I got glasses–for the first time–recently. I was, perhaps, over-anxious, but then we’ve also got that vision benefit that’s just been sitting there unused for a few years now. And the effect when looking at distant things really is remarkable. I only need them to see distant things more clearly, and I don’t spend a whole lot of long stretches staring at distant things, so mainly wear them for driving (though they also came in handy at the convention for turning fuzzy talking blobs into recognizable people). It does almost have a CSI-wizardry feel though.
I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned in the past (though the links are eluding me at the moment) that for the last several years I have participated in a for-fun fan art calendar project put together by an old friend of mine from college. The last few “decent-chunks-of-free-art-time” were spent polishing off my entry for this year, as I’d fallen a bit behind. I am…reasonably satisfied with the outcome, though the perfectionist in me is, as ever, dissatisfied. With that in mind, I thought I’d post here small pics of the past five years in calendar pages, as an exercise in HOW FAR WE’VE COME!
Always loved the interplay between these two, was big into Secret Six at the time (before DC broke my heart), and Floyd is fun to draw. I’d like to point out that both this piece and the previous one, while initially drafted on paper, were colored using mouse and/or laptop track pad. If you are unfamiliar with the experience, it’s not unlike trying to draw with a bar of soap. At least this year I’d read a brief how-to on digital coloring in Photoshop. Ah, memory lane.
Third year and at the time I did this one I still did not have my Wacom tablet. (A couple awesome friends got me a Bamboo for Xmas that year, which was a godsend for the digital end of stuff, though I’ve never really cottoned to fully digital drawing.) Utterly repulsed by the prospect of mouse-coloring yet again, I thought I’d try coloring this one in the flesh with watercolor. It came out better than I probably should have hoped, given the use of an unforgiving medium I was also unfamiliar with, and with sub-par materials to boot. While I always wish I could do these characters better justice, I like this one ok, though nothing scans up quite right and this looks better in the flesh.
Thinking outside the box–or cube, if you will–for last year’s piece. Still fond of this one. And if you don’t get it, go read Lab Rat. Which will only make sense if you’ve played Portal. And if you haven’t played Portal, go play Portal.
It’s been an interesting road, and I look forward to seeing where it winds up next.
So, I’ll admit the obvious, it’s been pretty dead around here. And there are plenty of reasons I could give for why that is, but it would not change the material circumstances. I am currently starting work on a larger print project, which won’t be on here–and the additional time commitment only increases the need to improve my work flow for getting comics done and up on this site.
Expect more updates in the near future, Though they may look a little different as I try shifting to a digital process.
You may recall, a few months back I mentioned I was doing some illustration work for a book. Nothing huge–it’s a little (physically) RPG book that my friend Ron wrote and Kickstarted called D’n'Dizzle. More information at the link, if that sounds up your alley. In the end I did seven pictures for the book–mostly monster illustrations–and while they look fine in the book, they are reproduced quite small. So I thought I’d share them here, making this “D’n'Dizzle Week” here at the Wall.