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I’ve been working on concepts and layouts for a few commissions simultaneously leaving me with very little to show here as far as finished drawings go. I can, however, tell you about my progress or lack thereof. The process usually starts with going through Google images, collecting relevant pictures for reference and doing a layout.

So…

Commission #1: 6 reference pics, 1 layout completed, started rough penciling, on hold until further notice.

Commission #2: 18 reference pics, waiting for response on size and pricing.

Commission #3: 121 reference pics, 1 layout submitted, 2 additional rough layouts that I’m not sure work.

Commission #4: 93 reference pics, 7 layouts submitted, waiting for final approval.

Commission #5: 2 reference pics, 2 layouts for sketch covers to be done in ‘Frisco.

Commission #6: 7 reference pics, 1 layout to be finished and submitted.

Commission #7: 11 reference pics, 2 very rough layouts.

Commission #8: 266 reference pics (so far), 3 sample pages submitted. This is for a Grant Morrison story to be printed in Heavy Metal magazine in October. Still a little unclear as to how many pages will be in that issue. I will have to delay some, if not all, of the above commissions to complete this one on time. Stay tuned.

After I finish all of these, I still have 10 other commissions on the list.  That should take me up to Christmas. (AAARRGH!!! I said the ‘C’ word!)

In the meantime, here’s a little thing I did a while ago: I stitched together the tracking shot from Cerebus 249. The images appeared as individual panels over the course of several pages:

Cerebus 249

This should open in a new window and you can scroll across:

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After a transition, the tracking shot continues:

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Okay, back to the old drawing board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Catchin’ Up On Sketchin’…

I decided to do some of the smaller commissions before moving on to some larger projects.

Here are two with a similar theme, they’re both Buddhist statues…

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buds

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…and Steven had Don Rosa do a Scrooge McDuck…

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… to which I added this background…

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…okay… what’s next?

(Besides weddings and funerals and an ailing parent with doctor appointments…

…don’t these people know how short boating season is around here?

I respectfully request that no one I know die, get married or get sick until until the end of September, thank you.)

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July already?!!?

I managed to get a few drawings done, here are the ones I’ve got scanned in so far…

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portrait

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…but mostly it’s been hanging out at the boat enjoying the arrival of summer. Shel dislocated her thumb after an unfortunate encounter with gravity and I lost all feeling in my nether regions going for a swim in Georgian Bay:

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Not so bad once you put a wet-suit on.

Waiting for that day in August when the water temp briefly rises above 20 C (68 F).

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Ash’s Regency

I was commissioned draw the Regency… again.

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I didn’t want to just redraw it so I thought I could depict the BACK of the Regency and the gardens.

I flipped the image of my last rendering horizontally and did a quick mock-up of how it might look complete with Cerebus and the Regency Elf heading out to play wickets:

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This seemed like it could work.

So I penciled a layout for the back of the building:

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 …then tight penciled the whole thing…

02…filled in the solid blacks…

03…and started crosshatching…

04…and crosshatching…

05…and crosshatching…

06…and then filled in all the window frames and the foreground…

inked large…ta da!

I’ll be making prints of this one soon, if anyone’s interested.

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Helping Heroes…

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logoThe Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Last month in Minneapolis I did a little Gerebus sketch and gave it to the folks at Hero Initiative.

It’s just a silly little sketch but it’s for a very worthwhile cause that needs your generous support.

They have it up on eBay (click on image):

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