In 2012, I left my job at a major think tank to pursue my dream of drawing comics. If you follow the blog, you have no doubt seen the progress I’ve made and the work I’ve put in to get better. Year after year, I built upon my skills.
For my Throwback Thursday tweet & Insta posts today, I talked about the amazing crossroad of luck and opportunity. In 2015, you may remember I had the chance to be on stage with the great Jim Lee, one of my comic idols growing up. I also lent the amazing Ed McGuinness my drawing pad. I received original artwork from both and was able to talk to them about drawing. I also got to meet Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos, 2 of the 3 artists whose work brought me back to comics (the third being Chris Bachalo whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting since). I geeked out pretty hard as a fan. I mean, how could you not?
However, I always wanted to be a creator. I kept drawing and learning. I’m thankful for an amazing support network that has kept me with jobs throughout the years. I’ve done commercial art, some graphic design and cartooning, commissions, concept art, and storyboards. I’ve made some web comics.
Here are the next two things I’ll be participating in:
This upcoming Saturday, July 14th at Southern California Comics in San Diego, I’ll be joining an amazing collection of talent as we share our wares and prepare for Comic-Con the week after. If you’re in San Diego, I hope you can make it!
And, yes, this year sees me as a creator at San Diego Comic-Con. If you’re there, my schedule is above. Drop by, say hi and tell me you read this post!
I have a lot of people to thank throughout the years for this: my wife, Brian Stelfreeze, Steve Epting, Frank Cho, Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Victor Glover from VZAAge. Nathaniel Osollo, Adriano DiBenedetto, Neal Yamamoto, Andy Nordvall, Matt Jackson, Mike Korpi, Suzanne Land, Ben Evans, Mike Korpi, Eric Wilder, Carree Michel, Christina Jordan, Maddie Gygli, the Comic Bug, Terry Mayo, Jose Cardenas, Will Van Stone Jr., Jorge Urbina, Jonathan London, Kevin Schmidt, Ry Rocklen, Bonnie Burton, Cory Doctorrow, Lucienne Silva, Kat Rocha, Josh Finney and anyone who ever purchased any merchandise or stopped by to check out my work. There are so many more people to thank, but I’ll stop here and get back to work.
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Here’s a quick doodle of Totoro. I did this with the felt-tip pen tool in Sketchbook Mobile. I didn’t use erase: I just tried to draw with as much continuous motion as possible. This gives it a very scraggly look at the edges. Also, my first etsy sale of 2014 was a felted Totoro!
Doodling felt concepts of my favorite muties has been so much fun that I thought I’d continue. Here’s ol’ Magneto.
So yesterday I did a doodle of a Sentinel concept for felting. Here are some X-Men to battle the Sentinel.
I haven’t done a larger format felted piece in a while. X-Men versus Sentinel? What do you guys think? I’m a bit under the weather unfortunately but the etsy shop will be stocked soon. Finished are penguins and Appa from Avatar: the Last Airbender. Next up are Baby Death and mini Totoro. Then the plan is for Yoda and Admiral Ackbar to return followed by tiny AT-ATs. I’ll be looking to redo my felted Vader concept and offer prints (starting of course with Baby Death trading cards). All this while working on my comic art. 2013 was great but I’m excited for 2014. Hope you guys are too!
First up is a quick rough of Appa from the Avatar: the Last Airbender series to show you a little bit about how I think of things when I do needle-felting. I normally don’t sketch ideas down, but I feel like it’s good practice and it saves some time in that it prevents mistakes.
Next up? Emo baby Minotaur:
I just realized this morning that I didn’t post a doodle yesterday. I will have to double up! First, what’s this I spy? Bags of potential felted Yodas.
To think about other things to needle-felt? I had felted Darth Vader awhile ago but it wasn’t a build I could streamline into multiples easily. Maybe I’ll find a way too simplify. What do you guys think?
Needle-felting time! Apparently some of the shop’s Star Wars items got a nod on Technabob about a month ago (I didn’t even know!) and the news spread across the interwebz to other blogs. Here’s a list of some of the ones I could find. My friend Tony alerted me to a posting on Boing Boing on Monday and it’s been quite ride since.
Anyway, I have quite a bit of work to do so Baby Death is gonna have to lend a hand. The shop is sold out of many items so I’ll be fulfilling current orders before restocking. Thanks everyone for the support and love!