Baltimore Comic Con

September 5-7, 2014!

So I’m gonna try this again, and hopefully this time it won’t result in me staying at some freaky, hooker hotel, with a heart shaped tub, and crack pipe burns on the sheets!

I’ll be in the Kids Korner, with John Gallagher and the gang. It’s my birthday weekend, so come by on Friday to wish me a happy old age, and bring me booze. No, no… that’s inappropriate, don’t bring me booze :::wink, wink, nudge, nudge:::: especially don’t bring me scotch (specifically Macallan) — :::wink, wink, nudge, nudge::::

Hope to see everyone there, and I’m talking to you!

 

 

 

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Real men, draw men

February 27, 2014

Das right! I said it!

It’s always amusing to me to walk into a life drawing session, see a male model, and then watch the procession of sour faced male artists slowly sneak out of the room; this is especially true with older male models. Why? WTF? You’re there to practice drawing from life, correct? What sort of fantasy world do you make art in that you only need to depict attractive, young women? Oh wait… never mind.

Hell I draw comics… let me say that again… C-O-M-I-C-S, and we’re vilified over the idea that all we draw are big breasted women (although they never mention how all the men are bodybuilder muscular types who are desexed— but that’s another rant); yet even we have to draw other people in our books. Next to babies, who better for a hero to save than an old man or woman?

I look forward to drawing all sorts of people. Mom always said the male body wasn’t the most pleasant thing to look at, so I love rendering out the gentle curve of a beautiful woman’s body. But it’s also a fun challenge to sketch someone who is past their prime, put on a few too many pounds, or just has a unique shape.

That said, the other night was a great challenge, as an older man was the model. He was barrel chested, had a face like a NY cabbie, with chicken legs. Know what? He was fantastic! This guy held poses with the best of em that are half his age. He brought props, from umbrellas, hats, golf clubs, an oar, even a cigar! He was a riot. He took up poses most dancers wouldn’t try to hold.

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He did some standards, like sitting in a chair… 10min

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Or sitting on the ground… 20 min.

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He earned this sitting pose after the one he did seen in the drawing at bottom of the page… 30min

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The last sketch is of a pose he did with a golf club, and he held it for 30 minutes; this guy earned every buck. He was priceless, and I learned a lot drawing him. From how the body changes, to the way it maintains balance with additional weight.

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So next time you walk into a session, and the model isn’t the hope you had in mind when you went; shut up, sit down, and learn something.

My horn. Toot.

December 4, 2012

Nice write up for i184 over at Geeks of Doom— check it.

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/12/04/comic-review-g-i-joe-a-real-american-hero-184/#more-186938

And if you’re in a shop, look for the cover—

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Now a few preview pencils from the book to whet your appetite-

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Real American Hero #165

April 18, 2011

Out soon- take a gander!

Didn't do this cover, but starting with 167 you'll be getting an eye full!

Aw, and just when it was getting good. Hope you check it out when it hits the stands. Until then— 🙂

The Only Bad Press…

April 8, 2011

Is NO press. Or so the saying goes. My wife might disagree, and my in-laws, and everyone I knew in Oklahoma. Oh well…

The Oklahoman

And it seems things are moving fast… first it was CNN, now it’s…

ABC News

And I guess since Oklahoma still lays claim to me, then Italy says they can too! Well, my grandfather was Italian…

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