Thursday, August 27, 2009

The day before Fan Expo...

Fan Expo is only hours away and I originally planned to have the first installment of this new webcomic series 3 Second Rule out tonight and ready to promote at the Fan Expo. But I'm still penciling halfway through the first chapter and Arthur's still working on the actually website. I think realistically this thing will launch in two weeks. Just check back on this blog for more updates. For now, here are some thumbnail pages from 3 Second Rule. As you can tell, there will be lots of witty banter and ass-kickin' action.

Make sure to stop by the Sketchkrieg table at Artist Alley. We should be at table A22-23. I'll be selling the new volume of AWOL'd so be sure to grab a copy! I think Evan will have some copies of his new book Quarter Life Crisis, so be sure to grab that as well! See you this weekend!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

It's been awhile since I've posted something but I hope these will make up for my lack of updates. I'm currently working on a Wizard of Oz illustration and these are a couple of designs that I came up with for the Tinman and the Scarecrow.

The one thing I wanted to avoid the most while designing the characters was to go with a cliche, skinny Scarecrow that's dressed in either a farmer's overalls or rags with rope keeping him together. I also wanted to avoid a funnel-hatted or a medieval knight design for the Tinman. So the influence for the Scarecrow came from the uniforms that the American soldiers wore in the Revolution against Britain and the influence for the Tinman came from old trains. I imagined that some wacko engineer came across an old steam engine train and used its parts to build a robot but since he's an engineer and not a surgeon, the robot has no heart so now it has to ask the Wizard for one.

The full illustration will be available as a print at Fanexpo this friday and will, of course, have dorothy and the lion in it as well.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Road to Fan Expo...part 3

I'm currently pencilling this new webcomic project with Arthur called Three Second Rule. It's a buddy-action-comedy about an assassin who gets attached (emotionally?) to his mark. Maybe Arthur (the writer of the project) could fill you in a bit more about the deets. Here are some character concepts I did.

This is Axel, the cool assassin guy who gets shy when it comes to picking up girls. The fourth drawing is the one that will be used in the webcomic.

Shane is Axel's womanizing bud. From reading Arthur's script, I thought of Michael Madsen or the Super Size-Me guy for the look of Shane. Then after some discussion with Arthur, he wanted someone a bit younger in his late-twenties so I thought about a douchebag-you'd-find-at-clubs kind of guy.

Here is a waitress in the story that Axel is fond of, and another assassin in the story.

Time for me to get back to work on the webcomic. Next update I'll show you some thumbnail pages.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Road to Fan Expo ... Part 2

Like Loo-bot, I've also been chained to my drawing table and computer, finishing up the first book of Quarter-Life Crisis, trying to meet my printing deadline. Since I'm getting it printed where I work, Coach House Books, my deadline is a little later. It's going to be tight, but I think I'm going to make it (knock on wood).

But I'm really excited to have something new and something I'm proud of at the convention this time around. I'm happy with how the book is coming together.

Here's the cover spread for Quarter-Life Crisis. Thoughts? Like or dislike?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Road to Fan Expo...part 1

It's been a long time since our last blog post...but I'm sure we've all been respectively busy. I just recently finished the second volume of AWOL'd and sent it off to Lulu to get it published. Now I can enjoy whatever's left of the summer! Well, sorta... besides getting back into video games, watching Battlestar Galactica vol 4.5 and wrestling dvds, and chilling outside, I'll also be busy working on an exciting new webcomic project with Arthur called "Three Second Rule". In the days leading up to Fan Expo, I'll be posting some works-in-progress of the webcomic and I'm aiming to launch the website with several finished pages ready right before Fan Expo weekend. But for now, here's a preview of AWOL'd volume 2: UNDER COVERS.