Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Drawn in ArtRage 2.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Inks over Jack Kirby... Kinda

A while back, I found a Captain America cover penciled by Jack Kirby on the web. I thought I'd experiment and try inking it digitally, which I don't do. It turned out kinda so-so. When I got done, I tried to find the actual cover to see what it looked like.

Turns out they didn't use this drawing. And more than that, Jim Steranko apparently redrew Cap below the rib cage. Kirby had the left leg outstretched to the left. (I think he must've had a rule that all characters must have their feet at least four feet apart.)

Anyways, so I inked adulterated Kirby. But the cover they actually used was pretty bad and was created by a committee. I guess it's just a reminder that creativity often takes a back seat.

It was still fun to ink, though... except all those dang buildings. I think that's why I didn't go into the comics field.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kid with a wrench.

I'm having decent luck transferring sketches to watercolor paper using a light table.  (something I haven't done with my thick watercolor paper before.) The key is for me to ignore how bad the traced image looks once you pull it off the light table and begin to make it your own for however long that takes. 

More on this later.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

For Charity

I recently created this piece for a silent auction benefiting a kids charity.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rose is Rose Sunday Strip

This is an actual size (virtually) Rose is Rose Sunday strip by Pat Brady. For me, it's a treat to see the blue pencil lines, details of the ink, and the strip at a size larger than 2" tall like they print the Sunday funnies nowadays. I'm starting to wonder what the point of the Sunday comics is. They're supposed to be BIG!

Bob Montana Original Archie Sundays

Bob Montana is one of my favorite cartoonists. Among Archie artists, it's awful hard to pick a favorite... but when I see Bob Montana's work, it just feels like I'm seeing the way Archie was meant to be. He was Archie's co-creator (which took several decades for Archie Comics to admit, and even then, not until after his death) and did the newspaper strips up through the 1970s.

These are original Montana Sunday strips. The inking is awesome.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Moving Pictures

I love the fluidity of these illustrations.

Arthur Rackham

Richard Sargent

Friday, September 11, 2009

"The 7 Habits of Happy Kids" Event

I will be joining Sean Covey at these presentations.
Sean and I will also be doing presentations for students promoting the new 7 Habits for Happy Kids books that just came out and we'll be doing other presentations and book signings throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday.
I think my role in all of this is to take part in book signings and do some drawing. Sean does all the hard stuff. :-)

I also have a bit of drawings that will be part of a silent auction and a raffle to benefit KidsMatter, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to building Developmental Assets in youth.

Hopefully, I'll have some photos to share afterwards.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Lightning Thief

My son has thoroughly enjoyed the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series of middle-grade novels. I picked up the first book, The Lightning Thief, and it was a great read. I'd recommend it to kids and adults alike. Rick Riordan (ryer-den) knows how to write a compelling, fast-moving tale with believable, complex characters... even when they happen to be the likes of Ares, god of war.

Percy Jackson is a troubled 12-year-old with ADHD and dyslexia, who discovers he is a half-blood... his father is one of the deities of ancient Greece. All those mythological creatures are real after all, having moved their residence with the expansion of Western civilization. Something is amiss at Mt. Olympus. The fate of the world is in danger, and it becomes Percy's job to keep the gods from waging World War III.

You can wait for the movie, set for release in February 2010, but I wouldn't. Something always gets lost in motion picture adaptations. Check out the book. And if you get hooked, don't worry... there are four more in the series.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Digital Drawing

This is still unfinished, which means I'm not very happy with it and don't know what else to do to it. Drawn in Photoshop.

New "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids" Series!

The first two books of the new "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids" series hits stores today!

The first two books of the new "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids" series are making their way to store shelves today!

I changed up my style a little bit and illustrated these books in pencil and watercolor.

Written by Sean Covey
Illustrated by Stacy Curtis
Ages 2 - 6
Hardcover, 32 pages
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

You can get them from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Gnomes and Trolls

John Bauer (1882-1918) was a Swedish painter and illustrator known best for his illustrations of Gnomes and Trolls.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Spooner Sans Spooner

I finally got around to getting the Spooner site caught up, and felt compelled to fiddle around with a couple of strips. Inspired by Garfield Minus Garfield:

Spooner Sans Spooner

And an experiment on how to slightly reduce the static element of a comic strip on the web:

(click on the image)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009