I will be in Dallas this weekend, for a bit of an inspirational respite/sabbatical. If you are a fan of Super Zeroes, or a webcomic artist in the DFW area, I would love to meet you. There will be two opportunities this weekend, hopefully you can make it out to at least one!
I’m getting a group of webcomics people together Saturday at Chipotle on 75 and Forest Lane in Dallas. We’ll be there from 7-10 probably. And Sunday night from 6:30-9:30 I’ll be at the Drink and Draw at the Flying Saucer. You can find more info for that on the drink and draw site HERE! I hope to see lots of awesome people this weekend. Hopefully you’ll be one of them!
Visit www.Lubbockcomics.com for more information Or check out our event on Facebook!!!
I can’t believe this is our 4th year doing this show! When we started this in 2008 there had never really been a strong comic book convention in this region, and we didn’t think it would last. But fans come from all around, and we’ve seen more and more attendees each year, and this year, we have more creators coming from out of town than ever before. I’m very excited about this show, especially since after last year, I wasn’t sure we’d get to have another one.
I hope that anyone checking this out, that lives close enough to drive, will come out and say Hi! I will be there with nearly everyone else from the Robot Cowboy studio! It’s going to be a great show!
Several of my friends from the Lubbock Sketch Club and from around town got together and pitched in to buy me a new drawing tablet to replace my old one that has been hurting my feelings for nigh on two years now. It was a complete surprise and a real blessing. Its a new Wacom Intuos 4 tablet. My old one was a 3. I didn’t even know they had 4′s out yet. Its pretty awesome, with a lot more short cut buttons and a touch ring that works as both a zoom, and can toggle through several other convenient options. Its really amazing.
Its been kind of rough month. But all of a sudden, I’m with a new laptop, with all new adobe suite, and a new drawing tablet. I’m really looking forward to diving 2010!
So this is my first official digital sketch with the new tablet. Amber is really into UFO’s and aliens right now, so I guess this drawing came out of that somehow. I think he’s cute. This was about an hour in Photoshop.
I hope everyone has a wonderful, blessed Christmas and New Years. Keep smiling!
I bring my sketchbook with me every where that I go, and I try to do at least one sketch each time. Its been a great learning tool and It’s been easier and easier to get into the practice the past few months because I have someone to draw with. I’m very lucky that my girlfriend Amber is also an amazing artist and my best friend. And one of our favorite things to do is draw people together. Last night we were out at Rosa’s Cafe for the awesome Taco Tuesday, and we picked out this amazing character to both draw.
I forget though, just how out of sorts it can seem for people to draw in public. Normally I sit off to the side where no one really notices, but last night we were on the isle and dozens of people were walking past and whispering and coming back to talk to us. Lol. I still think drawing from life in public is one of the best ways to develop your craft. It does take experience though to get used to the attention it sometimes brings. I’ve drawn thousands of caricatures in my career, with all sorts of crowds, so I’ve learned to work a room. But if you’re just starting out, just remember that to most people anything more than a stick figure is something to be admired, so drawing, at whatever skill level you’re at is worth sharing. Just remember to smile and have fun.
This is Kevin Krumplebottom, a sour old man with corn teeth and vinegar breath. He hobbles when he walks and wrinkles when he sits, and to the best that I can recall, was surly just about every moment of the day. I met Mr Krumplebottom when I was just a fresh faced young cartoonist hungrily seeking out the beginnings of a career in comics. I must have been 19 or 20, with dreams far bigger than my talents could muster. In my pursuit I was directed to Mr Krumplebottom for advice in starting up a business for my art. I remember doing my best impression of a professional, dressed neat and nice with my little business card and idea pad, showing up on time for the meeting and being led in by the secretary. With a quick cordial hello and a moment of overview. Mr Krumplebottom grumbled a bit and splayed about in his chair like a sack of loose potatoes, before finally leaning forward and postulating that “There is no money to be made in Art. You should do anything but become an artist…. ““In FACT,” he opined… “you should become an accountant!”
It was a very short meeting. Mr Krumplebottom, thanks for the advice. I don’t think I could have become an artist without you!
I met a new artist at the sketchclub a couple of weeks ago named Derrick Fleece. He’s new to town and a terrific artist. I’ve really enjoyed drawing with him. I snagged one of his sketches the other day and started noodling with colors on it digitally in photoshop. I like how it turned out. We’re both huge fans of Brian Stelfreeze, so i tried to dabble in the masters color palette. Nobody does it like mr Freeze though.
I love living in West Texas. Some people don’t much care for it, but I really do. Part of the reason is drawings like this. I’d say that about half the people I meet are complete and total characters unto themselves. They have no idea that they’re characters, which is the best part. So more often than not you’ll find me in restaurants or coffee shops, even grocery stores and the local walmart… just sketching away trying to capture these characters in my sketchbook. Its one of my favorite pastimes. I’ve been meaning to start posting more of these here. I guess this is as good a chance as any.
These sketches were done with red col erase pencil, and I added a little black to pop them out..