Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Focus or lack of it

Hope everyone is having a great Christmas season so far. I know for me, and mine, we have really been busy. Going all over the place and spending money that we don't have but isn't that what we are trained to do at this time of the year?

Anyway, on to art stuff and updates. The last couple of months, and I would even say the last year, I have really had a hard time focusing on projects. If you have followed me on Deviantart or just my blog, you would know that I have a ton of creator owned projects. Some have been published and some still in development. The problem I am having now is commitment to one of these projects. I just don't know what I want to work on or what I just want to let fall by the way side. I feel like I am getting older and there really isn't that much more time for me to produce comics or anything else in the entertainment field. There really aren't that many 40 year old comic book artist out there. It is a young mans' game. I can understand this due to the fact that I am not as in touch with what is popular as I use to be when I was younger. It happens.

So my question is, if you could see me work on anything and it come out on a regular basis what would it be? What would please you guys? If you need to see my projects to make a decision just click my DA link on the side and go to my gallery. Most all my projects are there.

Thanks for reading and being part of the process. Merry Christmas and hope everyone is blessed this year.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Commissions and updates

Hey everyone. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was pretty good.

I wanted to post up that I am presently taking commissions. I am only doing 10 of them for right now. A friend of mine is in dire need of some cash and I told her I would help her out.

So for $25 you can get a full color 3/4 body shot of any character you want. I will do the pencils and my friend is doing the colors. If you go to my DA page you can read my journal to see what her colors look like.

This is the season for giving and helping. So please chip in and help someone out. Thanks and hope everyone is having a blessed week.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Comments are fixed and new logo

It was brought to my attention that people were having problems commenting on my posts due to some membership thing. I have no idea how I did it but some how the settings on my dashboard were changed and it was not allowing folks to post comments. Sorry for that. I am in no way a computer guy, so there is really no telling how this occurred and I do apologize. Please comment. That is what gets me through the week is hearing from you guys and gals.

Thought I would post up my new logo that will be used for my upcoming art book. A friend of mine on DA did it up for me. He rocks. Hope you like it. The art book is in the works and should be ready to purchase by the end of January.

Thanks again for chiming in on the blog and giving me feed back. I need it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Choices, Choices, and Choices

Hey everyone. Sorry it has been a while since my last post on here. I am trying to do more on my blog then on my DA site or at least some new stuff on here that you you don't get on my DA site. I also tend to be more personal on my blog but writing stuff down and getting feedback tends to help me make the hard choices.

That being said here is the deal. I was talking to a good friend of mine, Tim Kane, and he said something to me that really resounded in my soul. He is embarking on doing his own creator owned projects and his attitude toward this goal is very inspiring to say the least. He really has put a fire under my butt.

That being said here is the problem. Choices. Sometimes it is easier when those choices are limited but I actually have several creator owned projects that are publishable and actually have an issue or mini series already in the can. They just haven't seen print yet.

My projects that already have stuff ready to go are Techlore(which I posted the lead design for in this entry), Grimm, Outlaw Angel and Cherry Bomb.

All of these projects already have a following due to me exposing them on my DA site and I could easily take them some where to publish or even just do it myself but I just don't know which title I am more interested in. I am a flake when it comes to sticking to a project and seeing it through to the end. For me the joy comes from creating these projects but the fact is that I am not being a good steward of them by not finishing them up. This is something Tim had said to me about making sure that he was ready to complete something he started and again I felt as though I dropped the ball on doing this with my projects.

Also, to the fans of these projects I have let them down by not doing something with the projects and getting folks interested in them. Very irresponsible on my be half.

So my question to all you folks reading this is, "What do you think I should do?" Please feel free to really open up and let me know what you think. I need some feed back.

Thanks everyone.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tools of the trade

I know it has been a while since my last post. I have been pretty busy with work and I also caught some type of flu crap that took me out of my flow for a week. I am still a little congested but feel a lot better.

I have been thinking a lot lately on the tools of the trade and how they influence my art. Sometimes I feel as though I am so worried with using the tools that I am told are "industry standards" that I allow it to interfere with me actually producing art that I enjoy doing. Why do you have to ink with a quill pen or micron? Why can't you use what makes your art look best to you? Why do you have to have perfect anatomy? I firmly believe that sometimes it is the mistakes that separate you from other artist.

Now in saying all that I am not saying that you don't have to learn the foundations of art. I just think I am at a point where I don't what to be trapped by "The Tools of the Trade". I want to get out of my box and use whatever makes my art look good. If that means inking with a sharpie then by George that is what I ink with and have fun. I don't know. Maybe I am growing as an artist or maybe I am just getting to old to try and learn all these crazy techniques with all these different tools.

What do you think?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Back from Chicago con and other things.

