Friday, April 27, 2012

day53 smack talk

"next time, there will be spanking"

dirty, dirty spanking

8x11", pencil. SOLD.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

more WW

sometimes i think i take her too seriously. trying to see her through my daughters' eyes.
and a few words of wisdom: 
pictured: not enough tanks.

52b WW flying

my daughter just asked me to draw a quick WW for some garage sale she is, apparently, planning to hold at some point.

cartooning class -- grounding

lot of classes out there on figures and enviros. not so much on putting figures IN enviros:

a lot of this is less about drawing itself, more about looking at your drawing and making adjustments, editing.

day 52 WW armor (again)

practicing yelling (drawing it, not doing it. i don't yell. i bellow.)
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

day51 st michel (again)

looking forward to starting/kickstarting this, but still not sold completely on some of the designs.
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

EDIT: traumwelt, if everything goes to plan, st michel will be free for everyone to read!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

inspiration 1B

started drafts of more posts on inspiration, world building etc. unfortunately, i draw a lot faster than i write and type.

in the meantime, here are some excellent pointers from jillian tamaki (i put in a few additional notes in bold):


- Consume media. Participate in culture. Read books, go to movies, the news, fashion magazines, stupid blogs, etc. Browse the bookstore just for the hell of it. All of this contributes to our personal visual fabric. Soon you will be CONTRIBUTING to this world.

– Find inspiration in museums and the visual arts. Discover the connections between what is going on now and what has already come before. You might be surprised to learn that your favourite artist is really a knockoff of someone from 100 years ago.

it's always easier to randomly absorb things when you're in the mood, and leave them already partially-digested in your subconscious, than to cast about looking for specific inspiration just at the moment you need it for a specific project.
the world is full of inspiration that it is dying to shove down your throat. embrace it all, you never know when you may need to know about x or y, and you never know where or when those little inspirations are join to pop up. for that reason, you should ALWAYS have at least a pencil and a little pad to scribble out things.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


- See an amazing photo/illustration/design? Save it. I keep a folder entitled “Reference” on my desktop where I keep anything I find interesting. Sub-folders include: Bodies/Gesture, Chinese Posters, Colours, Faces, Vintage Objects, Maps, Nature. A quick jog through these images can really help you out when you’re stuck for a colour scheme or composition. Or they can form the BASIS of an idea.

- As a professional, one can write-off much of the media you purchase. Books, movies, museum tickets, etc. all become professional expenses.

part of being a professional is treating yourself like one. every film, vacation, stop at the grocery, etc is an opportunity to be inspired, but that also means you should always be thinking at least a little professionally. for example, if you're watching tv, you might pay attention to how lighting affects a scene, or how a particular character is holding a cup. save these memories and mental notes.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


- Read content (the book, the play, the article) carefully and thoughtfully. Several times. If possible leave a day between reading and starting work on it. Sometimes leaving it to sit in your brain for a while is very helpful, I find.

- WHILE reading content, highlight vivid imagery, key phrases, descriptive passages, notable quotes, and anything else the jumps out at you. Take quick notes or do a quick doodle in the margin if something comes to mind.

– Go find supplementary material, if necessary, to help you parse the content. If you’re doing a cover illustration for War and Peace, it may be helpful to read online discussions, dissertations, reviews, and such. The internet makes this VERY EASY."

if you can't do basic research in this internet age, then i will personally hunt you down and punch you. a basic grasp of history never hurts, but even an ignoramus can work out something.
for example, i worked on a dracula comic. even if i was generally clueless, i could see by the dates that the story takes place in the 1890s. a quick wikipedia of british history would tell me this was the late victorian era, so i could look up "victorian" and get tons of images and info on clothes, buildings etc.
this example also shows how a wide-ranging interest can help; just before i started dracula, i got an annotated, illustrated edition of sherlock holmes novels. several of them are set in the dracula period, so i was able to find all sorts of details about typewriters and posters etc. 

i'm actually putting together a full-color, annotated sketchbook covering this process for all the classics comics, so i won't detail everything here. but you get the idea. you can also check out my annotations for the wednesday comics wonder woman to get an idea of some of the research that went into that.

day 50 ozone blue

mme bleu returns frequently to harass the dare detectives. often in different guises, such as super-spy ozone blue.
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

me give you arts!

hi all!

let's talk about something i like to call "bribery".

so, the art school where i teach is having a fundraiser called "dancing with the reading (PA) stars". and they have an extremely loose definition of "star", because one of those dancers will be me.
here's how it works: you go to this site and click the vote box next to the picture me and my wife. it costs $5 per vote.

now perk up, laddies, here's where the bribery part comes in: anyone who votes 8 or more times for me will get an original drawing. (limited to the first 10 people, i think. also, these aren't commissions. i think of something cool to send you, and i send it.)

