Friday, January 25, 2013

To Belly Or Not To Belly?

Here's my latest Incompatibles (La Brea Armpits) from rough sketch to finished piece. Note above that I was indecisive on the face and belly of this guy. I was giving him a goatee and thought to myself: “Why?” Also, his navel and t-shirt length kept moving up and down as I toyed around with how much pooch to show. Having a higher t-shirt led to more belly hair and just ick. In fact, the attention was just being drawn to that hairy black hole the more I exposed it. In the end, simplicity won out. I focused the detail in the proper place—the mammoth and sabertooth.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dragon Border

This is an adaptation of a chinese dragon I'm doing for my Dad. It's going to be a border on the promotion certificates for his martial arts organization. Definitely more intricate than I'm accustomed to drawing. I have complete empathy for tattoo artists who do work this kind of detail!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Here is a story I'm developing for Yarns 2. I'm not totally sure I'm going forward with it. I wanted to chew on it in visual form to see if it might speak to me a bit. Sometimes I will just start brainstorming a story visually in short sequences, just to see if it leads to something. Wandering thumbnails I guess: Thumbering.

Monday, January 14, 2013


Here's something I did to warm up tonight for some thumbnailing. I used a Pigma brush pen for the line work and a Pentel waterbrush for the shading. I really love laying down work with a brush. It so free and real. I suspect I will be doing work on a Cintiq sometime in the next year or so, but the humaness of analog is something I never want to lose in the work. Below is the colorized version done in P-shop.