Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Back in February of 2010 I didn't think I was drawing enough, that I was spending too much time on the computer. So, to force myself to pencil something, no matter what, everyday, I decided to keep a Daily Journal in Comic form. I kept this journal in a sketch book, just for myself.
I gave myself a few rules:
1. ) Write about what happened that day (and hopefully in an entertaining way), fit it within only one panel (though I began breaking that rule and would expand to 2 or 3 panels when I needed more room to tell the story).
2.) Don't spend too much time on the piece (it's a comic, not a painting) and use only Micron pens and Markers.
As I drew these, occasionally I'd like one or two enough that I'd send the comics to friends, They liked them enough and suggested that I post them somewhere, so I began posting them on my Facebook page. I got enough good responses on Facebook, that I decided to foist them on the public at large and post them on the net.
Feel free to check out my blog, The Blabbing Baboon where I post new comics every day. I have archives all the way back through April of this year. Here are a couple examples of the Daily Comics:
Here are a couple examples:
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Also, working on a collaborative show with James that's turning out pretty badass.Below is part of my contribution for the first print. Read about the show here!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The story is now live. New pages up every Tuesday and Thursday.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The art team on the job liked some frog-like creatures I once drew in a Meathaus comic. They also gave me some very specific criteria and e-mailed over some microscopic photos of colorful cancer cells. The concept reminded me of the ads for Mucinex and even the Crest's Cavity Creeps and Raid's Bugs from past ad campaigns like that. They wanted a quirky character, but in a way, he needed to be sympathetic. Because we were trying to remind doctors not to forget to ask about him. Here were my initial pencil sketches:
They really liked Sketch A. It most resembled the characters that initially attracted the art directors to my work. I also liked the characters with less human proportions. The art team also asked me to make the character more mischievous and less sad. I took "neglected" to heart when doing these first drafts, but they wanted a character with a more "Tazmanian Devil" or "Gremlin" attitude. I was glad to hear that, because those guys are way more fun to draw. They also asked me to lose props like the signs. And since they liked the body shape on character B as well, they asked me to "Jabba the Hutt" him up a bit and add some horns.
So here are the final two drafts I came up with:
Unfortunately, the actaul concept was not used by the pharmaceutical company. However, it was a great job. It was fun and Navicor treated me really well. Also, I got to villify cancer (which I hate). All in all, it's been my favorite freelance gig this year.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
With the aid of that wonderful book I was able to combat my disease. Also, as I entered into recovery I was able to bring it into the classroom and stress the importance of keeping a sketchbook to students of all ages.
So when asked to contribute to this art show I naturally went to the pages of “My Cancer Sketchbook”.
This three (3) color silk-screened print was made possible with the expertise of James Heimer whom I collaborated with on my “Intestinal Fortitude” print. This print was done exclusively for this event and in conjunction with grants I received to design and publish “My Cancer Sketchbook”. I will post more on that project in the following months.
This page has always reminded me of running back and forth to the hospital for therapy and visits to the doctor. Throughout that daily chaos I don’t know if I would have even noticed if King Kong had invaded our skyline.
(Just click on images to enlarge.)
The opening reception will be this Friday, November, 12th at the University of the Arts located at 333 South Broad Street in Philadelphia.
The Opening Reception from 3 to 5pm in the President’s Office
and will continue in the student-run Gallery One space located
on the lower level of the Hamilton Hall from 5 to 7pm.
This art exhibition will feature the work of students and faculty “embracing the powerful connection between art and healing.”
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Did this piece for an upcoming group tribute show for tattoo icon Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins. Show opens Friday, November 12th at the Sailor Jerry Store in Philly. If you're around swing on by, they're serving rum!