Sunday, June 26, 2011

How baby comics are born.

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  Here's a page of my thumbnails that I did this week for the comic I'm working on.  The thumbs are actually about 2 1/2 x 3 1/4" for each little double-page spread.  This is the first excerpt of my longer story (graphic novel).  Proper planning is such a timesaver in artwork & writing, and I can't imagine trying to tackle this story without it!

  I'll probably blow these thumbnails up and actually draw right on top of them over a light table.  This helps keep the compositions as dynamic as they are in the thumbnail stage.

  Still an intimidating amount of work to be done in the next few weeks... but it feels good to have my basic layout and compositions sketched out.

  I need to figure out the cover artwork... and I want to have at least some of them painted/colored as well.  We'll see!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pirates are fun.

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Hi everybody,
  These are some sketches I actually did a couple of weeks ago after I saw the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie (part 17?).  I guess I would put the movie in the category of "have low expectations, and you won't be disappointed" :)  It was easier to follow at least than the other recent ones.  I did have fun though.

  Anyway, I've actually been a fan of pirates (not real ones, mind you) since I was little.  See photo:

  That's me on the left :)  How awesome is that?!  The tattoos and facial hair is courtesy of my Mom and a Sharpie.  Not sure how old I am in the picture... 6 maybe?  That would make it around 1981.  My sister to my left chose a more demure Arabian princess costume of some sort.  The pirate thing was definitely my most favorite Halloween costume as a child!  You can tell I'm really feelin' it.

  And here is a photo of my super cute niece from a few years ago doing the pirate thing (a convenient excuse to post of picture of Katey):
  She is way cute, but I don't think she's as into it as her Aunt Cara was in similar circumstances:)  

  How do you guys feel about pirates?  Still cool?  Or "over it"?

  'Til next time.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jury Duty!

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Just a quick note to say I'm sorry for not posting recently.  I got picked for jury duty (!!) which lasted a week and two days and finally ended yesterday.  No, I can't tell you about the riveting case.  Yes, I missed my final art classes with most of my OCHSA students :(  I have my final final (does that make sense?) on Thursday.

Also, I picked up my Mom from the airport for a visit and she's staying with me until June 15th.

Sooo, a few things keeping me busy.

I did have a meeting with the new writing group I've joined, in which I talked about my current progress on my graphic novel story.  New pictures soon, hopefully.  I have been fleshing out more of the plot points.

I'm still planning on bringing some part of this work to the San Diego Comic Con.

Hope everyone is enjoying summer weather and I'll get back to you soon!