Friday, July 11, 2008

Ah, Coloring

My lady seems to have settled in well and we've begun making a permanent home together. We do need more room but we're making due rather well. She's a wonderful cook and, for the first time since I was in high school, have been sitting down to eat dinner on a nightly basis! Life is good!

I've been reading a couple of Syd Field books: Screenplay and The Screenwriter's Workbook. 8th Day needs out of my damn head (so does Heritage for that matter) and the books have been really helpful so far creating a solid subject and story out of the idea. It's daunting but the books really help alot.

Still reading up two Michio Kaku books: Physics of the Impossible and Hyperspace. Generally, it's research for sci-fi stories like 8th Day but they're also utterly fascinating.

Done some coloring work recently. Jumper finally came out on DVD a month ago and was much better than I anticipated! Anyway, Oni Press needed some last minute help so I colored the last four pages of the comic book that is featured on the Special Edition DVD in a single night. (Four pages in eight hours. Rushed as hell but not bad! Flats and everything.) On the DVD the pages are turned into an animatic so these are just the flattened files. Since the previous twenty pages or so we're already colored I had to build brushes, create a palette, and apply color the exact same way as those pages so it would read as a coherent whole. If I've done my job right you won't notice any jump while watching the animated comic on the DVD. However, I did take some artistic liberties with the last page. Here they are:

I've become sort of a "Help, we need it tomorrow!" filler colorist in comics over the past six months. Helped Oni on the Jumper DVD, Dark Horse on a Fear Agent back cover, and now Moonstone Books with a The Phantom annual cover. Penciled and inked by Pat Quinn (who needs to build an online presence like gangbusters, ya hear!) who I worked with back in my "Writers' Bloc" days. Good ol' times! Anyway, check for this issue coming out this September.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I was hitting a creative wall at HEROES while working at the SCAD booth. The character designs I was trying to tweak just weren't working for me. So, I drew the Hulk. To me he's so powerful he's practically a force of nature and, I believe, a gentle soul inside that pissed off exterior. Hence, squirrels find safety on his shoulder. Kinda silly but I liked it. Finally got around to coloring him.

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