Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Siegfried reimagined as Steampunk







Did some more work on my entry to the CG society contest for re imagining of a myth as something in Steampunk style.

It's too camouflaged to tell much about as this point but it's good enough to jump to digital for additional edits.

I'll make Siegfried smaller.

I revised the drawing. I still have more tweaks to do, but it will all be digital, photoshop forward

I have notes on it to look at "9". If you haven't seen it, it's a short by Shawn Acker, going to make a Tim Burton film. I'll embed it.



My title is a link to an MP3 of Joseph Campbell I wanted Krayonzilla to sample.

Now the title is a link to the CGSOCIETY contest I'm participating in.

Siegfried reimagined as Steampunk







Did some more work on my entry to the CG society contest for re imagining of a myth as something in Steampunk style.

It's too camouflaged to tell much about as this point but it's good enough to jump to digital for additional edits.

I'll make Siegfried smaller.

I revised the drawing. I still have more tweaks to do, but it will all be digital, photoshop forward

I have notes on it to look at "9". If you haven't seen it, it's a short by Shawn Acker, going to make a Tim Burton film. I'll embed it.



My title is a link to an MP3 of Joseph Campbell I wanted Krayonzilla to sample.

Now the title is a link to the CGSOCIETY contest I'm participating in.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Yankee Swap


This is a little sketch I did for a Yankee Swap/White Elephant gift party we are planning.

Yankee Swap


This is a little sketch I did for a Yankee Swap/White Elephant gift party we are planning.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Art Rage Tracing



Picked up Art Rage for 20 bucks in target the other day. They have a free version that i've enjoyed playing with in the past. For 20 bucks you can't go wrong with this really full featured paint program.

I used their trace feature to see the results tracing Tom's zeppelin. It's amazing when it's really small and thumbnail how much it looks like the source. Very random. It could have obviously been done with more attention. I like the tracing feature because it force "painterly". Makes you think about how much detail you could leave out

Art Rage Tracing



Picked up Art Rage for 20 bucks in target the other day. They have a free version that i've enjoyed playing with in the past. For 20 bucks you can't go wrong with this really full featured paint program.

I used their trace feature to see the results tracing Tom's zeppelin. It's amazing when it's really small and thumbnail how much it looks like the source. Very random. It could have obviously been done with more attention. I like the tracing feature because it force "painterly". Makes you think about how much detail you could leave out

Updated "Közelgõ Vihar" Airship for "Dread Naught" story


What you're seeing here is an updated "first pass" at the airship "Közelgõ Vihar" or Coming Storm" in Hungarian. The time frame is 1915. The world is locked in a global battle for power and territory and a visionary scientist must reclaim his journal of inventions, stolen years before, from a rival who is now using it to undermine the Allied nations.

Updated "Közelgõ Vihar" Airship for "Dread Naught" story


What you're seeing here is an updated "first pass" at the airship "Közelgõ Vihar" or Coming Storm" in Hungarian. The time frame is 1915. The world is locked in a global battle for power and territory and a visionary scientist must reclaim his journal of inventions, stolen years before, from a rival who is now using it to undermine the Allied nations.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Yoshii's Daily Monster Archive



Nice collection of monsters made by Japanese artist Hiroshi Yoshii, who crafts a new monster on an almost-daily basis. Excellent display of Modo skills. I'm currently learning and using Modo and it's a pretty darn cool tool. I especially like the 3D paint tools. If you have ever used Lightwave, the common opinion is that you will feel right at home with Modo.

Here's a link to Yoshii's blog. It's in Japanese, but there's some more good stuff there.

Yoshii's Daily Monster Archive



Nice collection of monsters made by Japanese artist Hiroshi Yoshii, who crafts a new monster on an almost-daily basis. Excellent display of Modo skills. I'm currently learning and using Modo and it's a pretty darn cool tool. I especially like the 3D paint tools. If you have ever used Lightwave, the common opinion is that you will feel right at home with Modo.

Here's a link to Yoshii's blog. It's in Japanese, but there's some more good stuff there.

Wheelie


It's not Tuesday yet, but I felt like sharing something, so here's an old drawing with some color.

Wheelie


It's not Tuesday yet, but I felt like sharing something, so here's an old drawing with some color.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Cork banner


Hey. Just spent the evening coloring what could potentially be a Cork collection cover or website/blogsite banner. Tell me what you think... or don't and be just like Ellis! (grumble) Dumb ol' Ellis. (grrr)

Cork banner


Hey. Just spent the evening coloring what could potentially be a Cork collection cover or website/blogsite banner. Tell me what you think... or don't and be just like Ellis! (grumble) Dumb ol' Ellis. (grrr)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

ExLibrisAnonymous sketchbooks arrived



Fun books. I think the novelty is worth a couple of extra bucks.

addl note : Thanks for the heads up Rick

ExLibrisAnonymous sketchbooks arrived



Fun books. I think the novelty is worth a couple of extra bucks.

addl note : Thanks for the heads up Rick

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cork 12


Even though I have the new Cork Facebook site and whatnot I'll still post Cork here. Feel free to berate me at either location.

