Oct 25, 2010

Sub Rosa again

This piece was "completed" about a year ago for the Secret Service show held by Rotopol Press in Kassel, Germany. After posting it, it was quickly pointed out that there were no footprints in the snow, an element which I had in the sketch version and just plum forgot about. Cut to nearly one year later and I had both the small sliver of free time and the volition necessary to put the prints back in. There are a couple of other minor tweaks as well. Since updates around here are scarce while I have my nose so firmly pressed to the grindstone, I figured I would post this.

Old version is here.

Oct 12, 2010

The Hobbit, part six

Surprise! I've been a day late before, may as well be a day early this time.

Ah, finally done.

This post was supposed to go up last month, but I need a little bit of extra time and figured I would save it until now. Instead of finishing it way ahead of schedule like I might have, I put way more work and time in than I wanted to. Ah, so it goes.

I wrote up a nice little post about this scene over at Picturebook Report, so head on over there if you're interested in that sort of thing.

I'm proud of this piece, though I'm not sure that I had fun doing it. Birds are agonizingly hard to draw and it seemed like the drawing and then the coloring just went on and on and on, way past the point of interest. Anyway! Because I put way too much detail in, here are a bunch of detail shots.

I'm not sure yet if I will do a process post for this, since you folks already know how I do things. Maybe I'll do something smaller and show just the myriad of drawings that I did before things ended up as they are.

As always, comments are more than appreciated.

Also, count it! I am officially halfway done with this project.

Oct 11, 2010

Turtle Soup 4

I'm starting to re-thumbnail my story in an effort to pair it down a pag or two, and I figured it was about time to nail down my background characters. I needed about twenty, a mix of humans and monsters, basically just a scrum of tough guys. I wanted to have them all down before I did my second round of thumbnails so I could keep them all consistent shot to shot.

Page four has the basic layout of the armory and the seating chart (far right). In placing them at tables, some small narratives cropped up even among these nonsense characters who have no lines and no real action in the story. It was a funny little organic thing. Three and nine found love after their warring armies destroyed each other. Seven is making peace with her long-vanquished foes, eleven and twelve. Just stuff like that.

Page three has the mostly final designs for the smith and the boy, who are the two main characters.

Again, The Anthology Project Kickstarter page is here, if you are so inclined. A pledge of $30 gets the book when it comes out and if you want to give more than that, there several tiers of prizes beyond that.

Oct 7, 2010


The Anthology Project has started a Kickstarter fund! The Anthology Project is just what it sounds like - an anthology of comics by people like me, Kali Ciesemier, Joy Ang, Emily Carroll, Edward Kwong, Aurelie Neyret and others. We are looking to raise $7000 to finance and publish volume 2.

If you don't know how Kickstarter works, it's simple: you pledge a sum of money (as low as $1), and then if we meet the goal by our deadline, that money you pledged goes to our cause! If we don't hit the goal by the deadline, no sweat, you don't get charged a thing.

Sound good? Our deadline is December 1st, and here's where you can pledge: Kickstart!

The comic I have been working on for awhile will be done by then, and I'm gonna be really mad if we don't reach the deadline.


Hobbit 6 is done and will be posted next Wednesday. Things are gonna be a little quiet around here until this comic is done, but I'll try and put stuff up when I can.

Ok, pledge!

Oct 1, 2010

Turtle Soup 3

Getting into the two main characters, the blacksmith and the squire, from Turtle Soup. I don't really like to leave design choices up to the last minute on a project, but I sort of have to on this since the deadline is creeping up on me. As soon as I got my head around a design even loosely, I had to move on to the next thing. I probably won't have finalized designs for either of these characters until I'm drawing in panels. It's a little scary, but it also insures I don't overthink things.