Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Witch hunter with a man catcher

Oops... I totally thought I posted this.  I haven't been posting much since Rose City, which is kind of insane because I've been very productive.  I've just been wrestling with some stuff that's a lot bigger than I am.  My apologies.

Speaking of, while I was at that show, a woman asked me to draw one of her characters -- a stocky Asian with a sasumata and Kabuki face paint.  That's all the information she gave me to work with.  It wasn't until she came by to pick up the drawing that I found out this is her new Dungeons & Dragons character.  Somehow I think that makes it so much cooler.  That's a very personal relationship -- a player and their character.

Friday, November 1, 2013

But it's cold outside!

I know I've been absent, especially on the last few installments of Free Art Friday, but I just had to post this week's! This is really the only time I've had any idea who found the drawing.

I released the drawing in a movie theater and not long afterwards the person who found it sat down two rows ahead of me and seemed to be discussing it with her friends.  Felt kinda cool.  I was giddy before the movie even started!

As for the drawing -- it's starting to get cold here in Portland.  Time to drag out the big winter coats and beanies and ear muffs and scarfs and gallons of hot tea.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Shields up!

I know I said I'd post this before I hid it in the world, but I've suddenly got a lot of work to prepare in a short amount of time, and I just kind of forgot.  I did manage to get out and drop it off in the world on Friday though.

This week's drawing was another warrior girl.  I realized I've been drawing a lot of girls with weapons, so I might have to mix it up for next week's offering.  That's still a few days off, however, so we'll see -- I can't seem to plan that far ahead these days.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pisces

And here she is; the last of the Celestial Cuties in my zodiac series.  I'm actually kind of proud of this piece above all the others, but mostly because whenever I've seen a personification of Pisces, she's almost always a mermaid.  I'm just happy that I found some other schtick to go with.  I hope you've enjoyed them!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Free Art Friday

Last week a friend clued me into this thing called "Free Art Friday."  The basic premise is that artists all over the place will take a piece of their work out into the world and leave it for someone to find.  Viola!  Free art.  On Fridays.  I decided to take part; it sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

This is my inaugural drawing for Free Art Friday.  I left it in a cafe after I had breakfast with a friend.  I can't help but wonder what happened to it.

I'll be posting the future drawings before I go hide them, so check back to see what goodies I'll be unleashing.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Aquarius

As we approach the end of the celestial cuties we find ourselves gazing upon Aquarius -- the water bringer.  Though she appears towards the end of the list, she was the first sign I completed.  The fact that she's my sign might have something to do with that.  Then again, it could be purely coincidental.  (Probably not.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Capricorn

I just realized that I haven't finished posting the zodiac girls, so I'll try to wrap those up this week.  The antepenultimate girl in the series is Capricorn -- the goat.  She may be one of my favorite, and I can't exactly explain why.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rose City Comic Con 2013: My Cutting-room Floor

Rose City Comic Con is less than two weeks away and I'm about halfway to panic.  Productivity is in full swing and I'm cranking things out just as fast as my fingers will let me.  Still, not everything makes the grade.  This is an illustration I started and then abandoned in favor of a better version.  Want to see what I decided to go with?  Come see me at table B-09 at Rose City in two weeks.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Vroom! Vroom! Va-va-vroom!

A dear friend of mine had a birthday a few months ago (as I'm sure she does every year) and set out to make her a personal piece of art that she'd love.  As is my way.  This is what I gave her.  I'm a little late in posting it because, well, I'm a slacker?  Sure.  Let's go with that.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Depression


Seems I've been talking to a lot of people about depression lately.  I think a lot of the problem is that there's some confusion between situational depression and clinical depression.  I could blather on endlessly about my thoughts on the matter, but I once found the following piece of writing and I think it does a much better job of cutting to the heart of the matter.  I've never been able to identify the original author, but whoever they might be I just want to say thank you.

