I drew this over the weekend as an experiment to see how quickly I could draw and ink something digitally. The pencils and inks for this were done in maybe 2 hours, which is amazingly fast for me since I tend to agonize over stuff!
Some UNNAMED PALS have been buggin’ me to draw Dhio not being decapitated or mutilated or in otherwise unhappy situations. The colors and texture were partially based off The Unicorn in Captivity, which my buddy Chelsea and I saw this past week.
Forged Iron process gif(6 color print). For the Arcana show at Telegraph Art Gallery. (final illustration)
The Arcana show at Telegraph Gallery is opening tonight! If you’re in the Charlottesville, VA area, you can buy this illustration as a 18x24” screened print! They’ll also be available at the Telegraph/SEIBEI table at NYCC! I will also be present there!!
Aaaa, I saw photos of final prints the other day and they look SO SO RAD!
Forged Iron. For the Arcana show at Telegraph Art Gallery.
I’m going to have a piece in Telegraph’s next art show! The Arcana show is all interpretations of major arcana tarot cards, and like a nerd I jumped for the Strength card and filled it with all of my favorite kinds of imagery. And also Dhio and Kaia.
Arcana will be running from October 4th-30th at Telegraph in Charlottesville, VA! You’ll be able to buy an 18x24” screened print of this at the show/Telegraph site/NYCC! I’ll also have a few prints at next year’s conventions! More about the show opening here.
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
The young god, the old god, and the mortal monster man who the two gods liked enough to make immortal so they could be together forever. Ha ha ha, so many people have asked me lately when I’m gonna do a comic about these guys. The answer is: ????? the future ????? I’m really thankful they resonate with people, though!
Hey so I’m going to be out of the country from the 12th to the 24th of April, so this blog is going to be fairly quiet until then. Ananth will continue updating over at Johnny Wander in my absence and I’ll hopefully be able to update dumb photos over at my twitter whenever there’s free wifi access. Take care, guys!
There’s a open ballot to vote for the names of Pluto’s two unnamed moons and let-me-say-right-now, I am a huge supporter of one of them being named Persephone. (Well it should technically be Prosperpina/Prosperpine if you’re going for the Roman names but I digress.) The whole thing’s made me think a bunch about my own Hades and Persephone analogues; Dhio being an irritable creepy god of what people (mistakenly) assume is death and Kaia being an even-temepered goddess of the hearth and domesticated animals.
Anyway what I’m getting at is that, despite its being in first place, Vulcan really isn’t an appropriate name for a frozen moon of a dwarf planet.
After doing the Exquisite Beast for a year, I’ve been meaning to push myself more with real media, maybe emulate something similar to the whimsical lineless stuff maruti-bitamin and tir-ri do, or the mixed media paintings Sam Bosma seems to be able to churn out in his sleep.
Anyway, I seem to be on a Beast Husband kick. I think it started about a decade or two ago and expect it to putter out around the time I die.
Kaia and Dhio Progress Post. Non-photo blue pencil, brush and ink, photoshop touchups.
A picture of Kaia and Dhio for a ~mysterious thing.~ I tried to give informational captions on each image. If you’re trying to get your hands on these types of tools, I order my brushes and ink from ASW Express and brush pens and non-photo blue pencil lead from Jet Pens or the Kinokuniya in Manhattan. I learned everything I know about brush inking from the Comic Tools blog.
This was a spot illustration I did just for the Benign Kingdom book, which you can pick up in our TopatoCo shop. By the way! Did you know that Johnny Wander moved to TopatoCo? Let-me-tell-you, it is so nice having competent people taking care of our distribution. (Because Ananth and I were taking care of it ourselves before)
For the Benign Kingdom kickstarter poster, me and KC and Becky and Evan each did a quadrant of a heraldic shield based on our book covers. I’ve had so much fun doing this project and drawing my characters has been this awesome icing on the cake. What is cooler than drawing a lady riding side-saddle on top of a giant dog? Nothin’.
The Kickstarter is still going if you’re interested in picking up the art books! The price will go up after they’ve been printed, so it might be a good idea to get them before the end of the month. Thanks everyone, for your interest and support!