Showing posts with label brush art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brush art. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

That print... part 4

Well here it is!  Here is that piece you've all been waiting for... maybe.  So here is the full thing with a couple of details, I'm guessing it was around 3 months but it could've been a bit more.  Emily tells me I should get a chess clock so I can time myself more exactly. 

The whole story behind it is pretty much this- CPG has put on a pirate festival to be a distraction so that her pirate crew can sneak into a secret royal treasure trove held in the small island city of Cub.  As the royal marines are attacking though she disarms them with the music she is playing with her concertina, it frightens the evil from their minds and hearts.  Transforming them into innocent festival goers. 

It's funny what are my favorite parts are, like the shading under the skeletons boot and the texture of the snails.  This was a very challenging thing for me to take on and I'm glad I did.  So far the only challenges I have set for myself were just to come up with strange characters and strain the limits of my imagination.  While this is a good thing, this was a different kind of challenge and I have already seen an improvement in the pages for vol. 2 of CPG.  I have definitely raised another bar on what I expect my work to look like.  In interviews and conversations I've always said that I do Cursed Pirate Girl for me.  And I am extremely lucky that I can afford to do it that way.  I'm also extremely lucky that there are people out there who appreciate what I create.  So thank you very very much for putting up with the slow progress of my little story and being open to something new/old. 

I have mentioned before that this piece was created as an added incentive for those who were aware of and participated with the funding of the CPG trade on Kickstarter.  And I'm really happy that all of you will be getting a copy of this for free, and I'm really happy that Tom did offer to do it.  No matter how much I have whined in the past, it came out pretty ok and it was a good lesson to have learned.  And I hope it will pay off later when you're all waiting for the next issue of the comic to come out.  ;]

Friday, February 18, 2011

a couple of things to tide you over

I had another great time at Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor last Sat.  I'll be working on arranging an art show there, sometime in the fall I think.  I'll let you know more when I figure out the details.  Thanks again to Curtis and Liz for having me.  I can announce two more signings at this point.  I'll be at Comix Revolution in Evanston IL. Feb. 25th [I know it says the 23rd on this here link, however I had to reschedule for Fri the 25th] and I talked to the owner of Comic City today and we have discussed having a signing Wed. March 2nd at the Comic City in Plymouth MI. 

Here are a couple of things I dredged up you might not have seen.  I am still working on the Kickstarter print so I have nothing "new" to post yet.  It will be some time I'm afraid.  I have made a deadline for myself on that project, I wish to have it completed by C2E2.  I cannot say whether or not it will be available at the show, but I may be able to show it to any who stop by my table in artist alley. 

This one is from "Your Lucky Book" by Jim Rose and Bebe Aschard-Rose.  Olympian Publishing has it available on their site.  Jim and Bebe wrote it and I was asked to do all the illustrations.  This is my favorite one.

This one is from my last portfolio "Serious Frivolity..." 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Blog!

Helloooooo... well I've got a new blog.  You can all give thanks or sneers to my dear lovely wife Emily.  She seems to think I need to get out there on the ol interwebs, so she created a new spot for me to ramble on about what I'm up to and art and stuff like that.  So, well, I'm not doing much, I've been working on the special print for all the wonderful people who contributed to the trade of CPG vol. 1 via  It's been a long time coming and I'm definitely past the 50% mark, so that's good.  I just want to let you all know it is still in the works and you will eventually get one... I'm having a lot of fun with it, which equates to -I'm making it more difficult with every new little critter and sculpture I come up with to pack into it.  I have Twittered a sneak peek at a part of it, that also appeared on my FB account here- cpg w/ merstag and Turnip.  I won't be posting any more of this until it's more completed, so there.

I will however, post some stuff up you won't have seen before.  These are some con sketches from last year's San Diego Comicon.  

There is a bunch to catch you up with, but I think I'll save some for another time.  I'm gonna try to do this more regularly, wish me luck.