It’s been a while since I’ve added something, so here’s some sketches I’ve been kicking around as I get ready for some new projects. Four-legged animals aren’t exactly my specialty and one of these projects requires me to draw a wolf (preferably angry) so these drawings are my attempt to better grasp the proportions through photo reference, and more importantly, figure out how best to describe that proportion through the folds on their hair. Also, viking buildings! Is that a plunger or an old anvil? (It’s an old anvil.)
Had a great time at FableTown and Beyond this past weekend, so good that even though I was super tired last night, I couldn’t help but work on this revamp of an old character design for an upcoming book that I’m working on. I’m working in total inspiration mode right now thanks to everybody who came by and told Van and I how much they loved the book. If you want to get a creative person charged to do new amazing things, tell them you enjoy their work. There were great fans, great panels and an all-around terrific atmosphere. Also, Van and I sold out of our books, which is always a plus.
I’ll be headed to Planet Comicon in Kansas City in a couple of weeks, so if you missed out on getting copies of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer at Fabletown, then that’s your next best chance.
Oh, and expect more art to show up soon. I’ve been kind of lazy updating this blog and have a lot of work backed up that I actually drew with the intention of posting it here. I’m planning on changing that.
Here’s a page from the latest project I’m working on with Van Jensen. It’s way more of a kid’s story and also in color. I don’t want to say too much about the core of the project yet, most of it’s still top secret, but Van and I are pretty excited about it. Hopefully I’ll be able to open up about the project and character designs in the coming months. For now know that I am hard at work preparing to put out new books.
And as a bonus. I thought I’d add a file that gives an inside look at how I put one of these things together. Since I work digitally, and entirely in Photoshop it was pretty easy to create an animation based on the layers I build the art in starting with my pencils/sketches, then the inks, flats, final colors and text. There’s a blog out there called Work In Progress that does these sorts of things and I always find them fascinating to watch. If people are interested I’ll try to add more like this.