Friday, September 30, 2005

The Reviews are in!

I'm happy that I have gotten a few positive reviews in the last week! Today Randy Lander at The Fourth Rail reviewed all of the Active Images books and he had some great things to say! I hope that good reviews will add up to more sales. GunpowderGirl and The Outlaw Squaw! I don't promote by book as much as I should on this blog, so I'm going to tell all of you to visit the following sites:

Those are the 3 most recent reviews! I hope you will visit these sites and consider buying my book.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Sketch time!

I spent my lunch hour at the comic shop near my workplace. I didn't have that much time to spare, so I gave the place the "which books are new" once over. Suddenly, something caught my eye! It was an issue of The tomb of Dracula from Marvel.
It was in a dollar box and the cover caught my eye. Issue 46 and Dracula was getting married! After reading the book, I got the impression that the writer had a long story arc planned and I had stumbled in the middle of it. The writer and Editor of the comic was Marv Wolfman. Anyway, I did a few Dracula sketches and I hope you enjoy them.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fun with tracing paper

I am a big fan of reference. I have all kinds of files and clippings of all sorts of everything! I've learned that a draftsman can draw anything, so getting the right ref. brings me closer to my goal of being a draftsman. Keeping this in mind, whenever I see any art on the web or when I take a look at a comic, I look at it with a critical eye. I look at my own art with the same attitude and I wind up rethinking and redrawing my own pages.

So the other day, I visit a website and see a pencil page from an upcoming book. It's a Vampirella page and at first blush it looks okay. Then I really look at it. I see that the artist needs a little help and a little unwanted advice. He should work on his anatomy. Especially children's' proportions. Also, a little help with composition. Now...This guy already has the work so why would he care? But Like I have said, as an artist, I'm trying to reach a goal of being the very best. Using reference correctly is helping me. It can help him too.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

One of my Favorite covers!

I came across this cover recently and I was impressed by what my old mentor John Romita could do with a 10x7 canvas. I think that he was art director at Marvel at that time and did a lot of covers. Some he just inked, but this Fantastic Four Cover is all his! This is a great Cover! Look at the Panic in Sue Richards' face! The breaking glass as Reed gets thrown out the window! This is how a comic book would get itself noticed and I have made a few comments on why it's so cool.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The traveling bug

I have been thinking about convention season next year. I know that there are a few left for this year, like in the southern states, but I am thinking ahead. My GN, Gunpowder Girl and The Outlaw Squaw has been published and I have been getting support from my Publisher, Active Images. Why not make the rounds? Philly in the Spring? WonderCon in SanFrancisco? I have to get a sellers license, but that shouldn't be too big of a deal. I need to think about this.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Time to sketch!

I managed to find time to sketch something not work-related. I mean, it was just some quick thing to clear my head.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

weekend work!

This has been a busy, action packed week! I flew to NYC on Tuesday, had drinks with friends that night. Had a meeting with the Director and Art director of the show I'm working on (Jersey Boys...Coming soon to Broadway!) Then a short dinner at a cool BBQ joint on 45th st. Wednesday was my birthday and I spent half the day flying back to LA, but spent the night at an Italian Ristorante with friends! After a busy Thursday workday in Burbank, Friday night found me at another cool dinner with cool people. I hung out with a cool new friend, Nikki! She's Bright, bold and British! I share a birthday with my friend Rob and I was a guest at his West Hollywood dinner. This Saturday can only end with freelance work and maybe some backyard grilling! What's in store for Sunday? Football!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Today is a good day

I am posting from New York again and it's early morning on Tuesday. It's the wedding anniversary of my friends Vince and Laurie. I went to their wedding about 7 years ago and I can't belive how much the world has changed. I should have taken more photos.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

In the mail!

During my trip to New York I made a few sketches and sent a few postcards. I also made a sketch on a post card and sent it to myself! I don't do that usually. I mean, I would draw on a postcard, but I would send it to a friend. Because I am blogging I tried sending it to myself. It took far to long to get here. I wonder why... Take a look.