It’s been a busy, transient few months since graduating from CCS, so let me bring you up to speed.
First, I moved my junk from Vermont to my wife’s apartment in Montreal (she went back to school in the fall, so we’ve been living apart). Then I moved our collective junk into a storage locker because we’ve moving into a new apartment in September. Then I took some of my junk (shirts, underwear, pens) and moved them to Toronto, where my wife is doing an internship for the summer. A few weeks later, I took said junk and went back to Regina. The next day, that junk was bound for the forests of Revelstoke, BC. After a few weeks, that junk was back in Saskatchewan for a bit. And now it’s back in Toronto again.
Tumultuous, right? Extra thanks to my brother, Jonah who helped a lot with the move from Vermont back to Canada.
Anyway, I’ve been a little inconsistent updating my site. But, here’s a new sketchbook spread anyway.
My output was pretty good when I was in Toronto in June. Then I went on a camping/biking/climbing trip with my parents and youngest brother for a good chunk of July and all bets were off. My family has been doing these trips ever since my dad took up rock climbing. I’ve never been much of a climber, and a nine-year hiatus didn’t change things, but I did get to ride my bike a lot, which was wonderful.
Here are some things I saw:
I’ve been trying to make up with my old friend, hatching. Hatching is a pretty good friend, but sometimes it demands too much of my time. Sometimes hatching has to be banished to my sketchbooks so that I can actually get some comics done, but what are friends for, right? Oh, and also more multidimensional oddness.
I’ve had a thing for this colour palette for some time now. I guess the combination of brown, orange and yellow makes me think of the curtains and sofas that the parents of everyone my age owned.
Or flames and charred flesh. One or the other.
dw, my friend and fellow CCS studio soldier, has been asking cartoonists to draw themselves riding various giant animals with him. So, here is a picture of me and him riding a giant platypus. Or are we just tiny and riding a regular platypus? Only science can say for sure!
I have a pack of those coloured Staedtler pens that have been sitting unused in my sketchbook bag forever. And then one day I woke up and yelled, “Today I will draw with those pens I have!” And then I did. I’m so glad the internet is here, so that I could get that off my chest.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles probably had more of an impact on me than anything else I can think of, and yet I never think to sit down and draw them.
Well no more! From now on I will periodically draw a ninja turtle! And why not some muppets too? Ands some greys.
Here are more old sketches from my previous sketchbook. At the time I had just bought a Pentel Brush Pen, and I was still trying to figure out how to ink with a brush.
Thanks to practicing with a brush pen, I’ve actually started using a brush for a lot of my comics.
My process is now as follows: pencil, brush, G-nib, crow-quill, a pin with a speck of ink on it, microscopic laser etching, erase pencils. And you’re done!