Thursday, November 02, 2006

Guy of the Dead

Happy belated Halloween, everybody! I hope you and yours had a eventful one. I know that I did. I got bitten by some maniac and then I felt really ill and then I went to sleep and woke up with an amazing hunger. I bought some steaks and decided not to cook them. I then went to some parties and decided to mingle and chow down. What a mess! Anyway, have a great day.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Skull Fudge 2006

Here's the new flier for my party. I'm kind of please with the coloring and the whole layout. Feel free to lambaste me.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Skull Fudge

These are the fliers I made for my past two Halloween parties. It's become an annual event and my friends who come always ask if I'm going to have another. How can I refuse? It's a good time and some wild things happen. Certain rooms of my apartment have been christened before I got the chance. What the hell's up with that?

Friday, October 20, 2006

Getting Head

Here's a little taste of an image for a flier I'm making for my annual Halloween party. I really love this time of year.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Remember, Remember the 16th of October

That's when I watched V for Vendetta on DVD and made this lovely, little sketch. I love that movie.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Arsenal

I love to see what tools other artists use. Here is my arsenal.
From top to bottom:
My handy little pencil case, the col erase non-photo blue pencil, Staedtler lead holder, .05 mechanical pencil, Staedtler Mars plastic eraser, Speedball Super Black India Ink, Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens (S,F,M,B), Royal Clear Choice Brush, Hunt 107 crow quill pen nib and holder, a kneaded eraser, and my hardcover sketch book.

I have a few faves of the bunch. The mechanical pencil is great for really tight pencilling. The Pitt pens use waterproof India ink. I love the Pitt brush pen especially. I enjoy inking with a brush but it's just not feasible for sketching on the go. This brush pen gives you the great line variation, waterproof India ink, and its easy to carry. I also can't live without the kneaded eraser. It takes off soft lead without a trace. Same goes for the eraser pen. I don't like the sketchbook because its heavy and I've broken the binding without much effort. However, the paper is of good quality and has a nice smooth finish with nice tooth.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Jason Egitto

Here's a caricature sketch of an illustrator pal 'o mine, Jason. You'll notice a black and white and a Photoshop color exercise I did. It's the first time I tried multiplying layers. I loved the technique and I'll have to experiment more. However, I've come to the conclusion that I hate using a mouse, exclusively. It feels like trying to draw with my feet. I'm definitely going to look into buying a Intuos Wacom tablet.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fries With the Shake

Here is the finished artwork, penciled, inked, and a splash of Photoshop. Aside from some things I like how it came out. Facial expressions are my strength while perspective and backgrounds give me a pain in the ass. I just don't draw that stuff frequently enough. If anyone can give me some good tips on rendering glass I'd appreciate it. More practice is what I need. I do like the girl in the dress at the end. She definitely has sass.

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Dress Unit

These are character sketches and thumbnails for another French unit. I'll post the finished drawing tomorrow. I just realized that this is the first time that I've sketched a sexy woman in a while. Oh. I also saw a cool picture of Robert Rodriguez in a magazine so I drew him, too.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Costume Designs

Here are some period costume designs I did for one of the high school French units.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Ok. Here I go again. Excuses. Excuses. School's back in session and I've been house hunting, which means I've had no time to draw. In order to keep my loyal fanbase entertained I came upon these old (at least, 5 years) comic pages I did for my good friend and amateur author, Bob. He created a small press character called Mr. Midnite. The following is a four page story I did for Bob's entry in the United Fanzine Organization's annual. Check out my early attempts at Photoshop.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

This Is Bat Country!

