Sunday, June 29, 2008

Make plans for another night of beer and socializing

So, bring your sketchbooks, pens, pencils, notebooks, laptops and sheet music for another night of art, beer and socializing.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Alice (from the Palace) and the Cheshire Cat take two

I did another attempt at Alice and the Cheshire Cat this morning before work. The inspiration was taken directly from John Tenniel's orginal Alice in Wonderland artwork.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


I just finished lettering my upcoming graphic novel yesterday!! I'll be sending the pages out to Alterna Comics on Monday. But I'm very pleased to have this project in the can and hopefully everything looks great!!

The book itself is a well kept secret only known to a very few. So, you'll have to wait and see!! But I will have an announcement about it on this site, my home page, my Facebook site, my Deviant Art site and my Myspace page sometime soon.

WHEW!! It's tough work being a whore!!

A month or so in the making, but tonight's the night!!

So, show up around 6:30pm until whenever your fingers fall off for a night of art, beer and socializing with other great artists, writers and musicians from the Worcester MA area!!

I'm hoping to have this become a once a month event either at Ralphs or another bar or pub somewhere around and about Worcester. I'm also hoping to incorporate other aspects to the event like the possibility of an eight hour comic book jam sometime either in July or August where the artists promptly show up at 6:30pm and in that eight hour stretch of time they are FORCED TO create an eight page comic book story which will appear in a short group anthology.

Another thing I'm very excited about is good friends of mine Andy Fish and Tom Grady who I work with through both the UCF Anthology and the Worcester Art Museum are planning something really great at WAM. To quote Andy himself:

Uber Artist Tom Grady and I are attempting to launch a version of Dr Sketchy's Anti Art School Life Drawing sessions here at WAM on either Thursday or Friday nights, and it looks like it's pretty close to happening. Dr Sketchy's, in case you don't know, combines art with snacks and laughs as we attempt to have some fun with some figure work all the while working hard not to take ourselves too seriously. There will be a nominal charge for the model fee-- something along the lines of $5 and it's completely drop in but limited to 20 people. MORE as we work out the final details.

Friday, June 13, 2008

My second attempt at the Bat-Man

My second attempt at a "sons of a silent age" style the Bat-Man. I actually based the pose off a still from one of the 1940's Batman movie serials:

The costume looks so delightfully absurd and shoddily done. That's why I like it.

The illustration/sketch didn't turn out as well as I would have liked but I'm going to keep experimenting with the concept.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I just finished the 20 extra pages for my latest graphic novel today!!!! I am very happy about that! I had started working on the pages back on May 30th and nearly a week or so later, I have just finished adding the last bit of blue pencil and the last bit of black ink to the bristol board.

So, now I'm going to hit up Kinko's tomorrow and make copies of the pages so I can rescan them and reletter them. That was another sore spot last time. I'm still learning as I'm going along as far as creating speech balloons on Photoshop. I had kind of botched up the lettering and the balloon size last time out. And I used the wrong lasso tool to create the little tails on the balloons.

But it's all part of becoming better at the game.

I also start doing the first three weeks of the Summer program at Pincushion Hill Montessori School next week, so I wanted to get the bulk of the project out of the way. I could at least get the lettering done when I got home from work.

But the penciling and inking was going to be the heaviest part of the haul for me.

When all is said and done, hopefully I wil have an infinitely better book than what I originally submitted.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Making a switch from Windsor Newton to Deleter

Probably for the past ten years or so I've been using Windsor Newton india ink for all my illustrations and comic art. Before that, I had used Pelikan. Unfortunately, most of the art supply stores in my area stopped carrying Pelikan so I started using Windsor Newton.

I've always enjoyed using Windsor Newton ink. It doesn't gray out over time the way Higgins does. And it's very rich and dark. Unlike Higgins.

But an art chum of mine Andy Fish has been telling me about this ink he uses called Deleter. He has told me that he thinks it's the best ink out there and it inks darker than even Windsor Newton.

I've seen a great deal of Andy's work with the Deleter ink and it looks really great!! So, I figured I would give it a go and get myself a bottle of it.

I still need to get through a few remaining bottles of Windsor Newton I own before I can break into the Deleter. But once I do, I'll let you know what I think of it.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I had a great time at stART at the Park

Although, I left the event with a slight sunburn, I had a great time!! Hopefully, they will do it again at Beaver Brook Park again next year. It was really a great venue for this event!!

I had a great deal of fun chatting with some of the artists and crafters around me. And it was really nice chatting with the people who were out and about checking out the show.

I'm looking forward to stART on the Street now!! But not too much. I don't want the Summer to end too quickly.