I’ve totally fallen behind on updating my blogs!
Things have become pleasantly busy with drawing,
and teaching, keeping me more than occupied.
But still, overdue!
I submit my messy studio
as proof of business.
How is everybody? I’m well. I’m planning an event in Montreal – sign up here to get news about that – There will be news very soon hopefully re guests and things, things are falling in place. It’s to be a night of Jamming and Jawboning for cartoonists and lovers of the form in Montreal.
In other news, The Patreon got off to a nice start but a year in has held stable for a while. Partly due to my intermittence in promoting it I fear. And a recent shift to mostly lower level pledges means the total has gone down a bit in fact, slightly offset by the dramatic decline of the Canadian Dollar recently.
Patreon is in USD, so I get a nice boost from the exchange rate.
Still though, I’d like more pledges for sure. The current goal is to get to $350 a month, most of my rent. That means about a 175 pledges at $2 each. Could take fewer if folks pledge more and I have a few reward tiers for that to encourage it. I’ve taken out formal “teaching” as I find that hard to do online. I teach privately at my home though, contact me if you’re interested. But there’s still the option to get postcards or convention sketches!
I did this fantasy illustration as a commision for one of my patrons recently. I’d be glad to do something for you if you pledge too! Once a year you’ll be able to request something like this for yourself or another for a consideration of $15 a month. That’s just 180 a year, a pretty good deal for original art to your specifications.
Even without more of those though, still 175 patrons giving just 2$ pledges monthly seems like a reasonable number to hope for in my audience? Certainly from some of the stats I’ve looked at, many can afford it! So I hope I can entice a few more in time! And I think it’s well worth the deal. Free access to a digital library of all my independent comics and bonus patron’s only content shared to the patreon blog!
I think getting a bit more focused about my posting regularly on my site blogs again would help for sure, both comics but other things too. I’ve probably been spending a disproportionate amount of time with the community on Facebook and neglected these platforms. Partly it’s due to mostly working on comics I’m sharingintherough–lots of process but have to hold back final work on for now. Ironically if you are a patron, you get to see that all sooner. But for now only Kickstarter and Patreon readers get to read Dracula first.
I’m doing a fair bit of posting and instagramming for my classes, and editing my teaching sites for Dynamic Drawing, and Making Comics. And there’s other stuff I could share too, work on commissions and things or just a bit of Blogging. But time is the shortage. I fear it’ll be sporadic this summer at best.
A Bastards Tale is currently holding up Revolver Four, I got it started but then hit a problem….basicly involving how to representmyself, and my dead father in the story! That sounds more dramatic that it is, but it was a tough problem and I ran out of time to get it done, had to get back to drawing Dracula some more, get a big chunk of Dracula done if not rap it all up before I can go back to it! Probably the latter as really, it’s much too late already.
Frustrating but making comes is often about deferred pleasure and keeping and eye on the long game.
So that’s it for now, I’ll post about my thing in April in a week or so…check in here or sign up to the list if you want to come to my MTL comix Salons!
This episode of the podcast I take a question from Andrew J. Hawthorn, who asked about “Narrative techniques or figurative tricks you can only do in comics?”
Tricky question to answer with JUST words. I’ll give it my best go but for sure this podcast will have a youtube version shortly, with some visual aids. And check out the description texts here for links below. Right off the top, you’ll find page Page 89 of Dream Life, “The roots of violence” on the left, and “A last dinner”, page 68. Both typifying two very different approaches to unconventional page layouts, structurally, and thematically. But each applying the kind of non linear collagen like sequences that do away with conventional panels altogether.
As always, you can become a patron of the arts and subscribe here! Great news, the Patreon campaign has gone over $100 a month! Very encouraging to hit that mark at two months! I’ve just cleaned up the page a bit and set up a custom video playlist of my best stuff for the first page on patreon.
Thanks again to Andrew Walsh & Troy Carlson, my newest patrons, along with Michelle Darwin, Emil Underbjerg, Tim Moerman, Ian Hodgkinson, & Shannon Becker! Plus, two secretive souls who will take no public thanks, but have it most assuredly. Merci beaucoup to you all!
Here’s some photos of the work in progress! Think that was the most standing i’ve done in a while. Been some time since I worked on a mural or painted. This time was three days, two full and a half wrapping up the work. Your legs get a good workout!