Unbeknownst to my buddy, Rob Shimshack, I borrowed his Fear And Loathing DVD. I loved it. It's funny because when the movie originally came out I didn't really enjoy it that much. I couldn't understand why people were raving about this movie that had no story or plot and that seemed to glorify drug use and bad manners. After watching it again just a couple of days ago I have a new appreciation for the film. I realize that the story is actually an in-depth examination of a drug experience. The whole movie is about the 'trip.' I loved it. I loved the performances and the whole visual experience that Terry Gilliam provides. I even loved Hunter Thompson's commentary track on the DVD. So here's my tribute. As a side note the Photoshop coloring was done following a tutorial provided by Kazu Kibuishi. I have yet to read one of his Flight books.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Ah, the magic of Netflix. I recently watched A Clockwork Orange and did this sketch of Alex. I inked this at ye olde Barnes & Noble using some new pens I purchased at A. C. Moore. I will post about those later. I definitely think I heavy handed it with the more bolder lines. Keep practicing.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Aeon Flux

I did this sketch while watching my Aeon Flux DVDs. If you're into well done, thought provoking animation then I cannot recommend Aeon enough. It's disheartening to think that Aeon is probably one of the most worthwhile things to come out of Mtv in years aside from 120 Minutes and Yo Mtv Raps. What's that you say? What about The Real World, Road Rules, Laguna Beach, or My Sweet Sixteen? Why don't you do yourself a favor and end it now because there's no hope for you, my friend.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rob Shimshack

This is my good friend and talented artist, Rob. Here he is penciled and inked. He's also a snappy dresser.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Gorillas On a Bus!

Here's Sam Jackson about to get 'murked' by Kaa from The Jungle Book.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Family Portraits

Here's a little illustration for the text book featuring a series of old portraits of mom, dad, and two daughters. The text calls for one of the daughters to be quite homely. The stairs and crude picture frames were hacked away at with Photoshop.

Heads Up!

A while back I talked about some illustrations I was doing for a proposed French text book. I haven't had to draw anything for it all summer but I've started up again. Here are some character sketches for the new unit. When the unit is finished I'll post it.

The Return of Sketching: Jack Sparrow

My God, what have I done? I had no idea people were actually checking in on the old blog. Some of my friends asked what was up. I wholeheartedly appologize for not updating in a long while and thanks for stopping by. July was an extremely hot and humid month for us in Upstate, NY. With intense heat my apartment becomes as hot as an oven. A running computer raises the temperature another 10 degrees. The heat also just kind of sapped my creativity. I've been very unmotivated to do much of anything. Therefore, my triumphant return is heralded by Jack Sparrow which was sketched shortly after seeing the movie.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Superman Returns

I went to a preview screening of Superman Returns on Tues. night with a bunch of friends. I really enjoyed the movie. When it comes to summer popcorn blockbusters it doesn't get much better. The other night I was at my local Barnes & Noble and saw an official Superman Returns magazine. Here are a collection of sketches resulting from a fever pitch of inspiration. I used a lot of photos from it for reference. I think you'll be able to tell which.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Napoleon Dynamite

This is a sculpture of Napoleon Dynamite I made as an exemplar for a project I did with two of my high school classes. The assignment was to create a sculpture based on any person they chose. It did have to be an actual person. No cartoon characters. The point was that they had to create the sculpture ala someone like Randy Bowen or a conceptual design artist. We started off with finding photo reference and then created a drawing of the full body. Then we laid out wire on top of the drawing to act like a skeleton over which we added wadded up newspaper. The newspaper was kind of like the figure's muscle mass. Over that we added layers of paper mache for skin and clothes. I forgot to mention that before any of the paper was added we created the head, hands, and feet with Sculpey. Slap some paint on and there you have it. The kids had fun making these.
One student made a sculpture of Paul Teutul, Sr. from Orange County Choppers. It so happens that a relative of one of the staff at school works at the O.C.C. garage and arranged a field trip. To make a long story short, the kid brought his sculpture and got it signed by Paul, Sr. Pretty cool huh? I was told that Paul, Sr. was very flattered.

Monday, June 12, 2006

A Parting Slap In the Face

It's nearing the end of another school year for me and another batch of staff retiring. Within the past year I've become the "go-to guy" for retirement gifts. I've become sort of famous at school for drawing caricatures of the students and lately some of the staff. I draw up a caricature of the victim and put them in a one panel joke.Above, left is my old boss at his retirement party. He's holding his gift. This was the first caricature that I've done that was given as a gift to a retiree. You can see everyone cracking up around him.
To the right is a closeup of the image. As you can see it depicts him playing golf on a student's head.

