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Gobs of People

Legendary comics artist George Perez was renowned for, among many things (masterful perspective, solid draftsmanship, the successful re-invigoration of many DC Comics characters), his ability to pack staggering amounts of people into a single comic panel.

Staggering amounts.

I’m trying my hand at playing George Perez today, but my limit is 25:


Art for an upcoming event at my church. I'm trying to include everyone on staff!



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Gregor Samsa

I’ve never read Metamorphosis… but I expect I should someday.

Various Ways of Coping With An Unexpected Animal Body

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Pages in Progress

Still hacking away at a big ‘ol comics project! Here’re some rough drafts (blue first, then pencil scribble).

(More about what this is here and here).

If you’re interested in seeing more pages, Chapter 1 is up on my Google Plus page. Come check it out!

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A Smattering of Side Projects

When it comes to freelancing, sometimes it rains, and sometimes it drizzles. And sometimes, the weather’s just really, really pleasant.

These past few months have definitely been the last one. Some good freelance opportunities have come down the pike lately, and Christin and I have been in a great place to balance those, the day job, our marriage, and adjusting to our new home.

Perfect weather.

Here, then, is a sampler of some projects I’ve been dabbling in since the summer:

First, a former employer of mine is expanding its facilities (and it’s a wise move for them). As they were assembling informational material, they contacted me to turn a series of 3D architectural renderings into 2D perspective drawings. Here’s one of a new outdoor building they’re putting up:

Later, it was decided to focus attention solely on the building, so the people were removed. Then, their graphic designer, Andrea, added some eye-popping color.

Here’s the final product:


In the meantime, I’ve been working with an author from my hometown (Brownwood) on a children’s book pitch. She’s written a really clever story about a boy who counts sheep at night, and I’m in the process of roughing out the pages. Here’s a preliminary sketch of the boy and his uncle:


And a sketch of the kind of sheep I’m drawing:


Finally, I’ve mentioned the graphic novel that I’ve been working on with Houston-based author, Kirk Blackard (see some behind the scenes material here and an interview about the process here, starting on pg. 106). I shot him some fresh layouts yesterday; seeing them, you can get a sense of how rough the pages look before they get inked:

Sadly, it’s going to get worse for our protagonist before it gets better. But there’s light at the end of his tunnel.

Which is still many chapters away.

(Sorry, Tony.)

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I’ve alluded to the fact that I’ve been doing some video work for the day job. Here’s some evidence: a storyboard!

Perfected by Walt Disney’s studio in the 30’s, these are essentially giant comics that animators use to “previsualize” the cartoons they’re working on. They’re super-handy because they let you change things around and fix mistakes before you get deep into the time-consuming processes of drawing and filming. Pixar still works mostly from storyboards, and most live action films now use the technique as well.  Ridley Scott famously storyboarded scenes from Alien himself (which got him an increase in the film’s budget), and storyboard artists like Darwin Cooke, Bruce Timm, and Gabriel Hardman have crossed over the other way into mainstream comics. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the coolest jobs in Hollywood.

So why storyboard for a church? We do a lot of videos, frankly. This one in particular is for a project about when asking for big things from God looks futile.  It’s meant to be relatively silent, except for some sound effects and a music track, so reading the storyboard should be a complete experience in and of itself!

Behold (and click for larger versions):

I’ll post the finished video once it’s completed!

Update: 11/7/2011. The video… was cancelled. Sadly. But it was done in lieu of another project which you can find out about… in the next post!


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Hey Bub.

Springing from my ballpoint pen today:

Doodling is a tactic that got me through many a math class. Some habits die hard (just like this guy)!

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New Comic! “Damages”

Following up on our previous installment

Of course, this and other comics from the “Sunday in Black and White” series can be read in sequence by clicking the tab up top. Or that link.

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