Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
It's a bit late in the day for my usual blog post, but it's Christmas Eve so cut me some slack. D and I are spending Christmas with her family so the daily sketch is taken with D's camera. The Santa here is inspired by one of my future mother-in-laws many, many Santas about the house. I really dug his crazy Rip Torn-esque moustache.
As is customary in my Polish heritage on Christmas Eve, I wish you all a prosperous, magical New Year in 2008 filled with laughter, love, and new experiences. I have some exciting news to break in the New Year and am looking forward to a bundle of new experiences and big positive changes!
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Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I've been working on a project in between working on my main art and writing efforts tentatively called "Project: Chimera". The sketch below is a development sketch of one of the main characters - a retired badass general. I wanted him to look old and grizzley, but I think he ended up looking Asian somehow. Still, I like the drawing.
I took Ender back to the vet yesterday and unfortunately his claw wasn't getting better with the antibiotics. So I had to leave him at the vet so they could perform a surgical amputation of his one claw to prevent further infection. I felt horrible about it, leaving the poor little guy there and the thought of taking one of his claws. I can't imagine what it must feel like to make choices like that for your kids. The good news is that I spoke with the vet yesterday afternoon and Ender was doing quite well, the surgery went great and the vet believes there were signs that the claw had broken which would have explain the infection. He was confident we made the right choice to remove it and said Ender was resting comfortably. While he was out we also gave him a thorough teeth cleaning so he should have fresh kitty breath upon his return. I'll be headed over later today to pick him up and bring our little man home for some seriously needed TLC.
My good friend and ex-professor Jose Villarubia is the subject of a "My Baltimore" video. A great look at my friend and the city of Baltimore. Check it out HERE.
Lastly, if you are a comic fan you should definitely head over to www.myspace.com/pilotseason where Top Cow is letting fans decide which two characters will get their own series in 2008. Voting is open until mid-January and fans can vote as many times as they like American Idol style.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The vain part of me was very amused to find an entry for my name on the Comic Book DB website.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Looking forward to getting the X-Box back today from the repair center. Woot!
Friday, December 07, 2007
Jump spinning crescant kick, my friends. Watch out. This guy knows karate.
Just a quick warmup sketch for fun. Did some jump kicks in training last weekend and it inspired the drawing.
I've been re-reading Ex Machina Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughn (or BKV as he's now more frequently referred to) and Tony Harris. The first time I read it a couple years ago I wasn't that impressed. It was okay I thought, but nothing spectacular. I'm about half way through the first volume again and I gotta say, I may have been wrong. The first issue was a pretty spectacular setup by BKV and despite not really having any action the story moves along at a quick pace. And Tony's art is always exceptional. Maybe it's just that I've read Runaways and Dr Strange: The Oath recently, but BKV is quickly moving up my chart. I know, I'm only 3 years behind. But hey, better late than never. I guess I have to get Y: The Last Man next...
The X-Box 360 is returning home today from its trip to the doctor. Unfortunately I have a lunch meeting and I have no doubt that the UPS man will wait until I leave the house to attempt his delivery. He's crafty that way.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Here's another couple of panels in progress from "Dead Inspector". I'd say these are about 75% complete. JC Vaughn, the writer, sent me the completed issue #1 script yesterday and it has a really fun cliffhanger ending. In the first issue we establish most of the major characters and set up the premise of the entire series. Assuming my art carries its weight, we should have a solid first issue to shop around soon.
D and I went back into the Tivo archives last night and watched the first episode of "Journeyman". We thought is was quite solid and entertaining. They've set up some cool concepts and characters. We'll keep watching a few more episodes (having Tivo'd the entire season) and see how it plays out.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Check out this panel of David from "Dead Inspector" at the scene of a recent crime in the most recent page of "DI" I'm working on. I like the expression and body language being conveyed here.