This year our school was hit hard with the amount of retiring staff. Here they are in the order that I completed them.

First is the school nurse.

Second is my principal.

Last but not least, is the school audiologist.

I am a huge procrastinator. I didn't start drawing them until the last few days. I actually finished the last one just a couple of hours before the party. That last one really held me up because I couldn't think of a gag. I couldn't find inspiration anywhere until one of my high school students gave me the idea for a giant hearing aid toppling over the little kid. Once lightning struck it was off to the races. But I honestly think I work better under pressure.

Saturday, June 03, 2006


I went to my first big convention over the past Fri. and Sat. with my good buddy, Andy from Ravenswood. He had and extra ticket to get in to the Wizard World Philadelphia convention so I went along. Andy wanted to meet some pros and get his portfolio looked at and I wanted a road trip, see this con, and meet some pros whose work I enjoy.
Stay with me. This will be a little lengthier than usual. I've included many pictures.

Here is a panorama at the entrance. Pretty big, eh?

I bumped into Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. Someone shouted to Beetle, "Hey, you're dead!" I also saw a cool Spiderman and snapped a pic of the manliest Superman I've ever seen.

Left is another garrison of stormtroopers. Check out Gen. Grievous hiding in the background. I don't even remember seeing him there. To the right is a tubby snowtrooper. The Empire must be getting desparate.

Later that night Andy and I went out to dinner at a cool restaurant called Doug & Buster's. To the left is me having a huge glass of Yuengling lager. To the right, Andy appears to be worried.

After dinner Andy went back to the room and I stayed outside to enjoy the view and a smoke. Right outside the hotel was a cool view of the Benjamin Franklin bridge. I asked someone to take a picture of me with the bridge. After that I had to document the girl who helped me out. Thanks to whoever you were. I never did get your name.
I was surprised as hell to see two old small press buddies of mine who I haven't seen in a couple of years. These guys are hitting the indy big-time.
Left is Brent Erwin, publisher of Ape Entertainment and a great guy. Right is artist and scoundrel, Dave Hedgecock. Thanks for the books, Dave. You're the man now, dog!

I got to meet one of my artistic heroes, Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, Fury, Punisher: Born, Toxin, upcoming, The Boys). Andy met Marvel's EIC, Joe Quesada. Andy said that Joe could've dressed better considering all the money he has. I agree. What you don't see is the cut-off sweatpants Joe's wearing.

From left to right are some artists I saw but didn't get a chance to meet: John Romita, Jr., John Romita, Sr., and one of my favorites, Rags Morales. Rags is one of the most underrated artists working right now. His figure work, gesture drawing, and facial expressions are amazing. I got hooked on his artwork with Hourman and then followed him to Hawkman. Identity Crisis was his swansong.
At the con I also was able to get a book signed by Steve McNiven and shake Mike Deodato, Jr.'s hand. I also met Paulo Rivera who's artwork is just beautiful. I met Alberto Ruiz who's blog is something I visit daily and read his Illustrator tutorials in DRAW! magazine. He's super talented. Speaking of DRAW! I met the editor, Mike Manley, and got one of his sketchbooks.
Did I mention I met Jim Lee? What's his problem?
In closing, I want to leave you with a picture I snapped as we were leaving the convention hall for the last time. Andy and I were riding down an escalator when he pointed out Spiderman sitting on a window ledge. I think this image of Spiderman summarizes my experience at the Philly Con. It was fun going with Andy and walking the isles of the con. I had a blast meeting all the creators and seeing what the dealers had to offer but I was damn tired and ready to head home.

Rob Liefeld getting extreme.
(Stock photo)
p.s. One of my goals for the con was to meet Rob Liefeld. Andy even bought one of his books to get signed. He was scheduled to be there all weekend. He wasn't. What happened, Rob? The way I see it, you owe us both a sketch, Rob.