The posts this week will be short – I’ve been working on some pretty cool stuff lately but had zero time to post about it! I am therefore going to post a bunch of stuff this week and come back to it later (time permitting) to flesh it out.
First up, we have a series of team portraits I just wrapped up for a great company called Plan Grid. They are absolutely awesome to work with and I have several other pieces I will try to get up on the site this week.
Check this action out! Chris Forgey over at Light BOHRD was kind enough to send me a couple of quick pics of their latest snowboards, artwork by yours truly. So far, these are the pieces I adapted from the skateboard art previously produced but, I’m really impressed with the way the skeleton face lights up on the snowboard – SO COOL! I can’t wait to see how the “yeti” board turns out.
I am pleased to announce that “The Atomic Yeti,” a book I have been working on for the past several months with creator/writer Dan Cooney, is about to make its official debut at Comic Con International in San Diego and on ComiXology this week. I have put up a link in the sidebar to the ComiXology page where you can purchase the first issue for a buck. That’s a pretty good deal! The 32-page comic will be available at Dan Cooney’s booth (#5530) at Comic-Con, as well as on Comixology.com, starting Wednesday, July 12 (that’s today!). You can check out the official press release here.
While you’re at it, don’t forget that the first chapter of my other project (with writer/colaborator Tim Andrick), “Reformation,” is still available to read for free at reformationcomic.com. I put a new link up for it in the sidebar as well. Chapter 2 is well into development but, as with any labor of love (and with work and kids), these things take time.
In the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite pages of artwork from “The Atomic Yeti.” I greatly enjoyed working on this and can’t wait to start the next installment. There was a lot of stylistic growth for me on this book and a lot of lessons learned in terms of working methods and lettering. Enjoy!
I don’t know what today’s post title is supposed to mean other than making some ham-fisted reference to today’s illustration. This one, again, comes from my character design class and was focussed on presenting a character in a researched, period costume. The reference photo we were required to work from showed the model in the same pose but a different outfit altogether. I chose the knight because the guy in the photo was already holding a sword but, it was a saber, I think. Anyway, the pose just said “knight” to me so that’s what you get. This was also one of the first pieces I did for that class that I did a colored version of as well. It wasn’t required for the assignment but I was so pleased with the outcome that I HAD to see it in color. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are both the black-and-white and color versions.
Do androids dream of electric sheep? If a tree falls in the woods, does the pope wear a funny hat? Wait… Anyway, we may never know the answers to the second two questions but I have attempted to answer the question in the post heading: I think they do. Or, at the very least, this is the kind of thing you ponder as a child when a road-side advertisement goes horribly wrong.
For those of you who are now completely lost and wondering if I took my meds this morning I assure that I did not (that’s what “they” want, after all).
What I am actually talking about is today’s illustration! It was based upon a real road-side liquor store promotion I used to see all the time when going to my grandparents house when I was young and impressionable. Yes, this is a real thing. I am also lead to believe that it still proudly stands in front of the Wagon Wheel Liquor Store in Fortville, IN to this very day.
Photo by Cindy Seigle
So, if we base our assumptions on that old trope that people “see” little, pink elephants when they go on a bender (a favorite of MGM and Warner Bros. cartoons of yesteryear) then surely the following illustration is a distinct possibility. Just saying.
Little Pink Men
Please note that, in the interest of proper attribution, the above photo was acquired here.