Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Flyer 2010

Here's this year's flyer for our annual video party. Not as fancy as last year's, but right now I'm a lot more pressed for time. Plus, the minimalist black-and-white treatment kinda suits the theme, which is obsolete VHS tapes exhumed from the video vault.

Party date has been set for next Sunday afternoon; art peeps, let me know if you need location info!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trucks Again!

Last year I had to skip it because it was on the same weekend as 24 Hour Comics Day, but fortunately this time I was able to check out the "Touch-a-Truck Day" and crafts festival hosted by the school across the road. (Literally across the road. Like, you step out the door and there's a fire engine and a sewer maintenance truck. Sweet!) No petting zoo this year, but we did get a cute robot.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

24 Hour Comic: Young Nick Part 3

And now, the final finale. This is the point at which I suddenly remembered I needed to provide the hero with a fiddle, and resolved the problem with what Julie accurately identified as a Mary Shelley-style "I found a suitcase full of books in the road" solution. Hey, maybe that's why Young Nick is quoting Milton.

Part 1 here, Part 2 here.

One last thing: A few people have asked how much of this story I planned out ahead of time. I'm ashamed to admit it's quite a lot. Since I've spent the last six months working mainly on other people's stories, I wanted to take full advantage of this chance to tell one of my own, and so I went with an idea I'd been kicking around for a few months and pondering in earnest for a couple of weeks. However, I refrained from actually putting anything down on paper until the 24 hour clock started running, and about half of the plot and rhyming text was cooked up on the spot.

Speaking of which, the rhyme scheme employed here seems to have been borrowed from the "Vicious Cabaret" sequence of Alan Moore's V For Vendetta, which just goes to show you can't escape your influences.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

24 Hour Comic: Young Nick Part 2

The legend continues. I was starting to lag behind schedule as I got to the courtroom scene, so here come the dramatic black backgrounds! There always seems to be one panel that stands out as my personal favorite; see if you can guess which one it was this time.

Part 1 here, Part 3 here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

24 Hour Comic: Young Nick Part 1

If it's October, it must be 24 Hour Comic Day! Well, that or Halloween. Or "Touch-a-Truck Day." But let's take one thing at a time.

Once again, I did this on site at the Academy of Art, alongside forty-plus current and former students who collectively worked their butts off and made some really amazing comics. I finished mine up with two and half hours to spare, so clearly I need to raise my ambition level next time. But let's roll out this year's model, in the first of three installments...

Part 2 here, Part 3 here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

WorkEasy I

A few life drawings from last week's WorkEasy workshop. Two models this time (not counting Omari), but it was really all about the boots! Sadly, I'll have to skip it this weekend because I'll be tied up with 24 Hour Comics Day. Poor me.

Wielding the baseball bat here: The lovely and talented fashion designer Cecilia Aragon.

On the floor: Our lovely and talented host Omari Barron.

And a couple from the toned-paper sketchbook...

They say it's bad luck to open an umbrella indoors. Fun to draw, though.