In other news, I saw the latest page from the "Forever Man" project last night drawn by Thomas Nachlik and it is scary good. I got giddy when I saw it. Giddy, people. Can I show it to you? No. I know, I'm a tease. But trust me, it's awesome.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Using a very thin pen I did a quick head sketch with no real blacks laid into it. Just a fun warmup experiment. Not sure who this guy is to be honest.
I saw the "Namesake" last night and really enjoyed it. Kal Penn gave a solid performance but the real shining star in the movie was the woman who played his mother, Tabu, a Bollywood actress. Great movie about family, love, and discovering who you are. Also watched "Number 23" over the weekend which wasn't anything ground-breaking but certainly an entertaining Friday night thriller. Oh and we put up our Christmas decorations this weekend including our decorating the tree. The trouble twins (cats) proceeded to knock have the ornaments off this morning.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I've been debating how to handle Page 15 in Dead Inspector, whether to go with a straight forward approach of 3 guys walking down an alley way or to vary up the shots. Ultimately I've decided to vary the shots and I'm pretty happy with the layout below.
Off to New York for a quick day trip today. Should be fun and I always enjoy the train ride up and back.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Headed to down to VA to visit the folks and for turkey and pie. I was going to do a hand traced turkey sketch, like we did when we were kids, but honestly (and sadly) last night I could not recall how... So instead you get this Pilgrim. Word.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Inspired a bit by Kenneth Rocafort's sketchbook this weekend and a bit by the incredibly cheesy but bloody "Pathfinder" I watched on the flight back to Baltimore, here's a double dose of dwarven viking warrior (to make up for my lack of sketch yesterday). I like the profile shot better than than the full figure.
In other news it looks like my X-Box 360 has the red light of death flashing and games are freezing inexplicably. Here's hoping Xbox Customer Service can help me out...
And excitingly enough I found out last night that my sister Anna will appear on an upcoming episode of MTV's "Made". Pretty damn cool! I'll let folks know once I know the air date.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I'm back in Baltimore after a last minute trip to the airport to catch my late night flight homw Sunday night. I'm glad to be home and it was great to see my future sister-in-law and niece this morning .
Here's a Batman drawing inspired by Sean Phillips' blog.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Greetings all from lovely Arlington Texas!
Today's sketch is of Jackie Estacado sporting his new Central American look since we're giving out a ton of The Darkness First Looks at WizardWorld Texas and debuting the new The Darkness trailer.
Yesterday was a long day starting at around 3:30am to catch my flight out, but a good one. I got to visit the flagship store for Lone Star Comics in Dallas. It's an awesome, clean, and well stocked store and I really enjoyed chatting with Chris Powell, the general manager.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
By the by, I'm off to WizardWorld Texas tomorrow, so no promises on sketches for Thursday and Friday but I'll see what I can do.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"Heroes" - damn, that was a fun episode last night. Finally we found out what happened between the end of Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2. And Kristen Bell... well, let's just say I like her and I'm glad she's part of the show. Does anyone else think that Adam might be the sire of ALL of the Heroes? In theory he's been alive long enough to have a whole litter of kids. Just a thought.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Rain in Baltimore in the fall and winter months is pretty depressing. The sky is perpetually gray and gloomy and it just puts a damper on my entire mood. Friday we had rain. Last night more rain and finally all of today... you guessed it - rain. Yuck. Today's quick sketch was inspired by the weather. Enjoy.
The weekend rounds of wedding reception sites was pretty fruitful. Here's a picture of the front runner for the reception site. We thought it was pretty beautiful.
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Friday, November 09, 2007
The day has finally come. It's time for me to join the elite multi-media phone users of the world. They've tempted me with clever commercials, lured me in with recommendations from friends, and awoke something I did not know I had... phone envy. Alright Apple, I surrender. You have me with your beautiful design, touch screen, and the fact that I have all of my music in iTunes format. Yesterday was liberation day from my Verizon contract. Today is iPhone day.
