Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Red Sonja--She-Devil with a sword! I've always had a fondness for the 70s version of the character, from Marvel's Bronze Age. I started this drawing as a marker commission for a convention. This version has gone through a couple of permutations. I wanted to see what the auto-trace function in Illustrator would do with markers. I only had to do a little cleanup after the fact--I'm kinda diggin' the outcome.
Hunting for truffles in the Furkini Jungle! Done with a variety of tools, starting with my trusty iPad. I've gone through a variety of input devices--and I think all of 'em are represented here. I started with a Wacom Bamboo, then did a bit with the Adonit JotDot, then painted a bit with the Nomad brush. But in the end, I always go back to my handy Pencil by 53!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sometimes I'm just not happy with an experiment. After looking at my earlier version of this enough, I realized I miss the magic of the "line" too much. So here's the latest version of the piece from a few weeks ago. All inked-up, with a fresh border, and I dorked around with the proportions a little as well. It was a fun experiment, but I gotta have a juicy line around my figures to be truly happy with the finished product!
Saturday, January 23, 2016
The new Jose Gonzalez Art book inspired me to take a shot at the always-entertaining Vampirella! The Warren catalog of magazines really informed my adolescence--coming to my attention at the precise time that Batman and Spider-Man were feeling a little too much like kidstuffs. The stories were fun, the art was simply fantastic, and there was even occasional illustrated nudity--an amazing revelation to my youthful eyes!
Warren Publishing is no more, but Vampirella lives on, perhaps with a bit less charm than in her original incarnation. Consider this an homage to the Vampi of the 80s--innocent yet deadly, beautiful yet deadlier...
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Another one in the series of more highly-referenced pieces. I'm feeling the urge to go back to the more cartoony approach, so don't be surprised if you see some more interesting abstractions in the coming weeks.
I was working on this while watching "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death", which was extremely inspirational and friggin' hilarious! Early Bill Maher appearance, playing the perfect male chauvenist. If you haven't seen it, you need to!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
I'm not entirely sure of this approach. Usually I make up the poses for my Furkini Girl illustrations, pulling poses from memory. This one was fairly closely referenced. Each week, I'll endeavor to do at least one closely-referenced piece (like this), and any number of quick gestural pieces that may or may not become finished Carrtoons.
I believe in constant and never-ending improvement in my work (in all elements of my life, actually), and I want to increase the lexicon of poses stored in my brainstuffs. Don't be surprised if you see this pose recreated with a bit more exaggeration and abstraction.
As with all my most recent pieces, most of this one was done in Procreate on iPad, using a Pencil By 53 stylus, with the pressure sensitivity off. For some reason, I really like the speed-based variance in Procreate--it results in a certain amount of uncertainty that can inform the success of the final piece. I'm contemplating the new iPad Pro, with Apple Pencil--which apparently has really accurate pressure sensitivity, so my process could evolve over the next several months.