Friday, November 30, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Excess"

Grimble Crossing the Alps

Here is Adolphus M. Grimble. He is an excessive buffoon. And he loves portraiture.


He is the Proprietor of the Manufactory, he is the pyshical manifestation of overbearing personalities, he is Adolphus M. Grimble.

He is also from my book, Jack & Inar, scheduled for a 2008 release, written and illustrated by me.

For more about the characters and story of Jack & Inar, click on the links to some previous Jack & Inar posts below:

Who is Adolphus M. Grimble?
The Factory
Filth means production and production means filth
Painting tutorial with "Jack"

On a completely seperate note, this piece was just accepted into the 50th edition of The Society of Illustrators Annual. A dream come true for me. I found out on Tuesday.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


I am ridiculously pleased to tell you all that on Tuesday we got a letter from New York. What was in it? Inside the envelope was paper. Nice paper. Paper with words on it telling us we were accepted in the Society of Illustrators annual. That was very nice paper.

I got two pieces in, Grimble Crossing the Alps, and the animated music video, The Ruin of the Beast.

Grimble Crossing the Alps
from Jack & Inar, pub. date 2008


DVD cover

I haven't ever entered Sequential before, mostly because (as one might imagine) I haven't had anything to show. I also hadn't ever noticed that they accept animation entries. So, edited down to 2 minutes, The Ruin of the Beast has been submitted for cosideration.

included inside the jewel case with the DVD:

I'm very pleased and honored to be included in this incredible volume of work. And it's the 50th edition. I'm sure there's something profound about that. I'm sure, but I have no idea what that profundity might be.

Again, like the last few posts before this I must thank those who stick through the lean times with this blog. Work has been an all consumming deal recently and until I meet an upcoming deadline things are going to be tight.

But! I am working off a shiny new 24 inch iMac at work so that's nice. I also have a new 2o inch iMac at home and, just yesterday, ordered a 23 inch Mac cinema display so I that I may wield dual-screen at home. Actually tri-screens because I've got an old eMac. The big white dinosaur. I can run this program called Teleport off my iMac and controll the eMac then dual-screen the heck out of it all and work on the cinema display.

One last thing, anyone remember Matthew's Begats? I'll be doing three book signings at the Holiday Fair at the Palmetto Expo Center tonight, Friday, and Saturday.

I'll be around in the evening. Also Justin and the author of Beowulf will be there signing copies of their fantasic book.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

watercolors + mp3 players

Here's a set of watercolors I did a few months ago. I completed them around the time right before my wife and I bought our house and well, we had nothing better to do other than work on getting the house together apparently, because they've been tucked away for some time.

If anyone is interested, I am interested in making these for sale. Matted and framed with a simple wooden frame, under glass. $125, and shipping is included that price.

Email me with any questions or if you'd like to purchase one. Check out my profile for my email address. And leave me a comment so I'll be on the look-out for your email, my junk mail filter is voracious.

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I've been furiously busy at work-- and since my Creative Director here has mentioned it on his own blog, I suposse it would be fine to mention it here. I've been working on an animated commercial for the Mircosoft ZUNE. They've created a set of short films, essentially, surrounding this product called Zune Arts. The films are amazing. Nothing short of amazing. I've been a fan for a while. That stop-motion animated robot one is my favorite.

In anycase the Ad agency (72 and Sunny) saw the Ruin of the Beast music video I made and got in touch.

I can't wait until it's finsihed.

All that to say, thanks again to those who have stuck with this blog through the lean times.
You people are great.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

and more painter.

Still trying to figure this animal out.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

trick or treat: more exploits in Painter

Here's a finished piece (a detail) in Photoshop and the same piece reworked in Painter:

I changed it to black and white to better try and figure out Painter and work with only value. It seemed to help. Right now I'm excited about the nose, and the light streak just behind the jaw. Other than that I'm still just trying to figure it out.

There hasn't been a whole lot of updating going on here for sometime, unfortunately.

I've been swamped with work (which is a real good thing) but means very little updating. My thanks to those of you who've stuck with me through the lean times.