Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Dora the Explorer

Character sketches for Dora in my friend Jonny's novel / graphic novel, Stripmalling. I wasn't given much in the way of instructions. Mostly, 'She should look sort of like Enid from Ghost World.'

background study...

Just trying to nail down a colour scheme for the beach scene in Popper Cosmix the webcomic. I'm sorta not happy about the colours I used in the sand...guess I still need to play around with it.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Oldie But Goodie Pin-Ups

Hey! After doing a pin-up for Rex Libris, I remember I did some others a while back. Check 'em out!

The first one I did was for Matthew Mohammed's comic Black Bastard. Some of you probably seen this before, it was published in the Blacktacula issue. LooBot was in that comic as well!

The second pin-up was for Ramon Perez & Rob Coughler's web comic Butternut Squash.



Friday, February 23, 2007

Life Drawing - Feb 22/07 - Boxer Challenge

I killed two markers in this session. Enjoy!


Here are my life drawing efforts of the last couple of weeks. This weeks model was infinitel better than last weeks, in my humble opinion...


Thursday, February 22, 2007

The New Popper Cosmix!

I'm in the planning stages for my new Popper Cosmix webcomic. Here are the new character designs I'll be using as reference for modelling and colour schemes.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

life drawing 02/15/07 (my first blog)

The last picture really happened.

J.S. Kociuba

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tyne - Pencils

As I mentioned to you guys before, I'm putting Corduroy High on hold for now so I can concentrate on my web comic Tyne.

Here's the pencils of the first page. I wanted show you the pencils before they get inked.


Friday, February 16, 2007


I have strep throat at the moment, so it doesn't look like I'll be doing much drawing for a few days. But I thought I'd post a link to a funny web comic started by Winston Rowntree -- many of you have probably seen him at Toronto conventions. He's a great artist, and his stuff is often ridiculously funny.

Life Drawing - Feb 15/07

This week's challenge was barbarians. It was a bit of a challenge to come up with barbarian references by memory.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Well, I haven't been drawing all that much lately, but I did start actually working on the third issue of Amazing Challengers. So I've scanned the pencils of the first page. Can't say it looks like much because my pencils are ridiculously not-tight. I need to keep the inking process somewhat interesting.

A very mundane splash page to a mundane issue. They spend the entire issue trying to work up the nerve to cross the road.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Life Drawing - Feb8/07

Last session's challenge was Pirates!!!
First attempt drew some blood when I drew the sword handle at a wrong angle.
Second attempt. Much better.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Bounty of the sea

I created this seafood painting for use in an upcoming packaging promotion. I wanted to challenge myself with different textures and transparencies - such as the water and ice. I also wanted to convey some depth to the image by having a fishing boat in the background. With the detail I was planning to add to the composition I felt it needed a bit of breathing room up top.

I knew I wanted a lobster as the centerpiece, but figuring out what I wanted surrounding it was a challenge. Not being an aficionado of seafood (eating gummy textures, fishy tastes and creepy crawly things kinda turns me off) I asked my hubby Tyrone for help in brainstorming what people usually eat. From there I collected a bunch of reference and scribbled out some thumbnails. I knew all those wave photos I took on our honeymoon would come in handy one day.

Next I worked on a more refined sketch. I was still unsure of what to include between the lobster's claws.

I tightened up the sketch and still played with what was to be included. Even at the painting stage I switched a mussel for some more shrimp. Normally I wouldn't have the freedom to stray from my linear drawing. But since this was essentially a personal piece I could do whatever I wanted.

I had two weeks for this piece. I spent a couple days figuring it out and then about a week painting it. Lots of time was also spent just letting the image rest. I left it on my drawing board and looked at it a lot. The downtime helped me figure out what wasn't working in the piece, and where color and contrast had to be bumped up. Just as I was finishing it up I ended up getting another high detail packaging job, so the timing was perfect.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Rex 'n FX 2!

Hey guys ...

Here's the finished version of the Rex Libris pinup ...
I'm really proud how it turned out ...
Enjoy ...


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Stan Sprites

Check these sprites out. The game making process is coming along swiftly. I think We'll be abe to test it a lot sooner then I thought possible. Comments?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Rex 'n FX!

Fellow Toronto illustrator James Turner asked me to do a pinup for his comic series which is going to be put into a trade ... The title of his book is called Rex Libris (Slave Labour Graphics) ... If you haven't read it, you should check it out ...
Hope you dig my pinup ...
I'll post the finished version once the trade comes out ...


Saturday, February 03, 2007

Lyfe drawing Feb 1 2007

Here's a sampling of my life drawing efforts from this past thursday's session. I totally forgot to do the costume challenge! Next week. Pirate hair bands!


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Life Drawing - Feb01/07

After 5 consecutive dudes in my life drawing sketchbook, a female finally blossoms!

I made a challenge to my fellow Sketchkriegers to have one sketch in each life drawing session be manipulated in someway. This session was superheroes and I was the only one there that remembered. Next week: Pirates.

Working on the Portfolio

Yeah this is just a piece i did for my portfolio ...
Just for fun ...
Let me know what you guys think ...