Monday, November 30, 2009


This is a drawing of Superman that I did for an
auction to benefit a local food bank.
I'm no man of steel but I try to help out when I can.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Today's post is a drawing of Samurai Jack,
done in a faux sumi brush style.
SJ is one of my favorite cartoons of all time,
and it's creator Genndy Tartakovsky is a freakin' genius!
Have a great weekend.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


For those that celebrate it, have a happy Thanksgiving.
For those who don't, have an awesome thursday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Today's post is a drawing of Miles Davis.
An amazing musician with an equally amazing face!
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Today I'm posting my thumbnails from a story I did for the second
Outlaw Territory anthology coming soon from Image comics.
It's a story about Bass Reeves, a real character from the old west.
This guys life was so incredible,
I can't believe they haven't made the movie yet.
It was written by my bud Shannon Denton and it's colored
by the supremely talented Kelsey Shannon. Watch for it.
As always, thanks for looking.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Continuing from my last post...

My next step is to blow up the layouts
to full page size ( in this case 8.75 x 13.5).
I do my Firebreather pages smaller than the
normal 10 x 15 to save time (HA!).

After I blow up my layouts I print them out on 11 x 17 paper.
I then tape the layout to the back of a piece of bristol board
and put it on a lightbox. I then start inking.
I try to draw as much as I can in ink.
As you can see, however by comparing the last two posts,
there are always bits and pieces that need to be changed.
That's when I get out the pencil.
I'd love to say that I never pencil anything and
that I just draw it all in ink, but that's not the case.
I try to pencil as little as possible (mostly it's fixing faces and hands).
The main reason for this is that the more times
I redraw something the more I suck the life out of it.

As i said in a recent post I dream of a day when I'm confident
enough to ink strait from my thumbnails. Or better yet,
draw the whole thing in ink with no under drawing whatsoever.
A cartoonist can dream can't he?
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Young talent Brian Churilla axed me to post more process stuff.
Since he's almost the only one looking at this blog......sure, why not?

Today I'm posting layouts from the last Issue of Firebreather.
When i draw a funnybook I usually do the entire issue as thumbnails
first (see yesterdays post). I do these 1.37" x 2.25 "and I can fit
an entire issue on a page of 8.5 x 11 paper.

I then blow up my thumbnails to about 3.25" x 5.25"
and redraw them on tracing paper.
These are what I've posted here.
At this point I am changing and fixing the layouts.
I am also spotting blacks as well.
For most artists the next step would be pencils.
I work much tighter than many artists at the layout stage
because I try to do as little pencilling as possible.
At every juncture I am trying to fix and refine the work
to the best of my abilities. Many times I'll get to the finished page
stage and realize that i need to completely change a panel.
My motto is, whatever works, works.
Tomorrow, finished pages.
As always, thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I have nothing to show you from the new Firebreather series yet,
but here's my thumbnails to issue #4 of the last series.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I'm finally starting the next Firebreather series.
It will be out in the spring of next year.
Here are some cover roughs for the first issue.
These ideas didn't make the cut.
I'll post the new cover shortly.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, November 16, 2009


This is a sketch of a face that I did last week.
I didn't do any under drawing in pencil.
I just started drawing with my Pentel Pocketbrush.
I threw a little photoshop at it after the fact,
but I'm pretty happy with the drawing on it's own.
I dream of getting to the point where I could do a
complete comic like this. Unfortunately most of these sketches
don't come out this well...........ah, someday.
Live it!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I'm back home and ready to work.
Todays post is a drawing of Jack Kirby's character The Demon.
I'm not sure I did him justice, then again, I'm no Jack Kirby.
I did this at a signing a couple of months ago.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I'm going to be traveling for a few days, but i'll leave you with this.
It's my cover to The Last Great Race comic that I did recently.
I'll be back this weekend. Thanks for looking

Sunday, November 8, 2009


I was a guest at a local comic show here in Albuquerque today.
Here's a quick sketch of a monster I did at the show.
Hope you can dig it!

Friday, November 6, 2009


I spent the last month and a half drawing a story called
The Last Great Race for a company called Rubicon.
They publish educational comics for canadian schools and libraries.
The story is about a 14 year old Inuit girl who wants to race
in the Iditarod dog sled race.
These are my thumbnails for the issue.
Hope you dig it.

p.s. These thumbnails were done for editorial approval
in lieu of pencils. They are considerably tighter
than I usually work at this stage.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I'm finally able to get bloggish again....YAY!
I've reached a small breathing space in my schedule,
and I'm gonna try to post at least every other day.
Todays post is a drawing of Spider-Man I just did.
I hope you dig it. thanks for your patience!
Stay strong, people.