The main piece is on the inside of the main work area, the lobby is on the other side of it, with entrances on each end.
From the POV of the main wall, THIS is the right entrance wing to main wall. Very cool.
The staff seemed to enjoy the show as well. kept to themselves a fair bit, but clearly pretty excited by it. Folks taking their bike in to the room they have set aside for them will see this first thing every morning. — with Rupert Bottenberg, Raphaele Bard, Tyler K. Rauman and Mc Baldassari.
From the POV of the main wall, THIS is the left entrance wing to main wall. I did my version of old school Guilala coming in the door. Was my first bit of graph, as the others called it I think. Gave him Gigan mandibles, because.
From what I saw most people who don't bike or work in the front offices, will see this when they show up for work. — with Rupert Bottenberg and Tyler K. Rauman.
Media center wall. Vegetable head fueled workers have their tentacles in all the things.... — with Raphaele Bard, Tyler K. Rauman and Mc Baldassari.
And back in the Ad dept wall we left a cyber wolf hunting rabbits.. — with Rupert Bottenberg, Raphaele Bard and Mc Baldassari.
Also was nice to get to know the other artists a little bit. Would love to work with them again. Reminded me of the old monthly jams. It all came out really amazing & fun to do. When you’re up close to it it’s hard to say, but after the drop sheets came away, it all looked pretty great. I can see why Ruppert loves doing this work so much. The whole crew were pros.
For me it was nice to make it through the whole thing physically well. I’ve worked on something with them three times now.
First jumping in for a few hours during Henge, the En Masse project @Nuit Blanche 2011, which happened to be the night before I went under the knife for cancer! That was good for the mind and I knew I wanted to do it again.
And I did a year later as part of a huge team that worked together on a room at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. That time unfortunately I was wrecked from a severe bout of gastro and probably the onset of diabetes. It was hard to even hold my arm up for long! Ug.
This time? My stamina held out pretty well! All three days. Yay! And 48 hours later nothing to terrible has happened so it’s officially not a jinx.
Oh and I’ve confirmed I was using stupid brushes before, having picked up a proper set this time. So much better. Loved laying in the big lines with a freestyle paddle brush! Makes me want to prime something. And remember i’ve got a couple unfinished things hidden away…
Must stay on things with Dracula, just working on a new page now. But for sure up for doing it again too.
Hey, by the way. There’s a Patreon campaign for Spilt Ink in the way.
So close to getting so many things done, I kind of feel like there’s a brick about to fall on my head or something!
Just being dramatic but after all the hurdles getting this stuff done. Still some big one’s left to go too…
Got the last of these scanned a couple days ago, inking them by now. The rest of the book is done. These six wordless pages go in the middle, to help give PJ some room to breath as a character. She has one of the most intense narratives in the book. I’m hopping this will help put some of the pieces in place. Looking, here, think it works.
Have to get them done tout de suite! Inked and tones. Also got edits in from Mark for Dracula and the rest of revolver three. Some writing and curating to do too for the backers edition of Dream Life. Get some new quotes. Boy it’s all going to be tight! But once the art’s in the bag i can start some big wheels rolling. [Time shifted post].
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They make nice looking stuff. This is their pitch.
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I want to get one of My winged M1 from therefore repent on canvas 36″x22″ to hang over my desk. yeah… no free shiping for that yet though. But hey, if i sell enough prints maybe i can afford to get myself the big canvas! Hmmm. Ok, back to work.
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Wrestling with the layouts now of act 3. And some work on Vlad as well. Going to try to get out and walk every day, then sit and treat myself to something hot and sketch page layouts. Plan for the week . [23-27/01/12]
Been mulling over plans with Bryan and folks about what to do for Sequential’s 10th anniversary, problem for me is I’ll have less time than usual this year to give over to producing the magazine. Need to find a designer[s] and funding solutions if Sequential Pulp is going to happen or be a part of the festivities. Anyone interested in participating should drop me a line. I’ll be posting a more formal note about this on the site later in the week.
I worked on the art for this last year, the music is by the ARC Ensemble of the Royal Conservatory, enjoyed it mostly. Directed by James Murdoch and produced by Simon Wynberg and James Murdoch. To be honest I’m not entirely happy with how the art was animated, would love to have a go at that myself some time. But the short has been well received and is now officially up on the ARC site after it’s run on BRAVO. You can check out a full gallery of the art from this project here.
