I’ve been having a really fun time with my Candy Capers covers! Here’s the mockup I sent for my variant cover of issue #1, did anyone pick up on the reference?
I believe Candy Capers Issue #2 comes out next week? You can see a preview (and also my cover for #2) over at Comics Alliance! Ananth and I (and also Shannon and Ian and Maarta and Hannah) have been working super hard on this series! I hope you guys enjoy it!
Nostalgia Monday: Manga Math Mysteries #3: The Mystery of the Secret Ghost. 2009 (published 2010).
I haven’t posted anything old in a while, so here’s something! Manga Math #3 was the very first thing I did right out of college and it was my very first professional cartooning job. I’ll always be thankful to Carol, my wonderful editor, for reaching out and giving me that first opportunity.
It’s weird that it’s only been four five years since graduation, it feels like ten!
I drew this picture of my and Ananth’s Animal Crossing characters a while back and then kinda forgot about it. (I fiddled with Howl’s skin color so he looks more like Ananth, shhh.) We’re both wearing outfits I designed in the game; a collared shirt and sweater on Aido and a Hell’s Varsity jacket on Howl (it says 666 on the back). I keep on meaning to nab the QR codes for these guys and put them somewhere online.
I received several questions about the weird black lines that appeared during the process gif posted earlier. The gif probably moved too quickly to figure out what they correlated to, so I broke the composition down into a series of gifs.
Every aspect of the illustration was intentionally built to form a shape or line to draw the eye to the center top of the frame. You put them together and it draws your eye directly to the volleyball!
I was largely thinking about Kali Ciesemier's articles about composition and informal subdivision (check them out if you haven’t already!). I was never formally trained as an illustrator and in a lot of ways I feel like I’m mostly trying to emulate things I like and make what feels right to me, ha ha.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Steam Sale Postcard. photoshop.
Valve got a buncha artists to do trading cards for this year’s Steam Summer Sale, and I got to do one! A big thank-you to the lovely folks at Valve who I had the pleasure of workin’ with. Thank you guys for asking me to draw burly men playing beach volleyball in various states of undress, it was so much fun.
The Summer Sale is still running til the 22nd and you can get my trading card on Steam ‘til then!
Woa woa woa guys! It looks like Adventure Time: Candy Capers Issue #1 is available in stores today?? This is gonna be a 6-issue miniseries written by myself and Ananth and drawn by the super talented Ian McGinty.
I saw some other people drawin’ their characters as Animal Crossing animals and thought it was a fun idea! Walter and North both get to be “Smug”-type, because that’s the closest equivalent to “anxious,” ha ha.
And the girl took the long, sharp hairpin that the man had given her And she cut the great black dog’s throat, from sternum to jaw And at the first prick of the hairpin, the dog went stiff and silent And fell, still as death And from the hole in the dog’s throat emerged the man His hair and skin and eyes still as black as the dog’s And his throat cut as the dog’s was From sternum to jaw