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).
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.
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.
And coming up soon:
We’ll be there, how ’bout you?
Here’s a link to order your very own Fiddler’s Green Leaflet
with illustrations by me:
Not a lot of finished art to show this week. Mostly preliminary layouts,
but I do have a Batman and a Darkvark done on 3″ x 5″ cards:
Here’s a commission I did for DJ on the inside back cover of his sketchbook:
…some sample sketches for an article:
…inked drawings for the article:
…and playing around with my drawing tablet:
…it’s good to play around.
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.)