End of summer, beginning of fall

Haven’t updated this in a while! Points of news:

-I proposed to my girlfriend (she said yes, thank goodness). Exciting!

-Jupiter Jaunts is chugging along – we have ten posts so far, but Owen is a quick writer, so there’s a lot for me to draw!


-Those .gif files I mentioned a while ago are also coming along well! I’m excited to show them off soon – they’re a bit of a secret at the moment, but they’re so close to completion I can taste it. Here’s a super sneak preview of one of them:


-I have a tumblr now; I have no idea how much I’ll be using it. Feel free to follow it, if that’s the kind of thing you do.

-I turned twenty three! Here’s me looking like a birthday nerd:jacobis23


Space portrait!

I know it’s been seen by the recipient, so I’m happy to post it here! The portrait commissioned by one of my bosses:


Click to expand!

The one in the orange suit, punching the bear, is Ricky, one of the owners of the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company. The crying one (also in orange) is Jerry, his co-owner. The other two are screen printers at the company. Ricky wanted a badass portrait of his own, after Jerry got some pretty cool portrait photos taken.

Here’s the same drawing, without the lines:


I had a lot of fun coloring this one. Here are some in-process files, so you can see how it developed:

This was the 1st draft of the drawing, which Ricky OK'd.

This was the 1st draft of the drawing, which Ricky OK’d.

I started drawing directly over the rough sketch, adding as much detail as I could to the suit.

I started drawing directly over the rough sketch, adding as much detail as I could to the suit.

The suit begins to take form.

The suit begins to take form.

The nearly finished drawing, without color.

The nearly finished drawing, without color.


And again, the final product.

I think it went over well. Hopefully, at least! It’s easily the most ambitious digital drawing I’ve ever done (at full size it’s 400 dpi and 40 inches wide), and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Shirts I’ve made recently

I’ve been making a lot of shirts for the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company recently! Let me show you a few, separated into a couple categories.

Shirts I’ve designed entirely on my own:


See what you're looking for?

It's the Morrissey/Jaws mashup nobody asked for!

It’s the Morrissey/Jaws mashup nobody asked for!


Those four together are arranged so they spell out, “Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask!” I thought it would be fun to make shirts that stand on their own and also serve the purpose of (fairly boring) signage. I’m wearing “don’t” today, and it’s pretty fun.

I’ve designed several other shirts recently, but I don’t want to post them yet, since many are Christmas gifts. That’ll have to be a future post. Here are a couple shirts in the second category, though.

Shirts that were Jerry’s idea:

Best Buds

“Draw the US and Canada high fiving”

"Draw the statue of liberty holding a bong instead of her torch"

“Draw the statue of liberty holding a bong instead of her torch”

(Jerry is one of the owners, and my shirt boss.) I’ve also drawn several pretty graphic poop joke shirts for Jerry that I’m not posting here unless there’s incredible demand. I’ve got to protect my reputation somehow! Haha.

I’m working on a really big project tonight, trying to get it all finished. I’ll post it here when it’s done and presented to its eventual recipient!

First Retail Shirt! (UPDATED)

Here it is – the first shirt I was asked to make for retail sale. The idea was to make a shirt that looks like those airbrushed shirts you see in flea markets. Behold the Honey Boo Boo shirt:

Of course, I did feel like this was the definition of selling out, so here’s the alternate design, for those savvy art hipsters.

Ross Elfline, my fantastic ex-art history professor, pointed out that I had accidentally re-created Asger Jorn’s L’Avantgarde (Ne) Se Rende Pas!

I don’t have links for either shirt yet, but when I do, I’ll post them (not that I make any money off their sale, but still, I figure I might as well.)

In other news, Hellen Jo’s Deep Cut arrived, and it’s super beautiful! I think she’s easily the most artistically elegant of my comic book idols. I’m always looking for things to steal from her artistic methods.

UPDATE: Link here! http://stores.ebay.com/TheAnnArborTShirtCompany?_nkw=honey+boo+boo&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&LH_TitleDesc=on

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA10RFI7E4FIYNW&field-keywords=honey+boo+boo

Some Non-Comics Art I’ve Done

It occurred to me that I haven’t really uploaded any of my non-comics art before, so I thought I would, in case it’s interesting to anyone.

Here’s an acrylic self portrait from early Carleton, when I was still learning to paint.

My first pixel portrait.

My preferred pixel portrait.

Oil self portrait, which doubled as the cover to Issue 28 of the Carleton Graphic

A sculpture I made senior year – a simplified, Bridgeman-inspired arm repeated 5 times.

Here’s a shot of its base, which I was very happy with. The whole things was connected by some pretty delicate dowels and springs.

The hand was contoured to fit a hand about my size, giving it a pretty satisfying feeling.

Here I am, shaking hands with my creation.

This was an installation piece I did. Another “self portrait” – this one less flattering than my usual. A person would come up to these two vending machines in the basement of a campus building. Next to these machines are a couple chip/snack machines.

Between the machines you see a pair of legs?

To the right of the machines you see some chip bags/loose change scattered around.

You circle toward the back, increasingly curious.

This is what you see! (Yes, he is anatomically correct.)

His face, with flash.

This was the sketch for that piece.

Sadly, I was only able to keep the head. Here’s Andreas of Pussy Goes Grrr modeling it.

Otherwise, I’ve been reading a lot. Highly recommended things I’ve read recently:

-Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly

-Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

-Adele Blanc-Sec by Jacques Tardi

-Nonnonba by Shigeru Mizuki

(Re)read Fantagraphics’ first volume of Segar’s Popeye reprints – incredible cartooning.