Monday, October 31, 2011

the most popular image....

After seeing I got 34 hits on this image alone yesterday. Mostly from Indonesia. I looked up the keywords on several search engines and found that 4 of my drawings were in the top 4 rows of the search engines.and the stats show BIG hits over the last 60 days. Guess people are looking.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rockford Files Sketch

Occupational hazard, too many guys like this with the question "You Jim Rockford?"
Found this old sketch. Almost finished my new Lulu PDF. It's the reason for running into all the stored art on disc. It's looking good. I'll make it a free download on Lulu. If you want the book, it will probably run about 6 to 8 bucks. Show that off tomorrow.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Drew Freidman - Halloween Album Art

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Lot of great Jack Davis art on the Blog.
I found the Roddy MacDowell sound files of the Lovecraft album. Easy as typing in Macdowell reads Lovecraft. Easier for you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PopCap in Poster

 This looks like a pretty stupid movie, but the poster caught my eye.  This is the section of Seattle that PopCap is located in.  In fact, our building is in this poster.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Panel by Panel

A panel from the Bounty Of Zone Z. Formatting stuff for my Lulu book.
Also added some of my Junkyard Dog boards, beautifully formatted into a PDF format by ToonBoob (edit: ha! Toon BOOB. Toon Boom) Storyboard Pro. It's like a nice frame. Makes the art look a lot better.
This Guy, Ryan Heshka, really gets the era of the pulps he is glorifying

new sketch + ps enhancements

Playing around with Photoshop and my latest sketch


DANGER 5- Click for Youtube video
Scott Morse said he wished he had done this. I wish I had done it too. Or at least played Hitler.
Even though the intent is to project solid cheezeball, it's obviously got a ton of money spent on it. Maybe more than would be spent on a conventional bit of storytelling. I think Batman in the 60s was considered too expensive for it's own good.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Caelum Studios - Stuff I'm looking at

It is fun but painful to go through my old art. I'm going to make a new blog with some of it called "ForFuksSake-ISuk!" Found this from when some of us nuts were sharing a studio.
Mostly I'm going to make myself a new-sequential oriented Lulu book that I'll be using as a submission thing for the CTNexpo. Drop it on a few, hungry for talent, tables.

Custody battle in space. Good shit. With an emphasis on shit. And I'm pretty sure that's zipatone you're looking at there. And no compositing in photoshop of type either. I think we were barely using photoshop when I did this. It was print outs of the type, spraymounted to the page. Very early use of the new found technology using comic sans for a typeface.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stan Sakai Exhibit

Stan Sakai's art is at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The exhibit, Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, has original art work by Stan Sakai as well as the actual comic books, toys based on the characters, and works by other artists featuring Usagi Yojimbo. The exhibit will be there until October 30th. Dan and I saw the exhibit recently and enjoyed it. I wrote a short review about it, and the other exhibits that were there, in my blog.

This weekend we are going to the Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It should be interesting!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Photoshop Blog I Created - Click Header

John K was wishing for a good digital inking tool. Prompted me to share all my recent dabbling with paths as a way to do clean line art.

Halloween Audio

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My new site

Seems I needed to update this site with my commercial work. I may have a few NEW leads on work. thus the focus. Its still being worked on hope to finish tonight.

The Worried Bat

Digital. Lot of working into the surprises of using an inverted mask. A goof.
It's Tuesday!
I think.
For Marty. A Daniel Clowes sketch from my Fantagraphics twitter follow.
"Why should I, Reggie Van Dough, have to wait in line with these commoners."

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tex Avery-41 Model Sheets

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I've zipped them and put them on my domain real estate to make things easier for you. Right Click link - save.
The zip is 23.7 meg. Takes a couple of minutes to download off of fatcow. Not a super fast place to park stuff.
Here's that Bulldog I needed Marty...
Another of the Comicrazys pages. Don't you think this guy was a HUGE influence on Gary Larson.
Tex Avery! You bigot!

