I’ve been having too many adventures so far this year, and not blogging enough (or at all). So, this is my first blog of the new year. In December, I quit my job. I spent most of January working very little and being sad and having a weird schedule. I now have a job i dig and have a set schedule. I found myself drawing a lot more with the correct amount of sleep.
Black River is coming along swimmingly. I’ll post some pages from that later. For now, I’ll show off some woods drawings I’ve done recently for people who gave me money to live in the Ghost Shrimp National Forest last August.
My sister got me some Copic markers for christmas. I like them a lot more than Prismacolors. The colors she picked really compliment my digital coloring, which I like. She’s a pretty decent little sister.
Also, I was doodling some of the stuff I’ve been into recently. Here are a few goodies:
I’m working on two separate chapters of Black River. One is more of an eight page one-shot. It would chronologically come before the first issue. My art game has upped in the last year, so I’m not going to include it at the beginning of chapter one. It’s, like, issue zero. Remember when Image Comics used to do stuff like that?
Audio: Maps & Atlases.You and Me and the Mountain / Lapalux.Nostalchic
Visual: Shamless.Season 3 / Wolf of Wall Street
So, I’ve been re-reading Ashley Wood’s amazing book, Popbot. I need to fill in the gaps in issues I’m missing. I doodled this today:
Also, I spent some time designing some “costumes” for an adult Juniper Black.
Also, I got two of my books reviewed by Rob Clough. He had nothing but good things to say about my two books I put out his year. The Adventures of Juniper Black which you can read the first chapter of here. Also, my ongoing saga, Black River. You can get a copy of it here, if you want.
I’m going to get back to making awesome stuff. Just wanted to let you know I’m rocking.
Audio: Game Of Throne.Clash Of Kings Audiobook / Bioshock.Infinite OST
Visual: Sucker Punch / Sleepy Hollow.Season One
I’m sitting barefoot on a couch in West Asheville, NC at the home base of Woolly Press. I got into town Monday afternoon and dove right into the printing process. Woolly Press utilizes a risograph printer. I’m making this all sound so official. The riso is in the kitchen. We’re collectively learning how to process colors and separate them in photoshop. I feel like this is the scene at the beginning of a movie. Where the big corporation starts with a couple of people in a garage. In ten years, Colin will be getting fired as CEO because the board thinks he is overstepping his bounds. Or maybe not.
It’s been an exciting couple of days, to say the least.
Check out the awesome process green we go on this:
That’s a blue layer at 30%, then yellow at 30% finished with black at 100.
I redrew a cover for Black River just for riso:
I’ll post a color version when I get one. That’s the plan tonight. Print Black River, fold, staple, watch Pacific Rim.
I wish everyone could be here with us.
Audio: The National.Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers / Sigur Ros.Kveikur
Visual: New Girl.Season 2 / Fall in Asheville
Alright, I’ve been indulging in living life and not drawing as much as I should. I’ve got to get out of a party mindset and more into a focused comic making robot mode. I’ve been hanging with some artsy types. Meeting once a week to bust out some hot and nasty comics. Such as this little gem. Kung-foolery comic two:
I need to finish one more Adventure of Juniper Black. Then I’m off to Asheville to print it.
Audio: The Lumineers.The Lumineers
Visual: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower / Sleeping Dogs
Yesterday, I walked around the city of Charleston, SC all by myself. I can’t remember the last time I did that. It’s an ultra beautiful city that I can hang out in any day. So, I’m going to start doing that, more often. Here’s some stuff I drew in a sketchbook:
So, then I met some friends for some drinks. I got to the bar a little early (2 hours) so I drew this:
I found these old ninja comics I drew while in school. I wanna redraw them and put out a tiny book called Kung Foolery. More of these to come.
I’m plugging away at The Adventures of Juniper Black part two. I think I’ve scripted out Part Three. Then, I’ll print them in Asheville, NC at Woolly Press.
Audio: M83.Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming / Bioshock:Infinite OST
Visual: Pacific Rim
People seem to really like The Adventures of Juniper Black. I started drawing part two, set in a jungle. Juniper is around 16 or 17 now. I drew about two and a half pages before I realized it wasn’t the story I wanted to tell. The woods weren’t creepy enough.
So I started over, yesterday. This part is the opposite of the last story. Juniper’s still older, but it’s going to take place in a cave.
I get to fill in a LOT of black space. The spot color will be yellow, I’m thinking:
I’m actually sketching character designs for this little book. I don’t really do that with Black River. So, I can have a neat little “sketchbook” section in the printed version. I always like it when books have those.
Also, I did an illustration for the monthly Ghostshrimp Illustration Contest. The words this month were “Phantom Breakfast Robber”. I find that my first idea is the one I usually go with. Also, all the scouts from ghostcamp have shout outs in this drawing (thus the random pickle jar):
Finally, I did some ChronoTrigger fan art for my buddy Jesse Durona‘s SNES anthology. I colored it in, but I want you to buy it from him. So, here’s the dull uncolored version. More details on where to get a copy, as they develop.
Audio: Of Monsters And Men.My Head Is An Animal / Radiohead.In Rainbows
Visual: The Dark Knight / The World’s End