100 Rogues is, in my humble opinion, pretty much the best game you can get for the iPod-iPhone-iPad. It’s a turn-based, arcade style, Rogue-like, so put things like “finishing”out of your head and just enjoy the sheer fun of playing the game. You’ll be glad you did. The whole game was created by just three guys, which kind of stuns me. Here’s a couple “fan art” pics I whipped up. (Something I DO NOT do very often, which once again speaks to my fondness for the game.) The first is of the “Fairy-Wizard” character and the second is (my interpretation) of the upcoming “Skellyman Scoundrel.” These were both done in Sketchbook Pro.
Lurid Pal, Wayne Alan Harold has set me up with a new WordPress Blog. It’s gonna take me some time to get it all up to snuff, so if anyone is still out there, hang tight.
In the MANY months since my last update, I’ve scored a 2010 Cintiq 21ux! It’s pretty much a dream to work on, so hopefully this will mean more doodles for you to enjoy. Look! Here’s some now… (All done in Sketchbook Pro.)
Lately I’ve been working more and more in the digital realm.
I picked up Sketchbook Pro 2010, Manga Studio Ex 4 and a brand spankin’ new Wacom Intuos 4 tablet to go with ‘em.
I really love the feel of drawing in Sketchbook Pro and can’t recommend it highly enough for those looking to take their sketchbook digital. It’s a fast, simple, intuitive program and pretty much a pure joy to use. Nothing I’ve tried yet can touch the feel of the pencil in this program. With the nice new surface of the Intuos 4, it’s as close to drawing on paper as you can get.
Manga Studio EX is definitely a bit more opaque, but once you put in the time, it yields some pretty nice results. Especially in the area of inking.
The top pic of doodles is from Sketchbook Pro, the bottom is an old sketch I imported into Manga Studio and inked. I’m still finding my way around the program, but I don’t think it looks too bad for a first attempt.
Well, I’ve caved in and started throwing up some stuff on ebay.
First up is some rare, unpublished preproduction art from GRENDEL: God & The Devil! Exciting, huh?!
Before starting art chores on Mat Wagner’s GRENDEL: GOD & THE DEVIL, John K. Snyder III and myself worked up a few sample pages to see how our styles would mesh. These 2 pages are penciled by me with inks by John and feature the title character, Eppy Thatcher as Grendel. Artwork consists of 2 sheets of 2ply bristol with a image size of approximately 10 X 15 inches each. Original art from this series is scarce these days, so don’t miss out on a chance to own a piece of GRENDEL history.
*BIG THANKS and congrats to Daniel Maull for his high bid!*
Well, it’s been so long I’m sure no one even remembers we were doing these things, but here’s “Joint Character Assassination” Number Three: Power Girl. It’s just about impossible to find time to draw these days, but when I DO find the time, I gotta say it feels good. I gotta start rearranging some of my priorities.
I pretty much like this one. It’s no mind-bender in the excitement category, but it’s fairly solid. It kinda reminds me of something I would’ve done about 10 years ago. I think I’m regressing…
As always, be sure to visit my partner in crime, ROB ULLMAN’S BLOG , to check out what I’m sure will be his more lively interpretation. Without his sporadic kicking me in the ass, I doubt I’d get even THIS much done.
Here’s an ODD-BALL piece I did back in 1992.
I think I had just finished inking the Mr. E mini series, for DC Comics, so when I was asked to do a piece for the Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special, naturally I did the Temptress and the Mister himself.
I was sure throwin’ a lot of lines around back then! I’m not completely ashamed of this stuff, but I am sort’ve stunned by what I considered, at that time, to be a good cheesecake drawing. I’ve ALWAYS liked to draw girls and my sketchbooks are crammed with ‘em but I get a little freaked out when I take these strolls down memory lane! And as much as I’d like to hide behind a lack of drawing ability, I really don’t think I can. At times, hell, most of the time, I just had a VERY odd idea of what a hot chick looked like. Crazy, furry eyebrows! Brutally angular faces! It’s all a little nuts! I’d like to think the girls I draw these days are pretty cute, but in 10 years who knows?
(Sitting here typing this has given me an idea. I’ve had a character named “Zetta” who apart from a brief stint in that long ago anthology book, THREAT! has pretty much only lived in my sketchbooks. I’ve been drawing her off and on since my days in art school, so this stuff will go BACK a ways. I may, given the time, scan in drawings of her from over the years, turn them into a collage and see what the progression looks like. It’ll either be mildly interesting or a colossal waste of time. I’ll let you, my three or four readers, be the judge.)
Anyway, I’ll also include this doodle from my sketchbook done around the same time.
Well, it took awhile (mostly my fault) but here’s Joint Character Assassination number two.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Jack Kirby’s Fourth World stuff. I’m old enough that I read most of it when it first came out, but as those were the days of spotty newsstand distribution, I inevitably missed the odd issue. I can’t recommend the new EDITIONS that DC is putting out right now highly enough. I’ve got the first 3 and I think the 4th and final volume drops near the end of this month.
Mister Miracle was probably my favorite comic as a kid and Big Barda and her Female Furies were a big reason why. So, when Chappy picked Lashina for the next piece, I was more than happy to go along with it.
Be sure to check out his Lashina, HERE!
I gotta admit, while I love this character, Kirby had a way of coming up with costumes that while awesome to look at, are kinda hard for anyone else to draw. I don’t really know why but this one kinda kicked my ass. I hope my solution isn’t too far off the mark.
I’ve known Will Pfeifer for over 20 years now.
It seems like just yesterday when I was inking away in a tiny Condo and Will would drop by and bust my chops. Hell, if he didn’t come by, I’d probably go weeks without seeing another living soul. We’d yak about music or movies or comics and then he would ask me for a Reeses’s Peanut-butter Cup. I always had a 20 pack in the fridge, and I would tell him, “But if I give you one, I’ll only have 19.”
I NEVER did give him one, it was a running gag after a while.
At that time, while Will was attending Kent State University, he used to plug away at a mini comic called: Violent Man. The art was pretty crude but amusing none the less. But what you REALLY noticed about it was the writing. Even way back then Will had a “voice” to his writing. I can remember back, sitting on the can, reading one of his little homemade mini’s and thinking to myself, this Kid could be the next Alan Moore. I may have been drunk, but the point’s still valid.
So, I’d be inking away and Will would be filling orders for his mini’s. He would receive these envelopes from people and inside would be a Quarter for the comic and a stamp to mail it back. The first time I saw one of these index cards with the Quarter and stamp taped to it, I HAD to have it. That thing hung on the wall of my studio for quite some time, and it gave me a chuckle every time I saw it.
Anyway, during one of the many lulls in paying gigs, Will offered to jump-start my career (It’s ALWAYS funny!) by offering me a cover gig. I did it as a “flip-up” cover because I was just too damn fancy to be confined to the dimensions of a mini-comic. I also did a centerfold (above) for another issue, or was it the same one, I can’t remember. (I threw some color at the cover for the hell of it. The original was of course reproduced in glorious Kinko’s Black & White.)
These days of course things have changed! Will is now the big time comics pro, and I’m the one content to self publish the odd mini from time to time. If you went back twenty years and told me this is how things would be in the future, I might not have believed you about myself, but I would have believed it about Will.
NEXT: Something NEW from Chappy & Me!