Friday, October 31, 2014

The Ventriloquist Script - Joined Together

Written in about 5 hours. It changed a bit as I wrote. 
Marty will appreciate that I've reintroduced Uncle Goggle.
It's rough, but it will do. It has the shots broken down. 
May add one or two. 
It will be storyboard style- all the same size frame.



  I'll publish it to this site when I've done the art.
Please. Give notes. I'll probably use them.

The Ventriloquist Script - Joined Together

Written in about 5 hours. It changed a bit as I wrote. 
Marty will appreciate that I've reintroduced Uncle Goggle.
It's rough, but it will do. It has the shots broken down. 
May add one or two. 
It will be storyboard style- all the same size frame.



  I'll publish it to this site when I've done the art.
Please. Give notes. I'll probably use them.

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween


some new stuff

 Late night musings

some new stuff

 Late night musings

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Help With a New Website

You can find my working version HERE. Our pal Carlo has agreed to help me customize something for global interweb consumption. Gird y'rselves!

So, why a website? List of objectives, from most important to least:

1. Showcase the comic book(s) I have created (so far that means FUME).
2. Showcase any other books or prints I have for sale (sketchbooks, e-books, etc.).
3. Showcase my illustration work.
4. Something that's a blog/news/image fomentor along the lines of what we do here, or on Tumblr (probably just a link to here, with a little window showing what's on tap?).
5. ...?

I do want my art profile to contain this notion of "brushpen," not as the primary aspect, but a big part nonetheless. It does show up on the site--in the gallery of my sketchbook work...it's labeled "BRUSHPEN" (duh!). They've got those fun little labels that levitate up from the lower edge of each image when your mouse passes over them...ah, technology!

Here's what I'm starting with, but it's flat as Kelsey's nuts so far:

But I love those sites that have a cascade of different sized blocks, each block either an image (often cropped, always cool), or some easy to read blocky text ("SHOP," "BIO," "CHIVALRY," etc.). Maybe something like this example:
Here's his site in action, with the GIF's running (something I'd love to have on mine).

So, what would you like to see?

p.s. I am doing the site thru Squarespace, which has been pretty easy so far. Best of all, it includes an online shop. Once I get it up and running, I'll sit back and watch the money roll in...(*WINK*).

Help With a New Website

You can find my working version HERE. Our pal Carlo has agreed to help me customize something for global interweb consumption. Gird y'rselves!

So, why a website? List of objectives, from most important to least:

1. Showcase the comic book(s) I have created (so far that means FUME).
2. Showcase any other books or prints I have for sale (sketchbooks, e-books, etc.).
3. Showcase my illustration work.
4. Something that's a blog/news/image fomentor along the lines of what we do here, or on Tumblr (probably just a link to here, with a little window showing what's on tap?).
5. ...?

I do want my art profile to contain this notion of "brushpen," not as the primary aspect, but a big part nonetheless. It does show up on the site--in the gallery of my sketchbook work...it's labeled "BRUSHPEN" (duh!). They've got those fun little labels that levitate up from the lower edge of each image when your mouse passes over them...ah, technology!

Here's what I'm starting with, but it's flat as Kelsey's nuts so far:

But I love those sites that have a cascade of different sized blocks, each block either an image (often cropped, always cool), or some easy to read blocky text ("SHOP," "BIO," "CHIVALRY," etc.). Maybe something like this example:
Here's his site in action, with the GIF's running (something I'd love to have on mine).

So, what would you like to see?

p.s. I am doing the site thru Squarespace, which has been pretty easy so far. Best of all, it includes an online shop. Once I get it up and running, I'll sit back and watch the money roll in...(*WINK*).

Nice mix of hand-drawn and CG animation

Potential Ear-Ache Warning: Hard-rocking' metal ahead, but I think it's worth posting as it's done extremely well by some very talented folks. And it's pretty entertaining, in my opinion.




Nice mix of hand-drawn and CG animation

Potential Ear-Ache Warning: Hard-rocking' metal ahead, but I think it's worth posting as it's done extremely well by some very talented folks. And it's pretty entertaining, in my opinion.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'd happily do the comic book version

Introduction to King Kong. The novelization that came out at the time of the movie release.
Good stuff. I could do Skull Island pre-quel ideas all day long.

I'd happily do the comic book version

Introduction to King Kong. The novelization that came out at the time of the movie release.
Good stuff. I could do Skull Island pre-quel ideas all day long.

Three Stooges Comic Books

Wandering the local library a few weeks ago, I happened upon an old book about The Three Stooges, and one of the chapters detailed the history of a series of Three Stooges comic books (and spinoffs). I loved the art, which evolved from a kind of classic forties funny-book style, to something approaching Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning design cleanliness. And turns out they were all designed and drawn by one guy, Norman Maurer. Sadly, only the first couple issues featured Curly. Then it was Shemp (whom Maurer caricatured marvelously).

The spin-off of the junior version, "The L'il Stooges." That Hanna Barbera look--so clean. Who wouldn't want to read his??
(OK, probably not a lot of people....)

They've recently been collected in a  few "Best of" volumes. Click HERE for a look at vol. 3, including a complete story ("The Fluke Spook"). Love the panel at the bottom of this page, and the design of the "spook."
Interestingly, this guy Norman Maurer was a childhood pal of Joe Kubert (who facilitated the original Stooges comic book deal with St. John's, and became a partner in it). Maurer was already a successful comic book artist when he started on this project, but then he went on to marry Moe's daughter (!) and eventually to write, produce and direct a few Stooges feature films.

