Thursday, March 30, 2006

Uncle Septimus pt. 2

SPOILER Alert!



Aw, man, now you know how the story ends. Poor Uncle Septimus.

This is the other Cricket piece. The textbook people have asked to reprint this piece, along with the new one.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Uncle Septimus

Let me tell you a little bit more about those sketches I posted earlier.

Four or five years ago, smack dab in the middle of moving to Memphis, TN, from Richmond, VA, I was contacted by Cricket Magazine to illustrate a children's story about Uncle Septimus. This was a story written by Herbert Shippey in tall-tale fashion about an old man in the South with an improbably long beard. I've never thought of these as the best paintings I ever did, but I enjoyed the story, and liked drawing the beard, and was happy to have my work show up in a magazine that I read as a kid.



Anyway, The story is getting reprinted in a textbook, and they've asked for a new painting of Ol' Uncle Septimus. It's been interesting revisiting an older project. My painting has definitely improved in the intervening years, which is strange, because I've been working almost exclusively in ink. Here are two of them, with a third to come tmorrow.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Uncle Moon pt. 3



I've been reading up on the bird flu, and finding websites on how to prepare for a pandemic. I'm now putting my retirement investments into canned goods and shotgun shells.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Uncle Moon pt. 2



I mentioned that this story is part of an incomplete series of short stories. The first story in the series is The Baker's Son, which first appeared in Oddgod Press' Big Dumb Fun.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Uncle Moon



This is the first page of a story that hasn't seen print yet. It's intended to be part of a collection of related short stories which I've only half finished.

I hadn't realized just how back-burnered this project was. But I was working on this story when I met the woman who is now my lovely wife. I'm not sure, but I think that was a while ago.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I miss Will.



I missed my chance to post this on both his birthday (March 6) and the first anniversary of his death (January 3), but here's a piece I did in rememberance of Will Eisner for a commemerative issue of... uhm... some comic book magazine or another. One of the ones with nice production values. They all have such similar names, I can't really keep track of them, to be honest.

Speaking of the Mighty Mister Eisner, Boing Boing has an interview with Michael Dooley about The Education of a Comics Artist, which contains my interview with The Master.

On a totally different note, have you heard about the new book by Saparmurat Niyazov, the President-for-Life of Turkmenistan? Not only is it required reading for all government officials, students, and teachers, but if you read out loud three times, you go to Heaven! And if you read passages out of it in the mornings and evenings, you become more intelligent. Honest!

Now that is the sort of book deal I want. You hear that, AdHouse?

Also, Saparmurat Niyazov shot a copy of his book into space. I want that, too.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Restocking the Cupboard?


I don't yet know if it's a last gasp before the death rattle, or a miraculous recovery, but the scanner seems to be working again. The color calibration is super-screwed, but I was able to scan in the next round of sketches for one of the jobs floating around my desk right now. This isn't one of them. This is another rejected sketch, which I like a lot better than the one they actually choose.

It's the one immutable law in IllustrationLand: the client will always pick the worst sketch you send them. So don't ever send then something you don't want to take to finish. I thought of leaving out the sketch they choose, but I actually thought "There is absloutely no way they would ever choose that."

Ah well. I must remind myself that they know the larger context that the work will be in, and I don't.

Anyway, I feel terrible for neglecting you last week, so here's a bonus image: the color version of the Rooster painting from a few posts back.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Cupboard is Getting Bare



The scanner is still dead, and I'm running low on things to share until it gets well again. Hence me posting a pencil sketch for a project I sent in last week (I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that showing a rejected sketch doesn't violate our contract). I'll talk more about this project once it's completely wrapped up. I sure do love drawing this character, though. I expect that at least one of my future characters will be blessed with glorious chin whiskers.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

IronHide Tom pages pt. 2


After yesterday's preview page, which featured a twister, Memphis is now under tornado warnings.

If, tomorrow, the city is under threat of tentacle attack, it will confirm my suspicion that this blog is a mystic nexus of untold power. In which case, I shall quickly draw up and post an IronHide Tom page in which a cartoonist named Joel Priddy wins a hundred million dollars and a lifetime supply of lemon sorbet, moves to a Tuscan villa, where he spends the rest of his days sampling the local wine and olive oil harvests and collecting awards for his outstanding contributions to the world culture.

C'mon tentacle attack!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

IronHide Tom pages pt. 1



Over the next few days, I'll be showing some preview pages from The Preposterous Voyages of IronHide Tom. Let me know what you think. Unless you hate them.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lil' Gray Rooster



Redwald's back! This is a piece I did as a painting demo for one of my classes. It may or may not do duty as the cover of the Rooster story.

Only it's actually in color. Really bright colors. My very sexy -and freakin' expensive- scanner up and quit this mortal coil, and I'm a little too slammed with the firing squad to do anything about it right now. Therefore I'm stuck using the school's computer lab, and I ain't gonna try to correct the color calibration on those poor, abused machines. So it's all grayscale for the time being.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Bits and Pieces



I'm putting the finishing touches on the IronHide Tom story, just an eensy teensy bit over deadline. These are some elements that are getting composited into IronHide panels. I like 'em as stand-alone drawings, so I thought share them with you. But just you. Everyone else viewing this blog should cover their eyes and just hit the BACK button. This is private stuff, man.



While digging up the link to the IronHide Tom cover, I realized that I've just draw Tom's peg-leg on the wrong side of his body for 29 pages! I wonder if it's too late to beg Chris Pitzer to flip the cover image?

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Pulpatoon: Apochrypha pt. 10

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9





And that's it for the abandoned "first" chapter. The woman Row meets in Italy is next seen in the Lost Ties chapter of Pulpatoon: Pilgrimage. Things don't go well.