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Gabe commissioned me to do this portrait

of Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls:

Too bad it’s still stuck in the mail system somewhere.

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Steve Peters asked me to contribute to his jam piece:

Some of you may recognize the dinosaur from a couple of posts ago.

 

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Trying to get caught up…

… but since I’ve been sick since I got home.

So, here’s a nice little commission I did a little while ago:

And here’s the PropStore flyer…

…featuring my Harry Potter art second from the left there:

Okay… back to the old drawing board, box of Kleenex handy.

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Couple of Coppola links…

So, Brian sends me a request to design a logo/card

based on this piece that he had commissioned Esteban Maroto to do for him

(click on image to go to Brian’s site):

The design we come up with is this

(click on image):

This was inked and coloured digitally and will do fine for now,

but Brian (being the kind of guy that he is) wants me to ink and colour, by hand, my 12″ x 16″ pencils:

It’ll be interesting to compare the two

(when, and if, I ever get around to it).

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TMNT commission

In the spirit of the ‘World Without Cerebus’ pieces I had done in the past, Adam requested this scene:

“In issue #3, the turtles return to their lair to find that Mousers chewed their way through the walls of their lair and abducted Splinter, but not without a fight. Among the mess, there is rubble from the walls, busted up Mousers, and blood from Splinter’s struggle. This would be the lair thoroughly wrecked just as it must have looked when the turtles return home from one of their earliest missions.”

Here is the inked version:

Of course the Turtles are teenagers so it’s tough to tell what’s ‘thoroughly wrecked’ and what is just ‘lived in’.

Stay tuned for the colour version.

 

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Exquisite Corpse

I was asked to contribute to an interesting project, THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF EXQUISITE CORPSES.

A unique concept which is best described HERE.

Which, if nothing else, raised two thousand dollars for the American Refugee Committee by the contributors donating their fee.

There is quite the list of contributors. Not the least interesting of which is Moon Unit Zappa.

 

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And coming up soon:

March 16-18

We’ll be there, how ’bout you?

 

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Evolution of a page…

Here are the steps I go through for each page of the ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ story:

  1. Break the page down into the panels described in the script and place the word balloons.
  2. Do a rough pencil layout of characters, action and location.
  3. Tight pencil
  4. Ink
  5. Colour
  6. Re-position word balloons.

Then lather, rinse, repeat as necessary:

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Trying to get these pages done…

…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’.

 

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