Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snow is Offical

Snow is officially done and will be debuted on Noel Night this Saturday, Dec 1, at CCS and again on Sunday, Dec 2, at City Coffeehouse in Allen Park 4:00pm to 10:00pm (not to mention the band North Bound will be at City) . So now it’s over and done with and I’m ready for the next project!

Saturday, November 24, 2012



     What you see here is the cover and first three pages of Snow.  If all goes well I well be picking up my comic from the printers Thursday, just in time for Noel Night (Dec 1) and the open house at City Coffeehouse (Dec 2). It’s a one issue experimental comic. Snow was first done in black pencil and was just about done when I realized it was not going to print as well as I had hoped. So I redid the whole comic with ink pens. Basically I had made this comic twice and am now very glad that it is done.

     It was interesting to see how the inking came out. The inking was done not too much larger than the actual comic printing size, and this allowed me to do a lot of little detail lines quickly. The art in Snow was made particularly for Snow. Trees help to create the bounding boxes and the fairly large amount of negative space help create a feel of openness and snow everywhere. Maybe the negative space can give the viewer room to think, it can also make for nice composition. In other words, snow is white so there is a lot of white space. I was trying to go for that weird feeling when everything is covered in snow, everything is quiet, like you’re in another world. Black and white work well with Snow, I don’t think I would do it in color if I had the choice.

    I’m crossing my fingers that Snow will be available for sale soon with bonus material and I am also working to have it available to read on my web site.  Snow will be my very first complete comic! Story and art by your truly!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Busy Day

      Many things are on the horizon. Here are some paintings done for a children’s book written by Aimee Anderson. The book is called The Busy Day and expected to come out some time in the early part of 2013. It was a fun piece to work on and allowed me to experiment with water colors and salt to attain a textured look. I really enjoy the light hearted feel to Busy Day and tried to keep Aimee’s original art as the back bone for these pieces.  One of my favorite things about this book was remaking some scribbles.  It was a nice break to do something haphazard but have it be what you needed.   I was very proud of my ability to scribble.  Busy Day was my sendoff to summer. Thinking about it I feel I took the warm summer nights for granted. Oh well, time to embrace the winter that is swiftly coming.  Ready or not (so not ready).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Portrait for a blindish man

      Aww man, things are getting busy. One project at a time. This here was done at the request of a blind man, yep, on top of that he threatened to die before I finished the painting.  Needless to say, in fear of being haunted I hurried up and finished the painting.  So this is a portrait of his dog, Leena. Or at least my interpretation of his dog, I have not really done an animal portrait so it was a bit of a process. Though I would like to keep picking at it, I feel it’s time to move on. I might change some things but for now here it is. Leena became more and more orange as I worked on her, yarg I know better than that. It won’t get into my portfolio but I’m decently happy with it. It’s for a blind guy so I’m sure he will be happy, if not I might be in big trouble.  Check out my new signature though, its hip. Signing my name is something I never been happy with. This painting reminds me of something from Cabella’s.  Ok time to move on, peace.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Like The Trees

      This image was done for a fundraiser journal project. The journal is meant to get passed artist to artist to create a variety of works in one book. Each journal has a theme and for this journal the theme was trees.

      I used this as an excuse to do some experimenting with paint, pencil, ink and tea. The hands where made separately and everything else was done directly into the journal. It may not have been the best place to experiment but thanks to the extra thick paper no damage was done. Phew.

     I like a lot of my work to take place at night. I feel that once the sun is gone the universe is reveled to us and a curtain that was keeping us in is taken away.  We are given room to think and breath. That’s how I feel anyways. If words went with this piece it would be:

“like the trees
I am jealous
of stars who break out of orbit.”

     There will be an exhibit to display and sell the journals. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit Janice Charach Gallery and a charity picked by the last artist who returns the journal.  The opening is scheduled for early November. For more information you can go to charachgallery.org