Tuesday, April 29, 2008


This may be my last entry before finals completely kill any semblance of sanity within my already weakened body. I'm just saying.

Space Cowgirl.

This one's for my Illustration II class. We were told to illustrate an article of our choosing from The Straight Dope's archives. I scoured the entire site for something fun to draw and the super-quick piece, "Would a gun work in space?", was one of the few that appealed to me. Naturally, I immediately started sketching cowgirl space cadets. In this world, boring spacemen with dinky rayguns are no match for sleepy-eyed space sheriffs with trusty Earth pistols. Obviously.

Also, I totally swear that -- contrary to what this blog's images may suggest -- I draw men almost as much as I draw ladies. Fear not, they are just as surly and sick-looking as the rest of my characters. I shall post evidence of this after my finals-induced death. Posthumous blogging?

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Fun fact: For a really long time, I wanted to become a professional comic book artist. And then I actually tried it. And it sucked. And I didn't want to be one anymore. Although I'm still working on sequential art, I've pretty much given up on the idea of professionally pursuing that field exclusively. It just hurts my brain too much. That said...

Decemberists Comic.

We were required to do a sequential art piece for one of my recent Narrative Illustration assignments. Choosing from a list of various songs, we illustrated the lyrics in comic book form. I chose The Decemberists' "The Bagman's Gambit" despite knowing nothing about the song or the band and desperately wanting to pick either the David Bowie or Morrissey song because I like them better. However, the opportunity to draw a hot super spy was just too good to pass up. Also, I had the chance to do wacky Alias-style costume changes. Bruce Lee jumpsuits? Gun-wielding geishas? Dr. Girlfriend-y assassins? Yes, please.

Plus, the coloring wasn't too bad on this one. I'm slowly becoming more confident in my digital work, so hopefully by the time I'm totally comfortable, I'll be able to color-correct like a master. That said, not everything is hot, so I'm only posting the second page of the comic.

Oh, and thanks to all the folks that stopped to chat with me during New York Comic-Con over the weekend. I didn't expect anyone to actually do it, so imagine my surprise when people recognized me and initiated conversations. Minimal effort on my part is always excellent. Thanks again, it really made my weekend.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Finished the end-of-the-year BBQ poster I mentioned in my previous post. I'm quite satisfied with the way it turned out, despite the fact that it took forever.


Line work was done by ink and dip pen on Bristol. Coloring was done completely in Photoshop. The method I used to color this was infinitely easier than the way I've been doing it all these years. It saved me loads of time, which meant that I could focus more on color and type.

The only significant changes were the guy's hand, which was super-wonky in the line-art and is now only marginally wonky, and the beach ball, which is something I'm incapable of drawing, apparently. I also made their eyes a little more sunken in, because I guess if my people are having fun, they're not allowed to be healthy too.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Man, has it been a crummy week. I won't get into it, but I have just been beyond exhausted. I keep hoping that this overwhelming crappiness is just what the universe must inflict upon me to balance out the incredible awesomeness that lies ahead. First of all, I will be going to see The Colbert Report in Philadelphia on Monday. Whoo! Secondly, I will be attending the New York Comic-Con on Saturday and Sunday. Double whoo! If you see me around the convention center, please say hello. I look like a bigger, less 2-D version of this.

Because of Comic-Con, I will be missing the end-of-the-year school BBQ that I'm supposed to help organize. I've been put in charge of advertising instead, which I'm actually kind of excited about because I realized that I haven't designed anything for my department yet. Recently, two of my teachers, digital coloring masters, did Photoshop demos for us and I found out that I've been doing it the hard way all this time. Anyway, I'm trying to apply all this new information into the creation of the poster but it's going to take a while before it looks anything like the way I want it to. Here's the linework for now.


Nothing gets iris-less art school hipsters going like hot meat on a grill. Ha-HA! "Hot meat"...

I've also recently discovered the joys of a good pen nib. It's done wonders for my ink work and my sketchbook is now full of drawings that won't smudge when I accidentally swipe my hand against a page. Expect a big sketch post soon. Not too soon, though. Lazy lady.

Monday, April 7, 2008


Dorothy Parker's Inventory.

That's the final version of the work in progress from my previous post. In Narrative Illustration class, we were given a selection of poems to illustrate, focusing mainly on the the rhythm and tone of the pieces. I also did a Theodore Roethke piece, but that was kind of a nightmare, as I had decided to switch styles mid-stream.

I would like to thank my Venture Bros. Season Two DVD, old episodes of WNYC's Radio Lab and Orangina for getting me through this assignment.