After having extensive experience doing both graphic design and editorial toons for the National Credit Union, I have now signed on to do educator-based dailies for my friends over at Plymouth Rock Assurance! These will be small 2 strip comics and it typically takes me only two hours to do a strip and getting paid well to do one a week? AWESOME! I have a couple other things coming down the pipe but I want to hold off on announcing them JUST YET.
Here's strip number three, these will be out soon and I am trying to make these as interesting to look at and as goofy and relatable as possible. And the fine folks at Plymouth Rock are seriously fun to work with this early in the game, so this could be a kickass partnership!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I will not be posting here as frequently as I'm up to my eye balls in work. I WILL, however leave you with a quick doodle I did of a wonderful superhero, Scarlet Witch.
Stay tuned in October, not just for another one of my comics in this year's Boo! anthology by Monkey Brain Publishing, but for some seriously kick ass news I should be announcing.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
My comic for this year's Boo! horror anthology has been sent off and is all set and ready to go! While I can't post it online because I want you all to go out and buy it for yourself, I can give a quick little glimpsie at it. It's a creepy comic that may or may not involve a cult but then gets flipped on a dime to an outcome you might not expect! It's been my pleasure to work with Monkey Brain for a second year and to also collaborate with my friend Jonathan Morris (we'll be doing a collaborative illustration soon, stay tuned for that). He's a kickass cartoonist and I just adore his style, all hard lines and blocky figures, seriously check him out!
I ALSO have some seriously seriously AMAZINGLY kickass news to announce in a short while. It will be slim pickings here for a while as my wife and I go off on vacation so in the meantime there's the Same Shift blog I had mentioned RIGHT HERE YO. But seriously, it's BIG
Monday, June 16, 2014
Well, at long last I will be posting online and eventually compiling into a book the 2,400 comic strips I made while working at a crappy little gas station in Manchester, NH. I will be posting these on
and will continue to post my personal sketchings and things right here. I have no idea who looks at this blog but what the hell, I have a bajillion entries. Why quit now.
These will most likely take quite a few years to finish posting so stick with me! This should be fun!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Work is chugging along on this Halloween's Boo! horror anthology and I've nearly edited and finalized the first 4 pages. Everything will be done within the next two weeks and sent along to the editor! Been having a lot of fun getting spooky with this newest one, and I can't wait for it to come out this fall for you all!
Been steadily doing more and more graphic design work lately, and out of any of my clients I have to say the most fun to work with was the National Credit Union Business magazine. Really good people, there. Here's a few of the pieces done for their magazines, some of the editorial comics as well as the one-spots and a thumbnail of the new logo for their National President's Club mailer....
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Listening to "Asleep At the Wheel" by my friend Sea Oleena and decided to make another piece for a possible future project. Figured I'd show the process!
Rough drafts are done quickly and in large numbers. I don't make a huge deal over scanning, more often than not I just take a photo with my smartphone then use that as a starting point.
I pencil out the shadows and dark spot in red pencil. 80% of my inking is done in Manga Studio 5
I put down the initial line work and make any subtle changes on the fly
I delete the pencils and finalize the lines doing touch ups by jumping in and out of Manga Studio and Photoshop CS6
Watercolors are laid down with some of my own personal scans from life and some other brush work in Photoshop. I stick with photoshop for my coloring most of the time!
Monday, March 17, 2014
I really don't think there's anything better than a Sandburg poem.
"Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.
And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?
I am the grass.
Let me work."
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
When I proposed to my fiancee I gave her a fifty+ page graphic novel I'd written and illustrated for her about my journey to get to her after finding her wedding ring. The comic was called "All I Need" and basically I wake up on an iceberg in the middle of the arctic ocean and there's a Psychic Polar Bear called P-Bear and we go on this zany journey together to find her, along the way depicting our relationship in flashbacks and monologues. I did the cover about a year ago while staying in New Jersey on business and I'm just now watercoloring some old personal pieces that have since stemmed off of this newly found fascination with the arctic. My favorite thing in the world to illustrate has always been the ocean and water and I'm lately finding out that DAMN son, I really like to draw icebergs....
Last year's cover
Tonight's water color sketch
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Hey everybody! My design for Threadless.com’s new competition The 90’s Are All That is up and running! I would love it if you’d just click the link and vote for me a 5! Hey Arnold was my favorite show when I was younger and I would love to have this shirt made and it’d mean a lot to me! Please?! Thank you!? It take a minute! Just two clicks! Please? PRETTY PLEASE!? This will allow me to make other things that may or may not have to do with Oscar Kokoshka!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I designed the tshirts for the Emerging Artists program and PreCollege Program here at the New Hampshire Institute of Art where I work. It's an ugly winter day here in NH so I cracked down and finished both designs in one go. We discussed the thumbnails in the office and they were all torn between two designs so I did both of them and figured we'll pick one from there.
THUMBNAILS ARE IMPORTANT. I wasn't able to sneak in a meme on this new one like last summer's PreCollege Robot, but oh well. We ended up being torn between the robot from last year riding Godzilla and the magician making a bigass spell
When I decide to work all digitally I'm not a stickler for what paper I use so I just ended up penciling out the finals on paper from my office
Final inks are done in the Inker Brush v.2 in Manga Studio 5. I normally like to use a dry brush in Manga Studio but for the style of these a nice steady ink flow is preferred
I ADORE working in watercolor and I recently started using a dynamite set of watercolor brushes in Manga Studio but that wouldn't really fit with the design we were going for so I colored these in photoshop because the way I color in photoshop is very relaxed and meditative and it would be more fun.
ALSO on an unrelated note I've opened up for commission work again and have currently finished a "Green Lantern and Muppet of the client" piece and am now working on a Vampire piece and a Walking Dead videogame piece to name a few. WOO!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
My very good friend Amanda with whom I've collaborated on numerous occasions asked me to do a comic for her popular Vampire Boyfriend webcomic! She and I exchange doodles and junk all the time and it was an absolute joy doing this for her. And I had a ball illustrating something dark and dank for once, it was a fun breath of fresh air!