Thursday, October 30, 2014

InkTober Day 30: The Headless Horse Man

Riding out the rest of this InkTober with the Halloween theme and you can't do any Halloween riding without a headless horse man!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

InkTober Day 29: Juice Box For A Zombie

I guess I can't get through InkTober without drawing at least one Halloween related comic. I give you "Juice Box for a Zombie"

I'll have to admit this messed up thought has been rattling around in my brain ever since my first daughter was born. Have you ever seen the soft spot of a baby's head? It's disgusting!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

InkTober Day 28: The Prince of Dark Knits and InkTober Day 12: Playing Ketchup

Just when I thought the tank was empty I came up with  TWO COMICS for today!

I give you "The Prince of Dark Knits" for today's entry.

And "Playing Ketchup" for when I had to travel on the 12th and wasn't able to draw.

Feels good to be caught up!

Monday, October 27, 2014

InkTober Day 27: End of My Rope

You wouldn't know it by this drawing but I'm feeling pretty optimistic about getting through my first InkTober. I would like to get one more really good comic before the week is out and finish on a high note but I can't force it. Whatever happens happens...we shall see what springs out of my head space.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

InkTober Day 25 and 26: Ode to the Spleen and Marathon Man

Coming down the home stretch on InkTober and I do believe I'm close to the end of my rope when it comes to ideas. Spent a lot of time just staring into space today not knowing what to draw before I ended up redoing "Ode to the Spleen". If I'm redoing this piece I know the tank is about empty...

My daughter busted me on it. "Daddy you already drew that." And anyone who's been to my house has seen this one so I might as well come clean. I originally drew this on a dry erase board in my kitchen about 20 years ago and there it's remained ever since. Don't ask me why I like it, I just do. I know it's weird. This one is for me and I wanted a better version.

Thanks to Josie calling me out, it got me thinking about the marathon that is InkTober, actual marathons and how fat I am and this comic came to mind.

InkTober is very much like a marathon. Coming up with a new idea is pretty tough and I'm exhausted. I think my wife was done by week two! Thanks Jess for putting up with my nonsense. It's almost over...just gotta stumble along for 5 more days until my fat ass collapses across the finish line.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

InkTober Day 24: Duct Lips

To all the girls posting selfies with duck lips, might I suggest these duct lips instead.

Friday, October 24, 2014

InkTober Day 23: Sweet Revenge

Little behind on the post but here's yesterday's. This one proved to be a technical challenge to pull off in ink but I think it works. I'm glad I bought the gray pens. The only black I used was when I signed it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

InkTober Day 22: Bicuspids! Yee-HA!

Day 22 in the InkTober series!  Two thirds of the way through and I'm still hanging in there! Yee-HA!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

InkTober Day 21: Cos Play

Hopefully my drawing is good enough to carry this joke... I'm no caricaturist. I'll probably go back and rework it in full color after InkTober is over.

Monday, October 20, 2014

InkTober Day 20: Behind The Eight-ball

I'd barely posted the last InkTober saying I was behind the eight-ball when this baby popped into my head. Got it done and posted with 10 minutes to spare too...must be my lucky day!

InkTober Day 19: Mocking Bird of Misery

I do believe InkTober is starting to snowball out of control on me folks. Yesterday I was wiped and couldn't think of a darn thing. Laid on the couch and watched some Ren and Stimpy. Finally came up with this one, that I just finished and now I'm behind the eight-ball for today!  YAY!

Sometimes you just feel like crushing something with an anvil.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

InkTober Day 17 and 18: The Devil Is In The Dust Bin

Had to do a double post today. As I mentioned earlier I had family in town for my daughter's birthday and it made studio time difficult. Got the inks done though, so here they are.

For the first, I was thinking of all of the difficulties InkTober has presented once the month got under way. Life gets in the way of drawing time. Sounds simple to do an ink drawing a day but I'd like for the things I draw to have some sort of interest to people. "The devil is in the detail," as they say. And that sparked this comic.