I hope to get a sketch up later today. I have to get cracking on work this morning as D and I are taking the second half of the afternoon to look at some wedding reception sites. Maybe I'll take some photos with my... iPhone?
Here's an entertaining mock iPhone commercial:
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
You may notice something new on the blog today. In the right column (scroll down) you will see some Google ads. I've decided to see if my free sketches can generate a little extra income for me (why not, right?). So if you enjoy the free sketches and drop by the blog on a regular basis, you can support me by clicking on a link from one of the ads. I've decided to go with the least intrusive option by utilizing the text only ads and only ads the relate to the content of my blog. Any and all clicks are appreciated.
I'm also toying with the idea of making some of the original sketches available for sale but haven't quite thought that one through. If that comes to fruition, you folks will be the first to know.
Today's sketch is David and Steve having a conversation over a cup of coffee (a complete panel from the current page). Quick observation - there are no good coffee joints in Central Virginia or North Carolina. It seems to be the last area in the country that Starbucks hasn't penetrated with the ridiculous saturation that is omni-present in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. I can't remember the last time I had to LOOK for Starbucks. In Durham, NC the only one I saw was in a Barnes and Noble. There's not even a Dunkin Donuts off the highway. Just gas stations and fast food. With Maxwell House (or something equally dreadful).
Also, I watched Ghost Rider yesterday. My mistake. It's every bit as bad as you've heard. Worse in fact. I would go so far as to say that Mark Steven Johnson should never be allowed to make movies again. He's done Daredevil, Elektra, and Ghost Rider. Three strikes and you are out my friend.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Another panel in development. You saw the preliminary sketch earlier and now here's the panel about 3/4 of the way complete.
D and I took advantage of our hi def channels and TV for the first time and skipped the Tivo option (which doesn't record in HD) to watch Heroes last night. First of all, commercials feel quite odd now days. Secondly, hi def is awesome! The colors and details are almost frightening. I'm still a bit mixed on this season but the episodes do seem to be improving every week so I'm keeping my outlook positive.
Random thought from yesterday - I'm pretty certain that if I won the lottery, my house would burn down (or something equally catastrophic). Just so I wouldn't have all that money. Hence I do not play the lottery.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here's another look at a panel in progress from the current page of "Dead Inspector". This one is of Captain Miller who's made a bevy of appearances on the blog recently.
Also make sure you check out www.wantedmovie.com to see the first official trailer for Top Cow's Wanted film (coming out March 28, 2008). We're all pretty stoked at work about this project. You'll also be able to see it this weekend when you go to "American Gangster" starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
David from Dead Inspector makes another appearance in the Daily Sketch. He has to be the character who's most frequently appeared here, right?
In other news, I installed my brand new Sony CD player/ipod interface into my car this weekend. The good folks at Crutchfield made the entire experience easy and pleasant and in all seriousness these guys have some of the best customer service and tech support I've EVER encountered. When they missed including a dash kit in the shipment they offered to let me go down to Best Buy, pick up one, and credited my Discover card for the Best Buy retail price. Just so I wouldn't have to wait until Monday to get the missing piece. Rock on! If I ever need more electronics from the car, I'm going straight to them.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Plus I'm very happy to tease that the Forever Man project is moving along incredibly well. John (my co-writer) and I were incredibly lucky to hook up with the mad talented Thomas Nalchik. Thomas is pumping out page after amazing page and I can't wait to show it off when the project is ready to be seen. In the meantime, a small teaser image... What can I say I'm in an image happy mood this morning.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Okay I'm off to test for my second degree black belt tonight so I'll be spending the day warming up and soaking in secret kung fu knowledge at the WKKA camp prior to the test. I thought in honor of the event and because I just felt like it - I'd give you a ninja today. That's right - NINJA!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This was another possible look for the new character in Dead Inspector, Captain Miller. But JC decided he liked the take I posted for Sketch #99 so it's kind of a moot point. Still I thought it was a nice head shot so why not post it.