Archived Dec 09-
Real quick update for December; Ghostlines and Danger Ace are coming along nicely, I am down to the final few pages of issue one for each book!
I started my new job and couldn't be happier. Like many jobs it will have its own set of challenges but it will fit my personality. I can safely say that things are starting to really fall into place.
As the year is drawing to a close, I find that I’m busier then ever!
First let me start things off by some huge news Blackglass Press’s newest issue of Kagemono is out! Kagemono is an anthology book full of some of the wildest stories from some of the hottest creators in the industry, and I was fortunately enough to work with Jason Franks and Percival Constantine on Trauma Ward, and 8 page story which will have chills running down your spine. And for those who are interested in purchasing a copy, Kagemono is now up on Amazon.com, and through Black Glass Press. Copies of Kagemono will be in Melbourne CBD comic stories today! Check out the Store Section for links to Kagemono as well.
Danger Ace and GhostLines are still in the work, I wish I could share more details but all I can share is this.
I’d like to take a quick moment to highlight CW Cooke. He is a writer I am in early stages of developing a top secret project with, though I cannot share any more details about our project; I can share some of what is he up to with novelist S.E. Hinton.
Novelist S.E. Hinton is taking the leap from comic book outsider to comic book author, thanks to a newly established partnership with Bluewater Productions. Bluewater, the publishers behind the "Female Force" and "Political Power" line of comic books, will team up with Hinton for a string of various comic book titles. Hinton's first project will be an adaptation of her young adult novel "Taming of the Star Runner," set for debut in the spring of 2010. There are also plans in the works for an adaptation of Hinton's children's book "The Puppy Sister" and an entirely new title created specifically for Bluewater, both of which are scheduled for release next summer. Don Smith, CW Cooke, Guilherme Rafid and Yasir Fajardo will collaborate on Hinton's projects.
Life has not been just comics though; I am still in the middle of a creative whirlwind of painting. With my new studio space I have been able to bounce around between several pieces at once, and explore different painting techniques, most of which require more drying time, but yielding fantastic results. I want to say that I started with 7 or so solid ideas after my vacation but since I started working on those pieces I have come up with another handful of compositions. In order to help cut down on time, while still keeping the quality of the work up to my standards; I am working at combining traditional and digital techniques. These new pieces and techniques are allowing me to think radically outside the box while still developing more skills I hope to continue to evolve in years to come. I want to be optimistic and say I will be able to post new images soon, but I want to make sure that I am not rushing anything, so once again please be a little patient with me and I promise the wait will be worth it.
I have not forgot to update my travel section, but I have been so busy I have yet to carve out a chunk of time to devote to going through all of the photos and craft the story of Rome and Prague.
One last thing, as many have noted, the news section is slowly evolving into something a bit more. Originally the idea was just to post basic updates, but as time as gone on; I am feeling much more comfortable with the website technology. This level of comfort has allowed me to slowly reveal more within the News Section. I am far from a place to reveal everything, but I am sharing more now then I would have a few months or even years ago.
I’ve returned from my trip to Rome and Prague and now having been back for a few weeks I am able to look back and reflect upon the entire experience and honestly I can say that this has been one of the most exhilarating, humbling and inspiring vacations to date. Throughout the trip I was able to take close to two thousand photos, which I am currently combining with sketches, created both on and after the trip, in order to finalize several new pieces. I am hoping to have a new Travel Section update by the end of the year. With the amount of photos I took during my vacation as well as all of the additional work travel I have been involved with I haven’t have the time devote the travel section yet.
Not wanting to share too many details about the new pieces I am working on but I feel these are going to be some of the most challenging of my career so far. I have already transferred about half of the compositions to larger scale canvases, so far and begun working on two already, titled ‘Escape Artist Explorers’ and ‘Dream Lines.’
In other news, comic projects are progressing steady. I am continuing work on several projects all of which I am extremely proud of, the writers are all so supportive and providing me with stories that are both challenging and once completed they will be a joy to read. I want to thank everyone who has been supportive and thank the writers for allowing me to work with you all as friend and collaborator on these projects.
In other news, the news section has been updated so I can now include photos, just something extra for you the viewers and fans.
Holiday in Rome and Prague
Check out the Comics Section for Danger Ace, Ghost Lines and Pirate Eye art updates!