For the 2nd, I kept it simple and drew my daughter for her 2nd birthday. I lack the speed to do a realistic rendering of her and since I'm mainly a cartoonist I wanted to stick to that anyway. So I drew her in the style I drew myself in avatar form. Here's the little cutie. She's even cuter in real life if I do say so myself.

Friday, October 17, 2014

InkTober Day 16: Cray Cray

To say that The New England Craisins were bitter over the success of their West Coast rivals, is an understatement...the violence would eventually escalate into the East Coast - West Coast fruit wars that would plague fruit throughout the rest of the 80's.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

InkTober Day 15: Monkey Mod and Crablor

My InkTober 15th drawing, features my new favorite web comic, Monkey Mod and Crablor. It's the "the way-cool, far-out comic adventures of Monkey Mod & His Friends as written and illustrated by Kevin Cross and Mark Rudolph". It's been a fun read so far and I look forward the Wednesday updates. Check it out and buy a shirt! Kevin even makes great YouTube videos. Yesterday's was all about inking and I tried to use some of the techniques in this illustration. I haven't quite mastered the brush pen but I'm learning.

In other news, there's been another monkey wrench thrown into the InkTober works for me. My parents are visiting for my daughter's 2nd birthday and are staying in our spare bedroom, a.k.a. the basement, a.k.a. my studio space. It's going to make getting the drawing done all that much harder but I'm determined to soldier on! If there's any hiccup in my giddyup this is why.  To say InkTober has been a challenge is an understatement.  FUN! But it's a lot harder than I thought to do one drawing a day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

InkTober Day 14: Enter The Sphincter

It's a turd! It's a stain! Ah, it's just another asshole in a cape.....

Yes, dear friends this is indeed an ass in a cape. Actually it's the cover of The Caped Sphincter #1. A self published comic I made in June 1996 and sold locally in a shop in Baltimore. Some how it sold 25 copies out of the 50 I made. I would have been pretty if it sold one copy but 25 I considered a huge success!

Anyway, today I was chatting with Kevin Cross who does The Monkey Mod and Friends Show and he was encouraging me to get on with making that graphic novel I mentioned last year.  I thought about this book and wanted to see how my inking compared to 1996. Back then I used a black Uniball to do all the inking and the work had a very scratchy look to it. I kinda liked it but I think this is probably a little better.  I used the kit I shared with everyone on day 1 of InkTober. Mostly the Pentel brush pen and sharpies for this one. I use a couple of the microns on some of the detail work.

While I was at it, I found all the penciled pages for The Caped Sphincter #2 which no one but me has ever seen. I'm thinking I may redo both of these books after InkTober as a warm up to the graphic novel. Doing the novel will take years and it scares me a little. With this, I think it's a fun story and still appeals to the 13 year old in me. There's no pressure to create anything great and I can just have fun with it and explore the graphic novel making process.

For now, here's the cover of the old The Caped Sphincter the near future I'll make #2! I love poop jokes and bad puns!

Monday, October 13, 2014

InkTober 13th: Skull Chaser

In case you were wondering where InkTober the 12th is, I had to travel to Virginia on the 12th and didn't get a chance to draw anything. It was a good trip but I'm pretty bummed about missing a day in the InkTober series. I hope to make it up before the month is out.

Today, I purchased a copy of Jake Parker's Skull Chaser. I hope to see it in print as a comic or graphic novel some day but right now it's just a PDF, web comic. It was a fun read and I love his art. Check it out here.

Inspired by his work, I figured what would my first InkTober be if I didn't pay tribute to Jake's art in some way. Here's my take on his character Skull Chaser.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

InkTober Day 11: Inktober's Eleven

For today's InkTober drawing, I turned to some great poster art for inspiration. In case the composition looks familiar, it draws influence from an Ocean's Eleven poster, which had to have been influenced by the Smithereens 11 album cover, which I believe was influenced by Reservoir Dogs. I'm not exactly sure which was first.  The first I was ever aware of was the Smithereens album cover but it doesn't matter. All art is derivative.

I give you InkTober's Eleven, MesyComics style: featuring my earliest cast of characters from the Howlin' Madd book I made, circa 1990.

