Turns out power naps at 8pm are bad. They lead to a restless night of arting. Oh weli, At least I got a solid 2 hours in.
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!
Posting a few things from my art folder folder up on Ebay this week. These are smaller drawings I create when I’m working on bigger projects. These drawings contain all the anger, frustration and shame I have to vent in order to keep a level head pushing through the difficult jobs. These appear to be drawings, but I assure you these pieces have a spark of energy in them, mostly negative though. Not a good sales pitch, but the honest truth. Haunting memories I am more than happy to unload.
Here are a few of the 21 items.
Thanks for looking!
You can click on the image for a link to the sale.