I bookmarked this as useful info for the comics publisher with a budget...
Lulu, my go to guys, don't make the list.

Okay, smudge marks reduced. What about skid marks?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Iron Man Mark III helmet

The Avengers trailer that hit this week inspired me to dust-off something I started last winter, but abandoned after work and other events took priority. Here's Tony Stark's helmet from the first Iron Man movie, modeled in the best hard-surface modeling software on the planet, MoI3D. Actually, the helmet is based more on the concept art by Phil Saunders than the finished sculpt by Miles Teves that became the Stan Winston Studios prop used in the movie. I'm still not happy with how the cheeks of the gold face-plate don't flow into the rest of the head. I think I thought of the solution to that last night while I was sleeping. I'll update later on. Meanwhile, here's a render of the helmet I did in Modo using some of the preset materials and environment probes.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Looking in Archives- Check out how far along I had this story

I need to get back to it. Ink up a few pages. Or convert it for the web.
Check Out all 15 pages Here
Just noticed I dated each page for the day it was done. Obviously tried to crash through it during a Christmas break in 03, stalled and "finished" 3 months later.
And more. I'm loading up my blog with links to work showing the sequential nature of my brain. Getting ready to crank a reel out . Still stewing on the best presentation notions I currently have.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lightbox option under Formatting

I like it. Lets vote.
Lightbox, yes or no?

Ellis , "Here." I mean, "Yes."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

50 Haunted House Pictures, You Will Laugh

The Link. Can Also Click Headline
Hey! The gallery effect is back. Did someone do an edit or is this google experimenting again?
I like the gallery/lightbox function. I hope they keep it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hey! A Tuesday Drawing!

This is a flyer for a company Halloween Party that is happening soon that I recently made.

Jeff Rango's Probably Traveling....

...and I'm jealous. I never get to go anywhere anymore.

Here's a drawing from when I did: Venice.

I was just beginning to get the hang of those sketchy little people you see striding everywhere in the work of the pros.

And hey--Jimmy's postin'!

been awhile.....

Heres some more sketches from the book

Monday, October 10, 2011

Recommending a Podcast

Click Title for link to interview with artist George Coghill. A little back and forth discussion I enjoyed enough to download.  I may play it every other day for inspiration on how to think as a freelance artist.
I'm trying to speed up at cintiq drawing. Doing fun stuff, copying Bruce Timm. One cool thing I've done is add undo to the pen button. Very quick undo's of line strokes.
Just after midnight. So the second Timm copy can count as a Tuesday contribution.

I've been using my tumblr account to post animated gifs. Goofy animations that I just take a couple of minutes to do.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Odesk job ad

My daily job post emails sent me this one from Odesk. Don't know anything more than what it says.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Magnuson Park

Lawn sculpture made with nuclear submarine stabilizing fins by the Lake Washington shore

Dortmunder Doodles

"Dortmunder looked mostly like a missionary nun who was already among the cannibals and headhunters before realizing she'd lost her faith." GOOD BEHAVIOR
I used Jeff's cool preset brushes to work my way through a tracing of this Dog Character. Nice boil created with this reference PSD of what every brush does. The occasional star is a brush I liked best.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Cloud Dog

I was walking home yesterday evening, very nice rain clouds on display. One clump had a cartoon aspect that you could make into a character a lot like the drawing you see. It was a leap I made to a more appealing design for my junkyard dog idea that I'm going to turn into a storyboard sample.

Obviously producing iterations now. What do you think. Jut jaw with tooth at the end? I think so.
And please, share a note if you feel like it. About the design. Draw up where it should go to make him more appealing. Jeff R, any mecha notes for hands would be welcome.

This post should also push off the last of the embedded video posts. Lets see how quick the page loads now.

RE: Page load speed. Fast as lightning now.
Found this great reduction of Horse anatomy---Emma Coats