Friday, August 29, 2008

Teenage Dinosaur


I just did this postcard image for Tim Goodyear and his publishing company Teenage Dinosaur. Tim Publishes books like Gooddess Head by Dash Shaw, Boy's Club by Matt Furie and Real Madness Comics by Bobby Madness.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My LIfe



This photo is a little underwhelming for me, considering that it represents the last year and a half of my life. To think of all the countless hours spent on these tiny drawings. Now that I'm done drawing the book I've got to go through it and re-read it several times to make sure everything works. Editing is a pain.

Monoculture

Last week Ariel and I went camping at Honeyman State park. There are sand dunes there and it's actually pretty amazing. This picture shows the various stages of a clear cut. The landscape looks much like this all along most of the drive to the coast. You can see that the companies that harvest these trees only plant one type of tree, the Douglas Fir Tree, even though there are many many trees and plants that make a healthy forest. They also plant these trees too close together. It makes me very angry!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Almost done!


Above are new end pages that I'll use for Neptune. As of today I am just a few pages away from being finished with this book. It'll be 144 pages plus end pages and cover when I'm done.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Portland Zine Symposium

This weekend, August 23rd and 24th, I'll be at The 8th Annual Portland Zine Symposium held at The Smith Memorial Ballroom at Portland State University. I'll also be hosting a workshop on self-publishing along with Dylan Williams (Sparkplug Comicbooks) and Greig Means (Tugboat Press) at 2 or 3 pm on Saturday.

Hours are Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM

That creepy boy with the bell bottoms and Return of the Jedi T-shirt is me circa 1984.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Process


What this photo shows is how I like to focus on drawing one panel at a time. This allows me to give each panel undivided attention. After the panel is finished I cut it out and tape it onto a piece of typing paper. Doing my panels separately and uniform also allows me to edit my comics like a movie. A linear time line that I can utilize to add or drop as many panels as I like. Doing panels separately also frees me up so I can take more breaks. If I'm working on one panel or a whole page, I cannot stop until the job is done, so doing the panels separately allows me to free my mind from the "get the whole page done" syndrome. After that I store the comics in a folder so I can read my artwork like it will read when it's published.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ristretto Artwork

I took a photograph of most of the original artwork that I made for Ristretto's advertisements. Ristretto Roasters is a coffee shop in NE Portland, Oregon. Two ads are missing because I gave them away as gifts to the owners Din and Nancy. I'm not sure if you can tell in this photo, but the smaller I made the artwork (the closer I was to the actual print size) the better it turned out.

Ristretto Stamps


I was asked to create a design that would be used on stamps for coffee cups... The bottom design and the top left were too busy and detailed to be used. I think they'll be happy with the top right design. Hopefully I'll be able to salvage all the designs and use them for something else.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Book Cover

Above is the drawing that inspired the cover to Neptune. Below that drawing is the finished cover to my book. The spine will probably just be blue. I used colored penciles, gel pens and rapidographs. I actually made another cover to the book at first but it wasn't good enough to use.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

a big waste of time

The other night I spent a few hours watching a movie and making this drawing with a white gel pen on black paper. I didn't really pay attention to the movie because I was making this stupid drawing. I like it, but it unfortunately does not work for my book. This happens all the time. Usually the drawings that don't work for my book are no good. This one is good, but it just doesn't work.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Nerd Burglar


Here is one of four pages I contributed to the Nerd Burglar FREE COMICBOOK Anthology published by Sparkplug Comic Books, Tugboat Press and Teenage Dinosaur... Go to www.sparkplugcomicbooks.com to buy the anthology for 1 cent plus shipping. I also did the back cover. You really should get a copy. It's virtually free.