Sunday, December 07, 2008

Back to the Emerald City


J.L. Anderson is down visiting Antarctic Press for a week. It's pretty special, since we don't often have visiting artist. She's doing some really nice stuff, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her! She's improving w/ each new project, I wish I could say that when it comes to my work!

Anyhoo, we all went out to local Mexican restaurant, Martha's, and had a few laughs over dinner. We had great food and a poor waitress. I got some sketch time in while waiting, and learned about 'Hot Pocket Stew'. Don't ask.

Tomorrow I'm going to have to hit it hard. I want to be done w/ the next issue of Oz before Christmas. I'm looking to get three pages done a day, but we'll have to see. I would like to be through this issue by the 15th or 16th.

-sigh-

I guess it's snowing in Cincinnati right now. I'm a little homesick this time of year, but I don't want to head up until after I do the last Oz issue. So, March or April. It may be April... I'm supposed to go to Sakuracon in early April, maybe I can just go on to Cincy from there?

More in a day or two!
Laters

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Oh, Velma!



I think I might do this up in full color if I get the time.

Friday, December 05, 2008

I'm Sorry!



Well, I goofed and posted some Gargoyles work I should'nt have, my mistake. Here's something to make up for it in apology. Oh, and some other stuff.


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Whole lotta sketches!!!

Yep, I've been a busy boy. Hope you like!

Well, my work on Slave Labor's 'Gargoyles' is pretty much done at this point. I just have a couple of covers left, I'm waiting for approval of the layouts. It's been an interesting, if brief experience. While I wish that I had more time to do the work, I enjoyed it immensely and got to see how another company works with artists and writers. Very cool. Maybe I'll upload some of those pages at some point.





Of course this isn't the first licensed work I've done, the most notable one being 'Sonic X' for Archie comics. It's odd how these things come to you sometimes. I had never even considered working for Archie, an editor there contacted me out of the blue. It seems the colorist on the book at the time, who used to work at Antarctic Press, had suggested me! I sent in some tryout pages, and except for some gaffes on Sonic's ears, they liked the pages! I've learned a lot about myself doing those books. Things I need to work on; I'm a procrastinator. I'm beginning to chip away at that one. It's hard, but I'm more of a self starter now than I've ever been. The other thing I learned is that I have a problem communicating with my editors and the people that work with me. In this business they only take so much of that. Editors need to know your progress. If you're behind, the inker and the colorist are behind, and have to hustle to get their work in. An editor has ways of dealing with these things, but they can't do jack without info.






Since I don't want to mess with other people's money, I'm trying to change the way I work. Slave Labor has been good for this, because they have a server that the work can be dropped into at each stage of development. Easy access for everyone. It also makes getting feedback easy as well.

I've been lucky to have such a malleable style, I can hop in and out of a given style with only a little practice. Another reason I'm glad I got the Gargoyles job is that it's opened my eyes to some new possibilities as far as style and use of light and dark.

Well, that's about it for now, I'm thinking I might write a little something about how I came to be at Antarctic Press, so keep an eye out.