Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Inkings and Better Resolution Files

Hi, I hope everyone on the East Coast is okay... Hurricane Sandy was intense and I am
very fortunate that I moved out of Long Island when I did. (My friends said the streets were filled with 5 feet of water!)

I got my power and I am able to update some new inkings based on drawings from John K's blog.  Here they are...

This is my last inking I did, I felt there is some inconsistencies around the bottom half of Slab, notely his right leg should be more bold on the outlines.

I am going to redo this one, there is many inconsistent lines on both figures.

This one I thought came out well, the lines for the details and outlines are consistent.

The lines on the face of the cat is inconsistent. Also most of the lines aren't direct, they are wavy. The spoon and hands are sloppy.
I want to redo this one.

These came out well.  The one on the left is slightly bolder than the one on the right.

This one came out well, took awhile to do George...

Lastly, this was my first inking.  The lines are too bold, but I feel that I have improved greatly since this one.

That's it for now, hope everyone who survived Sandy is doing fine.  I still can't believe the cyclone is underwater, that's surreal.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Slab Inking

Here is an inking of John K's character, Slab.

I will post more inkings soon and also a piece I have been working on.

Here are my attempts inking two of John K's drawings in Toon Boom.  
First is the finished product, then the comparison and lastly the original drawing.

Here is my 2nd attempt...

This is my first time inking so any advice from anyone is appreciated.  I am going to practice the exercises John posted on his blog so that I could refine my understanding about how line defines form.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mural with Stephen Booth

This is a mural I painted with Stephen Booth. I did the devil child and Stephen did the
angel dog.  There is plenty of weird gags in it.  This is Stephen's website,, he is a very talented artist/cartoonist/musician.
Stephen and I have been talking cartoons, jamming out and drawing together so
there will be more collaborations in the near futureeee....

Up-Close Shot

Side View

Far Away Shot (Stephen's photo)

This is one prior to us hanging and painting the final piece.
Photo is by Stephen as well.

That's it for now I will update more soon...

Baby Shower Invitation

 My co-worker and friend, Christine Shilling, wanted me to design
a baby shower card for her friend.  Here is the result...

Here is in ink.

Here is the card and the font inside.  Christine chose the font and colors.
She had the colors, composition and subject all chose out for me.  It was
a pleasure to work with someone as organized as her.

The front of the envelope

Christine took the pattern I used for the leaves and made this beautiful
abstract design for the back of the card.

Here are some close-ups...

Tree waves goodbye....

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Student Mural and Shirts

This year I substitute taught several times at Explore Charter School in Brooklyn.
Most of the staff and students there knew I could draw and I offered to help
create art for Explore school's talent show, "Explore Idol."

Ms. Welch enjoyed the idea and here is some art I did...

First I created several posters for the event, I think 25 screenprinted.
It was inspired by the "American Idol" logo.

After those posters I created about 36 t-shirts with the
Explore Idol logo in a variety of colors for the students
and staff to wear.

Lastly, I was asked to paint a background inspired by a beach.
The background had to be BIG, 6' x 8', and I was only
given black paper to paint on.  Also I only had 4 hours to do it, so I had the
students help me paint.  Here are the results...

As you can see, the mural was too big to fit on my camera, but
it came out beautifully.  The students did an excellent job with their help, I wish
I took pictures of the process.

Here it is hung outside.

And here are some students performing in front of it.

Working on this mural with the kids was my proudest moment being a substitute teacher this year.  Many times this year, I had to tell the students to keep on task and control  any misbehavior during my sub lessons.  During this project, the students wanted to help me get this feat done and they did with such grace.  They worked together and focused less on blaming each other on mistakes.  If someone "screwed up", I would always come up with a solution to fix that problem.  It was an amazing experience, which made me realize the importance of teaching and also helped me feel more close to the community of Explore Charter School.

Window Art!!!

Here is an old window painting I did last winter at my old
job at Lucky 777 Chili....

Outside View

Inside View

My bosses, Lou and Chris, allowed me to paint on their store window.
It was fun, Lou knew the cartoon character that inspired my Santa.

Could you guess which cartoon character I referenced in this painting?

And on the front door...

More art soon...