Thursday, January 31, 2008

Squeak another post in for January

As I mentioned in the previous post, I've been working on a new mini. I had been plotting several shorter pieces for sequential excercise and decided on an incidental that I imagined to be in three brief parts. I was (and still am) fairly happy with the story and the preliminary work but I haven't felt like I'm pushing hard enough on the finishes yet. I need to let go of that preposterous notion that it has to be brilliant...because it won't be. It will hopefully be good and worth reading and a move in the right direction. Scrapping it means that I won't have it ready for the Atlanta Comics Expo coming up on the 8th of February but since I'm on no deadlines because the piece is for myself, I'd rather give it another go at getting it right instead.

So, I think I'll post some early ballpoint scratches. I scanned four different ones but think I'll post only the three most tangentally related sketches so as to not give much away.

First, some quick sketches of intimidating faces (boxers Iran Barkley and Sonny Liston).

Then, some vultures.

Confused? Good.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Breaking in the New Year

After bouncing around some ideas and working on sketches I have a new mini underway. I may post early sketches soon or may keep it entirely under wraps until it's all done. Haven't decided.

I did want to share the great idea going on over at Joel Priddy's blog. He's got a little one on the way and is taking black and white (since that is what is supposed to visually stimulate newborns) contributions for flash cards wall hangings, etc.. Below are my two contributions in a little bit better form than what they appear over there. I sent these to him after the first set didn't go through. They must have showed up later because they're the original images. I didn't have the heart to bug hima again as he is busy with baby concerns and other things more important than updating my images so I'll post them here.

The first image is based on our daughter...

and the second embodies our son in many ways.

Both were kind of a fun departure for me. I recommend contributing if you need a small project for a change of pace.