Experiments in Saturation, Halftones, and Hue

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.

I’ve used this scissors design as an example.

Here’s the original image.

Politics in Space

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:

Self Portraits

When my mom sent me a Panettone, I did not realize that it would make me look so regal. You see, this Panettone came in a wooden crown type of  container, and my fiancee took a fine picture of me wearing my new headgear.

As you might expect, I used this opportunity to draw myself in many different styles. I used ink wash, digital colors in Photoshop and Illustrator, and just plain brush strokes.

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A Return to Donuts

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.

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