Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One for the kiddies...

My friends, Scott and Stacey, are having a baby in the next few days. They asked me to paint a mural on the wall of the baby's room. I haven't painted in about 5 years, so I was scared. As it turns out, I'm not as rusty as I thought.

Above: The digital illustration I used as a "sketch. Scott had a projector attached to his computer that we were able to use. They knew they're having a girl, so they wanted an image that involved a little girl and their dog Webber...



Above: And so the work begins...


Above: The fine details added...


Above: Girl detail...


Above: Webber detail...


Above: The finished piece
All photos by Scott Willemsen

Thanks and congratulations in advance to Scott and Stacey. It was a fun project and worked out much, much better than I'd hoped...

Melvins Illustration in June 2010 Exclaim-Out Now...

For quite a while now, my favourite band has been the Melvins (I've been bordering on scary fanatic levels of worship in fact). When Exclaim Magazine came calling and asked if I wanted to do an illustration of the band for their June issue, of course I said yes. For my interpretation, I combined it with another one of my favourite things in the world, that being Japanese monster movies. Fitting, since I more or less see the Melvins as an unstoppable force since they've only gotten better in their 25+ years of existence and are showing no signs of slowing down.
Thanks to my friend Christopher at Exclaim, I've heard the new album "The Bride Screamed Murder" and I'd say it definitely ranks among their best....

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sketchbook Detritus-11/05/10


Doodled while sucking back caffeine with Ben Rivers...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mr. Monitor...

If I had my way, or a heftier bank account, I'd pretty much work on Mr. Monitor stories all the time. As it stands, I've been able to put out 7 parts online in the span of around 18 months, which is kind of sad considering each part is only a single page. My perfectionism once again takes a hold of me.
History lesson-I first created Mr. Monitor in 10th grade, which makes him 20 years old this year. I'm showing my age, but whatever. I spent the rest of high school doodling him in the middle of class and coming up with ridiculous stories that I never completed (thankfully). In my third year of college I brought him back as a back up feature in my early mini comics and it turned out people liked his stories much better than what I was doing in the main features. I never completed the serial I had him involved in when I gave up on doing zines, but I never really forgot about him. Now he's on his third incarnation as a web comic, one that's constantly being messed around with, but that's the fun of the online medium if you ask me. I think this incarnation, as far as look and story are much better and I'm glad I'm doing it this way. His sub site at Broken Pencil was just re-done, so if you're at all curious follow this link: http://www.brokenpencil.com/mrmonitor/
Thanks to Derek Winkler for putting the page together and to my wife (and editor) Lindsay for giving me a reason to pull this story out of the mothballs again and a place to host it.