I’ve been talking to my students about using photo reference a lot lately, and about how useful it can be to pose, or get a friend to pose, for photos. I pulled some of my own reference photos as examples and ended up going through the entire history of the Photo Booth application on my laptop. I’d say about 95% of it is ridiculous pictures I’ve taken of myself to use as drawing reference, which are hilarious out of context:
The majority of these pictures are of specific hand gestures, because hands – they are tricky things.
There are also a lot of shots of me making faces, photos of the back of my head, or just weird scenes I acted out that I now can’t even remember why exactly or for which project they were intended.
I have literally hundreds of photographs like this, comprising of almost my entire Photo Booth history. Like any other self-respecting citizen of the internet, the remaining 5% of my pictures are mostly selfies taken with my cat.
It’s been rather quiet around here lately; I’m terrible, I know. The beginning of a new semester has kept me pretty busy, but I have been working sporadically on new comics so you can all keep yours eyes peeled for those in the near future! Over the winter break, I spent time working on a submission for on upcoming anthology, and a guest strip for a friend’s webcomic. Here’s a sketchy little pencil drawing from the anthology contribution:
I had planned on spending some quality time with my family and friends in Illinois before heading home to get some work done, but unfortunately I had terrible timing! Just when I was ready to head back to Kansas, we got hit with the dread Polar Vortex, and suddenly we were covered in heaps of snow and throwing boiling water out of our windows to watch it freeze before it hit the ground. No fun (well, maybe a little fun).
Fortunately, I had essentially packed up my whole studio and brought it to Illinois with me, so I cleared off some space on my mother’s sewing table and set up shop in her basement for a few days (thanks, Mom!).
I inked fourteen pages while I was at my mom’s! Here’s a picture of some dead cows I drew while I was there:
The anthology contribution I finished over the break involved a lot of dead animals/people (which I suppose doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with my work).
I’ve also been experimenting with using greywash on a separate sheet on paper, so I can adjust the levels separately after I scan them into Photoshop. I’ve been somewhat pleased with the results so far.
I’ll get into more detail on the comics I wrapped up over the break in a future post! At the moment, I am currently doing research for yet another short project! If you would like to see process photos like these on a semi-regular basis, you can follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram!
I can’t believe it’s February already! February 1st is Hourly Comics Day, so this Saturday I spent recording my day in my sketchbook for your entertainment. As much as they are very time consuming, I love hourly comics! I tried drawing myself a little bit different this year and it was a challenge; I’ve been drawing myself the same way since high school and it’s difficult to adjust to a new design (however small the changes!). Anyway, you can read all about my day below, and you can read all of my hourlies from previous years here: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.
2013 was a fantastic year. I’ve managed to accomplish a lot in the past 12 months, most notably, perhaps, the release of Hic & Hoc‘s first anthology, Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends (which has been getting some nice reviews!). More recently, I had some of my work published in Symbolia‘s “This Might Hurt” issue, which focused on health.
I worked on a story for this issue with Minnesota Public Radio about integrative healthcare. Here’s my favorite page from the piece (the colors by Kat Leyh really are fantastic):
I also very recently had a short story appear in Bitch magazine for their “Adventures in Feministory” feature on the back page. I’ve long been a reader and fan of Bitch, so this was particularly exciting for me.
Also this year, had some of my illustrations featured in an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary about Portland. Symbolia’s “True Crime” issue included my story about juggalos. The Cartoon Picayune published my story about Ottawa, Illinois’ Radium Girls. Another one of my stories was featured in The End, Oh Well, an apocalypse-themed anthology. I published two brand new minicomics, and created some new merchandise to go along with them.
So, 2013 was a productive year! I’m already working on making 2014 just as action-packed. Keep your eyes peeled for my work over at The Nib later this year, as well as in the pages of a few upcoming anthologies. As always, you can check back here for news and updates about my most recent work and any events I’ll be attending. You can also follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or Instagram for news, pictures, and ramblings. Happy new year!
I recently decided to design a logo for my self-published work and have been toying around with some designs. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
This involved me sketching a bunch of vultures, which was fun.
It’s nearly the end of the semester here at Pitt State, which means i’ll be on winter break soon. I’m planning to use my time off to work on lots of comics, so hopefully I’ll be posting some new work on here i the coming months.