Friday, October 10, 2014

InkTober Day 10: The Raven Mocker

Today's InkTober topic is inspired by the Sketch Dailies prompt of Raven Mocker. I'd never heard of this thing, so I had to look it up. The Raven Mocker is basically the Angel of Death in Cherokee mythology. I found the myth to be both gruesome and intriguing. Since I was so unfamiliar with the topic I hadn't planned on drawing it. Then inspiration stuck me like a bolt from the even came with some verse!! I had to draw it then! Hope you like my complete mockery of The Raven Mocker. It was one of the most fun so far. Click on the image for a larger version that is easier to read. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

InkTober Day 9: Turn That Frown Upside Down!

Took another trip in The Way-Back Machine today and dusted off another character I made in college. This one is slightly older than Leper Man and one of my favorites. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

InkTober Day 8: Alien Goat Vomit

How can you not love a goat the pukes from one end a shoots diarrhea out the other?

Anybody who's been to my house knows Futurama is almost always on. My 6 year old daughter loves it and so do I. Thanks to our brain washing, my wife loves it now too. I must have seen every episode a half dozen times and they are still funny. One of my favorite obscure characters is Mr. Chunks, who's the subject of today's Inktober drawing.

He appeared in the season six episode, "Attack of the Killer App." He looks like an alien goat but they call him a puke-me-poop-u... a play on the pushmi-pullyu from Dr. Doolittle. Watching Bender and Fry feeding Mr. Chunks his own alien goat vomit put me in mind of Ouroboros. Hence the illustration. I love how this one turned out. Thank you Matt Groening for creating such an awesome show!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

InkTober Day 7: Leper Man

I'm dedicating this one to my friend Sean. If you're interested in miniature wargaming, check out his blog  He's been encouraging these cartoons since my college days when this character first made an appearance in the school newspaper, circa 1993...most likely against the editor's wishes. She didn't like me much but her staff didn't like her much and I often made it to print. Thanks for the years of support Sean.

If anyone remembers the original, I actually prefer it to this one. There was something to be said for stupid characters drawn with primitive skills. Now that I draw better I've lost that rustic charm. I'll probably go back and redo Leper Man again one day. He deserves better than this.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

InkTober Day 5: Wizard of Oz Trailer

When I draw comics like this one, I tend to get asked "Are you on drugs?" In case you are wondering... No, I'm not.  (Maybe I should start). I have no idea why I felt the need to take pen to paper on this one but it consumed my whole evening. I present The Wizard of Oz in a trailer park.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

InkTober Day 4: More Than Meets The Eye

It's day four of InkTober...10-4 good buddy! And I was hoping to get a trucking joke in of some kind. Guess my mind wandered a bit....Optimus Prime is a truck!  That counts.

Anyway, I have a new respect for the people who have to draw Transformers. These two gave me all kinds of trouble. Sorry the post was a bit later than usual because of it. Family stuff also fills my weekends. Still on schedule though, so I'm very please with how things are going. InkTober is definitely a challenge... I'll need to take a nap come November!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inktober Day 2: Sid the Squid

Day two of InkTober and I'm still under the sea...and doing only slightly better than Sid the squid!! Please click on the image for a larger view. Happy inking!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Hunt for Red Inktober

Inktober has arrived! Hope you enjoy the daily ink drawings this month and hopefully I can keep up with this.  I call today's drawing "The Hunt for Red Inktober". Please click on the image for a larger view.

I'd been thinking about what I would be drawing since Sunday and got inspired to throw another variable into the challenge and that is to incorporate some red ink into each coming up with the time to do a new drawing every day won't be hard enough!

Since Sunday, I also added a few more tools to my kit and since a couple people had been asking about what I'm using I'll provide the list here:

Pigma microns: these did the bulk of the work. Have a set of 8 pens
Pentel brush ben
Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen
Faber-Casrtell 6 pack of brush pens in shades of gray
Sharpies in red and Black
Uni-ball Vision red pen

So far so good! Enjoy!