Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Last year, the Bear and Bird Gallery had a call for local artists for their "Creep Cinema" exhibition. So, naturally, I got excited at the possibility of submitting something for a second time to the gallery. Since the theme revolved around horror/monster movies, I decided to go in with a piece dedicated to the true King of the Monsters: GODZILLA.

I've been a fan of Godzilla ever since I was a kid; I spent a few months researching the Godzilla/Toho universe and re-familiarizing myself with the world of giant Japanese monsters. This included watching a few of the movies (the 90's Heisei films in particular), reading a few scattered Godzilla comics (Dark Horse and the more recent IDW books), and even looking at an outdated reference book (The Official Godzilla Compendium by J.D. Lees and Marc Cerasini) for inspiration. You could say I became a fan all over again.

While some can argue that "Godzilla isn't horror," well, let's be honest here, the concept of Godzilla is pretty scary on its own. And, hey, the gallery took it with no complaint, so... who cares?

Here's the final:

I don't think IDW's gonna be knockin' on my door anytime soon....

It was a fun piece to work on. Though, looking back at it now, there are things that bug me about it, but I'm convinced I'm never going to make something I'm 100% satisfied with... It does make me want to learn more about creating larger scenes and more interesting looking backgrounds though. Also, I just like drawing monsters.

On another note, I have tons of sketches and material I built up over the course of making this piece. I think I might gather them together and make a little showcase of them... Later.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Patrice O'Neal

Back in late November 2011, Patrice O'Neal had suddenly passed away. I remember I had seen his most recent stand up special ("Elephant in the Room") earlier in the summer, but then suddenly heard nothing else about him until his death. One night, while watching the Daily Show, Jon Stewart had announced the loss of someone "too funny, too soon." I didn't recognize the name until a clip from his special started playing. I was just surprised. I thought it was a real shame that a funny guy like him was gone, so I started doing a little research, finding bits of his comedy routines sprinkled around YouTube and turned out a small tribute piece a week or so later.

This was probably my favorite drawing I've done since I graduated from college. It was a fun little experiment inking from loose, bare bones pencils. I thought the combination of brush and pen came together nicely. While there's probably things I can do better (OK, let's be honest, there ALWAYS are), I think this feels like a nice springboard for what I should be aiming for with my inking.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Peter Doherty... Times Two

Peter Doherty is a musician, best known as the frontman for The Libertines and Babyshambles.

I have to be honest, I don't really know much about the guy, other than the fact that a friend of mine is a fan of his. He showed me a gouache portrait that he did of Doherty that came out well and showed me the source to compare. I rather liked the composition of the reference photo, so I decided to take a crack at my own version.

Here's my first attempt...

I thought this one was going alright... at least until I finished inking it and actually looked at the drawing. While it's not terrible, I hadn't really been paying attention when I was doing the pencils, and was drawing from a weird angle, so I didn't even realize things were out of proportion.

So, after a mild annoyance I tried again. Why? Because, dammit, I have to!

This one came out better, and generally more in proportion and observed. I think the inking felt a lot more solid and confident too. The ties/scarves he was wearing in that photo gave me some trouble though... Ah well. Just gotta keep moving forward then.

Monday, February 13, 2012

New Days, New Drawings, Same Dude

So it's recently been brought to my attention that I have a blog... and it's true! I feel like I have kick myself a little for ignoring this thing as much as I have been. I registered this blog by the time I started college, and rarely ever kept up with it. But, oh well, what's past is past, right? As my buddy Jaime says, time to get some chet done!

Today's sketch was initially done in 15 minutes in a parking lot. Afterward, I realized that the pen line was a little too consistent, so I went on top of it with some markers and a brush pen, trying to get some more variation and generally just make it a little more interesting to look at. Maybe I should've scanned it before I started in with the markers... I think I messed up a few areas, but I had some fun with this.

And there's more where that came from (hard to believe, but it's true!). As the month rolls on, I'm going to try and whip this blog into shape... you know, like I was supposed to be doing for years now.