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‘Sects Saturday 02/18/2017

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*When I was a kid, I definitely remember one year where we actually did leave the Christmas decorations up all year so that they were already up by the time the next Christmas came around. This strangely seemed to really bother some people.

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‘Sects Sunday 01/01/2017

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*In real life I have been sick on and off for a while now, really playing havoc with my ability to keep the comic on schedule and I didn’t want quality to suffer. One day I might tell the story of what happened during the impromptu hiatus… until then, we’re hopefully back to business as usual… complete with Buzz starting fires he shouldn’t be, and subtle New Girl references for people paying attention. 🙂 Oh, and there is really text on that newspaper… and no I won’t tell you what it says 🙂

Santa Clauses!

Continuing the Christmas theme… Santa dropped by early for an extreme closeup portrait but couldn’t decide whether he wanted traditional or digital illustration work… so I did both! First, the completely hand-drawn version (pencil sketch w/ color marker finish) on a 7×10-inch comic backing board:

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I followed that up, using the above baseline, to create a completely digital rendering in vector format:

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Typical for my illustration work, I like the cleaner lines and sharper colors in the digital version. I must say, though, that aside from lacking a good match for skin-tone in the hand drawn version… both of these look remarkably similar for a change. Basically it’s a testament to my liking the hand-drawn one enough that I didn’t feel like I needed to make major tweaks or corrections in the digital re-render.

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Twice the Olaf for Christmas!

And now… for something more warm and friendly 🙂

I’ve watched Disney’s Frozen more times than I can count recently with my nieces and nephew… so I was finally properly inspired to try my hand at some new Christmas illustrations. For Olaf I actually liked him so much I drew him twice! First, a completely hand-rendered illustration from pencil sketch to color marker finish on a 7×10-inch comic backing board:

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Then, using the above as a baseline… I re-rendered completely digitally as a vector illustration:

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The lines are cleaner in the digital version, and the colors are sharper. I also was able to more easily add in some shadows and a few snowflakes to complete the image. I personally like the digitally finished one better, but starting with the hand-drawn one allowed me to hopefully carry over most of the organic nature of the character.

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Donny the Snowman

Profound apologies to Frosty the Snowman… but last month I had this idea for a Christmas mash-up… inspired by true events, ripped from the headlines as they say. 🙂 I wanted to get this one up before the holiday weekend and in honor of today being the day the Electoral College casts votes for the presidency.

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The little things please me the most. I like how the magic twinkle effect around Donny is bringing him to life after the magical toupee is placed upon his head… and I like how disturbed that little girl truly looks. Her look in particular was referenced from the actual proper cartoon where she is cold and shivering while Frosty is seeking to save her from the cold at his own peril. I though that expression worked well here in this context. Meanwhile, Donny’s dialog is a riff on how Frosty always exclaimed, “Happy Birthday” every time he was brought to life. Donny says something far more tragic every time he comes to life. 🙂

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

‘Sects Wednesday 12/14/2016

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‘Sects Tuesday 12/13/2016

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‘Sects Thursday 12/08/2016

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*This has a neater effect than I originally planned… it’s like it compels you to contemplate its very existence. You can’t stop looking, I know it! 🙂

‘Sects Wednesday 12/07/2016

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*Don’t worry, I’m not doing it again this year! It was really hard coming up with twelve horrible puns last year… so this year all you get is the Partridge on a pear tree. 🙂

‘Sects Tuesday 12/06/2016

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*It’s two things in one… a prelude to the War on Christmas and a callback to something I referenced last year on a lazy Sunday December 6, 2015. The punchline doesn’t really work, but it’s okay because they know it. 🙂

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