This is turning out to be one of the busiest months ever for me both personally and professionally. First I want to say that the month started with a work trip to Anaheim California. I have not been to Disneyland in years and as soon as I walked into the park I felt like I stepped back in time and was a little kid all over again. It was such a wonderful opportunity to revisit all of my favorite rides and attractions and be reminded how much fun it is being a kid. Star Tours, Jungle Boat Adventure, Haunted House, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, It’s a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean (a huge inspiration for Pirate Eye!), were all as I remembered.
I highly recommend visiting the park in the evening. A large group of us did so and as the night grew darker and darker the park came alive with colors. There’s also a nice evening water show and the fireworks; which I have photos aplenty, are incredible.
As the park closed and while the few remaining of our group were being ushered out of the park by security, I stood on Main Street and gave Walt and Mickey a silent thank you for clearing my mind of adulthood worries and problems, for giving everyone so much joy and happiness, and for really putting things into perspective. So once again I thank you Walt and Mickey, I hope to pass on the positive energies to the next generation with my own art.
I wanna give a big “Thank You” to all who've supported my work and many creative endeavors, one of my biggest goals as an artist is to make sure my work is made available to anyone who wants to see it and enjoy it. So for those who have helped spread the word thank you and for those who could spread the word it would be a huge personal favor if you could pass on the link.
On the comic front; I’ve been busy with several projects and I am in heaven. I would love to share the details of every project but some of them are still so early in their concept phases or I’ve had to sign non-disclosure forms, so I cannot say anything. I promise I will post some art, brief synopsis and other information about these projects as soon as I can.
I can tell you that while in Anaheim I had a chance to open an email from Chad with a few scripted pages for the next installment of Action Comic’s Danger Ace. I don’t want to spoil anything but it’s gonna blow people out of the water, I am already working on the first few pages, and they are turning out better then expected.
I can also report that a script is being tweaked for the next Pirate Eye story. We have a full issue complete, which myself Rob, Joe and Michael are currently shopping around for a publisher. The next story will be something that we all hope will be not only well received by the large Pirate Eye fan community base but also a way to get the stories out to people who we know will enjoy Pirate Eye. Look for more details in the fall from the new project and look for some new Pirate Eye pages in Sept.
I do want to stress that there are a few other projects I am in the process of working on that are turning out to be fantastic opportunities, but as details are still being worked out I will have to hold off on sharing too much.
Some of the biggest news yet is my vacation has been booked and the end of August beginning of September I will be jet setting Rome and Prague. Visiting friends, enjoying the cities nightlife, art museums, incredible food, overloading on inspiration and any other mischief I can get myself into all await me, so look for major updates when I return.
Whew, as I said there is a lot going on this month. I am looking forward to the vacation to recharge my batteries so when I come back I will be more energized then ever.
Big update for this month as I will be working with writer/creator Chad Bowers of Action Age Comics on Danger Ace! That’s right starting November I will providing art for the first of several all new Danger Ace stories which will be coming out quarterly. These stories will follow, Ezra Kincaid The Danger Ace who’s a 1930’s pulp-era adventurer for hire. For a sneak preview check out Danger Ace at Action Age Comics.
Later this month I will be traveling to Anaheim California for a work conference, it will be nice to head back to the West Coast to enjoy a week in the summer sun, and a few sight seeing opportunities.
Busy in the studio working on some new paintings, exploring different visual elements, ideas and techniques. The process is taking longer then expected but I can say that once people start seeing the final pieces it will be definitely worth the wait.
Some new comic projects in the works; I can’t share too many details now, but look for more updates in the coming weeks and months.
My trip to Portland was awesome! It was such a fantastic city, I was able to visit their art museum, a few food co-ops, a black light Pirate themed mini golf course, Powell’s, the zoo and a few out door festivals. I took a ton of photos, and was able to finalize a few painting ideas during the red-eye flight home. Now the flight home was another story all together, a story I may save for another time. So all and all a great trip, hopefully I will be able to make it back soon because it was a city I could see myself visiting again and again.
May has been a great month so far with a lot of exciting updates; first off, be sure to stop by the recently added Store section on my website where you can purchase your very own copy of my book ‘Decade.’ This is the first time a single collection of my paintings has been available, so don’t forget to purchase your copy today. Look for more updates in the Store section, as I use this section to roll out new books, original works of art and other goodies for sale in the future.
