Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Watercolor Tree, Phase Four



I hope I don't sound too pretentious in these posts.

Tons of  folks do watercolors, and many are way more talented and skilled than I am.

Despite my artistic limitations,  I'd like to think i might inspire other potential self-taught artists to try new stuff.




If a wonky artists like me can get this far, then imagine what even *more* awesome stuff other artists' will do!


Monday, June 17, 2019

Watercolor Tree, Phase Three




You know, an argument could be made that this tree couldn't be finished - right here - at this stage.




Could have been more gutsy to do that. But that's not what happened.




Instead, I pressed on, adding more texture as I went. This pic too, too, could have been a junction to quit - but such was not to be.

Only one more post to see what the final *finished* Tree looks like.





Sunday, June 16, 2019

Watercolor Tree, Phase Two



Using Doc Martin's watercolor dyes here.  





Unfortunatly they tend to fade over time, so they won't look as vibrant as they do right here, while their wet.




Using a fan brush here to add some more texture.



Saturday, June 15, 2019

Watercolor Tree, Phase One


I've posted this before, but I figure it's worth re-posting.





      I have to surrender control with Watercolor, so there's lots of room mistakes.





But any mistakes can also totally change the course of the paintings.  




Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wet - in - Wet . . . this will become something.



. . . actually it already has,

this is an old pic of me starting a painting

that's was finished many years ago.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Crude?


'De Stijl' is an art style I did my own bastardized version of here.

I have to thank Jon Way$ak for pushing me to do things outside of what I'd normally do in the Chickens project.

Here's another example from Eleanor.



Even if it fails, i still never wanna be afraid of trying something new.


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

Looking Back . .

Digging through some of my moldy old art . . .

 . . I cancel myself, trying to find a mainstream style . .



but also reverting to my Distorted/Underground/Abstract pre-super hero roots.


I kept gravitating towards a few basic shapes . .  


. .  looking to pour all the detail into those simple geometric shapes.



floundering, struggling, hoping one day . .

. . . to Break Through,



. . and find a style of my own.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Healthy Appetite


 . .  taken from the PDF.. (which explains the red lines).

Sorry for the late post today, juggling a lot of non-comic stuff on my plate right now.

Promise to get my act together a.s.a.p.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Cross-Over


Nola, Dana & their Parents show up in a Chickens Revolt page. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Venus de Mommy/Nola/FOM Thumbs







This second page is a visual blue print, guiding me for the last twenty years on the 'Venus/Nola/Friends of Maxx' saga.

Each pink 'box' is a 20 page issue/chapter.

Lots of artists do do thumbnails to layout their stories, but mine tends to look like messy color-filled 'mind maps'.

Not to be morbid, but it's ironic to think that, if i die unexpectedly, this page would be meaningless to anyone else.

All those years of sweat and toil, for nothing.

Good reason to get off my ass and finish the sucker, eh?


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pitch Art . .



 . . . for yet another unpublished project.


. . everybody's sketchbooks are full of this stuff.

. . little seeds which never fully sprouted. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Everyone has a pet . . .


. .  even the baddies,

Eleanor has her bird,

The Detective (not on this page) has his cat,

By the way, that worm-like creature is supposed to be a pet 'Lamprey eel'.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Watercolor Tree


With all the stress in the world these days, isn't it funny that something as simple as


this . . .




can help.   

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

One of my faves..




"Mysteries of the Twout-a-verse"

Someday . . . before I croak . . I'll have to publish this sucker.

It won't make a dime, but it'll be a total labor of love. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Airboy Cover




Early eighties cover I did for the Chuck Dixon's 'Airboy' comic, published by Eclipse.

My art here was influenced by Dave Steve's Rocketeer series.  Knowing my grasps of clothing texture which were still pretty clumsy,  I tried to distract from that with shadows and a lush forest foliage background.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Uncle Artie...


 - in his yellow outfit.

from Batman-Maxx issue 4.

yes, I know its way late,

and yes I *promise* it'll be finished a.s.a.p. ... !


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Early Sample Page . .



. . . done in my twenties, while trying to look 'mainstream' and break into drawing for Marvel. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Distorted Batman Fix


I'd like to say I behaved myself and drew Batman less distorted/goofy in these older books,

But truth is, older or new,

I deliberately *enjoy* drawing Batman looking a little distorted and goofy.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Batman-Maxx ~ Finished Page


Wanted to thank everyone for their patience on the last two issues of Batman-Maxx which I'm *finally* finishing now . . . at the same time.

In this page, the Outback critter Maxx thinks he's attacking,

is instead, really a couch on a public sidewalk.

Same old Maxx.

You can compare the Half Finished Version HERE too.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Worth a second look . . .

I usually don't plug my own books, and I''m not saying this just because I drew it . .

. . but 'Eleanor & The Egret' is a book really worth checking out.

Plus my old pal John Layman (of 'Chew' fame) really out did himself in writing this one.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Old Maxx piece.


Though my fans were very cool about commissions,  I quit drawing them because I didn't like the pressure I put on myself of trying to please others.

So now I just draw Maxx stuff just to please myself.

Much better that way.




Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spidey


One of the few times I drew Spider-man.

This was done as a DVD extra for the Sam Raimi movie.

Drawn during my vintage 'duck tape' phase. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Many Thanks


I just wanted to say big *Thank You* all the cool folks who dropped in and said 'hey' to me during this last batch of signings I did a few years back.  

And even if you didn't get a chance to see me at a signing, just know that all the warm supportive words/thoughts/feelings you've shared with me . .

way from the MCP & Maxx days . .

all the way up til now. . .

they really DO help keep me going.

- Sam