Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Electric Heartbreaker on DVD

This isn't cartoon-related, but I'll post it here anyway. Years ago, I co-created a live-action short film called The Electric Heartbreaker. Recently, we finally made it available on DVD, with fun extras and everything. If anybody's curious, here are a couple of clips:

Monday, December 20, 2010

My Nightmare

First, a bit of background: For anyone who doesn't know, is a great site for web comics, featuring new strips everyday, by a brilliant stable of artists. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they have one called 1930 Nightmare Theatre, by Ricky Garduno. It's an awesome comic.

It's been running for a long while now. If you haven't been following it, and you want to sorta catch up on the evolution of the strip, start by reading the first few installments, starting HERE (then use the arrows underneath, to navigate forward). Read a few pieces from the middle of the run, starting HERE. And read some of Ricky's most recent editions, starting HERE.

Now here's my news: Ricky Garduno invited me to do a guest strip for 1930 Nightmare Theatre! So I did, and it was posted on the site today. Check it out HERE. Like most of the guest artists, I tried to honor the spirit of 1930 Nightmare Theatre, while at the same time putting my own spin on it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Inking in Illustrator

I'm still practicing my digital inking. I tried inking in Flash, then I tried inking in Illustrator with a Calligraphic Brush. Here are my latest experiments -- still inking in Illustrator, but this time using a set of Art Brushes that I made myself.

I get more accuracy this way. I mean, I can really get the ink line to sit RIGHT ON the pencil line, if I want. But I think it has a little less life than the previous two methods I tried. It lacks a certain spontaneity and humanity. Next I'll try inking in Manga Studio.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Inking in Illustrator

I've dabbled with inking in Flash, and now I'm trying my hand at inking in Illustrator. I'm using the Calligraphic Brush method. I like it okay, I guess. It seems like it's a little more controllable than Flash, but the result sort of feels more cold. I haven't quite made up my mind about it. Neither way is quite as accurate as I might want.

(painted in PhotoShop)

Next I want to try inking in Illustrator using a different technique, before I move on to trying other applications.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Inking in Flash

Since I got my Cintiq, I've been trying to take a little time to dabble in digital inking. I figured I'd start by working in Flash, because I think that's what a lot of other cartoonists do. By watching a few online tutorials and practicing the craft, I think I've managed to achieve a non-horrible level of ability. Check these out:

The challenge is figuring out how to avoid getting those ugly, Flashy-looking lines, that do all kinds of things a computer would do, but real ink would never do. If you click on these and look closely, you can definitely find the tell-tale signs. I think if I tried hard enough, I could get rid of most of those, but the process would take ten times as long. So no wonder so many people allow a certain amount of Flashy-ness in their inking.

After I spend some more time with Flash, I plan to move on and try my hand at inking in Illustrator, and maybe a few other programs.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Old Sketches - 1988

Here's another batch of old sketchbook drawings, this time going way back to the fall of 1988!

If you want to see more old sketches, check out these posts you might have missed:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Comic Jams

I'm in a club, you know, of middle-Alabama cartoonists, called the Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas. We've recently added some galleries to our web site, and you can see some comic jams here that I've worked on along with the other members:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Turtle Clock

I was asked to create a face for a child's clock, and here it is. Whaddya think?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Student Art

I recently found a whole bunch of slides of my student artwork. These are from high school (ASFA) and college (SVA), so that encompasses the late 80's and early 90's. I decided to scan them, so I could save them on my hard drive for posterity. They're pretty darn student-level, so I'll just put up the twelve least-bad ones here.