Here are my Artist Proof/Return Cards for the Museum Collection Baseball set recently released through Topps, including 3 special die-cut shaped cards, as you can see in the bottom row. Links below, if interested:
I was digging around for some kraft paper to do a sketch on and I found this little ditty from about 11 years ago that I probably haven't looked at since that time. I kind of liked it and since we are getting into that season, here's a skull.
Is is a hoax fish, or what? Apparently, the elephant fish, or the elephant nose fish is an actual fish and popular among aquarium fish people. I saw a pic that was definitely a photoshopped 'hoax,' though.
I've recently finished this drawing of Pogo from The Umbrella Academy series, because who doesn't like a monkey riding a chopper? No one, that's who. I'll have this drawing and others on hand at this Sunday's Comic Book and Toy Show in Clawson.
This Sunday from 10-4, I will be set up at the Clawson Comic Book and Toy Show in Clawson, MI. As this is mostly a collectors show, there will be just a few of us artist types on hand (with legendary poster artist Mark Arminski headlining), so check it out!
I will have the usual stuff; original art, stickers, books, etc.
The show will be at the Knights of Columbus hall, located at 870 N Main St, Clawson, MI
A stylized coral catshark for this week's #SundayFishSketch theme of invertebrate prey. Now, I do believe that I am exaggerating this attempt at eating a giant oyster, but hey, maybe catsharks dream big?
I now have shark stickers for sale on my website and will have them at cons and such. I'm taking some of the sketches that I have done for #SundayFishSketch and making them into stickers. Soon, I'll have a 'fish packet' available where you can purchase a group of fish stickers (or individually, of course), but for right now, just the shark sticker is up.
You can click here or use the website tab to the right to head on over to my website.
Since the unveiling of the octopus tank at the Belle Isle Aquarium is now official, I can now show the design that I did for it over a year and a half ago. After I submitted my design, it was sent off to a company in Arizona who made it and installed it. It then took awhile to procure the octopus and get it acclimated. I was able to see the cephalopod a few weeks ago and have been itching to share the news. I have yet to see the view of the tank from the front, as I have only seen it from above, behind the scenes, but it even has the same color scheme. I'll have pics soon, for sure!
I'm not an authoritarian, nor a fascist, so I'll never understand the appeal, the pull, that these whackadoodles like Alex Jones, these crazy, delusional, conspiracists, have on people. That being said, I'm enjoying the proceedings that have this grifter sweating like a hog.
Yowza, it been over a year since I've shared one of these old/new (to you) Pipedreams strips that were done by Darin Palmer (story and inks) and myself (story and pencils) back in the olden times of factory work. All of the characters were based on actual people and, of course, the names have been changed to protect the dysfunctional. Some of these strips wrote themselves.
I am currently going through the stack of blank Artist Proof cards that I've accumulated over the years and never completed, for one reason or another. So, the next in line are the 14 AP cards that I received for doing the 2010 set released through Rocket Ink Studios. For those who remember, this set was done in conjunction with Matt Busch's Hollywood Is Dead art book. Matt recreated a slew of classic and modern movie posters done in the style of the original artist, but as undead characters. The cards were done in each artists style, though and much fun was had.
I included recent movies and series, as well as classic ones. All cards have my very own AP sticker on the back to separate these from pack pulled cards. The links are below:
This weekend (Fri-Sun) I will be set up in Artists Alley at table #1500 at the Capital City Comic Con in Lansing, MI. I'll have all the usual stuff; comics, books, original art and I'll be doing commissions, as well.
So, if you are in the area, stop on by. There will be a lot of good creatives on hand!
This week's #SundayFishSketch theme is one of fish that make noises. Perfect for an explosive American holiday; plenty of noise. This is a bocan toadfish and with a face like that, I'd expect a lot of noise. Gurgles, burps, the works.
The golf trophy that I have been working on for a few months has finally been finished and will be ready for the tournament that this was made for. I was honored to be asked to do this and I hope that everyone involved is happy with the outcome.
This project wasn't just me and there are plenty of kudos to ho around. My brother-in-law, Frank put the base together for me and lacquered it, Ken and team at Flatlanders did the bronze casting and Woods Trophies did the mounting and plaques.
There were unique challenges at each stage of this project, but at each time, a solution was found and progress was made. At some point I will do a process post and show the developments as they went along.
For this week's #SundayFishSketch theme is one for Father's Day. What fish make good fathers? Well, a seahorse is such a good sport that it will not only carry the little brood to term, but help raise them, as well. And they are always fun to draw.
Yesterday, I was able to head on down to Blissfield and pick up the bronze casting for the golf trophy that I have been working on lately. Much thanks to Ken and the guys at Flatlanders for doing the job of making the mold and pouring the bronze! I had originally planned on doing this in pewter, since I could do that at home. As it turned out, no I could not. I would not have had a crucible large enough to hold the amount of metal needed to do the pour. And, as it turned out, I was able to go with bronze, which is what I would have wanted for this anyways, so I'm very happy to have done it this way.
The large square was where the sprue or gate where the metal was poured into the mold and had to be cut off. You can see on the ends of the clubs where nubs are from the cut off vents. All of that has been pretty much ground and sanded down today.
This is what the trophy looked like in wax form. Pardon my messy ass work station. More updates coming soon.
I've been chipping away (literally!) at this one for awhile now, so it was nice to finish it up. Of course, nothing is ever really finished, as I could noodle this into oblivion, but you get the point. I struggle with scratchboard, but I feel the urge to keep doing it, as it provides a discipline that is different from what I usually do. I keep looking at the works of Mark Summers and recently, Thomas Ott. One has the straight lines and cross hatching that is ever so precise and the latter a more loose style, but no less detailed. Two different approaches with amazing results. Check them out, if you haven't already.
It's been awhile since I've done one of these Friday Ink posts, so here goes! I took the Joker sketch from last month and did an inked version. This piece will be available at the Cherry capital Comic Con this weekend, alongside other originals.
Once again, I will be up in Traverse City this weekend for the Cherry Capital Comic Con held at the Grand Traverse Resort. As I've said many times before, this is a unique con that has a great staff and will be full with wonderful creators. Always a good time. So, if you are in the area and like such events, come on out and stop by. I'll be in Artists Alley.
This cartoon should be applied to the general state of things in this country, but the immediate thought that comes to mind is that just a few short weeks ago, they were standing on their soapboxes telling us how noble they all are in protecting the fetuses, that life is so important. Today, they are saying that dead kids are acceptable to protect the second amendment. Let that sink in for a bit.