Rescue the Captors

I’ve just spent the last few months penciling, inking and coloring a 28 page graphic novella for VOM and Clash Entertainment. It’s a story about Russell Stendal who was captured by Colombian guerrillas and held hostage. Ben Avery adapted the story for comics – I’m honored to be able to work with him.  Here are a few random panels that I liked, a few panels in black and white and some of the pre-production character sketches. I penciled and inked the story entirely in Manga Studio 5 and colored in Photoshop (though, Manga Studio 5 is such an outstanding program, I think the next time I’ll do everything in that). It was fun working all digitally – but it leaves me with no hard copies of anything…which is sort of strangely sad to me for some reason. Anyway here are the images:



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marina

giovani

jaime

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bang bang

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Sneak Peek

I’m currently awaiting a script to draw another graphic novella for vOM. While I’m waiting, I drew a sample page inspired by the book it is based on. Probably can’t share any more details than that…and this page isn’t from any script – so it’s basically just to provide an example of my approach to the story artistically.

VOM sample page

A Few Sketchbook Pages

I’ve been doing my best to keep drawing everyday.  So far I’ve filled up a few sketchbooks, and I have a total of 8 currently that I will randomly grab and draw in.  I like to use a brush pen to sketch with…I prefer it to markers and even to pencils…though I’ve been trying to train myself to pencil things more often.  I just like the way a brush feels…I think I can be more loose in my work using it…but obviously, my draftsmanship suffers.  Anyway…here are a few random pages to share with you.

Also…I should mention that my brush of choice is the black or gray Pentel brush pen...the cheap one.  I have the Pentel pocket brush which I use a lot…but the ink isn’t as dark as the cheaper Pentel brush pen, so I tend to grab it first.  What do you use to sketch with?

T-Shirt Designs

Well…I’ve been busy lately.  I’ve started working freelance for a local screen print company called Inktrax.  A couple of my friends work there who suggested asking me to help fill out their sizable backlog of orders.  They’re really talented guys, and I feel way out of my league working with them (especially working with type and fonts).  Anyway…here’s a design I did for a local surf shop’s t-shirt line.

Here’s the final art:

In other news…the new owner of Oatmeal Studios Greeting Cards contacted me after finding my old file lying around somewhere.  We’re already working on two new cartoons for cards!  Exciting stuff!

Comics and Illustration

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