News: Currently taking commissions for original and commercial works of art.
Archived Dec 13 -
For those of you in Maryland and the Washington DC metro area I will be signing comics at Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg, Maryland (18794 B North Frederick Rd - Gaithersburg, MD - (301) 216-0007) on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 starting at 3pm; celebrate the release of Pirate Eye: Iron Bars Wretched Tales! There will be a free print giveaway to the first 25 people who buy a book.
- The second batch of updates comes by way of my first cover for Fight Card!
- Fight Card is a series of monthly novelettes, designed to be read in one or two sittings, and are inspired by the fight pulps of the '30s and '40's-such as Fight Stories Magazine and Robert E. Howard's two-fisted boxing tales featuring Sailor Steve Costigan. Paul Bishop is one of the creators of Fight Card and a fantastic collaborator to work with. So far I have completed 4 covers with another handful on the way, Paul has really has given me such a wonderful opportunity to do covers for Fight Card, I can't wait to share with you what we have in store next! Check out my bio page Carl Yonder and stay tuned here for more updates but until then please enjoy my first cover for Fight Card Sherlock Holmes written by Andrew Salmon. Fight Card is available on Amazon in a Kindle Edition as well as a Paper Back Edition
- And lastly look for the upcoming Fight Card release Rise of the Luchadores!
- Busy working on Figth Card. What is Fight Card? Look for more information abut this exciting new project in the December news updates.
For those of you in Maryland and the Washington DC metro area I will be signing comics at Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg, Maryland (18794 B North Frederick Rd - Gaithersburg, MD - (301) 216-0007) on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 starting at 3pm; come celebrate the release of Pirate Eye: Murder at Ten Knots! There will be a free print giveaway to the first 25 people who buy a book.
Great signing at Big Planet Comics in Vienna. Thank you to all who showed up, I can't say it enough Pirate Eye Fans are the best!
For those of you in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC metro area I will be signing comics at Laughing Ogre Comics in Lansdowne, Virginia (located in the Lansdowne Shopping Center - 19340 Promenade Drive Lansdowne, VA 20176 (703) 437-9530) on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 3pm – 6pm; come celebrate the release of Pirate Eye: Murder at Ten Knots! There will be a free print giveaway to the first 25 people who buy a book.
For those of you in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC metro area I will be signing comics at Big Planet Comics in Vienna, Virginia (426 Maple Ave East – Vienna, VA 22180 (703) 242-9412) on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 from 1pm – 3pm; come celebrate the release of Pirate Eye: Murder at Ten Knots! There will be a free print giveaway to the first 25 people who buy a book.
- Not enough words to describe the awesomeness that was the Baltimore Comic Con Day 1! Meet so many and made new fans, reconnected with old friends, and met Mark for the first time. Thank you all again for the show of support and look forward to day 2!
- For those of you in the Baltimore Maryland / Washington DC metro area I will be signing comics at the Baltimore Comic Con on Saturday September 7th and Sunday September 8th at the Action Lab Comics Booth #2004!
- The Baltimore Con will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center located at 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
- I will be at the booth throughout the entire convention and will be available for signings and sketches on both days from 12-1pm. The first 25 people who buy an issue of Pirate Eye will receive a free signed and numbered poster. Free 5 min head sketches to those who purchase a Pirate Eye book from 12-1pm. Hope to see you there!
- In the mist of Pirate Eye art, as our third issue, PIRATE EYE: MURDER AT TEN KNOTS pre-orders just closed, the fourth issue is currently at the publishers for edits. I am working on the fifth issue as we speak. I can’t share any art for the upcoming issues yet but I can share some Pirate Eye illustrations that I have been working on as of late.
- The illustrations above are the first few attempts at mixed media illustrations created specifically for comic work. This approach came about from spending time studying some fantastic illustrators and comic artists who experiment with a variety of media mostly with their cover work.
The illustrations were created using; graphite pencil, Faber Castell pens, Copic markers, gouache, water color, colored pencils, acrylic paint, and craft paint.
What I love most about these illustrations is the ability to explore and the freedom that I have when creating them. They started out as wanting to do something different for the upcoming trade cover for Pirate Eye, from there I was hooked. These are the next batch of paintings, done with no real purpose, some maybe turned into posters, and others were done as an excuse to further explore the techniques. All and all I am happy with these pieces and hope to continue making them. If you are interested in an original Pirate Eye Commission contact me and we can discuss size and pricing.
