Friday, March 30, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Here's a digital collage from way back in 1995. It's Titian's Rape of Europa composited with an angry native American from an old men's magazine illustration from the 1960's. I always disliked Titian's composition in the original painting and I thought this helped. Also, I liked the way the horse's eyes related to the bull's, the way the putti's bows and arrows related to the native American, and of course all the obvious political and ethical complications.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Miss Twin Volcanoes of Boob Island

Just for fun  (and certainly not for any promotional purposes whatsoever) I like to post things which relate to my recently published graphic novel Fantastic Life (now in stores! or buy it HERE!). The main character, Adam, is an art student slacker type, so I needed some paintings to put on his studio walls. Out of laziness I used my own work from back in the 80's/90's. Here's a piece that figures fairly prominently in the story, "Miss Twin Volcanoes of Boob Island", which was based on a photo still from an obscure porn movie. Below it is a page from the book where it makes an appearance.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yet Another Process Post

Here's another little animation, this time showing how page 80 of the Moon Prince was made. As usual, it starts with a quick sketch (or “thumbnail” page) to figure out how the images and words will fit together. Then I make a photo-collage combining snapshots (in this case, of myself and my wife Melissa, who plays the Queen) and simple 3D renderings of various background elements. Next I make a drawing based on the collage, using a Cintiq monitor to draw directly into Adobe Photoshop. Then I add color, tones, and the word balloons and borders (or “gutters”).

It's a bit hard to read all of the word balloons while the animation plays, but you might notice that the dialogue got revised a fair bit on this page by the time it was finished. Also, Max and Molly are referred to as “Arasons” in the early draft, instead of “M'Chawis” which I settled on later. Stay tuned for Friday's new episode!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Yet Another Process Post

Here's an animation showing some of the steps that page 4 of my graphic novel Fantastic Life (now in stores! or buy it HERE!) went through, starting with the original pencil drawing, then continuing as contrast was added and proportions were tweaked, then showing how the "inking" was done in separate stages in Photoshop, then more tweaking and finally coloring:

Friday, March 2, 2012