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.

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.┬áThis is an ink wash and brush pen team-up with a little photoshop color tint.

wood chipper man

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

Double Indemnity

One of my favorites movies is Double Indemnity, which I first saw as a dumbass 18-year-old. Dumbass or not, I was able to appreciate the beautiful compositions and noir lighting.Recently, I watched this on a projector and I was able to take some very crisp reference photos. Here’s a process series!

double indemnity double indemnity double indemnity double indemnity

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

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 ┬ánot 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.

Cover of a Cover

My friend and writing partner is putting out the first chapter of his comic, and I have done the cover for him. He gave me a lot of artistic freedom (but not a lot of time), so I went with the cover of the classic EC cover that so enraged Frederic Wertham and other 1950s denizens.

classic comic