Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat

Here's the first page to the project I am working on. I'm moving right along and the whole book will be done by December.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I watched this Gary Kelley Demo, and was inspired to do a quick 5x3 watercolor sketch. This is something I thought Gary would do, I really enjoyed painting the opaque pink over the blue wash, it is something I will have to experiment with more. My book is going well, almost to the 4th page - moving along.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sketches, Seasons

Here's my sketch for my seasons piece. I wanted to Illustrate the changing of the seasons. So I depicted summer weaving into fall.

Here are just some other pieces from my sketchbook.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Blog Break

The view from my Philadelphia studio.

I am going to go on a small break from my blog while I work on completing my first full length published comic. Be sure to check back sometimes because I will post a page or two as a preview - but I just wanted to give you the heads up that I will not be posting too much for a while.

Unfortunately I won't be able to finish that story I was working on before - I was in progress on the third page when I got my new assignment.

Good News: I got 6 pieces into the F.U.E.L. Gallery in Philadelphia. I'll let you know when the show opens.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Mantis.

I forgot to post this little guy I saw outside the Brandywine. He was pretty awesome. That is all!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Brandywine River Museum

Autumn at the Brandywine
and Andrew Wyeths house

Today I went to the Brandywine Museum in Chads Ford Pennsylvania. It's not too far away from Philadelphia - which is nice. It contains many amazing paintings, including an extensive collection of Wyeths. There was an interesting show called "Painters as Illustrators," it showed work by various painters in an illustration context and also a fine art context. I also got to drive by Andrew Wyeths house, it was very tempting to pull over and go knock on the front door.

Three paintings by Howard Pyle
and two watercolors.

The Pyle paintings were amazing, I admired his brushwork for a long time. His watercolors were so brilliant, such refined and meaningful washes. I have a lot to learn from looking at his work. Maxfield Parish had some amazing pieces there as well, unfortunately security guards did not let me take pictures of those paintings, or the N.C. or Andrew Wyeth ones. Needless to say they were great. James Wyeth had some very impressive work on display - I was happy to see new work in all the galleries since the last time I was there - about a year ago.

Two Paintings by James Wyeth
"We're charged, my father and I, with being a pack of illustrators. I've always taken it as a supreme compliment. What's wrong with illustration? There's this thing now that illustrations are sort of secondary to art and I think it's a bunch of crap." - James Wyeth

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Alabama Blues Page 2

Here's my second page of the story I posted a few days ago. I'm working on the third and should post it in a couple days. I have some good news upon the horizon but I don't want to announce it and spoil it.

Here's some stuff from my sketchbook I did this week, the last one is a quick study I did for this page.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Baltimore Comic Con + New Work

Here's my newest painting, I've got a couple more pages of it to finish, but I thought I would post my progress so far. I have been into this sepia mode lately, but I was glad I was able to bring more color into it this go round. The comic is based off of the story that a young Hank Williams learned how to play guitar from a black blues musician (Rufus "Tee Tot" Payne). I am very interested in these kinds of stories, because one often thinks of the 1930's as largely segregated; but we are often reminded that even in times of deep racism, a common humanity can prevail.

I was down at Baltimore this past weekend, the convention was a lot of fun. I was with some people from the Autumn Society, and we had a few tables. It was nice to meet new people, and see other people again. The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society had their "Children of the Watchen" book out, and it was cool too see everyone's work in there. Got to stop by David Mack's booth and talk for a bit, which is always awesome because his work is a big influence on my own. Here's a couple sketches that I did at the con:

Nightcrawler, Dr. MidNite, Doc Savage