Took a short brake to recharge the creative batteries with some pencils for Dream Life, see on the right here! >>
This is Lionel, at a lecture – the plan is to use Asemic writing, the chicken scratch of adult text in Peanuts, that morphs to binary.
Also these are some of the nicer frames i recently completed for the short.
Oh yeah, and check this out, some Ghostbusters Fans are starting to make the mark IIZ I designed for Tainted Love, Bellow is Hal, in a shot of one of the best so far that I hear he whipped up last minute for a show. Nice Job, makes me think it would be fun to do this for Halloween this year, if i had the time. There are threads here and here where people are posting their prop build shots. Check it out!
Did some nice pencils
for the next page of Dream Life – 52 – Want to do till 61,
the end of act 1 in the next week or so as pencils,
get tha chunk ready to ink and colour soon as the Busch project wraps.
Also today, just before those
i was getting into a nice groove
drawing roughs/story boards for
the Adolf Busch project.
Here’s some more of that.
In ’98 i did a few months on the crew of Fakk2 in preproduction. Just posting a gallery of my old animation work i dug up this stuff, really enjoyed this, not so keen on the film that was made but had a great time doing this work. Thought i’d share a few of them here.
Messing around. It’s important to remeber play time while i keep looking for work, as an old doodle reminded me the other day when we crossed paths by the river.
Cleanead up a bit this would be a cool T-shirt i think.
I wounder what the best site for that kind of deal is these days?
K wrapps up soon, i’m doing roughs on 10 now. Don’t know what the numbers are on it but it’s been seen all over the pace in QC. I sould take a cammera around and shoot some of the displays the publisher had for it. Pretty good coveage it looks like.
Saw posters for the series walking home from a fringe play – this is the second i’ve seen. The other was of book 1’s cover announcing the series.
Due to give Sof a call, and get copies of K4 from the publisher. Will have to ask how it’s doing, get some numbers. Hope it’s good. Happy with the way the art’s coming out. Need to get more of it done faster this month, but yeah.
Also this week worked on the first of a new short format comic series, seen here on the left.
This is just a rough draft with only crude sketch art, but i’d be curious about how it strikes people, please let me know by writing or commenting here or on flicker.
The theme is to try to help re-frame the way people see science and how it can apply in a non-dogmatic way to understanding their own worlds and lives.
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Posted this on P&P and then relized i should put it here… And a day of rest – geeeeezzzzz, man, came back from TCAF the hard way, had to get a cover and BD done for Monday, and almost, but not quite made it. lettering on the BD is temporary, the publisher is going to use their font once they do final edit.
Last week : TCAF was pretty awesome, though i have some mightily cranky notions about the building we were in – not a fan of the architecture, looks good on camera but where i was sitting, it was not a very human feeling space too me, never was a big fan of that one – i sat right under where this was taken from.
But a lot of people loved it and I’m told the library is ecstatic about the festival and provides the space happily which is not how the last place treated them so that’s great for Peter and Christopher! Probably will grow on me, i just really loved the old Vic building we were in, had great feeling about it.
Saturday was insane! I mean packed! wow.
No one seemed to know were the ac controls were + i had been up pretty late Friday night being social as well as hulling 525 magazines clear across town and back again on foot [transit] Friday afternoon/evening to get to the Seth reading.
I had also chosen to wear something semi formal involving a jacket. = i was wrecked after day one.
Susi diner saved me and had a good time at Chips launch. His new book looks really sweet, hope to actually read a comic soon, it’s in the short stack.
Day two was more mellow, and cool enough i didn’t think about taking off my sweater, which it looks like i should have – this was all nice till later on when it was clear the sales were going to be slow.
Last minute scramble to spend money in the last half hour left me with a small profit i spent on mothers day dinner. I bet folks with brand new books to sell did well. Also moved I’d say about 450 of 525 copies of the free Sequential magazine which were well received for sure. Got a short list of people who want to be in the next one if there is one.
The After Party Sunday night was nice, and i had a good time hanging out with Eric Kim & Co. Monday. Met a whole bunch of cool people on this trip in fact.
Had a few days off to see family, and got some sketching done. Missed my buss, took 12 hours to get home in all and crashed hard.
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