now, a cynical person will say that sounds an awful lot like cheating. and as always, that cynical person would be 100% correct.

remember: i don't get anything for winning. except for the pleasure of beating out a bunch of decent and deserving people who have worked harder than me. and isn't that what it's really all about? but more importantly, this awesome little art school gets a hand with their community art programs.

so if you're up for a little vote-rigging (and if you are reading this, who are we fooling?), then vote and send me the paypal reciept (and your address) and i'll send something loverly your way.

ben c

ps - what the hell, computer? you think "loverly" is an acceptable word? you are dead. to. me.

day 49 night/wing

haha i know i isn't right or fair, but i will always associate these guys, and iron fist and power man (and shang-chi) with the 70s. in a GOOD way, jive turkey.

8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

inspiration 1

hey all! 

promised on twitter the other day to talk about creative processes and inspiration; i've been getting a lot of questions about that lately. so first to recap... some things to get the ball rolling, or deal with creative block:

1) physically go do something different, like garden or jog or punch ninjas. not only is a change of scene a way to rejigger your brain, but physical activity increases blood flow in the brain, which physically stimulates your thinking cap. SCIENCE, man.

2) likewise, do something random like draw a bunch of fat old ladies at the grocery store. drawing something neew (for you), that is not tied to what you're "supposed" to be doing, can help loosen up your brain. also, there is almost definitely going to be some point in your life where you need to draw fat old ladies shopping. even if you're not an artist. even if i have to personally make it happen.
3) start drawing/writing whatever is giving you trouble, without trying to make it good. even if you throw away everything you just did, at least you'll have done SOMETHING, and at least clarified certain things you DON'T want to have.
it's always easier to fix something that exists, than worry about something that doesn't.
also, no one ever accomplished something by not doing it.

3b) if you're working on a script or drawing and unsure how to get past a certain point, then save a copy of whatever you're doing, then go ahead and finish it however the hell you want. follow your ideas through to their logical conclusion, because this can help you see if perhaps you were asking yourself the wrong questions in the first place -- which is the best way to get the wrong answers.

i'll be talking about that last one in depth in another post -- it's one of the biggest troublemakers when it comes to finding and fixing creative problems. but if i did it here, this would never get posted!

ben c

Friday, April 20, 2012

day 48 rear window and batmouse

rear window is one of my top 5 movies, and definitely one of my most influential movies:
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

8x11", $40 if you want it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

day 47 robotech up the yin yang

roy fokker, president of the EVERYTHING:
8x11, pencil. SOLD.

yellow dancer, vice president and secretary of sassiness (yes, it is a thing):
8x11, pencil. $40 if you want it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

day 46 harry potter

if you want to be good at something, then PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.
also, deux ex machina come in handy.
8x11, pencil. SOLD.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

day 45B ww and cheetah

actually doodled most of this last night
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

day 45 medusa

8x11", pencil. SOLD.

the back is doodles while watching "big hearted aunt charlie", a farce about oxford layabouts trying to scam their dean. i hate to waste paper.

day 44 WW jump

8x11", pencil. SOLD.

also, a deliberately unfinished pic, i'm afraid the rest is secret.

oooooh, SECRET.

Friday, April 13, 2012

43B sarah at the window

i love dogwoods. they even play a central role in DD3...
this is not a scene from DD3.

43 megatron

yup. megatron.
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

42b magik

this was my mood earlier:
8x11" pencil. SOLD.

42 chicken armor

stuck at the repair garage this morning, that always seems to compel me to draw WW in armor:
pencil, 8x11". $40 if you want it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

41 iron man

you'd never know it, based on most of my posts, but growing up i was a marvel reader.
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

40B tanks

sometimes a girl wants a pony, sometimes a girl wants to punch tanks.

today is a tank day.

8x11", SOLD.

40 who knows

no, really... who knows?
8x11, pencil. SOLD.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

39 she-ra

not a good (productive) weekend, but did this warmup sketch .
8x11", pencil. SOLD.

Friday, April 6, 2012

38 bellatrix lestrange

once again, i cannibalized one thing for another; the dress/hair is from my "closing night" story.
8x11", pencil. $40 if you want it.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

37 amethyst

i usually draw her younger, but there's nothing like variety:
8x11", pencil. SOLD.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

35 bedtime stories...

...that i tell my girls. some i made up just for them, some i wrote long ago as kid's books, and now they come in handy.

Monday, April 2, 2012

34 wonder woman

bonus daily doodle. didn't help me warm up, but it turned out nice.
8x11, pencil. SOLD.

33 balrog

8x11", pencil. SOLD.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

32 nick fury

"no, you may not have the mother*cking password!"
8x11, pencil. SOLD.