Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Christopher Nolan did my namesake proud when he and Heath Ledger reworked Joker in Dark Knight. The character is disturbing but extraordinarily compelling and really makes the comic version look half-assed. Finished coloring this while my new iPod Touch that my lady gave me for Christmas (yay!) synced up. This is also the fourth spot illu that I'm using a new coloring technique with and I'm loving it. More layer organization than application really. Makes a difference to me and is much easier and more forgiving.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Been needing to draw something non-kid-friendly and silly. This character is just something I had in a sketchbook. Her original name was Blunt Force Trauma, hence her "bft" tattoo. It doesn't mean what most people will assume. It never went anywhere for obvious, cliched reasons. However, my own normal taste in stories and characters being so serious and with everything that's been going on lately I needed something kinda dumb to draw. So I revisited the character. The character's name is now Grudge. You hire her to kick the ever living poop out of that person who cut you off in traffic, the coworker who can't seem to do their job, the teenagers who think the world owes them something and has a problem listening, parents who don't parent, drivers who don't use turn signals, someone paying for groceries with food stamps but wearing Italian imports costing more than what you make in a year, and the like. You know, pretty much anyone you have a grudge against. It doesn't matter how petty the grudge, she'll take the job. The boxing wraps were kinda nostalgic for me and made me miss kickboxing with Val Mayerik and WK friends. The luchadora mask totally ridiculous but just what the character needed. What the character lacks in patience she makes up for in bust. Real low brow but fun stuff as you can see.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
These holidays have been tough and I feel like I need a vacation from my "vacation". It all began with the death of my cat Taxi. He was a daily purr in my face and friend for many years, including the dark times in Portland. He is dearly missed.
But this past weekend we also lost Chas, my future father-in-law. He had a great deal to do with making me feel welcome when I first got to know my lady's family. His laugh was infectious and we both were gamers and could easily chat. Every time I'd go to Birmingham he'd always be warm and kind. I came to think of him as a friend and I miss him. His official obituary is here.