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.
Whoo-ee! Another long absence, eh? Sorry, folks. I’ve had a lot of pots boiling, and frankly still do, but it’s time to update everyone on at least something that I’ve been up to.
My friend from grad school (I never tire of saying that) is putting together a comic anthology of “unfortunate fanfic”, or hilariously mismatched combinations of genre. For example, “Old Boy Pokemon” is something you might see in this anthology.
With another friend from grad school, I did “Boy Meets Knight Rider”, a combination Boy Meets World and Knight Rider. Here’s a page sans text.
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.
For whatever reason, I have been very interested in drawing prize machines of late. I wonder if I have that degenerative brain disorder that Maurice Ravel had? Whatever the reason, prize machines are composed of very basic shapes and aid in my practice.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be a part of an anthology done by my colleague Lauren Davis. Called SciFi San Francisco, this anthology is a collection of science-fiction comics set in the Bay Area. Lauren has done a great job of curating this anthology, and I cannot wait for it to come out. I do not have a definite release date as of this writing, but I will keep everyone abreast of changes!
My piece is called For Rent, and it is about inter-dimensional realty as a solution to the current housing situation in the Bay Area.
Always interested to try new rendering techniques, I have been playing with the saturation on some of my illustrations in Photoshop. I started with the goal of moving from purely black line work, and that has led me into some interesting territory.
Additionally, I’ve been playing with various methods of applying midtones. In the examples that I have provided, I used a mixture of halftone dots, mezzotint, and pointizing.
Greetings, friends! Today I would like to blame my lack of posts on several back to back projects that took most of my time in the last two months.
My first project is called Kentucky Killzone, and I am working on it with my friend and colleague Eric Wong. He’s a great writer and I’ve been having a ball working with him. The premise of Kentucky Killzone is very similar to Die Hard, but it tells the story behind the “Bowling Green Massacre”, which is a fictional terrorist attack fabricated by that news anchor Kellyanne Conway. The issue that we finished is like a pilot episode for more adventures! Here’s the cover and a sample page:
The other project that I’ve been working on is a non-fiction piece for the Project Censored 2017 Book, which I worked on with professor and author Adam Bessie. Ever since I assistant taught a class on comics journalism, I’ve been enthused about collaborating on an editorial or journalistic comic, and lo, my hopes were realized. Adam’s an incredible writer and I look forward to working with him in the future. Keep an eye out for Project Censored’s 2017 book.
The premise of this piece is the nature of alternative facts in the Trump administration and how they parallel certain SciFi tropes. Here is a sample page:
My brother and his longtime girlfriend are getting married! To celebrate the occasion, they’re going to have boxes of fancy donuts rather than cake. And decorating the boxes will be a donut logo. Who do you think will design those donuts?
I’ve made these donuts so far. I will add text to them and maybe some other decorative elements.