Saturday, November 29, 2008

And the Train Gets a Rollin'

Alright, so I FINALLY got another page of Space Ninja Monkey Face done! There is a big reveal on this page as the package that Gary has been carrying for four months is finally opened. To preserve the secret, I have covered the contents with pictures of my ample face.

I really enjoyed designing the pimped out pad of this famous rock band, Stitchface and the Fingerpuppets. I mean, if you were a successful, interstellar emo band, you'd own giant lava lamps right?

I had the pleasure of attending THE OTHER DRINK n DRAW last week. Riley invited me along and it was a full house. I was too shy to really make any good conversation, but I did drink and draw and try something new, so Mission Accomplished! There were a lot of nice, talented folks there and I definitely plan to attend again sometime soon. Here's a cowboy I drew that night:

Because I'm a big jerk, I neglected to mention two new sites that you must visit soon and regularly if you love your eyeballs. The first is It's Chris Johnston's blog and he's a co-worker of my roommate's and is acting Art Director of New Machine Studios. Needless to say, he is awesome.

The second is, the brilliant webcomic by mystery member of VA, Cognoman. I am baffled at the sheer volume of ridiculous, poignant, demented things that leak out of his brain and into his pencil.

Have you told your eyes that you love them today? Check these guys out.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Bob Prodor's BAD GUYS

A challenge for Canadian Geek, drawn whilst drinking beers and smudged horribly by drawing on 80lb silk paper with a brush pen.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

One Fish, Two Fish, Hey, I Get to Be in the Newspaper!!!...ish.

Thanks to some sweet connections I made a while back, I'm lucky enough to have a piece featured in tomorrow morning's Calgary Herald. It refers to some Dr. Seuss readings going on here in Calgary.

I attempted to ape Dr. Seuss' style for this pic, while still inflicting my personal style upon it and I think it worked out. The composition is kinda wonky thanks to some misplaced book stacks, but I think I can get over it...I think. And it's always nice to have another colored piece floating around. I went with a very simple coloring scheme, similar to what the Almighty Seuss went with in his books.

Went to Drink n Draw last night after a looong hiatus. It was tons of fun as usual. And here's all I got done:

I know what you're saying: "The Holiday Men, again?" Yeah, well, they're tons of fun to draw and I'm right about to jump back into it and I want to fool around with their designs a little more. Val especially. Trying to get his head just right, and then keeping it consistent, has always been a challenge. But I like this new head. I think I'll keep it. Drawing St. Nick is almost becoming second nature. I threw some PS color in there to keep things interesting too.

Well, it's my BDay tomorrow. Turning 26. Here's hoping this year involves me working harder, being more productive and fucking shit up a little less:) My good.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Okay, so I'm seeing a trend here. I tend to drift in and out of these various obsessions. Creator wise I mean. Not, like, stalker shit or anything.

Like right now, I'm crazy for Daredevil. I've got DD Fever. Just got the first Bendis Omnibus and it's kicking my ass. I'm starting to think that one day, I may just want to do a DD story. And god, do I ever want to see them take another shot at the movie. I just watched the Affleck one again last week.

My god, does it blow. Jesus, it blows.

I think it blows worse after watching Dark Knight, which is essentially is the greatest Daredevil story never filmed if you ask me. Which no one has...yet. But there is a one hour documentary on the DVD that interviews the likes of John Romita (Jr. and Sr.), Gene Colan, Frank Miller and Bendis, and it is one of the most inspirational things I've ever seen. It's chock full of passion and insight, from both the writers and artists, and always give me chills. I mean, Frank Miller talks about Daredevil like he's a real person. He calls him "Matt", like he's a friend that he's known for years.

What's so alluring about the character? Matt Murdock is this guys always trying to do good, but has a tendancy to fuck up. And when that happens, he loses control. He gets pissed off. And he makes more mistakes. But regardless of how low things end up, he keeps fighting his way through the muck and the mire. He gets the shit kicked out of him and he gets his heart broken and he breaks a few of his own.

Everyone talks about how Daredevil is Miller's character, but I really think Bendis is the man to take that mantle. He really made DD his own. He shook things up. Made changes. Took risks. And kicked a few asses himself:)

Jeez, I've had a few beers here to be honest. And sometimes, after a few, all I want to do is talk comics. We just recorded our first VA Podcast last Tuesday (hopefully we'll release it soon) and I found myself totally caught up in this conversation with Gord about Brian Wood's LOCAL. Great book. And fun to talk about. I think I sometimes take for granted being able to talk comics with all of the talented folk in this town. I'm lucky to have this.

Anyways, I drew a bunch of DD pics the other day and here's one all colored up.