Monday, November 24, 2008
Well, my last blog was not the greatest and it amazes me how fast God can turn things around. God has showed me a lot of different things about myself and how I view things. Needless to say I follow God but never truly believe that He is going to bless me. Which is just crazy. I have to start believing that God is blessing me not due to my actions but because of His grace.
Things are going a lot better now. I have some projects coming down the pipe that are pretty big. Which is cool. I can't really say a whole lot about them yet. As soon as we get farther into the projects I will post about them.
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and hope everyone gets to spend time with their family. Be blessed.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Well, this year is already half gone. How crazy is that? I just don't know where it goes.
My birthday was on the 20th of June. I turned 37 years young. It was pretty nice. I got a new Mp3 player and spent time with my wife and son. You really can't ask for more then that in life.
Still no word on my dad. It is pretty crazy. They have not been able to even locate his van. The tags are bad and his insurance has lapsed. I would have thought by now we would have found something. So please keep us in your prayers.
On the artistic side. I just finished up 50 more Marvel Masterpiece II cards for Upperdeck and Marvel. They had some artist bail out and needed someone to help get the set finished and I volunteered. It was really really fun. I love being able to draw Marvel Characters and draw anyone that I like. I posted up 9 from the new lot in this post. Hope you guys and gals like them.
My Outlaw Angel book is coming along nicely. I hope to have a mini series done by the end of the year. I have a charity book coming out in the August with my Outlaw Angel characters in it. The book's sales are going to go toward helping us find my dad. We are going to place a reward and hire a Private Investigator.
Life is good and God is good. Hope everyone is having a great week and hope life is treating everyone good. Be blessed.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Yep today is me and my wife's 4 year anniversary. They have been four great years and have went by so fast. I love her more today then when we first started dating. I can't imagine my life without her. She is my best friend, my partner, my help-mate, and my wife.
I love you hun.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Hey gang. I know it has been awhile since my last post but things are crazy around here.
On a personal note, I found out about two and half weeks ago that my father is missing. No one has heard from him since the first week of February. All his stuff is still in his home and it looks like he was planning to come back but never did. The police said the radio had been left on, there was a box of half eaten chicken on the table, all his cloths, furniture, and three bags of trash filled and tied. It is crazy. So, I am dealing with a missing person right now and would appreciate any and all prayers.
Professionally, things are going well. I just finished up a hundred Marvel Upperdeck trading cards. Which was pretty cool and I had fun getting to draw characters I grew up with and loved. My next thing is trying to get my business off the ground and doing more freelance stuff.
God is good and he blesses daily. I could not survive without Him.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Well, it has been a crazy year already. My computer crashed not once but twice and right now I am working on a computer with a bad video card and I can't half see what I am writing. LOL So if there are any mispelled words I will blame it on the big pink and purple line going down my screen.
I really have been thinking alot about my art and its purpose. A buddy of mine from college,who I have not talked to in about three to four years, called me about two and half weeks ago to touch base with me. We were actually really good friends in college and I hate that we lost contact but, anyway, he called and told me that he is living in LA now and working as a lighter for Dreamworks animation. He just finished up working on Kung fu panda and was not sure if Shrek 4 was going to be his next project or another movie called "How to train your dragon." I am very happy for my buddy, Chris. He is a very talented dude and works hard to be the best he can be. Of course, Chris asked me to move on out to LA because there are a ton of jobs for illustrators, and I would love to do it, but my wife is dead set against moving. Which really sucks because I am burned out in my 9 to 5 and don't know how much longer I can continue to work with kids.
Now, after me and Chris talked a funny thing happened to me. I got really depressed about myself and my art. You see most of my life I have always been the guy "who knows the guy" and I think it has finally gotten to me. When I first started to draw comics I was lucky enough to be part of Tsunami Studios with talents like Randy Green, Rick Ketcham, Koi Turnbull, Steve Bird and John "Waki" Wycough and even though I learned a lot from everyone there my skills were very bad to say the least, so I was never looked at as the tag along who had no skills. At one point I was told by a studio member that "I should stop trying to pencil and just be a writer." At the time I was a writer with some skills but my heart belonged to drawing. For the most part after I left the studio I remained friends with some of the guys but not like it was and it seemed I would always remain in the shadows of guys like Randy and Rick.
Well, three to four years later I finally get published and people are actually paying me to draw, which is still a little crazy to me, but I still feel as though I am still in others shadows. Always to be the one who almost reached success. When Chris talked to me and told me of his success it just triggerd those same feelings of not being good enough and I really have not recoverd from it.
I know God can do anything with my life but I am not sure what He wants to do with it. My art really has suffered in the last couple of weeks. Nothing I draw seems to come out right and I can't seem to work through it. UGH. I needed to vent.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Well, things are just really good these days. Loving life and God is just pouring His favor all over me and my life.
I am up for a youth pastor position for a local church and I should start on the 12th of March. I can't wait to get back into ministry.
My art is coming along alright. I still think I need to push myself more then I have lately. I don't see the growth I would like but hey in God's time right?
That is it for now and hope everyone is having a great month.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
It is two weeks into the new year and I really have been thinking about what I want to do with my life and where I would like to be by the end of the year. So I have come up with a couple of things that I know God is going to show me favor in.
First, I am starting a new Christian studio called "Alpha Dog Studios". It will have several Christians artist in it that I have already contacted and I am hoping to pull in a couple more talented guys or girls.
Second, I want to start my own imprint and publishing company. This is something that I have wanted to do forever and I know God is going to allow me to do this now. The name for the company will be "Alpha Dog Media".
Thirdly, my art. I desire to take it to another level. I truly want to be known as a great artist as well as a Godly man. God will show me favor in this as well.
Now that is pretty much all I have on my agenda. Beyond the normal of working and making contacts. Give me some feedback and let me know what you think about it. Thanks.
Oh yeah the pic for today is old school Grifter. I use to love this character back in the day.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Well, things are going good. I am pretty swamped with commissions and such but that is a good thing.
I decided as warm ups for this month that I would draw characters from comics that I loved to read in the 90s. Now, my first sketch is of Savage Dragon. I am not a huge Savage Dragon fan but the mini series that Jason Pearson did called "Blood and Guts" is one of my favorite series ever. I love Jasons' work.
That is it for now. Hope to have a new post up in a day or two. Peace.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Well, I am going to start posting a lot more in my blog and not as much in other sites. I think lately I have become to internet active and have not done enough work. So, that is part of my resolution for this year. I want to draw more and be more productive. Growth is important to me and lately I do not see a lot of that in my work but I am still drawing and that is a great thing.
This year is starting out pretty good. I just finished up a tight deadline for a on line computer gaming company that paid pretty well and I just got a call back from a local church who is considering me for a Youth Pastor position. If I get the Youth Pastor position I plan on quiting my full time job and doing it and art. Plus, my son will be able to stay home with me and not have to go to daycare. Such a good blessing. God is good.
I am presently working on several comicbook related projects and a ton of commissions. I have several I have not finished and need to get done. I also have a couple covers I need to finish. Life is good. God is good.
Thanks for reading and hope to post some more cool stuff in a day or two. Be blessed.