It's been a long time, but I've got some updates for ya. While I've been on my art hiatus, I did a lot of work for this dude ice cream social. I did some artwork and a logo, and a remix and a bunch of other stuff. The album is a concept album, and this is a map I did of the world that the album takes place in. This was the final album cover. The album is related to video games, so I did all the artwork in this kind of 8-bit style.
To check out more of the story. Head over to my other BLOG where you can pick up the album as well as my remix.
The big 500. I let a lot of the other big milestones slip by rather unnoticed, but I felt like I had to do something big for 500. I've been doing this blog now for close to 4 years which is kind of crazy to me. I still remember when I started it, and I can't believe it's something I'm still thinking about and working on day to day. So to celebrate this momentous occasion, I decided to do a little bit of a nwu retrospective. I did a new drawing from pretty much all my major creations. Have a look, I think this is the most original material I've done for a blog post so far. Neworld: The original. The namesake. Also by far the longest running comic in NWU history. Looking back it's kind of terrible, and very obviously my first comic. But it will always hold a special place in my brain. This is probably the first Neworld drawing I've done since the Water Closet art book a couple years back.Water Closet: Starkly contrasted from Neworld, I came up with Water Closet to quench my comic book ADD. After working on Neworld for like 2 years, I really wanted to do something that was all over the place, and kind of crazy. In hindsight the writing wasn't great in these comics, but I remember the insane creativity I felt while I was working on this series. You might notice a couple people are missing. I just ran out of steam working on this post and I couldn't draw anything for Monkey Shines, maybe it will be a little bonus tomorrow or something. Sam: The comic that never really was. It felt like I worked on this series forever, but in reality I never actually put an actual issue out of this series. I might want to revisit this series just for fun and do another short story or something. I've still got the first issue of the series written, and the rest of the first arc plotted, but I doubt I'll ever get around to doing it. After I wrote it, I just didn't feel like I could do the the material justice. I should really post the early years on the website, I think it's still just floating around the blog right now.Iatrogenesis: The next comic in a long line of perpetually unfinished concepts, I do believe that this comic works pretty well as a single issue though. To be honest this one wasn't all my fault. I'm not sure exactly what happen with Iatro. Me and Devin talked about the second issue a lot, but he just never got around to writing it. We had a lot of cool ideas for the series as a whole, and it's a little dissapointing we never got to see them all the way through, but thems the brakes. I loved working on this series. I had a ton of fun collaborating, with Devin. After doing all my comic work up to that point by myself, it was so rewarding to work with someone else. The really limited color pallet was really fun to work with. I loved being able to color pages so quickly, but they still looked awesome. The first couple pages in the psychiatrist office are still some of my favorite pages ever. Maladroits: I'd been reading Zuda since it's inception, and I always wanted to submit something for it, but didn't want to use any of the ideas I was already working on, so when I came up with the basic idea for Maladroits, I knew it would be perfect for Zuda. It was a little a disappointing not to win (and place so low), but I've found that most of the best comics are the one that place the lowest on Zuda. It was a great ride while it lasted. This was me and Devin's second collaborations. Even though Devin's role was more limited in this one, he was very helpful for bouncing ideas off of. A lot of the ideas I had for the future of Maladroits actually ended up helping to get me to the point where I am now for Northpark. Northpark Underground: The current incarnation of the NWU. I've already said a ton about this comic in the blog, so I'll keep this brief, but this is definitely the best comic for me right now, and definitely includes the best work I've done thus far. Writing and art wise. It's on hiatus from it right now, but hopefully will be coming back soon.
I left a couple things out namely, Hungry, McKluskey's Miracle Men, OZC, Primary in Private and Billy's Adventurer's Club (probably a couple others). I just didn't have the drive to try and do everything. If this happens to be your first time at the blog, and your confused by all this stuff, you can read all these comics over HERE.
Thrice is having a contest contest to design stuff for their upcoming tour. I had some free time on my hands so I decided to do something for it. Here is my pitch, I think it turned out pretty damn good.
A bunch of new designs and logos I did for my friends band Easier Said. Sent them to him yesterday, we'll see what happens with them. I converted my one design I did the other day into a single color and reintegrated it for them.
This post is going to kind of suck, but I'm going to be putting Northpark Underground on Hiatus for a little while. There are a lot of factors that include all the music projects I'm working on, I've got a little bit of writers and creative block, and I'm not gonna lie Final Fantasy 13. Right now I just feel like I'd be forcing myself to make Northpark, and for me that's not the best way to get good results. Hopefully it will be back soon.
I'm working on a project where I'm remixing the soundtrack to Ocarina Of Time. This was me futzing around with cover ideas. I think I'm actually going to go a completely different way now, but here is an idea.
Final fantasy really takes away from your blog posting time. I'll tell you. Well back to the blog. Here is the initial sketches from Horace from last section. The sketch looks like a little like Jeff Lemiere's style to me.
Another sketch from the trip. This is of my favorite child-hood stuffed animal. I did a bunch of pencil drawings all around it, but didn't really come up in the scan, so i futzed with the contrast and color balance to bring it out. You can also see some of my terrible batman sketches in the background.
Here is a little bonus. There is a podcast that is recorded at my comic shop most weeks, and last week at my shop I got pulled on to talk about what I was reading. It's called Fanboy Planet and I'm in episode 178.
The post is up a little late (I accidentally already posted something for Monday), but the section was actually up on time. Read the new one HERE. Chapter 2 is already half over. It's kind of been flying by. Now I got to sit down and write the next section.
I did a ton of drawings while I was on my trip, so expect to see a lot of posts this week.
I write comics that no one cares about. I make music that no one cares about. I wish I lived the in the village from the prisoner.
And now I make Podcasts with my friends that only a couple people care about.