Monthly Archives: July 2013
So, I’m trying to come up with some sci-fi armor that has a distinct Egyptian look to it, without looking at or accidentally recreating all those cool designs from Stargate. In doing so, I tried finding some reference for ancient Egyptian armor, but I haven’t seen much. It looks like they wore more decorative stuff than protective. Here’s a sketch of one study I did. Sorry it’s so blurry. There’s not much light where I’m working right now…
I learned a lot from my interactions with comics fans, publishers, distributors, writers, and other illustrators this past weekend. Most importantly, I learned more about what I need to do next to accomplish my career goals in comics. I think fast, efficient work is going to be very important for me in the very near future. In the spirit of such things, here’s a sketch I did fast and furiously while at the table, using the broad side tip of a Copic marker.
Normally I try to charge for sketches at con tables. I do this because, in the past, I’ve found that if I open it to the concept of free sketches I quickly find myself drawing all day to the neglect of my table. I set out to charge at Comicon this year, but I discovered that with Kristopher doing all the work bringing people over to the table and talking about the books, I had time to draw and draw and draw. And so, I did quite a few sketches for people who asked, and quite a few for myself. Here’s one, done at the table with Copic markers.
I learned a lot at this year’s Comicon. Much of it had to do with upcoming projects, and even more had to do with long-term plans for how to approach work, in terms of tone and focus, for the future. One of my favorite take-aways from an event as big as the one in San Diego is, are the inspirations I get from other people’s work. One in inspiration came from the table I sat at. Kristopher White, writer of Father Robot, had another book at our table last week called The 36. In it was a monstrous Golem. I was called on to draw said Golem a couple of times during the convention. Here’s one of those drawings.
While Kristopher harassed convention-goers giving out all the awesome free buttons he had made, I tried to tempt people to the table with frantic drawing skills.
If you’re like me, you show up at comic conventions hoping to find a certain kind of collectible/memento. Convention exclusives are a standard, and personally, I think there’s nothing more exciting than some original art… and nothing more expensive. That’s why I think so many artists do exclusive prints. I bought one a few years back of Terry Dodson’s take on an Emerald City Con poster. It’s amazing! And so, I thought in honor of my first real appearance (those times hovering around other people’s tables with Figments off to one side don’t count) at Comicon as an exhibitor, I’ve created a little exclusive treat for anyone interested in picking up my version of such things. What you see here is the line work for the Father Robot Comicon 2013 exclusive. If you’re going to be at the convention in San Diego this week, please come by the table and check out the full-size, colored print of this one, as well as all the other awesomeness.
As the big convention in San Diego gets closer, I seem to be spending less and less time at the drawing table. Not to worry, though! There’s more developments on the horizon. For now, I hope everyone who can will come check out the Father Robot awesomeness at table L-06 in the Small Press Pavilion next week.
Also, check out the preview of issue #1:
More pages will post at fatherrobot.com in the days leading up to Comicon.