Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SHREIK-FEST WINNER plus Not a Winner

Storyboards by me. 
I'm an award winning storyboard artist. 
I guess that's not how it works.
I worked on an award winning film as a storyboard artist.
I wish it would  hit the internet.
Trying to do a collaboration with Marty and completely bolloxed the whole thing. 
Wanting it just to flow out with hardly any extra effort. 
Came out dull dull dull.



SHREIK-FEST WINNER plus Not a Winner

Storyboards by me. 
I'm an award winning storyboard artist. 
I guess that's not how it works.
I worked on an award winning film as a storyboard artist.
I wish it would  hit the internet.
Trying to do a collaboration with Marty and completely bolloxed the whole thing. 
Wanting it just to flow out with hardly any extra effort. 
Came out dull dull dull.



Monday, December 30, 2013

One of the sketches I did over the Holiday

Feeling ancient Egyptian like on that day

One of the sketches I did over the Holiday

Feeling ancient Egyptian like on that day

Page From Current Work In Progress

 
Last night I was looking at Maurice Sendak books as well as the work of many other excellent illustrators.  Simultaneously inspiring and humbling.  Sigh.
This project is taking longer than I expected.  Must get better faster or I won't get time to draw half of what I'd like before the big clock runs out.

Page From Current Work In Progress

 
Last night I was looking at Maurice Sendak books as well as the work of many other excellent illustrators.  Simultaneously inspiring and humbling.  Sigh.
This project is taking longer than I expected.  Must get better faster or I won't get time to draw half of what I'd like before the big clock runs out.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Another illustration I did to promote Polar Bowler.  The "full" game should be coming out in the first quarter of 2014.  I was pretty happy with this one.  Done in MS5.

Merry Christmas!

Another illustration I did to promote Polar Bowler.  The "full" game should be coming out in the first quarter of 2014.  I was pretty happy with this one.  Done in MS5.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

For Marty to Decipher

Below, cutting the pieces in photoshop, changing adding. Going to print this in pieces and use my light table to trace the shapes onto nice comic book ruled Bristol, finish it up. shoot it off to Marty for some Brush Pen inking.

For Marty to Decipher

Below, cutting the pieces in photoshop, changing adding. Going to print this in pieces and use my light table to trace the shapes onto nice comic book ruled Bristol, finish it up. shoot it off to Marty for some Brush Pen inking.

Photoshop goofing with a single sketch-Kindle shop excitement

That required getting a version of CALIBER that worked with my ancient Mac OS.
Where I could use Caliber to convert the existing PDF into  MOBI format.
Upload previews correctly now and looks dandy.
Pretty dang excited by Kindle. Much more so than POD like Lulu.
This is a way to mainline money if you come up with solid promotion notions and have a product to sell.
I don't know it for a fact, need to check, but I bet Maurie Manning is a Kindle entrepreneur.

Photoshop goofing with a single sketch-Kindle shop excitement

That required getting a version of CALIBER that worked with my ancient Mac OS.
Where I could use Caliber to convert the existing PDF into  MOBI format.
Upload previews correctly now and looks dandy.
Pretty dang excited by Kindle. Much more so than POD like Lulu.
This is a way to mainline money if you come up with solid promotion notions and have a product to sell.
I don't know it for a fact, need to check, but I bet Maurie Manning is a Kindle entrepreneur.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

TAGsters are the first to get the digital version.
Because I love you guys.
TAGsters are the first to get the digital version.
Because I love you guys.

Test Animation

This is the result of a test I did at work of a new animation tool called Spine.  It's 2D animation with a skeletal rig.  It's the perfect tool for someone who has done a bunch of 3D animation to do come to 2D cut outs style animation.  It's pretty simple and intuitive and our programmers seem confident that they won't have much trouble getting it into a game (it's what the tool was made to do, after all).
http://esotericsoftware.com/
Sorry, I don't see any way to make it loop automatically through blogger.  I suppose you can load it onto your hard drive and loop it with your player.

Test Animation

This is the result of a test I did at work of a new animation tool called Spine.  It's 2D animation with a skeletal rig.  It's the perfect tool for someone who has done a bunch of 3D animation to do come to 2D cut outs style animation.  It's pretty simple and intuitive and our programmers seem confident that they won't have much trouble getting it into a game (it's what the tool was made to do, after all).
http://esotericsoftware.com/
Sorry, I don't see any way to make it loop automatically through blogger.  I suppose you can load it onto your hard drive and loop it with your player.

The Albino is now on Kindle

No re-write to speak of. I got antsy to see exactly how easy it was. Now I need to do some decent writing. So easy. If you have a PR skill, a guy could probably make some money with this.


The Albino is now on Kindle

No re-write to speak of. I got antsy to see exactly how easy it was. Now I need to do some decent writing. So easy. If you have a PR skill, a guy could probably make some money with this.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Xmas Specials and Sympathy

Remember the anticipation you'd feel in the days and weeks leading up to the one-time event that was the screening of our favorite animated Xmas classics?
We're in Virginia with the nieces/nephew. Had to share some crayon love. They like Rudolf, but when I asked them to name their favorite movie of the moment, they answered "High Society" (1954).