Cork 12


Even though I have the new Cork Facebook site and whatnot I'll still post Cork here. Feel free to berate me at either location.

Preliminary color work on Gun Nose Sketch



Hey ... thought I should start looking up tutorials on color work and begin developing a strategy.

I'll finish this in the coming week, but thought I should share a bit.

Preliminary color work on Gun Nose Sketch



Hey ... thought I should start looking up tutorials on color work and begin developing a strategy.

I'll finish this in the coming week, but thought I should share a bit.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tuesday Sketch - Bubble Boy meets the Moops



Title is a link to THE OFFICIAL FANS OF CORK.

I'll delete the unofficial one now. Hopefully the Pope is able to figure out how to change his membership to the official one. That was quite an add.

Tuesday Sketch - Bubble Boy meets the Moops



Title is a link to THE OFFICIAL FANS OF CORK.

I'll delete the unofficial one now. Hopefully the Pope is able to figure out how to change his membership to the official one. That was quite an add.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Cork 11

Here's another Cork. I hope you enjoy it.

Cork 11

Here's another Cork. I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Gun Nose Concept














I am currently in talks with Dave Dorman to produce a pro turnaround of this character ... something should be shaking there next week. Until then, here is my home grown sketch of G.N.

Gun Nose Concept














I am currently in talks with Dave Dorman to produce a pro turnaround of this character ... something should be shaking there next week. Until then, here is my home grown sketch of G.N.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Unique Sketchbooks


Click on the title of this post to find a website selling sketchbooks made out of the covers of old books... Just in time for Christmas!

Unique Sketchbooks


Click on the title of this post to find a website selling sketchbooks made out of the covers of old books... Just in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Work in Progress


This is a big drawing that I'm working on... I will be adding color and perhaps making it a full painting.

Work in Progress


This is a big drawing that I'm working on... I will be adding color and perhaps making it a full painting.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Flaming Rabid Thing for Tuesday


Tuesday idea.

Title is a link to a cool animated film about the guy that started Honda motors. Can't remember his name

Flaming Rabid Thing for Tuesday


Tuesday idea.

Title is a link to a cool animated film about the guy that started Honda motors. Can't remember his name

Monday, December 01, 2008

Cork 10

I LOVE not having to worry about the graphic novel anymore. No guilt during the whole holiday weekend as I finished off another Cork. I've already pencilled in Cork 11, all I have to do is ink it so hopefully you'll be seeing that soon as well. New characters afoot.

Cork 10

I LOVE not having to worry about the graphic novel anymore. No guilt during the whole holiday weekend as I finished off another Cork. I've already pencilled in Cork 11, all I have to do is ink it so hopefully you'll be seeing that soon as well. New characters afoot.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

STNG VS SW

STNG VS SW

What I Should Have Invested In

While reading an old issue of Action Comics from 1966 last night, I was amused to read the following letter in the Metropolis Mailbag letters column. I was thirteen in 1966, and it would have been difficult, but not impossible, to scrape up $40.00 for the investment. But who knew back then? The scan of the 80 page Giant Superman is the comic to which the letter writer refers to.

What I Should Have Invested In

While reading an old issue of Action Comics from 1966 last night, I was amused to read the following letter in the Metropolis Mailbag letters column. I was thirteen in 1966, and it would have been difficult, but not impossible, to scrape up $40.00 for the investment. But who knew back then? The scan of the 80 page Giant Superman is the comic to which the letter writer refers to.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Details about Shel




Krayonzilla just told me today he had talked to Shel and learned most of what is in this letter from Karyl Miller.....




Date: Friday, November 28, 2008, 4:36 PM

Thought you'd like to read this e-mail I just sent to Wardell Brown and Matt Lorentz. Please forward the information to Jackie Estrada, Jack White and Lynn Stedd, and any other friends of Shel. Thanks !
Hope you both had a fine Thanksgiving. Wanted to let you know that Shel has been at Sharp Hospital in Kearny Mesa since April......yes, April (!)
David Siegel called us Wednesday night about this, and Joan and I went down to Shel's home in OB on Thanksgiving where his brother Mike is moving everything out. I've known Mike since the 1980's, though it's been some 20 years since I've seen him.
Today Joan and I went with David Siegel to see Shel. He's lost some weight and is fragile, but we had a brief and friendly visit with him. He's extremely hard of hearing, and is apparently on pain medication but at least we were able to see him and he was glad to see us.
The head nurse told us Shel will never be well enough to go home again, but otherwise he's stable.
Mike plans to eventually move Shel closer to a hospital near Mike's apartment in L.A.
I wanted to let you both know about this first, as Shel had both of your autographed photos framed and hanging proudly on his living room wall. Mike gave them to me to return to you if you want them.
The visit to Shel's was pretty emotional , as the first job I ever had in San Diego was helping Shel with his lettering on "Steve Canyon", while Joan transcribed some of his interviews. We lived right around the corner from Shel from August 1983 to August 1987. I also made several trips to LA with Shel as unofficial photographer while he did his interviews, and got to meet some amazing people.
Shel is allowed to have visitors, and it would be great if you guys could get in to see him. Needless to say, we ALL owe Shel a huge amount of gratitude for the Comic-con, SCCS, and so many other things that brought us all together.
He's at Sharp Hospital 7901 Frost Street near the 163 and Balboa Avenue. He's on the sixth floor, in Room 656 Bed 1. The hospital phone is 858-939-3622. I'm pretty sure visiting hours are 11 AM- 8 PM, but call and check first.
I realize this news is hard to read, but at least Shel is still here to Thank in person.
My Best, Charlie Roberts

