I’m a little over halfway into this brown paper sketchbook. I’ve enjoyed working on midtone paper, but the size of the book is just a little bit too small. I tend to only put one to one and a 1/2 figures per page, which is a challenge for composing sketches together. I’m hoping that by the time I finish the book I’ll be more comfortable in this size format.
These are a few of my favorite lunch sketches from this week. I really like the first guy, I drew him tonight. I could really see the shapes on his face the moment he sat down. I love it when that happens.
I was a guest at Texas Comic Con this weekend in San Antonio. I had a great time meeting other comic creators, and finding some new fans. I even sold some Super Zeroes original art and that really made for a great convention!
Photo by Reed Gunther colorist Josh Ulrich – who kept me sane at the table Saturday
Probably the hi-light of my weekend was getting to tour Antarctic Press and meeting all the people behind the scenes at one of the oldest comic book publishers in the industry. Even better was hanging out with Brian and Julia Denham afterwords and hearing Brian tell stories about working in comics back in the day for Rob Leifeld, Marc Silvestri and Wildstorm. Makes me feel better about my past experiences working in studios. Everyone I’ve met at Antarctic is super nice and down to earth. They’re just having fun doing what they love. My thanks to Ben Dunn for introducing me to everyone!
The last couple years have been such a change for me. I always went to conventions just to try to make money, and sell books and meet fans. Which is a good goal. But I never socialized all that much. Now I make it an effort to meet other creators when I come to a show, and to hang out with them afterwords, and stay in touch long after. I love seeing how other artists and writers solve the same problems I often struggle with as a creator. Making comics is such a lonely job, its nice to finally feel like I’m not alone. I’m also glad that my art (and ego) seem to be at a place where other creators don’t mind being around me.
This was an enjoyable show, and I’m really glad I got to go. My greatest thanks go to Austin and Amanda Rogers for letting me crash with them this weekend. I really enjoyed catching up. They are such a talented couple, and I look forward to seeing them get more awesome year after year. Thanks for having me as a guest!
Here is some art from the weekend:
Terminator Doodle while it was slow…
A happy customer..
I don’t draw sexy girls as much as I used to, but seeing how well their prints sell at convention, I’m temped to. Here’s a catwoman commission from this show…
Its quickly becoming my favorite thing to sketch people in costume at comic conventions. Several of my artists friends have challenged me to do a book collection of my sketchbooks. So there’s a good chance you’ll see that from me this year. Here are a few of my favorites from this weekend…
I saw this girl wearing unusual shorts, like a pinup model from the 40′s. So I tried to design the pose to reflect that. I like how she turned out.
Sketching people in the wild. I just really like people.
These sketches are a few weeks old. I’ve got a new favorite thing, which is drawing people in costume at Comic Conventions. These are a few of my favorites from Dallas Comic Con back in May.