As the Zuda Competition came to an end I want to thank all of our readers and fans for their huge show of support! It’s fantastic to know that with Pirate Eye we really got something special and that we are able to share it with both comic and pirate fans alike. It was a very interesting experience for those of us on team Pirate Eye as we received both national and international exposure. But don’t worry as the competition is over the stories and adventures of Pirate Eye aren’t. We are still working on the larger story with a few surprises on the way, so keep checking back here for more updates. I want to personally thank Mike Karikas of Pirate Jokes and John “Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers of Talk Like a Pirate for their huge show of support and publicity around Pirate Eye. I have included links to their sites in the Link section! Also I want to thank RKB of pigs-of-the-industry.blogspot.com for his supportive review of our Pirate Eye Zuda Submission. The full review can be found here, thanks again for all of your support, kind words and encouragement.
The beginning of May I was able to attend the Kelby Training; Down and Dirty Tricks Tour in Washington DC. This tour consists of five amazing classes in Photoshop special effects, photographic effects, and design tricks. These tips & tricks are nothing but today's real world techniques--the same ones you see used by leading Photoshop photographers, designers, and special effect masters, and its all here in the only live workshop of its kind. This was one of the most exciting trainings I have ever been apart of and I really feel that within the few short days since the training not only is my work with Photoshop improved but my thinking about how to use Photoshop has also been changed for the better. So keep an eye out for some of these ‘down and dirty tricks’ making their way into my work. I also was able to sign up to become a 2 year member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), great group and a lot of strong supports; I included a link for both NAPP and the training in the Links section.
Looking forward June and July bring some great opportunities for some travel through work to Anaheim California and Portland Oregon so I really look forward to taking some great photos of the cities the people and sneak off to a museum or two while I’m there.
Still taking photos everywhere I go. I don’t know if I am at a place to post the photos as stand alone works of art, but it has certainly pushed me to think more about composition and depth as I get back into photography. A lot of the photos I have taken are for personal reasons but I am exploring the possibilities of infusing these photos with some of my newer comic projects and fine art projects.
Lastly I am working on a top secret project I should unveil this summer involving a character you all know about but someone I haven’t worked on in a while.
April marks another huge accomplishment for me personally with the release of my first every book of paintings. You can purchase the book at Blurb. The works of art in this book represent the last decade of my life, inspired by my many adventures and travels both here and abroad, this book is the first of many. In these pages you will see the exploration of various themes, subject matters and techniques. My biggest goal with this book was to share the passion I have for painting, and inspire a conversation or two about the meanings of the work.
Argh all you comic fans out there Smitty from “Pirate Eye” needs your support! Pirate Eye, has been selected for this month’s Zuda Comics competition. Supporting Pirate Eye is easy! All you gotta do is go to Zuda Comics click on "Pirate Eye", then login to vote. The competition will be up for the entire month of April, and every vote counts. So don’t hesitate sign up and vote today. The entire "Pirate Eye" team cannot thank you enough for your support.
Still busy in the studio working on several new paintings.
Check the "News" section often for big announcements.
Pirate Eye has been the big project Robert Gervais, Josiah Grahn, and I have been working on over the last few months. Our Zuda Comic submission is located in the comic section. Pirate Eye is described as Pirates of the Caribbean meets Sin City.
Other big news I recently purchased a Nikon D80 Camera, and I am so excited about this investment. This camera will allow me an opportunity to take some very high quality photos of a lot of my larger paintings for my own archives, website updates and other projects in the future. I am also I am eager to explore combining digital photos, traditional and digital media to create new work in the coming months. Check back for more updates, I might even add a Photo Section in the future.
Prints are coming, I think I found a good printing house, just need to revisit the logistics of selling prints through my website. Thank you all for being patient through this process, I promise it will be worth it, I am just trying to make sure I am able to deliver the best quality products to my fans as possible.
If you have any questions about availability of paintings or commissioning my artistic services, you can reach me at email@example.com and I will respond as soon as possible. My calendar is still flexible this early in the year so be sure to touch base with me soon so I can accommodate your needs and deadlines. Price lists for services and paintings are available upon request.
A great beginning to what I hope will be a very productive year.
I am currently working on a short story with the phenomenal Percival Constantine, for a horror anthology book from Australia. The book with the story will be slated to come out this year. More specifics to follow.
Still working with Robert Gervais and Josiah Grahn on our top secret comic, so secret in fact I can't even say the name! The experience working with these two has been wonderful and they have been challenging me with their script at every twist and turn. When you all see the final project you will know its all been worth it.
In addition to all this, I am still working steady and strong on several new paintings. I am exploring a lot more digital exploration with some pieces, and more traditional exploration with others, so look for new pieces and new exciting directions in the up coming months.
If you have any questions about availability of paintings or commissioning my artistic services, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond as soon as possible. Price lists for services and paintings are available upon request.