Laser Lunch

My most recent lunch sign.

I have today off again due to weather stuff, so I’m working and watching Lord of the Rings. My headache is mostly gone now, too.

Here’s a picture I took of my close friend and roommate last night. I think it might be the best picture ever taken in the history of photography.

Taking it easy today

So, today is my day off. I have a bit of a headache so I’m relaxing and applying for jobs. Here are a few caricatures I’ve done recently:

Friendly couple

A quick sketch of a kid my boss was drawing – I like the direction this took.

Sketch of my boss. I’m especially happy with those teeth. Geometric simplification is the route I like to take!

Unflattering self portrait, trying more of that simplification and exaggeration.

Lunch in space! Apologies to Virgil Finlay, of whom I was thinking as I drew this.

I created a LinkedIn account for myself, which you can see here if you’re interested. Not a ton going on otherwise, which is alright for my day off.

I’ve been reading a lot of Justice League International, the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire tour de force from the late 80′s. I love it so much. Excellent writing, excellent art.

As always, I’ve been obsessing over my favorite comics writer/artist, Kyoko Okazaki. I need to finish Tokyo Girls Bravo, which I am reading in French, as I have had to read all of her books. Come on, Fantagraphics! Get some English translations out!

A little web searching once again reconfirms that shitty comic book movies are not at all limited to America. A live action version of Helter Skelter is being released, and its trailer makes me so upset. Such an orgy of maximalism and quick cuts (and terrible music). Totally the antithesis of Okazaki’s work; a movie adaptation of Helter Skelter or any of her books would be so much more carefully done.

That’s it for today, I have some dishes to wash and a floor to vacuum.

Slow and rainy today.

Here are a few caricatures I’ve done over the past few days. It’s been slow, as is the norm for this summer, but I’ve been happy with some of the ones I’ve done.

If you want to see someone whose work I just find incredible and highest-level, I recommend looking at the caricatures of Chris Chua. He’s at a level most people could only aspire to. Looking at his work always blows me away.

I’ve only been drawing caricatures for three summers, with no real practice during the rest of the year. I’ve gotten a lot better since I started (I’m too embarrassed to show some of my early drawings) but I still have a long way to go before I’m at the level of people I admire like Kira Layli Moore or the aforementioned Chris Chua. Comics are definitely my primary interest, but doing caricatures is so much fun, and has easily been my favorite job.

Since the park has been so slow, I’m planning on taking my sketchbook in more often so that I can work on comic layouts in my downtime. I hate being bored at work, so this way I’ll be a bit more productive.

Where are the comics?

If you know me at all, you may wonder why my site has not featured any comics so far. The most basic answer is that this summer has not been particularly profitable, so I’ve been trying to make shirts and look for/apply to jobs during my free time. I have been planning and working on comics, though, so as soon as things stabilize a bit I will have some here. Until then, here’s a couple of my old favorites, and I encourage you to look at my archives at Carleton Graphic!

Habit Forming (click to expand)

I Woke Up With Laser Eyes (click to expand)

Monster Comix (click to expand)

I’d especially encourage you to read James Dreams of Power (click to read)

Click to read!

I’d also encourage you to read the Samantha Back stories I wrote for my final art comps at Carleton, keeping in mind that they’re three isolated stories in a greater narrative I’m still working on.

Click to read!

Please feel free to leave comments and feedback!

Shirt for my boss!

I made a shirt for my boss, which I call, “creative juices!” Here it is!

The boss!

Lots of pink juices.

I tried to add some yellow highlights, pretty happy with them.

I actually had to go over the black lines twice, because my first marker was dying.

I also won a contest on for my Morrissey shirt! The prize is more markers, so that’s pretty ideal.

Recent stuff

So there’s been such hot weather, I haven’t been doing as many caricatures as I had hoped to. I have, though, done a few art things I’m happy with.

Skeletor Dogs

Skeletor Dogs – a commission for my friend Owen.

Team Rocket shirt for the Hoob Han Etsy shop.

Wilde is on Morrissey's side

Wilde is on Morrissey’s side – shirt for the Hoob Han Etsy shop.

Tintin, You Are The Quarry

Tintin, You Are The Quarry shirt for my girlfriend.

As far as caricatures go, I’ve done a couple I like. Here they are!

Here’s a drawing I did to warn people I’m away at lunch, hunting the fabled Morrissey fish:

Another lunch sign:

After work:

And finally: