My Recent Works-In-Progress

Man, between all the blog posts, Validation comics, Johnson & Sir comics, freelance work, and the day job (yep, I got a day job) keeping me busy, do I have time for personal projects?

Yes. Yes I do!

Project 1 is very different from what I usually do. Project 1 is a large acrylic painting.

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painting work in progress
Step 2.

By “large,” I mean it’s larger than my usual scale. I’m used to working on, at most, 9 inch by 12 inch pieces of paper. This is 16 inches by 20 inches on canvas.

This is a painting that my mind demanded I make, because there are lighting techniques I want to try with this.

Project 2 is connected to Validation. It’s a portrait of one of my favorite characters ever…

Roxie.

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This is a piece I’m doing in colored pencil, which I haven’t used in years. It’s a good refresher to brush up on my old skills. I’m also doing my best to use colors in ways I haven’t before. I’ll post more pictures as I work on it.

Project 3 is a comic I’m hoping to get out by October. I’ve mentioned it a few times previously here on the blog.

It’s Charlie & Clow.

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The cover is done and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I need to make the next few pages and take care of a few other things. With any luck it should be online by Halloween.

The story is about a young punk lady named Charlie. When she’s walking home from classes one day, she discovers a monstrous golem, and it decides Charlie will be its next meal! Charlie runs for help only to find a tall goth man who calls himself Clow. Who is Clow? And will he help her fight off the golem menace?

Of course, there are other projects I have in the works, but they’re all either very personal or top secret surprises. So I won’t say any more.

Which project are you most excited to see? Do you have any personal projects in the works? Let me know in the comments!

Also, I’m skipping the Favorite Artist Friday feature this week because I’m still scouring the internet for new artists to add as my favorites. If you have any suggestions for artists I should look at, let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you on Tuesday.

I Found a New Favorite Toy – I Mean Tool

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Something tells me that I’m going to be making an entire comic (or two) with this most marvelous of tools: the brush pen.

A Sakura Pigma archival ink brush pen, to be more precise.

Now if only they work with Prismacolor markers…

OH WAIT…

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Click for larger image.

THEY DO.

I think I’ll be using this type of pen to draw Charlie & Clow AND The Legend of Jamie Roberts.

I love the free flow of the brush pen, and it’s much more controlled than a paint brush, plus it keeps a better ink flow.

That’s my least favorite thing about working with paint brush and India ink: the ink sputters and turns grey JUST as you start to get into a groove.

I don’t want to interrupt my groove! I want to draw!

Thankfully the brush pen doesn’t do that because 1. it has its own ink well built in, and 2. it’s way more confident than the wimpy paint brush. The brush pen could totally beat up the paint brush and steal its cookies.

With all of that said, I’ll definitely be redrawing what few Charlie & Clow pages I have inked.

But uh…

Charlie & Clow, page 1, still in progress. Click to enlarge
Charlie & Clow, page 1, still in progress. Click to enlarge.

…Oh boy that’ll be a pain to redo.

I love you, city-scapes, but you are a right pain to draw, much less re-draw.

Right now you might be thinking, “No! You don’t have to do it over again! Save yourself the effort!”

I’m going to anyway. I HATE how the cross-hatching turned out on this page. It’s messy, it ruins the skin complexions I’m trying to illustrate, and it’s way too time-consuming. (And in comics, you need every minute you can scrounge up).

I’m going to redraw it with brush pen, and grey markers for tones. That, and Charlie needs a slight costume change.

Sketches and Bookmarks, Yo

In the last post I said I would update you all on something the next day that wasn’t art-related.

Turns out I lied. Or rather, I didn’t fulfill my promise, because I didn’t update yesterday.

But I did today!

I actually updated a lot of pages here on the blog. There’s now new stuff in Sketches, Illustrations, and Commissioned Works.

(I’m still available for commissions, by the way. Patricia, I’m working on yours right now. There are four spaces left open if you’re not Patricia and are interested!)

I’ve also been working on new merch for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday. Here’s a peek at some bookmarks I finished:

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Thor and Fury are coming soon.

Sometimes I notice that some comic artists will cut off figures at the shins and I say to myself, “I would never do that!” And then it turns out that I do. I bring shame on my head.

Maybe my next batch of bookmarks will be better at actually showing whole figures.

I realized the other day that I shared a sketch on my Tumblr, but I didn’t post it here yet! So here it is:

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It’s my resident Goth Punk girl, Charlie, showing off some of her outfits. They may make a reappearance in Charlie & Clow, the story I’m writing with her.

Off-topic, I’ve been plugging my appearance this Saturday at the Apache Junction Public Library like crazy. And I realized that not everyone who likes my work can be able to make it to the event that day.

So here’s what I’m doing for you who can’t make it: THIS Saturday (May 3), when you buy anything at my store, you’ll get a free (yes, FREE) mini-comic that I made exclusively for Free Comic Book Day!

I’m not going to tell you what it’s about, except that readers of Validation will be very excited to get it.

I hope I got you good and hyped! Again, I’m presenting stuff and selling prints and bookmarks at the Apache Junction Public Library THIS Saturday. If you can’t make it, go online that day and buy something on my store and you’ll get a free mini-comic.

You are awesome! Thanks for reading.

Status Report!

Unexpected post is unexpected.

So what’s been going on lately? Well Validation and Johnson & Sir are still chugging along.

Last week was the launch of a NEW project, The Women Warriors Project! I wrote all about it in a previous blog post, which you can read here.

I’ve been posting some Johnson & Sir sketches over on my Tumblr. Here’s a few for you:

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That last one is actually an in-joke on a Validation strip I did before, because half of the audience on Validation’s Facebook page saw this strip and went “I want Rubber Duck The Reckoning to be a thing!”

I want it to be a thing, too! We’re figuring it out ;D

I’m still writing The Legend of Jamie Roberts. With any luck the script will be done by March 30th.

I haven’t been working on Charlie and Clow as much as I should be. I need to fix that. And I hope to get the first 6 or so pages online once they’re done. I’ll let you know when that happens!

And I just might be making a new short story for an anthology soon…

Update on Charlie & Clow

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See that comic page up top? That’s the first (yet unfinished) page of Charlie & Clow.

So in a previous blog post here, I said that  I would be having a Kickstarter campaign for this comic. Well, it’s not happening, at least not for a few months.

Why did I cancel it?

Well the biggest reason is that I don’t have all the comic pages finished. It’s hard to fund a book when it isn’t even finished yet.

do want to keep this comic black and white because I feel it fits the tone of the story (not to mention black and white pages are just faster and more fun to make).

“What’s the story about?” you might ask (as you should).

Charlie & Clow is about a young lady named Charlie who runs into some supernatural trouble and reluctantly teams up with a man named Clow to fight it.

Anything more than that and it would be spoilers.

However, expect some monster designs soon!

Speaking of monsters and non-human people, I added some new work to the “Commissioned Work” page that you should look at. It was the most fun and challenging character design assignment I’ve gotten thus far.

Ok, I gotta’ get back to work. I’ll see you next time.

P.S. I’m trying a new idea where I update this blog everyday. Is it ambitious? Yes.