Just got back from Chicago con last Monday. Me, Bat and my buddy Eddie went and set up in artist alley. The show itself was weird. I have attended many Chicago cons but this one just seemed to have the feel of death on it. Not the people there but the actual show. Marvel and DC did not come and set up and that pretty much left a void with the publishers. Even Image just had a small booth. The rumor mill was that this would be the last year for the show. That a new company was putting one on in Chicago in April and that it would kill Wizards show. I have mixed feelings on this. I have attended Chicago con since 1996 and it holds many great memories. I meet a lot of folks who are now my good friends. It will sadden me to see the doors close. But I also feel that there needs to be some fresh blood in the market. Someone that doesn't charge artist an arm and a leg to set up and treats them good. I have to admit that I did not feel that the Wizard show was very organized. A lot of guest did not realize that Thursday was just a preview night and came early to set up. It was kind of crazy. But enough of the bad.

The craziest thing I experienced from the show was a fan bringing me a book I did a pin up in almost 11 years ago to sign. It was crazy. I could not believe he found this thing but it made my day. I met a lot of Internet friends face to face, like Jeff Wamester, Khary Randolf, Bob Stang, and Jeff Cruz just to name a few. It was good times and it was something that I really needed. It rejuvenated me and has me wanting to draw again.

The thing I realized the most from the trip is my lack of comic work in the last years. Most of my work has been commissions and character design stuff. Granted it pays the bills but when sitting up at a show it doesn't look as if I have done much lately and that has to change. I need to be more productive and tell the stories I want to tell.

The designs I posted up are for a Christian comic pitch. I am just the freelance guy on the gig. So I really don't know much about it but I like how the designs have come out. I let you know more about it when I know more.

Thanks for reading and hope you having a blessed time.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Chicago Wizard World next week

Well, next Tuesday I leave for Wizard World Chicago. I will be set up at table 3022 with my buddy Bat Hillard. Come by and see us.

I really am excited about the con. The last big show I went to was back in 2000. And I think it was a Chicago show. I have never went to a show when I wasn't set up with my old studio mates Tsunami Studios. So this will be a new experience.

I will have a couple new prints for sale at the show. A GI Joe, Green Lantern, Supergirl, Outlaw Angel and Cherry Bomb prints. All new. The Outlaw Angel print was done by the great Ben Caldwell and it freakin rocks.

Hope to see some of you guys and girls at the show. Please come by and maybe we can get some dinner or drinks after the show.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Art is subjective, this is something to remember.

As of late I really have struggled with purpose and substance. I have taken inventory of my life and have wondered if I made the right choice of becoming an artist. I have really been pretty hard on myself and how little I have grown in the last year or so. Granted there have been issues in my life that contribute to my lack of growth but I also have to wonder if my desire is mainly to blame.

Then I thought, well how does one judge growth in the art field? Is it the amount of work I get? How my work is accepted by others? Or is it personal? The only answer I could come up with is that art is subjective. What is good to some, others may not find good at all. I really work in a field that can change in a blink of an eye. What is hot today can be cold product tomorrow.

So, I think that I am just going to have to try and be more objective to myself. Allow time and give myself some positive treatment and not always push so hard. We can only grow as fast as we can grow. It isn't so much the destination as what you learn along the way.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

More of the Angel

I really don't have a ton of stuff to write about. Life is pretty much the same as it was about a month ago. I found some stuff out about my dad. He has lied to just about everyone that he talks to on the phone. He told everyone that he has a job working for JCpenny. It is kind of crazy. He is reverting back to the person he was when he went missing. I don't really know how to handle it. He has not gone to his head doctor for almost a year. It is almost like I am raising another kid. It drives me crazy.

On a professional note, my project, "Cherry Bomb" has been announced. It is a project that I am working on with my friend, Randy Green. The book is about a character who hunts assassins looking to bring justice for her father who was killed and she doesn't know who did it. We are treating the book like the book from Image called "The Ride". We will have short stories where she is killing different assassins and they will be done by different artist.

I am also trying to get my "Outlaw Angel" and "Gun Ghoul" stuff situated. I am presently looking into making toys of the characters. Does anyone have any thoughts on the idea?

Thanks for reading and until next time. Keep the pencil to paper and create.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Life is moving forward. Am I?

Well, yesterday was my 38th birthday and it was a time of reflection for me. I look back at the years and really have no idea where 38 years went too. My life has had so many transitions and the things I set out to do never really got done.

Now, I am not saying that my life is a dissappointment or anything. I have accomplished a lot in the years I have had and I hope to accomplish a lot more but my only wish is that I had more control over my life. I know that may be asking too much but hey it would be nice to be able to control situations instead of all was reacting to situations.

That is pretty much my thoughts for now and if you have any input that would be great to hear. Thanks.