Wednesday, November 23

Wonder Woman Sketch

Warm up sketch with Easy Paint Tool SAI.

Saturday, October 15

Batman vs. The Joker - Aftermath

Batman has caught the Joker...again.Time to drag him back to Arkham.

Silly Joker.

(SAI and Photoshop)

Wednesday, October 12

Batman Sketch

This here is a sketch I'm working on. "Batman: Year One" is getting released on DVD the 18th, so I have Batman on the brain lately. I hope I don't lose my motivation. I would like to see this finished.

Monday, September 26

"Liberated" Male Comic Book Characters 2

Look, mommy, I liberated Iron Man!

"Liberated" Male Comic Book Characters

In recent news bubbling through the comic world, DC has claimed to begin "liberating" their women characters. The result is something less liberating and more whoreish.

So a few of us over at Comic Dish have started a topic where we try to "liberate" the male heroes. Here is my version of the Joker in all his romance-cover glory.

He wants to show you his guns... all four of them.

Thursday, August 11

An Experiment

Alex has returned. He will be the focus in an webcomic I will be using as a stress reliever.

Saturday, August 6

More Poster Work

Still fiddling with the design. Things are starting to come together.

Sunday, July 31

Poster Concepts

Comic Dish is currently having a Community Event that centers around designing a promotional poster for your webcomic. Though I haven't even started releasing MONSTER SOUP yet, I decided to join in on the event. I see nothing but benefits from this event.

Here are the first two roughs I came up with.

I'm really liking the last one. I'll try to hammer out some more roughs before I settle on one that I like.

EDIT: Spent more time on their faces.

Saturday, July 30

Comic Yummies

A glimpse of what I've been working on for the past four months. This is part of the prequel comic for Liz Staley's webcomic "Adrastus".

Thursday, June 9

I received my copy of Azpiri's Sketchbook today. I've always love his style. Anyway, here's a quick sketch of mine as I attempt to mimic his style, with a little bit of my own flare, of course.

Saturday, June 4

Unicorns Don't Sparkle

Thursday, June 2

Fur and Fangs

Working on Pepper's wolf form.

Playing with different styles.

Friday, May 27

Two More Misfits

Thursday, May 12

Fun With Shapes

Fiddling with the characters' basic shapes. Four more to go.

Wednesday, May 4

Cyborg Gimp

Some "Monster Soup" concept art. It's a Gimp Cyborg, or a Cyborg Gimp? Oh well.

He drives a 1932 Bugatti Type 55. Yeah, he's badass.

Wednesday, April 27

Portal 2 - Extended Ending

After finishing "Portal 2" I wondered, "What will happen to Chell now?"

Sunday, April 24

Messy Fun

An experiment of the messy kind. I've been wanting to step out of my comfort zone for a while now.

Saturday, April 23

Let the Concepts Commence

Giant Robot, attack!

Friday, March 25

One Hot And Sexy Batman

I was sucked into a topic here at Comic Dish that is centered around the exploits of Sexy Batman. I have an alternate version of this image in the thread. (Some of the other images there are on the mature side.)

So this here is the classic shot of the hero walking away from a massive explosion.


Tuesday, February 22

More Concepts

More concept art.

Saturday, February 19

Drawing again!

I was asked by a long time friend of mine to collaborate with her on a prequel story to her comic "Adrastus". Though I'm always hesitant to even think about working on a comic, I really need to face this fear of mine. And who knows, maybe this is what I need to get my butt in gear and work on my own comic.

These here are the first sketches of the four characters the prequel will revolve around. Sketched with a simple Bic ballpoint pen (red) and a mechanical pencil, then inked in Manga Studio. I'm starting to love Manga Studio, and it may be the program I use to make the comic.

Tuesday, January 25

Technology Sucks

I spent an hour today trying to correct the Wacom driver issue with Manga Studio, and it still isn't fixed. (Followed all the guides I could find on the internet.) I have been having the most terrible time getting this comic off the ground. And now things are starting to fall apart. Perhaps I should start small. Do a carefree, simple comic. That way I can familiarize myself with the programs and work out my own process. I need to experiment a bit. But right now, I'm completely overwhelmed to the point where I'm starting to dread working on it. That's not the place I need to be. I want to have fun with this, but all I'm feeling is anxiety and, well, dread. Something isn't right. Perhaps I need to take a step back for a moment. Or perhaps I have been pushing myself to hard.

I do have a manuscript that needs finalized for print. Then there's always the story I worked on for this past NaNoWriMo. This could be the nice break I need. And now my mind switches to the Steampunk story I have in the pipeline. Maybe I need to do what my grandmother says and make a list of the things I want to complete that day. It worked for Uma Thurman in KILL BILL.

Saturday, January 22

Sketch Dump

Ever since I've hooked up my new 26" LCD TV as a monitor, I've noticed how it would better serve someone who only surfs the net or watches videos. When it comes to art, this LCD TV is lacking in color management. So after I get some type of stand or table for the TV, I'm stuck using it. At least I can hope over to another computer to do color corrections. My goal is to get a new 23" hp monitor I found at Best Buy. But since my funds are lacking, I'll be going back to the square 19" monitor.

Anyway, the first script for MONSTER SOUP is finished. I will be kicking myself into gear to being the layouts. If I can get up to five pages a week, I would call that my comfort zone. It's a lot of work, and I know I can't do the five pages a week to begin with.

Until those pages see the light of the internet, I'll keep posting random sketches.
Yes, I've changed my signature yet again. *sigh* I'm keeping this one, though. It's simple. It looks like a "D" but also a "B", and it also looks like a pitchfork. Works for me.

And for an added bonus, here's the warden from MONSTER SOUP.
Gargoyles make such cute humans.

Thursday, January 20

It's Not Potted Meat

What started out as a little sketch ended up as this.

Saturday, January 15

I Swear This Isn't Blood

I've began editing the first draft of MAY THE DEAD SPEAK (Book 2 in the EDEN series). I've been dragging my heels on this one. As with anyone else who writes, they know of the pain I'm talking about. Editing Hell. And it is. My mind gets to this point where I'm scrutinizing every word in a sentence. My pages begin to look like someone has bled all over them. I go so deep into editing-mode that I begin to lose sight of the story, the characters, and what's going on. That's when I have to take a break and mentally smack myself around. I have to slip into the mindset of a reader and not the writer. If it reads well, then move on. I need to stop with the editor mindset. Things tend to sound better when I'm actually reading instead of ripping my hair out over a silly comma placement.

I imagine myself being trailed by a typo demon or monster that pops up when I begin this phase. Sure, I may catch some of my mistakes, or change a sentence around to make it sound better, but this part always runs the risk of creating new typos. I've noticed this with my other books. After I've pulled my hair out over the editing process and managed to get to a place where I feel comfortable, I'll go back months later, grab my printed copy and discover these new typos. My stomach knots. My forehead hits my palm. I'm left feeling like an idiot. Tis my constant struggle with that unattainable goal of perfection.

Maybe I need to cruise the internet for some motivational quotes...

Thursday, January 13

Rebirth of a Blog

I'm wanting to start using this blog more. I have plenty of others scattered about on the internet cosmos. I have given thought to merging my art blog with this one. Thus the new name here; "Pen, Paper, & Pixels." (Ooo, it uses an Oxford comma.) It's vague enough to encompass writing and art. Works for me!

Now it's time to look at new themes. Something pretty, classy, and sleek.

-Devin Blake