PROOF that comic book art is a gateway to celebrity.

Three Stooges Comic Books

Wandering the local library a few weeks ago, I happened upon an old book about The Three Stooges, and one of the chapters detailed the history of a series of Three Stooges comic books (and spinoffs). I loved the art, which evolved from a kind of classic forties funny-book style, to something approaching Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning design cleanliness. And turns out they were all designed and drawn by one guy, Norman Maurer. Sadly, only the first couple issues featured Curly. Then it was Shemp (whom Maurer caricatured marvelously).

The spin-off of the junior version, "The L'il Stooges." That Hanna Barbera look--so clean. Who wouldn't want to read his??
(OK, probably not a lot of people....)

They've recently been collected in a  few "Best of" volumes. Click HERE for a look at vol. 3, including a complete story ("The Fluke Spook"). Love the panel at the bottom of this page, and the design of the "spook."
Interestingly, this guy Norman Maurer was a childhood pal of Joe Kubert (who facilitated the original Stooges comic book deal with St. John's, and became a partner in it). Maurer was already a successful comic book artist when he started on this project, but then he went on to marry Moe's daughter (!) and eventually to write, produce and direct a few Stooges feature films.

PROOF that comic book art is a gateway to celebrity.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monsters and Dames WIP

Here's my digital sketch for my M&D entry.  It's pretty rough... I'm actually a bit further along on this but this is the best way to see the whole image.  I'm hoping to make it very decorative with just a ridiculous amount of detail.

Monsters and Dames WIP

Here's my digital sketch for my M&D entry.  It's pretty rough... I'm actually a bit further along on this but this is the best way to see the whole image.  I'm hoping to make it very decorative with just a ridiculous amount of detail.

Horror Script- Accidental discovery of Frankensteinb in Tag archive.

Here's my horror "script" that I'll be doing webcomic style.
5 sentemces on an index card
Ventriloquist begins to become Siamese twins.
Absorbed- goes mad
Gets an accidental respite
Manages to kill himself
Never was being absorbed. 

 Did this Frankenstein to satisfy my late TAG drawing requirements.

Horror Script- Accidental discovery of Frankensteinb in Tag archive.

Here's my horror "script" that I'll be doing webcomic style.
5 sentemces on an index card
Ventriloquist begins to become Siamese twins.
Absorbed- goes mad
Gets an accidental respite
Manages to kill himself
Never was being absorbed. 

 Did this Frankenstein to satisfy my late TAG drawing requirements.

Two for Tuesday

Late night sketch

Two for Tuesday

Late night sketch

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monsters and Dames Ideas

I've been noodling with a comedic concept...Mr. & Mrs. Frankenstein on their wedding night.

She's phoning the Doktor, of course. I think maybe this composition would be best:
Other idea was slightly scarier, slightly darker: Monster rebels against Herr Doktor!
 Please share yr suggestions/comments/criticisms!


Monsters and Dames Ideas

I've been noodling with a comedic concept...Mr. & Mrs. Frankenstein on their wedding night.

She's phoning the Doktor, of course. I think maybe this composition would be best:
Other idea was slightly scarier, slightly darker: Monster rebels against Herr Doktor!
 Please share yr suggestions/comments/criticisms!


Random Roughs

Scribbling with a Sharpie

Random Roughs

Scribbling with a Sharpie

No Michael B. Jordan or Ben Afleck, but...

Nooooooo!

JMG: I was sold on this

No Michael B. Jordan or Ben Afleck, but...

Nooooooo!

JMG: I was sold on this

Look at Rick make a fool of himself...

Click this Link This is a little thing I wrote for the Gamasutra blog about being an AD and general advice to artists who want to get into games.

Look at Rick make a fool of himself...

Click this Link This is a little thing I wrote for the Gamasutra blog about being an AD and general advice to artists who want to get into games.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Most of the shots went wild

Enjoyed OAFcon. 
Met Bart Bush as I went in. 
Shook hands with him and said "Jim Gorham says hi. Remember him?"
He replied with a long sigh.

Made some money. 
Sold the biggest amount to a guy that has commissioned me in the past.
I did a lot of index card sketching. 
Sold a few of them for a buck.
Here are the links to the ones I brought home and scanned.
miscellaneous
 Friend from the OCC group has prints. 
He needed a Blackwing pencil. 
I took a print in trade.

Most of the shots went wild

Enjoyed OAFcon. 
Met Bart Bush as I went in. 
Shook hands with him and said "Jim Gorham says hi. Remember him?"
He replied with a long sigh.

Made some money. 
Sold the biggest amount to a guy that has commissioned me in the past.
I did a lot of index card sketching. 
Sold a few of them for a buck.
Here are the links to the ones I brought home and scanned.
miscellaneous
 Friend from the OCC group has prints. 
He needed a Blackwing pencil. 
I took a print in trade.

Off to my one day of Oafcon

All packed up and ready to rock.
Everyone that knows Bart, I'll tell him that you love him.
More sketches like the Tardis.
Probably got the best reaction of anything I drew at the Superhero Day con.

Off to my one day of Oafcon

All packed up and ready to rock.
Everyone that knows Bart, I'll tell him that you love him.
More sketches like the Tardis.
Probably got the best reaction of anything I drew at the Superhero Day con.