Christmas Shirts!

I gave several shirts as gifts for Christmas! Here are a few of them:

My mom wanted something related to the library, and loves Tomb Raider. Here's a natural combination. She's getting an alternate version that says "Tome Raider" too.

My mom wanted something related to the library, and loves Tomb Raider. Here’s a natural combination. She’s getting an alternate version that says “Tome Raider” too.

My brother grew a mustache for Movember, and shaved off half at the end of the month to highlight how much he'd grown. I loved the photograph he took, so I drew a collage propaganda-style shirt commemorating the event.

My brother grew a mustache for Movember, and shaved off half at the end of the month to highlight how much he’d grown. I loved the photograph he took, so I drew a collage propaganda-style shirt commemorating the event.

My young cousin really likes hippos, so I made him this shirt!

My young cousin really likes hippos, so I made him this shirt!

My aunt works for the EPA, so I thought a distressed recycling logo might be interesting.

My aunt works for the EPA, so I thought a distressed recycling logo might be interesting.

I also made a couple shirts for my friend Jacque’s wedding a couple months ago, here they are!

Jacque

jamesSMALL

 

My idea was that they could wear the shirts and stand next to each other, so the dinosaurs look at one another. I hope they like them!

I did a big digital portrait thing, but I don’t know if it’s been delivered just yet, so I’ll hold off on putting it up. It’ll happen soon, though.

I’ve been working on comics more than I have in a while, and very excited to. I got the first volume of Orc Stain for Christmas, and I love it. James Stokoe might just be comics incarnate. Couple that gift with the Sally Cruikshank DVD, and it’s pretty much the most inspirational set of Christmas gifts I could hope for!

Goog Redux

Remember that goog I was working on? That one was rejected, but here are the final ones I gave them. I sent these in ages ago – don’t know why I waited so long to post them.

Here’s the same guy as before.

Harry

Probably my favorite.

A cat.

I also did tone and lettering for my friend Skuds, here’s a sample page from that story:

He’s so good. it was really fun to work on this.

Read the full story here!

In other news there was a break-in at work:

So I mocked up a commemorative shirt:

Jerry is one of the owners of the company.

Otherwise, things have been good. I spent a lot of time today drooling over Hellen Jo’s art (which is something I do periodically.) I bought Jin and Jam #1 in LA two summers ago because it looked cool, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. She has a new book on her site, and I bought it today – pretty excited about it. I need to make more comics. I NEED TO.

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.

LUNCHZILLA

It’s been a few days! Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been up to!

Too gruesome for the amusement park? I don’t think so.

Cute teen couple.

Need to be careful with my colors, there.

Little girl who wanted a wilder caricature.

I think she liked it.

Trying to push that geometry!

Argh, should have given him some more wrinkles.

Combination soccer/cheerleader theme. Happy with those colors.

Lunchzilla! I was thinking about three people at work that day: James Stokoe, Brandon Graham, and Skuds McKinley.

Silly and quick.

Sweet kids.

Coworker’s girlfriend from a cell phone. I could have made her head even smaller.

Kind of the platonic child’s caricature, I guess.

One of my favorites this summer.

A really fast lunch sign.

Cute mom and son.

He was shy!

Playing around.

Here’s a scanned version, for your desktop background or whatever.

Otherwise, I’ve been laying out some serious comix, and freaking out because I read Black Blizzard by Tatsumi:

And it’s 128 pages long, right? He finished it in TWENTY DAYS. I clearly need to up my rate of production.

I’ll leave you with a good friend of mine.

I’m the one, I’m the one, I’m the one they call the ol’ Hoob Han

Like my Willie Dixon joke, reader?

Drawing was alright today, I don’t think i did anything incredible. Take a look!

Self portrait!

I wanted to try a Chris Chua effect! The hat/mouth works alright, but I wish I’d used a purple marker for the outline.

They loved it, though, which was nice.

Group of 4. I like the look of the black and gray markers, but could have done better on the upper right face. I didn’t leave enough room for the jaw, trying to do that merge thing.

They also liked it.

A couple celebrating their 30th anniversary. Alright drawing, but not as tight as some that I’ve done.

Here they are!

So, that’s it for today. I’m working on a caricature for Google tonight, so hopefully I’ll have that up here soon.

I bought myself a copy of The Push Man and Other Stories by Tatsumi, and New York, Mon Amour by Tardi, and love both. Ah, to be able to tell stories like that.

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.