Friday, December 07, 2007

oodles o' doodles!!

I got a whole slew of new stuff for you fine folks, think of it as an early Christmas present (man that's lame!) As you can see on this page I started to break away from the ball point pen and started practicing with some drawing pens to get better with inking my final pieces. I still can't seem to help drawing sweaty people though.
Here's a not so successful attempt to add tones with the ballpoint to an inked drawing, at least I tried! Santa is sure fun to draw though.

Another take on Santa and some more practicing, I think I'm getting better at it, I dunno.
I meet Angus Oblong, creator of the cartoon show "The Oblongs" at Wizard World Texas a few weeks back. He was a really awesome guy and I had him draw one of his characters in my sketch book, I liked that he's "reacting" to my artwork!

My attempt at drawing a Peter Bagge character as well as a t-shirt design on the right page. If I had that shirt made would any of you guys wear it? Be honest!!
More sweat, more stubble, more ghosts, more barf.

More of the same, the guy saying "bleh" is reflecting my state of mind at the time I drew this page, the holidays get me down sometimes.

I was thinking about a new comic book series about baby versions of famous comic characters and "Baby Magneto" at the top of the page was born. Like many ideas I have I drew the one character and lost interest. Oh well. In case I don't post again until after the holidays I'll just go ahead and say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November pages

Allrighty then, I finally got some more pages scanned in. I think I stole the "Splorp" sound effect from Don Martin. I tried to create the creepiest yet cutest teddy bear I could there on the left page.
I think I've decided that a ball point pen is the best doodling tool ever invented. I'm having a blast experimenting with the various tones and values you can get. Thanks for looking at my mad rambling doodles!

Friday, October 26, 2007


For a change of pace from all the sketchbook pages, I thought I would post a few of my finished pieces. I'm desperately trying to get better at painting with acrylics, it's a lot of fun but incredibly frustrating at times. Please feel free to let me know how I'm doing, good or bad!
Most of these paintings are inspired by sketchbook images. I rarely know what in the hell they "mean" until after the piece is done and I stare at it for a while and come up with some sort of "significance". I think this one is about a weird critter coming out of a tree with a slimy critter.
I really like to work with contrasting images so for this painting I painted a bizarre alien type creature from the future next to a vintage cartoon inspired fellow. SEE the contrast?!?
Ever been in a really bad mood and it seems that everyone tries to cheer you up, and you just want to kick them in the appendix?
I'm just really not sure what the hell this is supposed to be, I just went nuts on a canvas one day.
Another piece inspired by Fleischer cartoons. I love how EVERYTHING in those shorts can come to life at any moment, so why not barf?
This painting is me trying to "say something" about how man intrudes on nature. I'm not a huge environmentalist or anything, I just love animals and trees and hate it when they're destroyed to make room for a new Gap or some crap.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Newest pages o' Wackiness!

Wow, 2 posts in October?!? How did I find the time?! Anyway, this being Halloween month I've been doodling more monsters and stuff than usual, this page being especially gory. The guy on the bottom left may find his way into a painting some day.
Watching old Fleischer and Van Beuren cartoons never fails to get my doodlin' hands busy. I drew these pages after watching "Somewhere in Dreamland", an awesome Fleischer cartoon where two little kids are starving to death so they dream about going to a fantastic candy and sweets filled fantasy land, only to wake up to discover they're still poor. It was made around the depression and all.
I'm really proud of the Japanese lookin' monster in the middle of the right page, he came out better than I thought he would. Those crazy Japanese and their monsters.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

new pages

Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts. I've been busy with a ton of projects lately, but I finally got around to scanning a few more pages. This first page has some more monster movie characters of which I am extremely fond of.
I was doodling at a Borders Books and Music the other day and the "Dragon Death" guy walked in like he was straight of the eighties. He was so ridiculous looking that I had to draw him.
I was in a particularly bizarre mood when I did this page, I think I had had a little too much caffeine.

Monday, September 17, 2007

I'm back!!

Sorry about the lack of posts, I can't seem to get quite as much sketching done as I used to, but finally here are some more pages.
I bought a really cool book full of famous movie monsters and villains so I tried drawing a few of them on the right page. Bullwinkle also.
You can tell Halloween is coming by how many monsters appear in my sketchbook.
Just in case you were wondering, I have no idea where the term "turtle snot" came from, but there it is on the left page.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Sketchbook! Huzzah!!