Details about Shel




Krayonzilla just told me today he had talked to Shel and learned most of what is in this letter from Karyl Miller.....




Date: Friday, November 28, 2008, 4:36 PM

Thought you'd like to read this e-mail I just sent to Wardell Brown and Matt Lorentz. Please forward the information to Jackie Estrada, Jack White and Lynn Stedd, and any other friends of Shel. Thanks !
Hope you both had a fine Thanksgiving. Wanted to let you know that Shel has been at Sharp Hospital in Kearny Mesa since April......yes, April (!)
David Siegel called us Wednesday night about this, and Joan and I went down to Shel's home in OB on Thanksgiving where his brother Mike is moving everything out. I've known Mike since the 1980's, though it's been some 20 years since I've seen him.
Today Joan and I went with David Siegel to see Shel. He's lost some weight and is fragile, but we had a brief and friendly visit with him. He's extremely hard of hearing, and is apparently on pain medication but at least we were able to see him and he was glad to see us.
The head nurse told us Shel will never be well enough to go home again, but otherwise he's stable.
Mike plans to eventually move Shel closer to a hospital near Mike's apartment in L.A.
I wanted to let you both know about this first, as Shel had both of your autographed photos framed and hanging proudly on his living room wall. Mike gave them to me to return to you if you want them.
The visit to Shel's was pretty emotional , as the first job I ever had in San Diego was helping Shel with his lettering on "Steve Canyon", while Joan transcribed some of his interviews. We lived right around the corner from Shel from August 1983 to August 1987. I also made several trips to LA with Shel as unofficial photographer while he did his interviews, and got to meet some amazing people.
Shel is allowed to have visitors, and it would be great if you guys could get in to see him. Needless to say, we ALL owe Shel a huge amount of gratitude for the Comic-con, SCCS, and so many other things that brought us all together.
He's at Sharp Hospital 7901 Frost Street near the 163 and Balboa Avenue. He's on the sixth floor, in Room 656 Bed 1. The hospital phone is 858-939-3622. I'm pretty sure visiting hours are 11 AM- 8 PM, but call and check first.
I realize this news is hard to read, but at least Shel is still here to Thank in person.
My Best, Charlie Roberts

Hey Gang


FYI. Lost my gig this last Monday so I'll be having lots of time on my hands.

Hey Gang


FYI. Lost my gig this last Monday so I'll be having lots of time on my hands.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Champion





Howdy. Here are a couple of colored pages from my graphic novel "The Life , Death, and Life of Michael Midas: Champion." Jonny Rench did the colors and Jordan Gorfinkel is the writer. It's supposed to be out in February from Devil's Due Press.
It was kinda done in a pseudo "widescreen" format. Most frames go border to border. I wasn't allowed to do traditional layouts or break any of the panels in any of the flashback sequences (which is 95% of the book). It proved... challenging let's say.
They're going to release it in landscape format which will be cool. Every page was designed initially to have a gutter placed running through the center of it so it could possibly be chopped in half and positioned lengthwise side by side. This means the 128 page book is now doubled to 256 pages. It hilariously makes me look productive.
Hope you enjoy. If anyone is near Ellis punch him in the stomach for me. Thanks!

Champion





Howdy. Here are a couple of colored pages from my graphic novel "The Life , Death, and Life of Michael Midas: Champion." Jonny Rench did the colors and Jordan Gorfinkel is the writer. It's supposed to be out in February from Devil's Due Press.
It was kinda done in a pseudo "widescreen" format. Most frames go border to border. I wasn't allowed to do traditional layouts or break any of the panels in any of the flashback sequences (which is 95% of the book). It proved... challenging let's say.
They're going to release it in landscape format which will be cool. Every page was designed initially to have a gutter placed running through the center of it so it could possibly be chopped in half and positioned lengthwise side by side. This means the 128 page book is now doubled to 256 pages. It hilariously makes me look productive.
Hope you enjoy. If anyone is near Ellis punch him in the stomach for me. Thanks!