Where does the time go?

I realize, at the very tail end of this meat-grinder of a year, that I never posted this year’s INKtober entries. I’ve updated the website and you can check it out here, or just watch the slideshow below.

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The goal this year was to tell a story without words. Just a little spin on the challenge and hopefully something to collect and maybe print later. The Papercut Kids is suburban fantasy and colorful and poppy. I wanted to do something scratchier but adventurous. Joseph Campbell, Hero’s Journey kind of thing. I don’t know if it was the stark black and white, a contrarian impulse against the stuff that I had been working on, or if the over-whelming election news coverage had seeped into my subconscious (the 2016 Election in the States was viciously divisive, dear future readers).

I’m a bit under the weather as I write this and I’m listening to the new NIN album. The new NIN sounds like the old NIN (a good thing) and I’m having a hard time concentrating on this…

…BUT …

… I have the wherewithal to wish you all a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Let’s put 2016 in our collective rearview and endeavor to make more art, better choices and the world a significantly better place.

 

New look! 

If you managed to click over here near the middle of 2016 (I don’t know when you’ll be reading this, or who, where or WHAT you might be) …

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ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT OVERLORDS!

… you’ll have noticed a large overhaul to this site. Big changes are in the wind. The kid is graduating in June, and Jess and I are looking to move and expand into new digs. I thought the changes should extend into my web presence as well. Sort of throwing a new coat of paint on the beast. The pages are a bit more collected and organized and more importantly the content has been updated.

 

New art work for everyone!

The hope is that with change comes the chance to create better habits. I plan to post more often, not just in the blog but updating the core content whenever I can. New Papercut Kids comic pages are getting done, and I plan to update that site soon as well. New projects and an eventual shop will pop up here to sell prints and sketch books. Stay tuned for more!

TETSUOOOO!

Every once in a while I revisit AKIRA. Whether watching the movie or reading the collected books, it’s an itch I have to scratch. When I do I always want to whip something up so here we are. Notes in the captions…

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good for health. bad for education. 

If you’re reading this soon after it posts and you’re in the NYC area you can actually catch AKIRA on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. Click the link to check out the one night show.

I hope you enjoy!

Little Kaiju …

… is still a pretty big problem. Just wanted to keep the train rolling with color pieces. After fan art, and a more successfully executed moody image, I trod happily into my wheelhouse and whipped up a high energy piece with monsters, oddly designed vehicles and a pilot that looks like he knows he took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

Here’s a confession … I should get better at color theory. I know a bit and I kinda just do what feels and looks right at the time, but often I just treat it like an electric coloring book. I make sound effects when I color and draw, too. I can’t be the only one, right?

*crickets*

No? Let’s just keep that between us, ok?

Enjoy!

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Something new

I did that Elektra piece in a bit of enthusiastic haste with the new season of the Daredevil, which is pretty great if you haven’t seen it. I like the drawing fine, but I wanted to do something with a bit more teeth. I started with a quick tiny thumbnail sketch, scanned it and drew it up in Photoshop, printed it and lightboxed it on to some Bristol board. Rescanned the full sized 11×17 and colored it in Photoshop using brushes I copped from a Ryan Lang post a while back. BTW Follow him on everything if you like production art. Anyway, here are some of the process images…

… and here’s the finish.

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I’ll have this available when I get an online store up and running. Oh! I’ll have an online store up and running at some point when I revamp this site.

Hope you like and enjoy your week!

On a Spidey Kick

Last year I whipped up a Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen winter pieceFB_neo_slingers_inked

and the last super-heroic post was incredibly fun to do. So I figured with a blizzard bearing down on the East Coast and Spidey on the brain I should do another similar piece. If you haven’t already, go check out Spider-Gwen, by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi. Also keep an eye out for the upcoming Spider-Man featuring Miles Morales as the main arachnid fella by Bendis and Sara Pichelli.

In the meantime here’s my thing …

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and here’s the process. Hope you like!

A little process

Did a little sketch of Spidey punching the Hulk. Just a warm up doodle and I liked it enough to add a couple of panels at the bottom to drive home the dopiness of a young Peter Parker. I light boxed it on to some bristol and inked it with pentel brush pens and copic multiliners. Then I colored it on Photoshop. It’s candy neon goofiness and I approached it like a coloring book, but I like the look of it. I hope you do, too!