Tuesday, June 26, 2007

In lieu of a baby picture...

Since I got the afternoon off due to slow bidness I took the opportunity to get a little inking done. While I'm no Joe Sinnott I'd like to think I'm a bit above Vince Colletta. (Well, maybe not yet, but soon.)

Anyway, that's all I got for now. My 'rents are probably in town by now out at the in-laws, both eagerly awaiting the arrival of their grandchild.

In lieu of art...

Since I've been slack the past couple of days here's a picture of the littlest tenor. Lilah's discovered what the camera is and now hams it up whenever given the opportunity. This one is from her first pool party over the McManusion. (Yes, I know it's spelled funny.)

I've started more of the Kirby pencils, but haven't had any mojo to finish them. Luckily, I'm outta work early today and hope to knock out a panel or two.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Some of my Heroes score

Following in Mafus' footsteps here's my trade/hardcover spread. I may have forgot one or two, but I'm pretty sure these represent all the reading material I brought back. Plus, if I add another it throws off the symmetry, so bucket. I'll try to get the artwork up soon, too.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Shaking off the abundant rust

A little later than I would've liked to have gotten around to this, but here's one of those Kirby panels I mentioned last week. Decided I needed to start getting the brush work back into gear instead of doing a Quickdraw tonight. Only took about 30 minutes, but felt longer. Nervous I guess. Hell, how could you not be when you're inking the Great One's work? Wanna try to get another couple done over the weekend if not the whole page. We'll see though. Weddings to attend and whatnot.

I tried my hand at lettering this panel as well, but it didn't turn out like I had hoped, so I deleted it. Don't think I'm quite ready for that leap yet. But that's what computers are for, right?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Day Three of the Quickdraw

As promised I did Spider-Man for this go 'round. Put him in his black suit as it's much easier to draw at this point. Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be able to knock out the traditional red and blue get-up, but I think I'll need a quite a few more sketches to get my old chops back.

Scored some Jamal Igle 'Firestorm' today (a trade and a back issue). Had to get check some more of the man's art out after picking up that page. Too good not to. Have to hit a couple other comic shops to see what else I can dig up.

I've got a few more pics from Heroes to post. All the previous ones were taken by Mafus' delightful wife, Squeeze. I forgot to thank her and give her her props on 'em.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Two times twenty

I'd done a 20 Min. sketch yesterday, but didn't want to lump it in with the Heroes stuff I was blabbing about. Also took care of today's sketch while Lilah was copping some Z's as she's home sick (hence, my being home). Decided on the Red Skull for the first one as Dave Johnson had done a killer version for the program. Today got the Hulk as I purchased volumes 1 and 2 of the Hulk hardcovers. Spidey will probably be tomorrow as I'll be finishing my 'Best of Spiderman' vol. 3 tonight. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it may become a bi-daily post as not to takeover the internet. That's all I got expect for a baby on the mend. Peace out.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Heroes Weren't Hard To Find

Back from Charlotte and Heroes Con. I'd say it was a rousing success. While I did spend a lot of money I don't think I have any of the buyer's remorse that Mafus over at Ad Nauseum is feeling. (His stack of trades made mine look like a mole hill. The man is insatiable when it comes to half-price trades.) I did score some very nice art in addition to my other purchases. The crown jewel being the top featured piece by Craig Rousseau of Mary Marvel. I can't wait to get it framed and hung above Lilah's crib. I also procured two regular comic pages: a Firestorm page by Jamal Igle and a Thing/She-Hulk page by Bryan Hitch. Both stellar pages that will be lovely additions to the other geek wall hangings I've got going. (I may try to post them later, too.)

Mafus and I also tried our hands at the Quickdraw contest they hold daily. He's won it a couple times before and this time round was no different. He scored a win on Sunday and got a junk box from Blueline. As he said, "The paper and box were the only thing worthwhile about the prize. I wanted another shirt." I was just happy to finish a drawing in the allotted twenty minutes. Maybe next year as I hope to start to make this exercise a daily habit.

It was also nice to go to a con and actually know one of the big dogs. Not that it gave me any status or street cred, but when you can chit chat with a pro and not feel like a fanboy because you've played Halo 2 with him and watched old Hammer films it makes the con a little more enjoyable. Maybe it's just me.

One scoop I did glean from the trip was from talking to Jim Mahfood (40oz Comics in my links). Turns out Food One is doing the relaunch ad campaign from Colt 45. I damn near shit a brick (picture to the left proves that) when he told me that. Billboards and all other kinds of creative madness will soon be out there. There's already a full-page ad in Juxtapoz magazine that I've got to hunt down. Pick up his work if you don't already.

While it was fun to get out of town and mingle with my people it's nice to be home. I'll update this post a little later with some more pics from the con, though I didn't take that many. Just wanted to get some words out on the web. That and show off Mary Marvel. Thanks to the 'Ringos and Mr. Rousseau. For a more definitive rehash of the weekend visit Mafus over at Ad Nauseum. He's got the straight dope.

These pics have also helped me decide to lose some of the chub. Damn that's nasty.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Nothing special, but it's been awhile...

Here's a quick freelance piece I did for my old creative director/boss. She own Rex & Roxy's: Adventures in Puppy Playcare down in Hotlanta. I've been her brand boy since day one and it's always fun to work on an illustration for her. I don't have to conform to anatomy or even use decent perspective. Plus, getting away from a pseudo-realistic style to something more cartoony is helpful Keeps your line and your mind loose.

I hope to get another post up before Heroes Con. Maybe some Kirby pencils I've been itching to ink...

Saturday, June 02, 2007

For what it's worth...

Here's the finished inks for the previous post. Nothing special. Tried some things that didn't really work and I had a heavy hand where I shouldn't've in some spots. Oh well. Still have to do the other three panels yet and I've been dragging my heels on some freelance I've got to get done as well. Now I'm off to the beach to rescue our daughter from her grandparents, who are spoiling her rotten. (And making us look bad in the process. Not really, but it sounded good, didn't it?) Until next time.