There are many things to show and tell. This is one. It’s a page from my upcoming art book called My Emo Vortex. Norman Wong turned in these insane colors this weekend. I’ve been staring at it since, so I wanted to post it. This is an an example of the talent I am lucky enough to work with. There are more pages to show, but I am locking them away for now.
Busy, Busy, Busy to say the least. Tomorrow I’ll be at the RIP Horror Film Festival helping out and learning a few things. LJR GC Productions asked If I could help with some artwork for the event. I used a drawing from my SHE That Kills The Dead project. Check it out on the Festival’s website (link) The artwork will be on the cover of the program guide.
Allen Passalaqua helped out with the colors. I’m really honored that he is willing to help me out with my crazy ideas. Allen is one of the most professional dudes I’ve ever worked with. Anyone who knows me, knows I have worked with many people so this statement is kind of a big deal. That being said I would like to post a link to things he is putting together (Allen’s link-ola). Things are progressing quite well. I could not be happier with the team of people I am working with on various projects.
Zar Star Studios has a new facebook and possible instagram. My niece Miranda is taking care of the social end of things. She is doing a great job at keeping things updated. Contrary to popular belief I do not dislike facebook. It is simply to distracting for an obsessive compulsive guy like me. I mean really…I was kinda sick with it. I prefer to obsess over artwork and storytelling rather than likes. I disgust myself. I digress.
Miranda is running the web social stuff keeping my twitchy fingers safe.
I have about 4 hours before I get up for event prep mode so I leave you with the peace dude:
With Permo being vanquished (more about that later) I was in a lull as far as sketchbooks were concerned. You see I don’t find a sketch book. It kind of finds me. I sometimes search for odd books. Sometimes the odd book search leads me to find old looking book that happen to be completely blank. This is how I met SLYMI or “Smile Like You Mean It” It’s from the early 70’s. The paper stock is a little harsh for my taste, but like I said, it chose me so I’ll make due.
Three entries so far, but I’ll only show one and the cover for now…
While I’m working on projects tonight. I thought I would take a break and do a bit of sketch card’n. I enjoy doodling these things out. There is that sleep hobby I should try again….well someday.
I know, I know, a day late. To be honest I was drunk. Then a hangover followed.
I painted these guys a while ago. Never did anything with them. A lot of them got “lost”.
It doesn’t matter though. This image was worth all the prep, effort and loss.
Long Live The Drunks!!
I can’t explain in text how happy I am to have Norman Wong putting some of my work into color!
The drawing is a page from my upcoming art book My Emo Vortex.
This drawing depicts my self loathing while I hit another bar trying to forget myself. Existence (although awesome) can sometimes be a drag. The missing limbs are due to my lack of self control or something.
Today’s post is to show the process to the art book I am putting together called My Emo Vortex All the drawings in this series are from a hardcover sketch book I carried around for a month and some change documenting my thoughts, observations and emotions. All I used to draw with was a ball point pen. It is a cheap and versatile tool I could afford to lose during my constant traveling. Once the book was complete I photo copied and expanded the image. Then with my light table I redrew the image in pencil and cleaned it up with ink. A long time ago I came across a old box of repro film. It’s a transparent film graphic designers use in the old days to create half tones and background patterns. I decided to include those patterns for many of the pages I am redrawing. When all this is through I send the image to my favorite colorists Allen Passalaqua and Norman Wong to conjure some eye magic. I’m so honored to be working with these guys.
Here is the process visually:
The colors to this image was done by Norman Wong.
I have a lot to say about this My Emo Vortex project, so for now I won’t say much other that this is the cover to the first volume that will be 25 pages in a comic book format. There will be two volumes in this format. After volumes one and two I will create a hardcover reprinting volumes one and two with a third series of art included. Right now my amazingly talented friends Allen Passalaqua and Norman Wong are helping me out with the colors. Here is the cover to volume one. Allen did the color work.
So there I was a some comic convention (Sorry I honestly forgot which one) and there was Shane Houghton and his brother Chris! They were hustling some Reed Gunther comics, which are awesome by the way. I first met them early in the year at a local comic shop I’ve been known to hang around. When I seen them again I asked Shane if he would write a 4 page comic for me as some sort of commission. I told him I intended to draw the commission. I’ve ask writers for commission “sketches” before. Not very many understand exactly what I’m asking. Some of the ones that do just don’t really have time for my unordinary requests. Shane was very busy work the pitch, but he took the time out to fill the request. He asked if I could come back toward the end of the show to get it. I seen him scratching his head trying to think of something on the spot. Here is what he came up with. I did the best I could at drawing this out. As soon as I was finished I swore I could do better, but this is how it shall remain. I hope it gets at least a smirk.
Shane and his brother Chris are examples I hope to follow. Check out their work!