I drew an hourly comic on 2/1/2015 but didn’t get it scanned and Photoshopped until today because I’ve been sick. Anyway, here it is:
February 3rd, 2015
January 30th, 2015
Happy Friday! Here’s a recent sketch I did:
A goblin mount, retroactively done for Goblin Week. This photo is at an angle so it makes me look like I’m better at drawing foreshortening than I actually am.
I tried out a different type of sketchbook last year, an A5-sized Fabriano graph paper sketchbook, and I didn’t enjoy drawing in it. I don’t like to waste blank paper but I had to give up using it and go back to my usual brand, a letter-sized Reflexions hardbound sketchbook with thick, creamy paper. I’ve been doodling a lot more in 2015, it’s so fun! Regularly doodling makes me feel so much more inspired. It’s surprising to me how important physical materials are to my process when everything ends up digital anyway.
March 19th, 2013
January 22nd, 2013
A bunch of random creatures.
A character design for a rhino toad shaman (shatoad?) and some Floating Crystal Witch sketches.
January 11th, 2013
January 1st, 2013
Let’s raise our crystal skull goblets to 2013 and the coming hyper-folk-sci-fi utopia! I hope that everyone had a happy new year’s.
This is my first sketchbook page finished in 2013. I began it while chilling over the holidays and finished it today.
2012 was a year of upheaval, change, and growth.
Personally, Glade and I made some big choices. In the spring, we decided that we’re going to stay in Austin for the foreseeable future. In the summer, Glade opened Paper Party in Domy Books Austin and was able to move to part time at her day job in the fall. Domy Books Austin is now closing but Glade’s going to move Paper Party to a new spot at 1223 Rosewood. I’m bummed that Domy is going to be gone. Every time I went in there Russell was so enthusiastic about comics and would show me all the great new stuff that came in. He’s also been a great supporter and promoter of my comics. But I’m glad that Travis Kent and Mikaylah Bowman are carrying the torch with Farewell Books in the same spot.
2012 was a big year for my comics career:
- I finished Frank Santoro’s class and got some attention for the comic I did, Moon Queen.
- The Vortex minis have started to gain some momentum, gotten me in some distros (Sparkplug Comic Books, Birdcage Bottom Books, and Wow Cool), and made Virginia Paine’s 2012 top ten list.
- I collaborated with some great people – Keenan Marshall Keller for Secret Prison #666 and Sean T Collins for Thickness #3 (which also got on a best-of-the-year list).
- Future Shock, the Josh Burggraf-edited sf anthology that I’ve contributed to, has gotten better and better.
- The Digestate anthology is the first book that I’ve been in that’s been distributed by Diamond.
- The Gold County Paper Mill put out two print issues of our poetry and literature journal Catch Up. I was a comics editor for both issues.
- I was in two fantastic art shows, the Paper Party Print Show and Surreal Landscapes. Both openings were a lot of fun and I’m glad I exhibited alongside so many talented artists.
- I tabled at out-of-state cons for the first time, APE and BCGF.
Not everything was a triumph, however. I applied to the final round of the Xeric grant and didn’t get it. I’m still putting more money into my comics than I’m earning. I have several self-publishing projects that are stalled out.
I’m looking forward to experiencing what 2013 brings. My primary goal is to finish Vortex, put out the rest of it in minicomics, and explore the options for publishing a collected edition.
November 30th, 2012
September 7th, 2012
This past week I’ve been working on a new character design, for the Miizzzard of the Year One Million. I’m cracking the lid open on my creative process a little by showing you the incarnations of this character, from oldest to newest.
This design is a variation on a character I came up with for a comic back in 2010 that I never ended up making. I drew this in full color with no outlines in Photoshop:
I decided to follow this basic design but come up with a female version that also incorporates elements from the Miizzzard of the Year 2978. I started doing sketches like this one I posted a little over a month ago:
I did a couple of sketches on my lunch break this past Wednesday and liked this one:
Wednesday night I did a drawing with the fills and outlines how I want them in MangaStudio:
I wasn’t too happy with the proportions. I asked some friends what they thought. They said she looked like a half-naked cave-woman. Since that isn’t quite what I’m going for I did some more sketches on my lunch break. This is my favorite (I riffed on how Jonny Negron draws hands):
Here’s the final color version:
It’s always been my plan to have multiple Miizzzards in my comics.
August 3rd, 2012
It’s a bit ironic that I posted about my local independent bookstore being a great alternative to Amazon earlier this week, because I went into Bookpeople looking for the latest release from one of my favorite sf authors and they didn’t have it and couldn’t order it, and it’s right there on Amazon. It just came out though so I’m going to give them some time and check again.
Anyway, here’s a sketchbook page:
Ever since I redesigned my main frog character I’ve been trying out a bunch of different ways to draw a frog. Also, I want to figure out a good Miizzzard-like design for a female character.