Well, after neglecting the 'ole blog for a few weeks now I finally got around to getting a new Moleskine sketchbook and started filling up the pages like I love to do. I plan on drawing on EVERY SINGLE page in this book, including the front and back inside covers. Hey, I want to get my money's worth! I drew these first few pages after reading some old obscure comic strips and watching some old Fleischer cartoons, a deadly combo.
The left page has my character King Frankenzilla from a comic anthology I'm working on with all the guys from, look for it at conventions soon!
Decapitated heads, dripping goo, zombies, the usual.
Someone mentioned to me that the four heads on the bottom right page showed up in a dream they had the next night. I can't imagine what the dream was like, but I doubt it was pleasant.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

last pages!!!

Well, this post marks the last pages of my Moleskine sketchbook that I started this past January. I believe I've posted almost every single page (there were a few pages of just crappy little doodlings that I didn't want to show anybody). I just started a brand new book yesterday so I'll continue to post pages as they come. This spread has one of my all time favorite cult movie characters, can you spot him?
And here we are with the very last page. I guess I could have done something different to mark the occasion, but I just felt like letting the doodles take over like they like to do. On to the next book!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

sketches galore!!

I'm getting to the end of my Moleskin sketchbook, but don't worry! I have a new one waiting to be filled, so get ready for more sketchbook zaniness! For this page I broke out the colored pencils again.
This page has some Harvey Kurtzman characters from his Hey Look! comic strip, he has provided me with endless inspiration.
I really can't think of what to say about this page other than I like my Godzilla caricature on the bottom right.
I'm thinking "Zombie Tree" (on the left page) will be my next painting.
I think I captured Barney Rubble pretty well, those Ed Benedict characters are harder to draw than they look.
Drawing from some more Gene Deitch drawings, that guy's style makes me drool with envy.
I'm obviously trying to cram in as many drawings as possible in these last few pages, I hate wasting paper.
That goat has a seriously messed up leg, not sure what happened.
Batman makes an appearance.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Confessions of a Toy Junkie

And now for something completely different. I don't have much new sketchbook stuff but I wanted to post something new, so I decided to post some pictures of my art room/ toy museum. One of my favorite things to do in the world is to go to garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores and hunt for any cartoon character or monster toy I can get my hands on. I have filled my "studio" with many of these finds, and there are tons more that I don't even have the room for to display. These photos are the tragic results of this sick obsession.The vertical stack of books between the two shelves are all of my old sketchbooks since high school. The shelf on the left is chock full o' cartoon and art books that I try and draw inspiration from, but basically just serve to show me how far I have to go in becoming a "real artist".
My Mickey Mouse collection actually lives in our bedroom on top of our entertainment center. My wonderful wife is gracious enough to share her sleeping quarters with Walt Disney's famous rodent.
The Simpsons live here as well, they seem to enjoy each other's company.

Back to my room, my love of giant monsters knows no bounds. Here is a small sampling of my King Kong collection, the red and green monster is a Kong wannabe from the awesome 16-bit game "Primal Rage".
Superman and Batman are my absolute favorite superheroes of all time (Plastic Man is my third favorite since I KNOW you were wanting to know).
My shrine to one of my idols and an absolute creative genius, Jim Henson. He watches over my drawing table and gives words of encouragement and inspiration.
One of my linoleum prints from college lives behind some Ren and Stimpy stuff, the first animated cartoon that made me want to draw.
Another shelf of toys, books, and more toys. This needs to be organized REALLY badly.

My wall of movie monsters and villains. The Crow figure is signed by James O' Barr and the Captain Spaulding figure is signed by Sid Haig.
My grandmother gave me this vintage typewriter, so I naturally had to cover it with more crap. It sits on top of an awesome ceramic camel that my other grandmother gave to me. That's a framed Ed Wood poster behind it, one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.
My small but growing collection of glow-in-the-dark toys. It looks pretty cool to see them all glowing at once, that's my custom Munny on the right behind Herman Munster.
Yet another shelf. The top row has my Looney Tunes and other classic cartoon characters, the middle is my Kid Robot collection, and the bottom stuff is whatever would fit. I'm proud of my Slimers.
Of course the King of the Monsters gets his own shrine as well. When I was little I could never find any Godzilla toys and it killed me, I even went so far as to make a custom Godzilla from an old dinosaur figure I had. As soon as I had my own money to blow I began to compensate for this lack of Godzillas.
I have plenty more but I think that's all any sane person could stand for now, I'll be back soon with more art. Also, everybody go check out the blog of the immensely talented and super cool Justin Winslow: