Saturday, January 22, 2011

Weekend Update

Well, yesterday was a particular wake-up call of sorts. I realized how much had I time left in school, and it isn't much. Then I realized how much time I have left until I have to have my senior exhibition done, which is even less. Let's just say, I was lazy for the last couple of months and I have no one to blame but myself.

I'm finishing all these other side projects while I'm trying to pull the parts of my senior show together and make it good.

Here's one of those side projects.

This is a tattoo for a friend named Brenna Kerwin. I usually don't like drawing tattoo designs for people because, too often, a person will give me too little information about what he wants, or no information at all (Estiene)! Initially, I wanted to draw the floral/tribal tiger in a really awesome perspective, but I just ended up not doing it because I don't know how to draw a tiger. Sure, I could visit a local zoo. However, time just wasn't on my side.

Here are some color sketches:

I know Brenna likes navy blue. (I usually see her wearing that, I guess.)

So, for my senior exhibition, I settled on doing a black and white comic. Some of the professors who reviewed what I had planned were questioning why there wasn't color, but then why isn't there color in black and white photography? Graphite drawings? Franz Kline's work? Sometimes, (fine) art instructors piss me off.

Well, a few years ago, I became a fan of Adrian Tomine's work. It's real stuff. I know some will argue that, in comics, there are no limits and there's no point in portraying reality. I know that there's a way to portray issues metaphorically, through fantasy and super-heroes and cartoon animals, but there's something about the control Tomine uses with the art and the dialogue in his comics. Plus, he's an independent creator. Like Mignola, Brian Wood, Robert Kirkman--there's something to respect about that.

A couple of weeks ago I completed some studies of the protagonist in the comic I'm developing.
Here it is!

I think the sketches came out pretty well.

So did the inks.

I'm going to try to be consistent with updates on th' blog.

Here's what to expect:
  • A Tale of Caution (Senior Exhibition)
  • Instigatorzine
  • Gothic Card designs
  • spontaneous drawings and paintings
  • on-going commissions
  • indulgent material (comics, film, music, art, etc.)


  1. Thanks, GC!

    No where to go but going!

  2. Beautiful drawings! I can't wait to see your comic!

  3. Thanks, Shigeko! I can't wait to see it either!