Friday, April 24, 2015

100 Days of Making Comics: Days 55-61

Gotta make this short and sweet today folks...also why I'm posting early... I'll be traveling part of today and tomorrow so I won't be able to post.  I'm taking my sketchbook with me so I can still get my time in doing character studies, concept art or plot.  I'll try to do a follow up post early in the week with some sort of art.

Last week was a GREAT week thanks to my wife's book club. I had a relaxing time in my lair drinking a few beers and drawing for hours!  I was a little concerned the beer might have made drawing difficult but it wasn't like I was throwing down, so it was great!  Inked PG 7 and went back to add some more inks to the other 6 pages.  I've decided I like more black than what I'd had.  I'm not sure how this will look with colors, since I've never colored The Caped Sphincter before but if it looks good as inks alone, it should look even better colored.  Very happy with the first 7 pages.

For those of you trying the 100 Days of Making comics challenge yourself: I highly recommend large blocks of time to work on your comics if you can swing it. 30 min a day makes sure you keep things moving but that big session I had on Sunday was heaven! The longer I worked the more I got into a grove....sometimes you can draw yourself out of a funk or a slow start. With just 30 minutes it can be rough on those days where the drawing just aren't up to snuff.

See you all when I get back and I'll post some kind of art early in the week.  If it weren't for worrying about the spoilers I'd post PG7.  I really love a couple panels on that page.  Alas, I'll have all 12 done soon enough and post them then.

 I'm posting everything I got at the end of 100 days regardless of whether this book is done or not.  Inks will definitely be done.  Coloring may be an issue....seems I overestimated the free time I'll have while doing this project.  I'll post colors as soon as I get them done if it takes longer.

Later, everybody!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

100 Days of Making Comics: Days 48-54, Use The Force

Hi everybody! Just a quick update today on my 100 Days of Making Comics journey.  I'm excited to have crossed the halfway point in both the number of days in the challenge and the page count of my first issue.  Pg 6 is inked and Pg 7 is in progress.  I really need to pick up the pace and quit goofing off doing sketches and what-not.

I have had a little bit of an addiction doing Post-It note sketches these past couple weeks. I really love doing them. So quick and fun. I don't really regret spending the time on them because it gives me something to post for you all to look at and I still got my comic book time in.

I did these two for Star Wars this week. Love the new trailer and very excited to see this film. I think it just may rekindle the feel of the original three movies.

I do need to pick up the pace on the comic though. I'll be sorely disappointed if I can't release Issue 1 of the Caped Sphincter on or before the 100th day. I'm sticking to that goal. Fortunately for me my wife is hosting her book club this weekend and I plan to hole up in the studio for the duration and put a few solid hours in on the comic. Very excited about that! I'd like to be through PG. 8 by next week if not further....these pages with more panels take more time. I over estimated my pace a little in the beginning I think. We'll see...

Anyway tune in next week for the next update. I won't have access to a computer on Saturday so I'm going to post late Thursday night or early Friday morning. See you all then!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Post-It Sketches: The Tick

I'm addicted to these Post-It note sketches. They are so much fun. Would be nice if the materials were archival but you can't have everything. I love the quick nature of them and the coloring challenge aspect. The fact that these are done with cheap disposable materials is what makes them so liberating.

I'm still learning how to use markers but I'm pretty happy with the results I'm getting for only being eight sketches in. For those of you unfamiliar with the comic, these guys are from Ben Edlund's, "The Tick"....classic comic book from the late 80's and was made into an animated series and later a live action TV show. I'm really happy with how The Chainsaw Vigilante and Man-Eating Cow came out. Arthur's only in there because he's the sidekick. Nobody likes the sidekick!


Friday, April 10, 2015

100 Days of Making Comics: Days 41-47, POST-IT!

Hey there people of the internet! I'm up late tonight because I'm pretty keyed up. Since it's technically Saturday I might as well post my update.

 I'm just shy of the halfway point in my 100 days of making comics journey. Pg 6 is inked, I put about 6 hours in this week and I delivered a sneak peak of Pg 6 as promised. I need to pick up the pace a bit if I want to get all 12 pages colored by the end of the 100 days but I'm still feeling good about getting inks done by then. I'm feeling like it was a successful week (especially since my wife had strep for 5 days and I was holding down the fort solo).

"But hold up!" you say... "Where's the additional comics or sketches you promised Matt?!" Never fear, the Post-Its are here!

I did these tonight after getting really inspired by Todds Nauk this week. I started following him on Twitter when he was doing the Emerald City Comic Con and his sketch book covers and Post-It note sketches were so impressive. Never knew he was the artist of Night Crawler for Marvel. But he keeps posting these cool Post-It note sketches and I asked him how many he's made so far and he was kind enough to answer. Over 160! You can check them out here at his Facebook gallery. So cool.

I'd been wanting to do sketch cards and play with markers for some time now. I saw what Scott Serkland, Juicy Inks, and Jazza have been doing on YouTube and really liked the marker sketch look. Trouble is Copic Markers cost a fortune. Then I saw Todd's Post-It note sketches and thought it was brilliant....easily available, the colored paper and marker interact in a unique way and it's quick. Best of all it's cheap office supply stuff and it offers the freedom of not wanting to be precious about it. If you screw up, tear it of an try again. It's a really fun format and I had a blast doing it.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

100 Days of Making Comics: Not Quite Half Way

I made a promise this week to deliver a mid week post, so I'm delivering on that promise. PG 6 still isn't done and has a spoiler on it so I can't show the whole thing anyway. The reason for the delay is that I spent some time reworking the villain of this story. I wanted to keep the basic feel of the 90's version but I streamlined him a bit, changed his arms some and made him more functional as a creature. He's on the bottom half of the page. Can't wait to show him to you!

Since I can't, here's the shot of The Channel Cat's reaction...

I know my sound effects are weak-sauce.... I'm working on getting better. I'm happy with the maniacal look on the guy's face though.

Tomorrow I'm putting page 6 to bed and will post a fan art sketch of some sort.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

100 Days of Making Comics: Days 37-40, League Minimum

Welcome back to my humble corner of the internet!  This week's post is as short as the time I had to put in this week but I'm making the promise to have some new visuals posted mid week at the latest. I have Easter part one today with the family and Easter part two tomorrow with the other half of the family. Weekends have always been my best chance of getting comics time in so I'll have to push extra hard this week.

This week was another league minimum, 30 min a day kind of week. It makes you realize the importance of sticking to that and why this challenge has these rules in the first place.  When you start the 100 days challenge, it's usually at a place in you life when you have some free time and the energy to do something creative. Sooner or later life throws it's usual bag of dirty diapers at you or a cold or some other roadblock and you don't feel like doing anything but curling up in the fetal position in bed. My week wasn't that bad but it wasn't great.  Still I pressed on. Got the minimum 3.5 hours in and still almost got page 6 done.

If you're in this challenge, THIS is the time when you need to stick to your schedule and just do it. Sure I was hoping to be done with PG6 this week, but it would have been so easy to not do anything and 75% of a page is better than nothing.  So PRESS ON Comics Making Soldiers! Keep making comics!

Gotta go get ready for the Easter double header but I promise to put up what I can of PG6 this week when it's done AND I'll put up something else...either another panel of The Last Resort or sketch or something. So I'll see you back here in a few days! Thanks for checking in.

P.S. I'm  sucker for challenges and requests so, if anybody's got one, I'll do my best to accommodate. Leave a comment, email me or message me on Twitter. The only reason I did a couple of the Sketch Dailies is because somebody requested I do them. Taking requests is a good way to develop skills in an area or subject you might not otherwise attempt. And that's my tip of the day. :)