new steps strip is up
go take a look
i’m not in love with the inks
they feel too harsh
maybe i just need to work larger
maybe i just need to use pencil instead of ink
maybe i need to get better with the paints so i can avoid the line work entirely
and i know the horizontal layout doesn’t work great on mobile
but it works great on instagram
but i’m scared to ink and color them
working digitally i can screw up the colors on a separate layer and the drawing itself is still intact
same with inking
you can see it on the screen capture timelapses
if i don’t place a dot of ink in just the right spot and just the right size i undo it
over and over and over again
until i get it right
its one of the reasons i’m more productive working digitally
its nice to not have to live very long with your mistakes –
no such luxury pushing watercolors and inks around in real life
i’m still struggling with the watercolors
and those first two poses were too similar
but it was a fun moment where little guy was all involved in painting one moment and then completely distracted the next
i mean, seriously, the best thing
not only is page 19 of the story about a guy with no head up
but i also posted a new ‘steps’ strip
read the story about a guy with no head from the beginning
read ‘steps’ from the beginning
clearly some self-doubt is creeping in
as i continue to play with watercolor
Here’s the final five 2015 strips of the Casablanca/TMNT mashup webcomic, ‘ Everybody Comes To Raph’s by Mcwhitseen and I.
It’s been fun to go back through them again since
first posting them on the tumbles back in 2015. It’s still staggering to me how well the world’s align
You’ve probably noticed the shift in styles over the course of the work, as I tried to find a way to work faster, and smarter. At one point in 2015 I was posting new strips every day and sketches on the weekend, but mostly it was long gaps between posts.
Of the visual styles I used I think
the ‘painted’ look was the most evocative – the most appealing. It’s the look I would use if I were doing the project from beginning to end.
Wouldn’t that would be fun, to do the entire Casablanca movie populated with the Turtles universe? Maybe one day.
Here’s lookin at you, kid.
sad that i never got april as ilsa to look as good in the strip as she did in the sketchbook
a few more raph’s in the once ongoing, now nongoing mashup of Casablanca and The Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles, co-written with fellow scribe mcwhitsteen, and originally posted on the tumbles
you can start from the ‘
beginning‘ here, but i’d like to warn you… it’s not the beginning
and thank you to
Michael Barrett for the kind words on his micro.blog
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:)
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