TwoMorrows publishing did a tribute issue to Joe Kubert and they asked if I would put something together. I believe the turnout (not surprisingly) was so immense that I only made it into the digital copy. But this really is one of those times when it was awesome to just be considered. The time I spent and the people I met in the cold state of New Jersey changed my life. And I can guarantee you that I wouldn't have gone there if it weren't for Joe!
BOOM! asked me to do some design work for their new book Translucid written by Chondra Echert, Claudio Sanchez, with art by Daniel Bayliss, AND covers by Jeff Stokely! Considering the talent they already had accumulated I'm still shocked I got the opportunity to play in their sandbox, but it was an absolute blast!
And after all that design work the real gift from BOOM! was that I got to do a cover realizing the characters I had spent so much time with. And it'll be available at BOOM! during wonder-con this weekend so if you get a chance swing by and tell me how much better Jeff's covers are!
Over the last five years or so I worked really hard to get paid to draw all the time. A couple years ago I finally got there. But I've always wanted to collect all those misfit drawings that never had a home.
Thats more or less what this is. There is also a ton of work from my first two big jobs. So there is a lot of TMNT stuff you've never seen as well as my first crack at boarding on Ultimate Spider-Man. In addition to that is about 40 or 50 pages of short stories in glorious comics form! But more importantly than that I wanted to try and give this book some value to people who are currently were I was just a short time ago. I failed many, MANY times trying to break in, but I learned a few things along the way that really worked for me. The kind of things I didn't really hear from other pro's when I asked for advice. So I put those things (about school, technique, sketching, working for free etc.) right in here.
I put the whole book together and went through LULU. This is probably the coolest thing I've done in awhile and I'm loath to compliment my work at all. My goal is to sell 100 copies so if you pick this up and you like it (or if you're not gonna pick it up but still want to help a guy accomplish a goal) Spread the word!
Its 180 B/W pages for $20 and you can order it [link]
cover 6! this was a fun one, it went through the grueling approval process relatively unscathed I also had to do the targeting graphics and type. I was a little worried the file might complicate the coloring process. but, thanks to a simple palette, and a short break in the schedule I was able to color this one too!
Basically what i'm saying is this one was especially fun!
I have two comics "things" on my plate right now and I'm hoping they'll both be complete by November. After that I'm thinking I may try and do the next one all digital. Hence all the tests. If I can find a look that works then I'm gonna go for it. The computer makes it so much easier and faster to take what's in my head and yank it out!
This one was an attempt to come close to what I do on paper... it's kinda close?
Lately I've really been trying to improve my draftsmanship by limiting the majority of my work to open lines. It's amazing how much bad drawing you can hide in shadows. But I wanted to do something a little more tonal or painterly or whatever so yeah I took a couple hours and did a study