- Sometimes projects don't always work out. It's a fact of the creative life. While I can't share art from the next issue of Pirate Eye yet, I thought it might be a great opportunity to share snippets from a variety of projects throughout the years.
- A few rejected concepts for roller derby posters and album covers. Why some of these were rejects I may never know.
- A comic project with a few different stylistic approaches to the interiors; now I am no longer working on interiors but focusing on covers, hope to share the first cover soon!
- A few character designs and sketches.
- A few panels from a comic con exclusive book.
- A few covers and interior explorations.
- Sometimes a project is dropped but I always try to learn from every project. In this case, I was able to 'crack the code' as it were to figure out how to show depth within a panel.
- These are from a project left a while ago but a concept that I hope one day to revisit. I just fell in love with these panels I could not help but share.
- There you have it, a variety of projects, like a trail of bread crumbs, these projects are not missed opportunities but an opportunity to build skills. It's back to Pirate Eye for me, have a great summer!
- I want to thank everyone who came out to the Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life Is Not For Me signing at Beyond Comics. Pirate Eye Fans are the best!
- For those who prefer digital comics, Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life is Not For Me and Pirate Eye: Mark Of The Black Widow, are available on Comixology!
- For those of you in the Washington DC area I will be signing comics at Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg Maryland (18794 B North Frederick Rd - Gaithersburg, MD - (301) 216-0007) on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 2pm to 7pm. Come celebrate the release of Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life Is Not For Me! There will be a free print giveaway to the first 25 people who buy a book.
- Denver Comic Con a success! All promotional poster giveaways are gone. Thank you all for making this con a success!
- Definitely made some Pirate Eye fans in Denver. Thank you to all who showed up and bought a book or two.
- For those of you in the Denver Colorado area I will be signing comics at the Denver Comic Con on Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd at the Action Lab Comics table.
- Shiver me timbers! Smitty returns for another Pirate Noir packed story in Pirate Eye: A Pirates Life Is Not For Me.
- Big news this month Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life Is Not For Me is being released! Check out your local comic stores to pick up your copy.
One last Pirate Eye update, the line art for our next issue, is finished. I just started coloring the book. Everyone will have to wait a bit longer before I can share any details but I was able to sneak out a few snippets of art one of which shows the colors in progress.
- Oxymoron: In a recent Oxymoron Hardcover Review from Stash My Comics, what word did they use to describe my art and Mark Bertolini's story? Supurb! Check out the full review at Stash My Comics.
- Lastly I wanted to let you know that after far too long I made my way back to the easel and started a new painting. The piece is still developing; the ideas and concepts were building for some time. My hope is not to divulge the details but sit back and let the next part of this unfold naturally. For me most paintings seem to flow the same way, first a strong reaction to something, and then the painting switches to refinement of the idea and ends with reflection of either the original event and/or the paintings progress. Each piece doesn’t require the same amount of time on each of these stages but I have noticed that the reflection and refinement have taken longer than what pieces did say 5 years ago. Perhaps with age does come wisdom!
Mar 13 -
Whew! The promotion/pre-orders for Pirate Eye: A Pirate’s Life Is Not For Me is officially over. I want to thank everyone who pre-ordered the book and let you know that numbers were good, a slight dip but that is expected between a debut issue and the follow ups. It means a lot that you all really are enjoying the tale that Joe and I are telling and we can never thank you enough for the support you have shown. Thank you!
- Smitty from Pirate Eye is expected to make an appreance at the Clarksburg, Maryland Kite Festival on Saturday, March 31 from 11AM - 2PM. Come check it out you could win a signed orignal pice of art.
- So far I am making fantastic progress on the new issue, the cover is completed and line art for half of the book is done. My hope is that by the time Pirate Eye: A Pirate’s Life Is Not For Me is released I will be finishing the current book. I really want to share more about the new book but I am sworn to secrecy, and terrified that Smitty will sent me to the brig if I share more than I should. However after promising Smitty a bottle of rum he let me share a few snippets of art!
Feb 13 -
- Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life Is Not For Me, is available for pre-order!
