Work in Progress is Coming Along Nicely!

So you remember that work in progress I showed you guys a while back ago? Well I worked on it a little bit more last night. I have now gotten it up to this point:

I am SO glad I went down home and got my colored pencils, because that’s what I’ve been using so far to make this illustration. I wanted to do a gradient-type color scheme in her dress and have some color bursts in the background. The problem is I still need to work on the background a little bit more. I want it to be messier, like paint splotches. I’d like to incorporate some watercolors into this, but I’ll have to see if watercolor can mix with these colored pencils.

I have no idea what I’m doing with her wing yet.

Still: progress! The important thing is to just keep experimenting and seeing where it takes you.

That’s all for now, but as always, Don’t Forget to Be Awesome. :D

Kick-Ass: A Review

So I just finished reading Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Firstly, I’m surprised I read it all the way through. Don’t get me wrong! It’s a great comic! But this kind of “gritty”, uber-violent and sailor-mouthed bloodbath isn’t usually my cup of tea. I tend to stay away from these kinds of works as much as possible because I’m kinda’ squeamish when it comes to broken bones and such like that.

However, the characters are what helped me stick with it. Because Dave as Kick-Ass and Mindy as Hit-Girl are two of the best heroes I’ve ever met. No matter what s**t is thrown at them, they fight it off and press on, even if they’re bleeding everywhere and were shot and electrocuted. There’s something extremely admirable about that. Plus, you know, Dave is pretty sympathetic because I don’t believe he’s your average angst-ridden teen boy. He wanted to do something besides be a cog for the machine called normal life, but he’s always wondering if perhaps his comic book obsession goes too far sometimes. I think he helps to remind us that teenagers are people, too, constantly questioning their own motivations, and not obnoxious gossip machines. I love that about him. It makes me want to hug him and say, “You’re doing the right things!”

So, now that I’ve read the comic, I can see the movie to see just what the movie got off-the-mark.

So if you’re up for something surprising, give Kick-Ass a try!

And as always, Don’t Forget to Be Awesome!

Returned…With a Few Stories

Ok, so family emergency has passed for the time being. I won’t go into too much detail. Now, for what happened the last few days:

Wednesday was the Halloween party bash with my coworkers to celebrate our company and artistic awesomeness. Unfortunately, I did not get pictures, and I did not get pictures of my own costume (but trust me when I say I was a fabulous fashionable ninja).

Thursday was driving down home for four and a half hours. I love car rides and road trips, especially across Ohio, because it feels like you’re moving from one world into another: from familiarity into the unknown, from the routine to the surprise, etc.

Unfortunately, while I was home, there were supposed fleas in the house, so mom had to flea-bomb the place. The cats DID NOT LIKE US after that. They’ve been growling and hissing for the past two days, probably because the house smells like chemical and not like the house at all.

Then came the visiting of the family in crisis, and then there was today.

Before I drove up, my older sister, her husband, mom, and I hung out for a bit (because, you know, how often do you see your sister who lives in South Carolina when you live in Ohio?). In the process of hanging out, we got to the topic of dreams, where Kristen shared a bizarre recurring dream she had been having for a while, which she liked to call, “The Clown.”

In “The Clown,” usually what happened was a nightmare of some sort, such as being shot at in a war, fighting the cheeseburger army, being trapped in a room slowly filling with water, etc. Well, there would come a point in the dream where Kristen would be alert enough to go, “…Wait a minute…This is a dream!” And after every time she made this revelation, without fail, a clown would appear out of nowhere (if a war dream, usually coming out of a foxhole, for instance), hand her a red balloon, and say, “Congratulations. You are correct.”

Then she would wake up and say, “THE F**K?”

So of course I made a doodle of her dream.

Why can’t MY nightmares be like that? Seriously, I want a clown who wakes me up!

Come to think of it, this sounds very Little Nemo-like. In that comic, Flip the clown would appear in front of Nemo wearing a hat that said “Wake Up!” And then Nemo would wake up.

I dunno. Just a thought.

Anywho, I’m going to head out for now and do some grocery shopping and get started on some projects I’ve been holding off on for too long.

Don’t Forget to Be Awesome!

Emergency Situation!

So I’m going down home tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday due to a family emergency. I don’t want to go into details, but it’s really important that I go down because I might not see this person ever again.

To that end, I’m debating if I want to postpone updating this blog until I get back, or if I should get some posts ready to update while I’m gone because of my promise to post something new on this blog everyday. I’m still trying to figure this out.

I’ll think about it as I pack my bags.

Late Post is Good Post: or, Becoming Inspired

I suppose you could say there would be two blog updates in one day, since I’m making this entry after midnight, but details shmetails.

This morning my brain went all “herp” and decided not to do anything comics or work-related, so I took a break and read some books. Recently I’ve been reading Epileptic by David B., and it’s wonderfully unique! It’s a French graphic memoir about the author’s childhood and the memories he has of his epileptic older brother. The art is so wonderfully storybook-like that it was refreshing to read.

I’m only one fourth of the way into the book, but I already love it.

It was from this book, and some henna designs I’ve been eyeballing recently for an illustration I have in progress, that I had a Eureka! moment tonight. So now I’m on a creative burst again!

It just goes to prove that all I need to recharge my imagination is a distraction.

I’ll update again in the morning-ish before I go to work. Tomorrow is also a Halloween-in-June party hosted by my coworkers, so I’ll do my best to get pictures to share with you all!

As always, Don’t Forget to Be Awesome. :D