Sunday, February 27, 2011

Robot Manny (1 st. completed page)

I am proud to announce that I have officially completed the first page of the Robot Manny comic.
The rest of the pages will need to be completed in time for MOCCA fest in April, which is technically about a month or so away. I am sure that it will be here be before you even know it. I have been working at the book steadily and I still don't feel like I am even close to being done with this.

I am not 100% sure that the dialogue is final. There are also a few other things that I might change about the page. However here is this page for now. I sill need to do a cover, which hopefully I should get to soon. When the entire book is done, I will post a step by step of how I completed the pages start to finish.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The 15 Minute Working Method

So now it's February, and before you know it will be April. In addition I have also started  a color/digital painting class at SVA. So between all of that and working that hasn't left me with a lot of time to do posts and sketches as much as I used to. My hope though is that when the class does end, and when I do start posting again that the stuff that I am posting will be even better than before.

When I do have extended amounts of time, I do homework from class or work on the comic.
How does one find time for anything else and balance time?
Well I can no longer sit for hours on end and paint and draw without taking breaks.
My ass starts to hurt and my arm and shoulders cramp up (ergonomics).

So what I do is set a timer for 15 minutes (or 25 minutes). When the timer goes off, I then get up and do something active for about the next 5 to 10 minutes that I would otherwise put off. (dishes, put my laundry away, circle the block, run to the store etc. etc.). When done I then go back and work for another 15 minutes.

The point is that it's healthy to take breaks, but your breaks can be productive as well.  You can also take a real break and do nothing, it's all about how you want to spend your time.

I will start to post the promotion work and comic pages as they are done. I need to crank it up a bit.

More to come....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday Coloring Class

This past week I started a coloring class to help get an understanding of how to apply color to drawings (one of the things that I still don't know how to do properly. I mostly apply color using techniques that I am copying..or I just make up the process as I go. The results for each of those tactics have been spotty at best. So Instead I have decided to take a class and get these aspects down, so that I can get better at applying color. I am super excited for the class and will post work as I go.

One of the things that we did in class was take a look at a few other artists to see how they work and use color. So I thought that I would post a few and share:

James JeanJosh CochranJeffrey DecosterSam Bosma

Check them out..their work is pretty inspiring and will hopefully serve to give ideas down the road..

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Robot Manny Vol. 1 Page Preview Part 2

It's been a suuuuuper busy week with work, and in my spare time I have been working on the comic, watching tutorials and setting up the new MacBook Pro. So not a lot of time to do process work. is the latest page from the Robot Manny vol. 1 comic for Mocca fest.

This is just a post of a preview page from the first story. It's a work in progress of course, and there is still more work to do, but I have been working away steadily towards getting this done in time.
I still have to print and assemble.

Hope you guys enjoy! More to come..