"Depression is humiliating. It turns intelligent, kind people into zombies who can’t wash a dish or change their socks. It affects the ability to think clearly, to feel anything, to ascribe value to your children, your life-long passions, your relative good fortune. It scoops out your normal healthy ability to cope with bad days and bad news, and replaces it with an unrecognizable sludge that finds no pleasure, no delight, no point in anything outside of bed. You alienate your friends because you can’t comport yourself socially, you risk your job because you can’t concentrate, you live in moderate squalor because you have no energy to stand up, let alone take out the garbage. You become pathetic and you know it. And you have no capacity to stop the downward plunge. You have no perspective, no emotional reserves, no faith that it will get better. So you feel guilty and ashamed of your inability to deal with life like a regular human, which exacerbates the depression and the isolation. 

Depression is humiliating. If you've never been depressed, thank your lucky stars and back off the folks who take a pill so they can make eye contact with the grocery store cashier. No one on earth would choose the nightmare of depression over an averagely turbulent normal life. It’s not an incapacity to cope with day to day living in the modern world. It’s an incapacity to function. At all. If you and your loved ones have been spared, every blessing to you. If depression has taken root in you or your loved ones, every blessing to you, too. 

Depression is humiliating. No one chooses it. No one deserves it. It runs in families, it ruins families. You cannot imagine what it takes to feign normalcy, to show up to work, to make a dentist appointment, to pay bills, to walk your dog, to return library books on time, to keep enough toilet paper on hand, when you are exerting most of your capacity on trying not to kill yourself. Depression is real. Just because you've never had it doesn't make it imaginary. Compassion is also real. And a depressed person may cling desperately to it until they are out of the woods and they may remember your compassion for the rest of their lives as a force greater than their depression. Have a heart. Judge not lest ye be judged.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Getting Back to Work

I haven't posted anything in two months?  How did that happen! I took some time off, got busy, got distracted, and then got busy again.  Still, hard to believe it's been so long.  I do apologize.

So, in hopes that you'll forgive me, I offer you this.  It's the (colored) first page of the comic I'm working on with my buddy Owen.  Remember when I wanted to do the whole book like this?  What was I thinking?

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Day at the Beach

Working with watercolor has always kind of stressed me out, and since I can't always get out to the beach to relax, I figured I'd do the next best thing.  Continuing my experimentation with watercolor magically transported me to warmer, dryer weather.  I think I'm getting the hang of this.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

En Garde?

Sometimes I find myself stuck with nothing much else to do, a sketchbook, and my watercolor kit.  When that happens, how could I not spend my time making silly little drawings?  These little paintings are getting fun.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Knopka

A friend was having trouble with some inking materials, so I did some troubleshooting on my own to see if I could replicate the issues he was having.  Now, I don't normally ink my girls -- there's no real good reason, I just don't do it.  I think it might go away my natural tendencies towards drawing, but I'm kind of liking the experience.

Also, there's this weird thing that happens when my friends and I go out: invariably someone will say something ridiculous, and then it's just a matter of time before someone draws that ridiculous thing.

That being said, I'd like to introduce you to Knopka.  She's a go-go-dancing space-cowboy pirate.  You heard me.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Вортекс

I've been hinting at a comic project that I'm working on, and while I'm not ready to share my progress with the world at large quite yet, I thought y'all might like a peek at one of the designs.  I'll leak more when I've made some more progress.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Morning Stretches II

So, I know of I kind of just posted this image, but after my last post someone commissioned me to do a colored version of it.  Redoing this piece was pretty exciting to see what's changed in the style in the past year.  Also, I really enjoyed working in watercolor again.  It was fun.  I think I'll have to do this some more.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Morning Stretches

The coloring of my comic is coming along as well as could have been expected -- which is to say it's a ton of work.  So, again, I'm pulling from the archives to hold you over.

I wish I looked this cute in the morning.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Knee Deep in the Vortex

If you've known me for longer than a week you know that I'm not known for making things easy on myself.  To that end, this is a sneak peek into a project that I'm working on that may very well kill me.

I can't wait until I have more to show you!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Harriet Tubman


"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
-Harriet Tubman

1820 - 10 March 1913


Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made more than thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage.

