A.) I've decided to rush through my back log of unfinished projects for other people. This is: the Clark College shirt, the Put Your Foot Down image, secret birthday gift commission for a friend's husband, Valerie Frost's tattoo design, and some images for Krysalis Moon, Lego Character for Jennifer Pipes, and anything else I'm forgetting at the moment.
B.) I found an open anthology of ghost tales that will be ending on the 15th so I have to come up with and finish that 4-15 page story in two weeks. (More on that in a bit)
C.) I have a bunch of crappy crap to do to get on unemployment and food stamps.
So, about the ghost story. I think I'm pretty settled on what I'm doing now. My idea is to do a story about a couple who tables at the Olympia Comics Festival and while they are in town the purchase an art desk from an antique store. They take it home to Portland with them and soon discover it is haunted. They drive all the way back to Olympia to return it only to find that the antique shop has closed down and has apparently been closed for years. It at some point possesses whichever of them I decide is the artist and they start drawing symbols on them selves and drawing demons over and over again. I won't ruin the ending but I really like it. SO I'll keep you updated on that when I start working on it.
Also while thinking about the ghost story I had a cute idea for a flash animation. It's a spoof commercial for a game called "Wii-ji Board" that is basically a Ouiji Board for the Nintendo Wii. I'll have to check to see if it's been done yet but hopefully not.
So I'm trying to ink the first page of Hardcoreasaurus 2 and I keep running into issues. First, the brand new ink I bought bleeds on the brand new comic art boards I bought. I tried the ink on a piece of Strathmore bristol board and it works fine, so I'm like "Who the eff makes these comic art boards?" I look and it's effing Strathmore! And the comic art boards are BRISTOL! So why is there such a huge difference? I would just switch to the bristol but I already penciled on the comic art board... Okay, so I think, "maybe different ink will work." I try it and I find out that in fact, different ink works great... Oh except I can't draw more than a centimeter before it runs out. It's not the ink or the pen that's the issue. They both worked incredibly well on some crappy nondescript paper for the Circle of Awesome. It's these stupid art boards! I would use microns but I really am not fond of how UNdynamic they are with line widths and such. It's like when my driver that controls pressure sensitivity on my Tablet PC randomly quits working. They have they're purpose but right now, that purpose is not drawing super heroes and dinosaurs. It's actually drawing the panel borders. Given that borders are supposed to be consistent and all. I can't find any other nibs for my quill pen which I'm hoping makes a difference. Maybe the generic paper screwed up the nib that's on it or something. I really won't know until I find those nibs. So anyways, I'm shelving the inking for now and focusing on writing (like I should be).
Any artists reading this let me know what infuriating problems you encounter in your art processes.
The definitive Frogra picture. Seriously, I couldn't be happier with how this turned out. I decided the line work called for something better than my usual cell shading. This way took longer and really pushed my endurance, but I feel like I went up like 300+ EXP lol.
Heres a little thing I did in illustrator. I sketched it first in Photoshop but I didn't really like how it was looking so I decided to vectorize it. Check out my deviantart or flickr page if you want to even know what the heck a feti is.
Eh I'm not really happy with this one. I was just trying to apply some of the things I learned from Stephen Sanchess's's's Tutorials but I think the heads too big and the legs look off. The things I do like are the clouds and the textures but otherwise I could have done better. This is one of the drawings that really made me want to avoid cell shading on the Frogra picture.
Something about getting a box full of comics that I worked on direct from the publisher who put them out makes me feel legitimate.
Especially when my story is the first one people read.
Then it was on to the T-shirts
I made a screen and tested it out, but I didn't like the font and when I tried to fix parts of the skull I ended up ruining the stencil. So I washed it out, started over and this time traced a print out of the text with one of my handwritten type faces.
After that I got kicked out of the front room so me and my dad set up a space in the garage where he got my computer working again so I worked on my website and bussiness cards.
So I spent all my time getting ready for the con all the way up to the last few hours before set up. So I get there and what do I see?
Haha the whole place was empty save for like 10 tables. Apparently there was some mix up with the table guy but they soon got the tables in and I even helped put them up.
I did eventually get my table all set up and ready to go and someone even took a picture of me.
So yeah, I didn't sell very much. Infact I didn't sell any of those comics I was making the CDs for. Apparently the vague cover and steep prices weren't enough to attract any attention. But I garnered a lot of interest for Jesus Hates Zombies (so much so I had to make new bussiness cards Saturday night with JHZ info on them) and I sold a couple copies of Hardcoreasaurus and Self-Aware. We had free cookies and pretty much ran out by the end of the convention. And that's actually after getting two more things Sunday morning. I made a lot of connections, though. I met Stan Yan, one of the artists who contributed to the JHZ pin up gallery. And I made friends with the couple who shared a table with us. Sunday Jenni spent most of the con playing WoW but I don't really blame her. It was pretty slow at our table and we both got tired on Saturday.
All in all I had a pretty good time. It's really got the fire under my butt to do more comics and illustration so hopefully I'll be working on stuff a lot more.
I actually have a table at the Olympia Comics Festival in June. Hopefully I can manage it with my surgery recovery and all. It shouldn't be too bad. And I have some ideas to help me meet people and get people to at least come take a look at my artwork.