Friday, October 16, 2009

The Spirit

Here's my most recent and most successful attempt at a watercolor painting so far. With this one, it felt like something finally just clicked in my head and made figuring the whole thing out easier.

The Spirit is a great character and his creator, Will Eisner, has been a hero of mine since I was a young teenager. Don't let the gawd-awful Spirit movie fool you, the Spirit was a class act and the revived Spirit comic book that comes out from DC Comics is great. I've been reading it in trade and so far my favorite run on it has to be Darwyne Cooke's, so I highly encourage everyone to go pick it up. Good times. :)

Ok folks. Just have time for a quickie, so I better go. I have a book that's near completion on my drawing table that I need to finish up, so I'll blog again soon.

Have a grateful day!

Quote of the day:

"And Now.
Now is all we have or so they say.
And I am either thrilled
To be the one that's in my shoes.
Ot tethered to the tyranny of all of my to-do's.
No wonder no one gets to far from loneliness.

Oh here I go, I'm rolling up my sleeves.
Cause this is where I start deciding
Everything is alright and--
Oh, if it all comes down to expertise
Than this would be the book I'm writing:
How to take on terror till you find out that your brave.
How to watch the sun go down
And how not to behave."

--"How Not to Behave" by Christine Kane

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sketchcard: Poisen Ivy and 21st Birthdays

It's kinda sneaked up on me, but in ten days, I'll be 21. It's hard to believe a year has gone by so fast. My twentieth year was a great one and it was one filled with LOTs of changes, exciting opportunities, many firsts, and a few stupid mistakes that have helped me to grow and learn more about myself and my limits. 20 was a hell of a year for me, and I'm grateful for every single day of it--the good ones, the utterly amazing ones, and even the stupid ones and the bad ones. If anything, it was very memorable.

So I'm looking forward to being 21. Not so much because of being legally allowed to drink and purchase alcohol(well...ok, maybe just a little. What 20 year old doesn't look forward to that?--rhetorical), but because I cant wait to see what new possibilities this next year will bring. :)

On that note, I have no idea what I want for my birthday. Friends and family have asked me, but other than a car, modbook, xbox 360 elite....I cant think of anything I really really want(and all of those things are way to frickin' expensive, obviously. : P ). I've never really expected presents, so I'm always a little happily surprised when I get anything, even if its a 5 dollar toy. Presents are great, but I'd just be happy if a few close friends were able to hang out on the b-day.
Still, when people DO ask I never know what to tell them. But my friend Lauren had an idea: Since it IS the big 21--ask for alcohol. Raspberry liqueur, Liqueur filled chocolates, Jack Daniels, Amaretto, Mascotto wine, Champagne, a pack of wine coolers,etc. The last thing I want to sound like is a lush and it will take me probably a whole year to even work through even a small stash, but I can't think of anything else to ask for. There's not really anything I need or want other than the things I already have.

But even if I get nothing, I'll still be a very happy and lucky girl. I already have more at the age of 20 than I could ever have asked for. :)

Alright guys,
Hope your loving life and remembering to be grateful!

Until next time,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dustland Adventures

Just thought I'd post character designs I came up with not to long ago for a story I was planning to do....well, less of a story really and more of a concept.

I'm not much of a writer, but I just had an idea for a failed anthology I wanted to do and the first image that came to mind was this little boy in goggles, the dusty wind flying through his hair, riding a motorcycle with an old worn out biker.

Maybe someday I'll find the guts to sit down and actually write out a mini-comic for this image, but until then,I'll just enjoy it for what it is(and hope that you guys do to): an idea.

Cause thats where all stories start with an idea, right?

Alright guys,
Have fun and stay passionate.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Space Pilots And Learning Something New

So heres another attempt of watercolor painting I did a few months back. (With plenty of coaching from my friend Will Terrell. Thanks Will!). I've really have been trying hard to start doing full-on painting without using inks and, at first, it was really really hard. It's so much different than anything I'm used to. Even when I was back at Harrison Arts School, I mostly worked in graphite. But the more and more time I seem to practice, like with anything else in life, it starts to make more sense. It gets easier to spot my errors and find ways to correct them.

Learning anything new can seem impossible at first. But having someone around who has experience in whatever your weakness is can prove to be a huge asset. Surrounding yourself with people who are much better or skilled can be uncomfortable or daunting, but it can reap huge benefits when you both find you have something to teach each other. If I hadn't kept pestering Will for painting advice, I'm sure this would have been my last attempt at watercolor painting and it wouldn't have turned out half as good as it is now. It was frustrating, but very worthwhile to learn. And I'm still learning...

So at least now I have plenty of watercolor sketches to share with you folks over the upcoming weeks. As always, more to come....

Better get back to the drawing board.
Later Folks!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Mary Marvel


The Seductress


So, I know it's been MONTHS since my last update, but life has been rather crazy and busy once again. I finished a 40 page graphic novella for Harvard Business school in about six weeks, went through a month of burnout, and then more projects started pouring in again. And even though I've been living back at home with Mom again these last few months, my social life has been good....and the love life even more so. :D All of my time is spent drawing or goofing around at the end of the day with the Boyfriend, so happy times. :)

Right now I'm running on a deadline crunch and I have things that HAVE to get done PRONTO on my drafting table....but I have a new laptop and I just got a new scanner(issues with the old one working with Vista..ah Vista. ), and we finally have internet in the I'm running out of excuses as to why I can't update this blog. It's about damn time I just buckled down and posted something, so here ya go.

The first three painting were done on sketch cards(baseball card sized bristol paper) and the last is one of my first attempts at a watercolor painting from a few months back. As always please feel free to leave a comment, criticism, or any sketch requests in the comment section. Much more to come.

Alrighty, I better get back to work.
Have a great day everybody!