?!?!?

Yes, the one starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Louis Armstrong and that other guy, the skinny singer dude from Hoboken...what's his name?
They awoke to find this drawing on the counter. I said The Elf on the Shelf did it. Their Elf is named Helper, which I find really funny.

Arm surgery went well, (repaired a torn tendon), but can't use it much right now. Hoping for a full recovery soon. Trying to milk all the sympathy I can in the meantime by wearing my sling everywhere.

Xmas Specials and Sympathy

Remember the anticipation you'd feel in the days and weeks leading up to the one-time event that was the screening of our favorite animated Xmas classics?
We're in Virginia with the nieces/nephew. Had to share some crayon love. They like Rudolf, but when I asked them to name their favorite movie of the moment, they answered "High Society" (1954).

?!?!?

Yes, the one starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Louis Armstrong and that other guy, the skinny singer dude from Hoboken...what's his name?
They awoke to find this drawing on the counter. I said The Elf on the Shelf did it. Their Elf is named Helper, which I find really funny.

Arm surgery went well, (repaired a torn tendon), but can't use it much right now. Hoping for a full recovery soon. Trying to milk all the sympathy I can in the meantime by wearing my sling everywhere.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Remind you of anything?



Remind you of anything?



Ebay discipline

Hope to get enough pencils out that I get just like Inktober. That something is missing if I haven't spent 3 hours doing a drawing. No goals, just a system of 3 hours a day.

I've used levels on this picture . The link shows the straight scan, no touch up.
 I'll do pencils on Batman vs The Hulk tomorrow


Ebay discipline

Hope to get enough pencils out that I get just like Inktober. That something is missing if I haven't spent 3 hours doing a drawing. No goals, just a system of 3 hours a day.

I've used levels on this picture . The link shows the straight scan, no touch up.
 I'll do pencils on Batman vs The Hulk tomorrow


The Perfect Look for "Li'l Okie Ellis" or "The Teen Ellis"

See Marty! This style would work just fine.  Ellis, wouldn't you like to see your life immortalized forever in artwork like this (minus a lot of the fleshier parts)?

The Perfect Look for "Li'l Okie Ellis" or "The Teen Ellis"

See Marty! This style would work just fine.  Ellis, wouldn't you like to see your life immortalized forever in artwork like this (minus a lot of the fleshier parts)?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Balloons in place-

It will take some nudges here and there.
I'm also thinking I'll do the line art in maga studio, 
then switch to photoshop for any tone.
I just like painting in photoshop better.
Then on to some other things.
 Scott Sackett from the Ok Comic Creator FB group framed one of my Inktober sketches.
Amazing what a little frame does for something
It goes from refrigerator art to heirloom.

Balloons in place-

It will take some nudges here and there.
I'm also thinking I'll do the line art in maga studio, 
then switch to photoshop for any tone.
I just like painting in photoshop better.
Then on to some other things.
 Scott Sackett from the Ok Comic Creator FB group framed one of my Inktober sketches.
Amazing what a little frame does for something
It goes from refrigerator art to heirloom.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Pirate's Life....

Finally completed this. A Disneyland "Pirates of the Caribbean" spoof starring Beata's brother, Peter. Came up with this way back, when Beata purchased a copy of the Brushpen Breakfast Book for Peter (I did that drawing of Peter as a Disneyland audio-animatronic bust that Walt thinks is too scary for the Haunted Mansion...remember?). Peter's a big Disney fan, so I knew he'd appreciate something like this...so, I begged her to "commission" me to do this--and being a sport, she acquiesced. It's good to have a patron!

The people working to get Peter into the auctioneer pirate's costume are all caricatures (or there 'bouts) of famous Imagineers. That was THE GAG. The tag line is in Walt's voice: "Peter, we'll just need you for a day or two...a week, tops!"

Ha, ha.

No computer aid on this one--just felt-tip marker (with a touch or two of white paint) over blue pencil (which was a mistake! it sends all the yellows green. Should have stuck with my orange),  approx. 15" X 20."

A Pirate's Life....

Finally completed this. A Disneyland "Pirates of the Caribbean" spoof starring Beata's brother, Peter. Came up with this way back, when Beata purchased a copy of the Brushpen Breakfast Book for Peter (I did that drawing of Peter as a Disneyland audio-animatronic bust that Walt thinks is too scary for the Haunted Mansion...remember?). Peter's a big Disney fan, so I knew he'd appreciate something like this...so, I begged her to "commission" me to do this--and being a sport, she acquiesced. It's good to have a patron!

The people working to get Peter into the auctioneer pirate's costume are all caricatures (or there 'bouts) of famous Imagineers. That was THE GAG. The tag line is in Walt's voice: "Peter, we'll just need you for a day or two...a week, tops!"

Ha, ha.

No computer aid on this one--just felt-tip marker (with a touch or two of white paint) over blue pencil (which was a mistake! it sends all the yellows green. Should have stuck with my orange),  approx. 15" X 20."