Friday, August 26, 2016

Brush set to clear


Kyle Webster had a couple of demo videos I watched.
Something I learned that i plan to use a lot, whatever brush you are using, you can set it to clear. So you have an eraser that behaves just like the brush you've using. Great for texture building. The pick out twigs behind the guy on top were done like that with one of my favorite brushes set to clear. Erasing is so often blunter and uglier than what you want.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm Back!

Hey guys, sorry I've been gone so long... my family finally arrived in Hamburg and I've been pretty preoccupied with getting an apartment set up for us and then showing them around Hamburg, school starting, etc.
I'm going to make it up to you by sharing some of the totally bad ass characters we've been making for the game we've been working on for the past year.  I'm super proud of the team and what we've accomplished.  Enjoy!
Click me to see!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

If you stay in one place for 23 years, is it a time machine?


Tonight I went to a figure drawing group (on a Tuesday) and Pam Whidden was the model. She was old in 1992. The last time I drew her was in the living room of a house Maurie Manning was renting. I couldn't find a way into drawing her. I just did a hodge podge of methods for each 20 minute pose, Don't want to say anything more lest I be ungenerous to a woman who is a cornerstone of San Diego art.
I made an instagram, benjaminmontag.art, which I am populating with the nudes I have drawn in lieu of drawing anything original. Boobs and pee-pees made boring is the theme.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Thread- Story 12- Watson's Walk

Eleven stories here in the comments of an earlier thread...
I'll do the same deal. Paste the stories in the comments section.
Having fun with these,
The process always involves having a rough idea, even some phrasing, that morphs into a completely new thing after I've written a single sentence. 
Ten stories will be pasted in this thread.

I just scanned this to replace old art. Study made from an online photo. Olympian, probably on the rings.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Comix Class is IN SESSION!

Our dear confrère Ben Montag is helping me devise a class for making comics. He mailed me a fat packet of Kubert School lessons and learnedness. This pic is a shout-out to Ben.

I talked to Jimmy the other day and he (like most of us, I'll wager) was grousing about motivation, lack of productivity, want of a project that fires his loins, etc., and I said, "How 'bout I post my comics class assignments and lecture notes and you make like a student AND DO YR DAMN HOMEO-WORK!" Which piqued his interest. I even thought I could post said materials here on our group site for the amusement of all.

So I ask you guys--would you like me to make this wondrous TAG blog a part of my process in building this class? I would find your feedback immensely helpful--I don't really put myself forward as an expert on comic books and their creation, so I could use some advice--you all have a lot more expertise than I do.

Class starts in two weeks (egad!)--even as I type this, I'm putting together my course outline and first lecture.

I'll take page (literals) from Marie Severin....


Materials and required reading discussion in the comments section...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Coin Toss" Tribute

Inspired by Ellis's performance: El, you look like you were born to be drawn by Mignola, so I obliged (in a quickie, faux-Hellboy style).

Also a chance to practice inking with these new brush pens from Xeno (Japanese company, bought on a whim at GraphAids in Culver City). They're pretty good!
One more 'cuz it's g-d impossible not to draw Ellis in full-on attack mode.
That spiral staircase was mesmerizing! I wanted to see more!! Love that pan to follow the coin thru the sky all the way to hitting the ground. Great shot! And I see you dropping frames on yr attack--really fits with the old Sci-Fi music!!
That said, I have no idea what the hell was going on in that thing.
But fun! 

Monday, August 08, 2016

Enworld WIP

The finish is going to look a lot like the rough.
Pretty simple.
I'll color it tomorrow.
I played with it some more and sent the result to the client. He can decide which he likes best. I like the extra blue.

I tried to write another story. Man, it came out so rough and dumb it set me back a bit.
Not sure if it's worth saving.
I'll give it a rewrite tomorrow.



looking forward to getting back to the writing now that I've done this last piece

Sunday, August 07, 2016

King Kong Concept Art

Ellis, Kong-O-Phile that you are, do you know the names Mario Larringana, Byron Crabbe and Willis O'Brien? Came across this cool concept art done by them for the original 1933 movie. I never knew it existed. Have you seen it before?