As a child in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten by masters to whom she was hired out. Early in her life, she suffered a severe head wound when hit by a heavy metal weight. The injury caused disabling seizures, narcoleptic attacks, headaches, and powerful visionary and dream experiences, which occurred throughout her life. A devout Christian, Tubman ascribed the visions and vivid dreams to revelations from God.

In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was called) "never lost a passenger". Large rewards were offered for the return of many of the fugitive slaves, but no one then knew that Tubman was the one helping them. When the Southern-dominated Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, requiring law officials in free states to aid efforts to recapture slaves, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada, where slavery was prohibited.

When the American Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina. After the war, she retired to the family home in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents. She became active in the women's suffrage movement in New York until illness overtook her. Near the end of her life, she lived in a home for elderly African Americans that she had helped found years earlier.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Coretta Scott King

"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that is seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity, and personhood."
-Coretta Scott King

27 April 1927 - 30 January 2006


Coretta was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. The widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Mrs. King played a prominent role in the years after her husband's 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women's Movement and the LGBT rights movement.


Coretta Scott King played an extremely important role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin wrote of her that, "I am indebted to my wife Coretta, without whose love, sacrifices, and loyalty neither life nor work would bring fulfillment. She has given me words of consolation when I needed them and a well-ordered home where Christian love is a reality." However, Martin and Coretta did conflict over her public role in the movement. Martin wanted Coretta to focus on raising their four children, while Coretta wanted to take a more public leadership role.

Coretta Scott King took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and took an active role in advocating for civil rights legislation. Most prominently, perhaps, she worked hard to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Coretta Scott King broadened her focus to include women's rights, LGBT rights, economic issues, world peace, and various other causes. As early as December 1968, she called for women to "unite and form a solid block of women power to fight the three great evils of racism, poverty and war", during a Solidarity Day speech.

As leader of the movement, Mrs. King founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. She served as the center's president and CEO from its inception until she passed the reins of leadership to son Dexter Scott King.

Coretta Scott King was also under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1968 until 1972. Her husband's activities had been monitored during his lifetime. Documents obtained by a Houston, Texas television station show that the FBI worried that Coretta Scott King would "tie the anti-Vietnam movement to the civil rights movement." A spokesman for the King family said that they were aware of the surveillance, but had not realized how extensive it was.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wonder Woman!

For various reasons I've had to draw Wonder Woman a number of times over the years, but I have to say, I think this may be one of my favorites.  Actually, I think this may be one of my favorite drawings anyway.  It's nothing particularly special, but there are just a few small things that I'm really pleased with.  At any rate, I dug it out of the archives because I realized I hadn't shared it with you good folks.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hot August Nights

Dude.  I totally forgot these drawings existed until I found them buried in a hard drive.  I had done a drawing on the reverse (that you can kind of see the ghost of) that a good friend showed fond interest in.  I ripped the page out of my sketchbook then and there and handed it to her.  Thankfully she was willing to scan the pages for me and send them to me... which is where I (apparently) forgot about them entirely.  Whoops.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Josephine Baker

"A violinist has his violin, a painter his palette.  All I had was myself.  I was the instrument I must care for."
-Josephine Baker

3 June 1906 - 12 April 1975

Josephine was an American-born dancer, singer, and actress.  Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, she became a citizen of France in 1937.  Fluent in both English and French, Baker became an international musical and political icon.  She was given such nicknames as the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and the "Creole Goddess".

Baker was the first African-American female to star in a motion picture, Zouzou (1934), to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer.  She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for receiving the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

After King's assassination, his widow Coretta Scott King approached Baker in Holland to ask if she would take her husband's place as leader of the American Civil Rights Movement.  After many days of thinking it over, Baker declined, saying her children (she had twelve children, all of which were adopted) were "too young to lose their mother."

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Rosa Parks

This year for Black History Month I'm going to highlight a different player in the steady march towards civil rights.  These women were strong and steadfast in their belief in equality, and they still have plenty to teach us today.  Regardless of how you feel about black history being relegated to a single month, this is important American history and we'd do well to keep these lessons in mind as we continue to fight for equality.