- Also I wanted to let you know that Pirate Eye is on Facebook, I suggest you stop by and “like” the page as soon as possible. From this page we will be running quite a few contests for this and upcoming Pirate Eye books. The first of several contests will be a signed copy of Pirate Eye: Mark of the Black Widow, this is a one of a kind opportunity to have both Josiah and I sign a copy of the book, so make sure you like the page! There are two sketches of Smitty that will be used for upcoming contests later this month. If that doesn’t get you wanting to “like” the page, another reason might be there by “liking” the page you may be able to win a spot as an extra in an upcoming issue, so get on Facebook and “like” us today!
- For fans of digital comics head over to the Comic Store Page for the link to Pirate Eye: Mark of the Black Widow available through Comixology. I can say that the book looks fantastic digitally, and I hear if you ride the DC Metro don’t be surprised if you see a fellow Pirate Eye fan reading the book too.
- The other Pirate Eye news is that third issue is well underway, line art is done, and now I am focusing on coloring and lettering the book. The fourth issue has been scripted and I am working on thumbnails for that book. More details on both books to follow.
- In other publishing news, February marks the release of Pencils to Pixels, this new book is a collection of digital works of art that represent my exploration of the digital medium over the last several years. Available through Blurb this book features new work, never before seen sketches and even pieces that have not been featured on the website. Order your copy today here, or head over to the Fine Art Store Page.
- In Fine Art news, the 2013 Fine Art Gallery has been created and so far 2 new pieces have been uploaded. A slight departure of some of the other pieces that I have created but in many ways the exploration of the digital medium has led me to some very interesting choices of subject and approach. Perhaps these pieces will be the beginning of a new journey or a nice detour to try out some ideas that have been percolating for some time. Either way I hope you enjoy!
- Lastly as if the shorted month didn’t have enough news updates, six new prints are available through Society 6 page and links are found on the Prints Page. These prints are a great opportunity to spice up an empty wall in your home/office or tie the room together.
Jan 13 -
- Starting the year off with great Pirate Eye news!
- The second part of good news involves my first ever in store signing at Beyond Comics in Gaithersburg! I had a heck of a turn out, and sold quite a few copies of the book, as well as a handful of my comp copies of the Oxymoron book that came in just days before the signing. A special thanks goes out to Sarah for really spreading the word on Facebook, the Beyond Comics Crew, John, Laura and Tim, my parents for their never ending support and last but certainly not least everyone who came out to the signing. I hope everyone liked the book, and look forward to seeing you in a few months at the next signing!
- The third part of good news is Pirate Eye Mark of the Black Widow was reviewed by Comic Bastards and we received a 5 out of 5 score! The review went on to say that:
The story and art, work very well together and support each other to produce a great story. After seeing the preview I can’t say that I was shocked by how good it turned out, but I never expected this to be this damn good. The crazy thing is that if this was just another P.I. story and not set during the time of Colonialism and Pirates, it would still be a great story and that’s the true sign of a timeless tale.
- Regarding the art they said:
The art reminds me a lot of Alex Maleev’s style in many ways, but largely due to how the dialog panels were laid out. Since a lot of the story is conversations and not everyone twitches into a different pose every two seconds it’s always nice to see two characters staring each other down. Yonder does a great job with the details and making this mostly dialog story interesting and does a great job of visually telling the story as much as the narration and dialog doet
This is a one shot book. In, out, the entire story under one cover. A pirate during what appears to be the golden age of pirates has turned to investigation. With the skill set of a pirate and the mind of Barnaby Jones with a wicked twist this pirate gets down to learning the truth of a lovely young lady in the oldest profession. Twists, turns, and a final reveal will keep most readers interested till the flip the very last page. All in all a very nice read that I would recommend to those of you who prefer some investigation over massive super hero fisticuffs.
- Before I forget, Pirate Eye was also featured on two French comic websites! First was a Comics Blog, and second was Arshzone. I should be able to translate the text but if anyone can help me there might be a special Pirate Eye sketch in it for you.
- So far the year is off to a great start! Once again I want to thank Josiah Grahn for delivering a fantastic script and Action Lab Comics for publishing. With Issue 2 A Pirate’s Life is Not for Me in the can and the line art for Issue 3 done, 2013 it’s going to be a pirate filled year!