Sunday, September 18, 2016

I'm Pretty Happy With These Pencils

A new page! More drawing, more success. 

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

American Brainstorm Page 13, Tier 3

American Brainstorm, Page 13, Tier 2

Prelude to a turning point!

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American Brainstorm Page 13, Tier 1

In what was clearly a moment of self loathing, I agreed to do a scene in a library. It makes sense, thematically, and a well-drawn library is a thing to behold (this probably won't be much to behold). 

If the death of print ever truly comes about, there will be great rejoicing from artists never having to draw bookshelves again. And then they'll cry over their own lack of books. 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

American Brainstorm Page 12, Tier 3

Talking about documents and a whipping!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Another Page of Pencils

Another page of pencils. There's a lot of dialogue on this page. Maybe two pages worth, but it's not super critical dialogue, so I tried to shove it into one page. 

The first past was very rough blue pencils just to get an idea of where things would go on the page. Then a lettering pass and then a tighter blue pencil pass. 
Then I went in with an H pencil for a tighter pass. 
Once I get through the whole book, I'll take another pass on the pencils. 

One of the pleasant surprises this year, musically, has been Anenon's album "Petrol." It's a great moody saxophone, ambient texture, skittering drums, Aphex Twin meets Hauschka meets Philip Glass album.  


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Monday, September 12, 2016

The Tightening of Page 8

A little bit tighter now. 

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First Pass on Another Page

Here's the first pass on page 8 of the other thing. I'm going to do a quick pass of tightening and then start another page. 

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Friday, September 09, 2016

American Brainstorm Page 12, Tier 2

What dark secret could a birth certificate contain?!

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American Brainstorm Page 12, Tier 1

Let's get this party started. 8:42am. 

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

American Brainstorm, the Last Tier on Page 11

In addition to what Patrick and I wrote out, I was thinking about the bit in Mulholland Drive with the old couple who pick up Naomi Watts at the airport and start screaming later on. Man, I love that movie. 
Been listening to Tombs' "All Empires Fall" and Sasha Jan Rezzie's "All My Dreams."  Rezzie's song "Thinking Too Loud" is fantastic. One of my favorite songs of the year. It's got a bit of Air France's "Collapsing at Your Doorstep" and a bit of the Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds" to it. 




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American Brainstorm Page 11, Tier 2

One of the best things about the 80s was the predominance of the multicultural street gang. A mysterious figure lurks in the bushes of Central Park as a gang of simply fabulous, integrated street toughs, encounters an patriotic elderly couple who just wish America was great. Again. 

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Still Summer, I Guess. American Brainstorm Page 11, Tier 1

It's the middle of September and its 90 degrees again. And I'm back to drawing in my air conditioned closet—I mean office!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Back to Getting Pages Done Page 7

I finally saw Kanye's "Fade" video starting Teyana Taylor and her "Champions" video. Amazing. 

Now I'm listening to Angel Olsen's MY WOMAN. It's good stuff. She should get Teyana Taylor to dance in one of her videos. Maybe "Shut Up Kiss Me."  

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

American Brainstorm Page 10 Tier 3

This wraps up the pencils for page 10. I'm looking forward to doing a little work on my other comic next. 

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American Brainstorm Page 10, Tier 2, Erasing, Photo Reference, Gym

Vacation and flu and recovering from both are behind me. Time to get to work!

In the first panel of this tier, I started with a drawing of a generic chair, and then I went to put our right-wing hero on it. I could have started with his legs, to situate him on the thing, but instead started with his shoulders and chest where I guessed they would go. 

Well, that was stupid. What happened was I didn't have nearly enough room for his legs, so I had to draw out most of the chair. But his legs were still too small. Then I worked on the head and the proportions just went further out the window. 
I did like the skipping soldier though. So! I erased our hero. And I went with some photo reference. 
After getting over the shock of how badly my body has deteriorated after two months away from the gym (and six months of bad attendance before that), I at least could figure out the fundamental  "person tied to a chair" proportions that I assume are taught in every sequential arts class. 

Next I went back into the drawing. Even with erasing, I was left with the remnants of my previous drawing, so I stuck with some of that, scrapped the full-body shot and went with the tighter shot. And then I threw some shadow down. 
I feel alright about this. On to the next tier!



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Saturday, August 27, 2016

American Brainstorm Page 5 Pencils

Listened to more Orchid Thief, but I found it hard to follow the narrative and focus on my drawing at the same time, so half this page was done to the full drone of an air conditioner and a fan. What I wouldn't give for a string of dry, 70° days. 


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American Brainstorm Page 10, Tier 1

And this is where I wanted to be on this vacation. 

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American Brainstorm, Page 9, Tier 3

Back on track, ready to kick some ass. 

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American Brainstorm, Page 9, Tier 2

American Brainstorm, Page 9, Tier 1

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