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Long time, no see!

16 Sep

Hi, guys! I missed you! The reason I’ve been MIA lately is that I’ve been hard at work (along with Paul and Nisse) on Drawn Out Storytelling.

…What’s that, you say? There’s a link there? Why, yes there is! We launched our brand-new website just a couple days ago! It’s already got a few videos up for your viewing pleasure. We’ll be adding one episode of our video podcast at the end of every month, each of which will feature two brand-new stories (paired with, of course, custom artwork and music) plus some commentary and bonus artwork from myself, Paul, and Nisse. The site also features artwork from previous shows, producer bios, and information about our upcoming shows. LIKE THIS ONE:

Drawn Out Storytelling: Experimenting with Exploration (version 1)This poster actually comes in two different color schemes. I wanted to experiment with using non-literal color (e.g., not always coloring the sky blue and the grass green), and I couldn’t decide which version I liked better, so I printed them both! Here’s the other:

Drawn Out Storytelling: Experimenting with Exploration (version 2)Yeah, I know the grass still turned out green in this one, but I tried, okay? :P I’d be interested in hearing which poster you guys like best. If you have a strong preference, feel free to let me know in the comments.

If you like what you see, you should definitely come to the show! Paul and I will be collaborating on Naomi Azar and Aaron Wolfe’s story, plus I’ll be doing some artwork for Mimsy’s excellent experimental segments of the evening. It’s gonna be a really great show, so I hope you guys can make it! If you can’t (or, heck, even if you can!), you can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. That’s almost as good. :)

Little doodles and big news!

27 Apr

Hi, guys! Thanks for all your feedback in regards to my crests. I’m still making my final decisions, so I’ll leave the polls open for a few more days in case you’re still interested in voting. I’m planning to screenprint them sometime in the next two days, so I’ll let you know what the results are then!

As you can probably tell, things are getting to be super hectic here. I haven’t had a chance to do much non-thesis work, but I do have a little doodle for you today:

Thesis Warrior

I’m not just busy with thesis stuff, though! I’ve also been working with Nisse Greenberg and Paul Swartz to organize a pretty awesome show called Drawn Out Storytelling. Check it out:

Drawn Out Storytelling

Drawn Out Storytelling is our entry in the Brick Theater‘s Comic Book Theater Festival. It’s a show that combines live, note-free storytelling–the kind you might hear on Risk! or The Moth podcasts–with comic art! Performers like Nisse (and several others that I can’t reveal just yet) will tell their stories on stage, accompanied by either live drawing or a prepared slideshow of illustrations by artists like Pat Barrett, Ben Horak, Bailey Sharp, Paul Swartz, and myself. We’ll also have live musical accompaniment by Mike O’Malley, Jonathan Anderson, and possibly more. We’ve got four shows scheduled:

Saturday, June 18th at 5:30pm

Friday, June 24th at 8:45pm

Sunday, June 26th at 8:00pm

Wednesday, June 29th at 8:00pm

Interested in coming to the show? You can buy tickets here. Want to help us make the show happen? Check out our Kickstarter! You can donate as little as $1, and we’re offering some great prizes in return for donations. (Can you say, ‘custom original art’? AWW YEAH.) Even if you can’t attend or donate, we’d love it if you’d help spread the word. I’m really excited to be a part of this show, and I hope it’ll be a big success!

Did someone say, “more flappers”?

17 Nov

Because I definitely heard “more flappers.”

Suits don't lie; the people who wear them do.

I am pretty happy with the way this one came out. I used a reference picture for the pose, but I had to use my imagination for the color, the plaid pattern (which is why that’s super simple), and everything from the upper thigh down. Overall, I’m very pleased. I definitely need to do some tests on bristol to see how well this will reproduce when I paint on something that isn’t just copy paper, because I think I would really like the finished product to look like this. I’m also fond of the tagline–I’m maybe thinking about setting the story in a clothing shop, and I like the possibility of that being my super dorky tagline.

It’s gonna be kind of a short post again today; Paul and I just got back from meeting up with my dad in New York, and we had to get up early both yesterday and today in order to be on time. It was great to see him–we don’t usually see each other on this coast or at this time of year, and it was fun to visit New York again even though it was for such a short time. As an added bonus, we got to spend a few hours with Nisse Greenberg–Paul’s friend who does storytelling shows and requests drawings from us sometimes. We also got to go to Strand, where I picked up Jen Wang‘s new book, Koko Be Good. It is amazing and pretty much made me feel like this:

Koko Be Good

Everything about this book was great: the story, the writing, the beautiful palette…all I can really say is, “more, please!”

“Awesome publications” has pretty much been the theme of these past 24 hours. Gina Gagliano from First Second came into our Professional Practices class today to talk about marketing, and she brought in a pile of books for us to look at. This pile included Vera Brosgol‘s upcoming book, Anya’s Ghost. I didn’t have a chance to read it fully, as Gina was giving a really interesting talk and I wanted to listen, but I read as much as I could and concluded that I am going to run out and buy it the minute it is available. It is also beautiful in both the categories of art and drawing, plus I love a good ghost story. Basically, reading both those books in the span of a few hours made me feel like this:

Koko Be Good AND Anya's Ghost!


Anyway, that’s basically all I’ve got for today. Sorry that so many of these past posts have been me fangirling. I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m bragging about the people I get to meet or how cool I apparently think I am–it’s just that Scott C. and Jen Wang and Vera Brosgol have been huge influences on me (hell, Jen and Vera and the rest of the Pants Press Sketchblog crew were what got me started drawing comics that weren’t just fanfiction), and the idea of being able to meet them or just tell them “thank you” is really exciting to me. I’ll try to make sure that I don’t go overboard in the future, but if these ravings get too obnoxious, please feel free to let me know. :)

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