Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sneak Peak: senior exhibit

Here's a little preview of what I'm working on right now. It's just one tiny part of the monstrosity that is my senior art exhibit. The gallery opening is in 19 days!! slkjf aslfd God, that's scary to write down! Back to work. I have SO much to do, it's freaking me out. It's my own fault for procrastinating, though...

Why yes, there IS something odd about those hands!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Okay, I have a load of drawings here. This is stuff from class notebooks, sketchbooks, handouts... just stuff I haven't gotten around to scanning until today. Again, lots of Blackbird-storyverse stuff that won't mean very much to most people, but plenty of other doodles, too. 
Peruse at will!

Mr. Strunz knows she's been up to no good.

He is grumpy.


Wee Breckendy.

A serious fellow.

Expression practice.

Running around.

Somebody in class said the phrase "extended lulls during conversation," and I heard it a different way.

Ball and Breckendy conducting shady business over [equally shady] lunch.

Just wanted to draw some legs... at the expense of making B way too tall.

She looks suspicious.

Kissing practice. It's so hard to draw faces all mashed up together.

Applied kissing practice! Well, not exactly kissing. Not canon, either. Just for fun. :3

A 40's private-eye guy.

Lady with horns... another lady with extra arms?

Designs for blind cave-dwelling people with whiskers or moth antennae or something... and four hands!

With four hands, one can gesture very elaborately.

Fantasy babe time! Exhibiting the latest in lightweight armor.

Look, kid. I know you have it.

Early idea for my senior show, which I abandoned. Edward Gorey aesthetic.

Redesign sketches for my old character Reidun!


Half-inked canine people! I really love the crotchety guy... I want to draw more of him.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Webcomics: More Favorites (and a question)

I don't feel like going back and editing my Top 11 list, but I really have to mention a couple of amazing webcomics that I just got up to speed with.

Do you think I should start a new blog specifically for these webcomic reviews, or is it okay to have them randomly mixed in? I feel like I have a lot to say on the topic of webcomics, and a review blog might be more interesting to a wider audience... but blog-starting is kind of a disease, so I'm hesitant. Look, a poll! You should exercise your opinion and make me feel all important.

Should I start a new blog for webcomic reviews?

Well, anyway, on to the comics:

The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl

This is such an unusual webcomic.   It mixes silly (actually, hilarious) gags with powerful and emotional storytelling. At first it doesn't seem to have much of a plot, but stick with it. The story builds slowly, and goes on many lighthearted tangents, but pieces of a complex and fascinating plot gradually come together. The main character (Charles Christopher) is a hulking beast-man who cannot speak, and recurring secondary characters include a variety of woodland- and city-dwelling animals and a spoiled human prince.

Everblue by Michael Sexton

I had heard good things about this comic, but was initially turned off by its extremely simple and cartoony character designs. It took me a while to realize that the artist puts his incredible talents to use in other areas, most notably color. The first chapter is black-and-white, so don't make any judgments until later. The coloring and lighting are absolutely luscious, and the lineart, though simple, is placed with amazing precision. The art, overall, has a very clean, polished, digital style. The story seems to be a sweet coming-of-age and adventure kind of thing with some cute romance mixed in, but it's still just getting started. There are hints that it might become something epic.