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!

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More Pickelhauben

A lot’s been going on: I’m working on multiple comics, writing copy, and trying to learn new illustration software.

To keep me grounded in these turbulent times, I go to my comfort zone: hats and helmets!

I found a great reference picture for these and decided that I’d use a wash on one and just use value on the other.

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Sleazy Alley in Color

A few weeks ago I posted a black and white version of this cover, which is part of my thesis. I have since colored it and I now present it to you! I leave out the text to highlight just the visual elements.

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Sleazy Alley

I’m finally getting around to doing covers/chapter dividers for my thesis! This is quite a different beast from the world of panels that I’ve been living in. The panels need to have clear action and purpose, but they don’t need to be perfect. The cover, on the other hand, has to be very polished, and one must include enough of a visual thesis statement for the reader to follow. That said, I’m enjoying distilling the chapter down into a fraction of the space that I’ve been working with.

In this chapter, a sleazy detective investigates the protagonists. I have yet to color and add other elements to this cover, but the main idea is there.

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New Years Projects!

Happy New Years, Friends!
Oh, how I wish these gaps between posts would subside, but alas, delicate adventures¬†has me busier than an egg with arms and legs. Speaking of which, I just attended Newcon in Portland, Oregon. I peddled my guides to jerks, nerds, and rasslin’. Why just look at all these volumes!

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What else have I been working on, you say? I’ve been making pretty good headway on my thesis for my MFA program. In doing so, I’ve been getting more acquainted with brush pens, which I’ve come to love. Here’s a panel from my thesis.

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And here’s a self portrait I did with a different brush pen and ink wash:

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And as far as design projects go, I’ve made some pretty neat molds. A while ago, I made a ceramic devil head, and I just recently got around to casting it! The horns and the face are separate molds, and I paint the eyes. I want to put hardware in the back and make it into a belt buckle.

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Noir Detective Brushwork

I’ve been practicing my brush work on drapery, and this detective was an opportunity! I use pentel brush pens and aqua wash pens, both of which function like brushes, but have reservoirs of ink built into them.

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