"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
-Rosa Parks


4 February 1913 - 24 October 2005

Mrs. Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement."  She's most well known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama on 1 December 1955.  This act of civil defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols in the Civil Rights Movements.

After her many years of service to the cause of equality she received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.  Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman -- and second non-U.S. government official -- to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Love

The Gun Show is a project geared towards raising awareness of a greater need for gun safety and an even greater need to sharply decrease violence.  Artists from around the country have contributed designs for posters, which are for sale at reasonable prices.  I'm proud to say that I've taken part in this initiative.

You can buy my poster here.

The rest of the great posters can be found here.

Stop by.  Check them out.  And spread the word!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fangirl: The Process Gif

I took some photos while I was working on that ginormous pastel piece I did and I decided to share them with you as an animated gif.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fangirl!

Muse Art + Design here in Portland has started to showcase local artists in one of their shop windows.  The idea is to give each artist a month to display a piece of art that measures 4' x 4' and wouldn't you know it?  I got the inaugural month!  Since most of my pieces are digital (with the occasional marker and water color piece) the first question I asked myself was "how on earth am I going to do a four-foot drawing?"  Chalk pastels were the answer.  I figured I spend enough time trying to emulate them I might as well actually use them at some point.

So I commandeered the living room floor, locked the dogs out, and spent a weekend crawling around and playing with chalk.  I'm not gonna lie, I felt like a kid again.

If you're in the area you should stop by and check it out (the folks at Muse are real nice), but if not, you can at least follow the project at www.16sqft.com It should prove to be a great community show!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sagittarius

Sagittarius! The archer!  Well, actually, the centaur archer, but I thought that might look kind of weird to give her a horse body as well.  She'd be kind of out of place with the rest of the lot, I think.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cutie Cthulu!

Man! Talk about one from the archives!  This is one of the first pieces I did once upon a time.  I thought I had lost this little wonder but I unearthed it while digging through files deep in my hard drive.  You can see how certain parts of the style have evolved over the past few years.  Moving on...

A friend suggested I draw her as a Cthulu-riddled she-beast and I really couldn't pass it up.  I mean, who could, really?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Demon to some. Angel to others.

Back in October (wow, I'm really keeping current aren't I?) my mom celebrated her birthday, so I decided to draw her a picture.  What did I draw?  Was it a sensitive portrait?  Was it a luscious landscape?  Was it a beautiful and touching reminder of our beloved family pet?  Nope.  I drew Pinhead. From Hellraiser.  Because that's how we roll.

P.S. She loved it.  And how could she not?  Look at how adorable this terrifying hell spawn is.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First Grade!

Back during Halloween I came across what was probably the best costume I've ever seen.  I think costumes tend to go a little too adult or a little too gruesome, so this was such a breath of fresh air.  She's a kid on the first day of first grade and her parents let her dress herself.  It was so adorable.  It was heart melting. I had to share it with you good folks sooner or later.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mad Maxine

I love digging through my wardrobe and coming up with new costumes and characters.  Even more than that I love digging through someone else's wardrobe because I can't help but come away with new characters and inspiration.  I think I was going for something post-apocalyptic with this one, but it was still so much fun coming up with it.  "Mad Maxine" is perhaps a little too... cheesy... so I'll let you know when I come up with something better.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Scorpio

Carrying on with the Zodiac leads us to Scorpio.  I couldn't help myself -- I had to make her a little squishier than the rest.  (I don't really know why though.)

Larger projects are eating up all of my time, but I'm trying not to neglect my poor little blog.  Hopefully there will be neat things to share in the immediate future!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Suzette

This is Suzette.  She's my favorite character from the comic project I just started working on.  I'll have a lot of good updates to share with you kind folk in the not too distant future. At the very least you'll get to see some of the other character sheets.

P.S.
Suzette looks a lot like Victoria Cross.  Incidentally I may change her name to Victoria as a result.