal, and the egg itself.

3d printing

Once everything is printed, this is what it looks like.

black egg

Here is the final egg, painted (by my friend with the 3D printer) and assembled! If you see  Delicate Adventures and me at a convention, look out for this beautiful statue!

egg statue

Pepper

An asset management software company called Pepper has commissioned a series of comics for their website, social media, blogs, etc. As a copywriter and illustrator, I come up with stirring copy then illustrate comics to accompany it. It’s a very fun and challenging project, and I am glad that people recognize comics not only as a respectable art form, but as a viable medium to convey practical ideas.

pepper