Here are the steps I go through for each page of the ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ story:
- Break the page down into the panels described in the script and place the word balloons.
- Do a rough pencil layout of characters, action and location.
- Tight pencil
- Re-position word balloons.
Then lather, rinse, repeat as necessary:
…it’s like trying to herd cats.
I am—ever so slowly—getting there.
I’ve got the next eight pages penciled and almost the first six inked:
The bright dots on the pages are from our little mirror ball hanging in the window:
Around here it’s known as ‘Sparkle Time’.
… it FEELS like November…
…still trying to get chapter 3 of ‘Absent Cat’ done…
…all of my pencils are this long.
I’m saving up for a new one.
I just realized that I hadn’t posted any pictures from the Cambridge Comic Arts Festival.
Which – for a beautiful, sunny, summer sailing day – was a lot of fun!
Anybody who goes to any shows around here will recognize Alfonso (on the right),
probably the only guy who could talk me into sittin’ inside
on a beautiful, sunny, summer sailing day.
Michael sent in some pics of his Cerebus stuff:
(Wow… Mick and Keef sketches (on the left)… cool… rare… awesome.)
Okay, so he’s got stuff other than Cerebus… nobody’s perfect:
Michael and his commissioned piece:
And let’s not forget about Hal-Con, coming up real soon!
September 22 – 24
… and we have plane tickets for this one!
We will definitely be at this show!!
Looking forward to it!!!
(You can tell by all the exclamation marks.)
Here’s the latest off the list…
Lone Wolf and Cub sketch cover:
Wizard World Nashville is coming up fast:
(Still no plane tickets, though.)
Followed very closely by:
September 22 – 24, Halifax, NS.
How’s a guy supposed to get any boating done around here?
What will undoubtedly be the last swim of the year.
(Water temp: 16.5C / 61.7F)
… you know you got a lot of commissions lying around when you miss posting a bunch of ’em to your blog…
Here’s the rest of the ‘little ones’:
And here’s the latest ‘big’ one:
Okay… what’s next?
The ones for Nashville.
Although I haven’t got the plane tickets yet and am starting to wonder if I’m going at all.
Okay… now back to the larger commissions,
since that takes care of most of the smaller ones
except for a couple I have to have done for Nashville.
Comin’ up real soon!
Here are my latest completed commissions in GIF form,
showing the various stages in the process:
…this gets me caught up to commissions people gave me in March and April…
…okay… movin’ on!
Here are a couple before-and-afters of some old sketches that Dave had done and my additions:
And here is a Tony Harris Starman to which I added a background:
Okay… what’s next?
Let’s see… there’s a Bob Layton Ironman, a Tim Bradstreet Punisher…
and ever more Cerebuses.
Better get at it!
I finally finished this yesterday, exactly one year after Jon first contacted me…
…just needed to wait ’til the timing was right, I guess.
Thanks for your patience, Jon!
Okay! On to the next commission!