so if you’ve been reading along in our casablanca/tmnt mashup, the story continues
or you could start
here. which was kind of where we started, but its not the beginning of the movie.
mostly we skipped around to the parts where we could make pizza jokes.
the photo here is one of the sketches for
and if you haven’t seen
casablanca you should stop reading this right now, go watch it, and then come back and read these. you’ll get twice as many jokes. maybe more
I’m pretty excited about the new
Comics page I set up.
It will give a home to all of the webcomics I’ve made over last few years.
Here’s a quick intro to the new (to you) strips:
Everybody Comes to Raph’s is the Casablanca/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mashup that no one asked for. ( I do think the two universes line up astonishingly well, though biased as I may be.) I originally wrote these with Mcwhitsteen and posted these on Tumblr back in 2015 but as the social media landscape continues to get shaken up, it seemed a good time to bring them home. I don’t have all the strips and sketches up, so you’ll have to keep checking back for new (old) material.
Ernie and Fitz is a fictionalized look at the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ernie is a boozy he-man, spewing toxic masculinity and Fitz is a boozy,wimp, lovestruck by Zelda, and oozing insecurity. I think I may have posted these on screentone in the past, but now they’re all together and easily browsable. And it’s another collaboration with Mcwhitsteen (credited as Code in the strips).
doodled with colored pencils and ink pen on lunch break by the lake a month or more ago
i remember hating them at the time
but now i kind of like them
did i already post these?
a new strip is up
(this is a close-up of the sketch)
take a look
this one gave me a lot of trouble, especially the color
i took a more…painterly? approach so the process was pretty…winding
a couple of false starts
the timelapse video should be pretty crazy:)
here’s the timelapse of the making of yesterday’s strip,
about an hour of creation-time goes by in just over 30 seconds
haven’t made many comics lately but I’m still drawing
here’s a sketch of the neighbors house
here’s a few from the sketchbook
one brush pen
a couple colored pencil
the colored pencil ones inspired by an episode of American pickers
love that show
maybe the most important part of doing the strip is figuring out the timing
when trying to do that my sketches can look more like the diagrams you see in the top half of the page
then comes figuring out the props like the chair you see in the bottom half of the page
I also need to figure out the main poses
here you can see I really had trouble with that left leg
see it all come together
watching chef’s table season 3 episode 1
korean monk jeong kwang making kimchi
No time or energy for a finished strip
So you get this sketchbook sketch which isn’t a strip yet
Which is definitely the opposite of how it usually works but I’m tired
I hope doing it this way doesn’t take away the punch from the eventual strip when I get to it
for the last few months i’ve felt pretty energized, creatively speaking
(i’d been reading lynda barry’s syllabus, and i think that gave me quite a bit of fuel and confidence, both)
for the last few weeks my creative juices are feeling lower
i havent been putting out as many strips this month, and for some reason they’ve seemed harder to come by
i can only hope i’m in just a
seasonal artistic funk
so this one is from the sketchbook
i’m not sure what to do with little moments like these, since they have dialogue and only feature one panel, which don’t seem to fit the rules i’ve created for myself here
in the meantime you can
scroll through all of the ‘steps’ strips here
here’s the timelapse of me drawing the
snowball comic strip
this is an interesting one to look at because the strip went through so many changes after i stopped recording
i decided to run it vertically
having no expression on the little guy in the last panel felt most right for the ‘punchline’
but even more interesting (to me i guess) was the decision to change the first panel
the close up of little guy packing a snowball seemed to ruin the ‘rhythm’ of the piece
that panel seemed too ‘big’ – too ‘loud’ for the next three panels
for some reason, it seems like the strip works better the smaller the changes between the panels
smaller the changes between panel the more power the final panel seems to have for me
i wonder why that is…
saw the king and I last night.
It was incredible.
Forgot my pencil bag with all my pencils and pens including my Wacom tablet stylus so had to do this one by hand.
i’m not left-handed.
also i don’t own a shirt like that.
digital. lines in 2017. color in 2018.
Slowly reading Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci so I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with words instead of drawings.
I’m only 39 or so pages in, but most fascinating so far is Leonardo’s ‘mirror writing.’
Up until now I had considered his mirror writing a mystical facet of his ‘genius,’ however, Isaacson has completely demystified it for me.
The technique was merely a way for lefthanders to keep their hand from smearing the ink as they drew letters across the page.
Isaacson even mentions that there’s a 15th century calligraphy book that teaches lefthanded writers the technique.
recently dreamt of a deer with branches instead of antlers