Rat Soldiers

As part of working through some story ideas, I did some studies on what a Rat Soldier might look like.

Started with some online reference for some quick sketches.

Wet Rat
Cautious Rat

Next, I worked in a more stylized approach which I quite like.

Rat Soldier

Then repeating the style, I sketched what a squad of these tough guys might look like. Not crazy about how the lead rat’s neck came out, but I think they come off as a pretty tough bunch.

Squad of Rat Soldiers

Little Thank You Cards

I started this year off with a fun project. My niece recently had a birthday party featuring a cat theme. She had cat cake, cat plates, cat napkins, and even cat-themed gift bags for her friends.

My sister asked me to design a thank you card fitting the party’s theme and who better to adorn the card then our friend, Little the Cat.

Rough Pencil Sketch

The final piece was done in India Ink on watercolor paper — with a “Little” help.

The Original Little the Cat, lending assistance

Here’s the finished piece before sending it off to the printers.

Little Thank You Card

Inktober 2018, Days 23-25

Well… life, work, and exhaustion ended my run for this year’s Inktober. I did manage three more days’ pieces, but I didn’t come close to meeting my goals. Anyway, here are my last three Inktober drawings for 2018.

Inktober 2018, Day 23 – Muddy

 

Inktober 2018, Day 24 – Chop

 

Inktober 2018, Day 25 – Prickly

Inktober 2018

Day 1 – Poisonous

It’s hard to believe that it is again time for Inktober and we’re already a third of the way into the October. This is my third Inktober and, unlike last year, I’m following the daily prompts.

Last year, I drew at least one panel per day of my story, Little. It was incredibly fun and challenging. And I finished a book!

Day 2 – Tranquility

This time around, I don’t yet have a story ready for artwork but, I’m taking the opportunity to practice drawing some of the characters, environments, and props that may make their way into my next project. So each day I’m using the daily prompt to inform what I’ll put my characters through.

Day 3 – Roasting

Unfortunately, the busiest time of the year at work coincides with Inktober so I’ve already given myself permission to skip a day here and there. After all, I do need to sleep.

If you would like to follow along, I’m posting each day’s artwork on my Instagram feed.

 

 

Sidewalk Comics Fest Retrospective

Me sharing a table with Matt Harding (right)

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to Sidewalk Comics Fest last Saturday to support me and San Francisco indie comics. We had a pretty good turn out even though the chilly wind drove us inside and kept foot traffic to a minimum.

Sales of Little went surprisingly well and I even sold some buttons!

Chris Fenoglio

We had some great presentations during the afternoon. Brie Spielmann shared her insights for effectively using social networks to build an audience and find work. Jason McNamara gave advice on writing comic scripts and revealed what its like to write for comic books, games, and The Golden State Warriors.

Mingling with the other artists was equally interesting: Chris Fenoglio‘s insider stories working on Orphan Black, X-Files, and Star Wars Adventures to learning about Katie Longua‘s record album art project.

My teacher and comics pro, John Heebink

After the fest was over my teacher, John Heebink, invited everyone out for Chinese food. I admit I was very intimidated and almost didn’t join them. My classmates weren’t attending so I would be the only student amongst the pros. But, like every other scary thing I’ve decided to do, joining in was absolutely the right choice. Once the work of the fest was done people could let down their guard. It was a ton of fun to hear all of the stories and opinions from people who are actually working in comics.

Katie Longua & my classmate Josef Norris

The night went by so fast, but I’m so thankful for the opportunity to join in and how they all made me feel that I belonged.

Each step of this adventure has been amazing. The support of friends and family has been incredibly humbling and the talent, kindness, and generosity of those I’ve recently met through this new passion fuels the fire.

Okay, back to the drawing board.

My classmate Sketch Smith