Monday, September 29, 2008


Little Red Riding Hood.

This one was for my Illustration Concepts I class. We were given the assignment to take an action scene from a well-known fairy tale and place it into a different time period. Like half the class, I chose "Little Red Riding Hood", even though I had desperately, desperately tried to find some way to do "The Snow Queen", my favorite fairy tale. I was quickly reminded that particular story isn't so much action-packed as it is super-dreary. Anyway, I did a weird little twist on the piece and instead of having the classic Woodsman Plus Axe vs. Wolf scene, I wanted Red to fling the stone-filled wolf into the river (honestly, I haven't read it in a while, so I may have come across a weird version in my childhood). I have no idea where the Mexican wrestling stuff came from, but the mask/hood thing just worked and there it is: Big Red against the Big Bad Wolf. Also, I kind of surprised myself when Red turned out nothing like Tex Avery's.

Speaking of scantily-clad ladies... The results from Project: Rooftop's Vampirella ReVamp contest are up and, as it turns out, I'm a finalist. I didn't get a top three prize, but I got a critique from the judges, which was nice enough (I must defend physics-defying underboobies for the first time in my life, because if Vampirella's universe can keep her business together in that classic tissue and dental floss costume, she can certainly pick up some double-sided tape and deal with underboobies). Check out some other entries!

Oh, I actually ended up staying in New York City for the majority of the weekend, so I missed the Baltimore Comic-Con. I still plan on attending the Small Press Expo, unless something more epic comes along and pulls me from the state again. I'm not sure what will keep me away from seeing Jillian Tamaki and Kate Beaton, though.


  1. Long time reader, first time caller (friend of Justin/Mark/Tyler/etc).

    Kali and I both agreed that your PR design probably ought to have been top three. The winning design was a nice drawing, but didn't highlight the rather lame costume design. Second and third were equally as weak.

    Anyway. Continue.

  2. Ah yes, Beaton is suppose to be in Bethesda. Would love to go see her but doubt I'll get around the making the trip. Dig the composition. And your coloring is kickass.

  3. Thanks, Sam. There were a lot of little things about the design, but I'm pretty sure the underboobies killed it, especially with the lady-judges.

    Why aren't you journeying to SPX, Tiffany? Don't you ache to make an ass of yourself in front of famous illustrators?

  4. Hey, I visited character development on Tuesday last week (so I got to see your fantastic Native American Spirit Team piece in person). Just wanted to say I love this Lucha Libre red riding hood piece lots! Fantastic composition. Looking forward to more posts.

  5. Hey Annie! I guess Sam & I decided to comment on the same post! And yes, you totally got gypped on Project Rooftop. They always seem a little slanted towards pieces that make nice "illustrations", but aren't neccesarily the best costumes...
    But anyway, my actual reason for commenting was to say that I have also been secretly aware of YOUR work via Sam, and I like this new piece a lot! Now, I'm probably unfairly biased, but I think your photoshop-colored pieces always strike me as being more exciting and pulled-together than your ink wash type stuff...but it sounds like you're still experimenting with it, so I'll look forward to seeing what else you come up with. :)

  6. Another smashing winner. The colors & composition are dead on, and the concept is funny as hell. (This comment includes the words Smash, Dead & Hell - no extra charge).

  7. Thanks, everyone. I really appreciate the feedback.

    I'm getting more and more comfortable with this digital coloring stuff, but I'm also really interested in pushing that "line art plus ink wash" thing further. I've only done three pieces with it so far, so I've got quite a way to go!