Hard at work illustrating a story by Australian author Michael Pardy - this is a big collaboration with 30+ drawings. He's done voiceover work and we're setting it to video and more. It's going to be epic!
Say hello to the monster now that's up from under ground,
It rose to say "What's up?" and burst through with a thunder sound.
The boys came running sword in hand to chop it down like wood-
Let's hope it can explain before it dies misunderstood!
I drew this with my glorious vintage brown ebonite Osprey Pens Milano with a two-tone black oxide JoWo EF nib. I swapped the section from my black Milano for a stealthy transition to the nib. This pen warms to the touch - it's a real joy to draw with.
My wife & I rented the Harmony Lodge cabin in Baring, WA for a week to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and our 4th and final kid due in 6 weeks (finally a girl!) I drew the cabin from life while the boys watched Total Recall. I finished inking it at my oldest boy's Kendo practice. That's the weird sword stuff shown in my story feed sometimes.
We were totally secluded and the river was about 30 feet from the window on the right. Amazing. Great vacation!
PS. Drawn with my new Pilot Custom 74 mechanical pencil and inked with my red Pilot Falcon SEF.
"Come on down to SpiderTown and be sure to bring your friends!
We'll clown around at Osprey, maybe buy some fountain pens.
Please be careful in the park, for when the monster gets real mad-
He's just sad that a ballpoint pen is all he ever had."
I colored this in Rebelle by Escape Motions using an Intuos pen & tablet. That software is amazing... it takes the complexity out of the process so you can just focus on the art. I'm not sure what I'd do without it.
I did an interview with Escape Motions about Rebelle and some other art related stuff. Check it out:
Dumbo's got a Pinto bag and it goes well with his 'stache,
Though it's funny that he thinks he can impress us with his cash.
Wasted money on a pink bag, now he's bragging 'bout a book.
He can't face it- we're too busy with our own to care or look.
I got a book on pickles! Pervo's got a weirdo book he found,
And The Cowboy's reading Brokeback Kanyon (sequel to the Mount.)
But the words are all that matter, books with pictures do not count-
These 10 dummies in a room are reading hard and that's no doubt.
I did the cover illustration for May 2017 of 425 Business magazine. I worked with Art Director Kirsten Erwin on it - she was great to collaborate with. She had just the right suggestions and advice it needed. Thanks, Kirsten (and 425 Business.)
I'm afraid I think these boxes that we live on cost a lot.
They're so small and pink but Doc says, "Just work hard to pay it off.
Enjoy your mortgage, thank your bank, and know the dream is not a lie.
You're lucky to have a box, son, now go work until you die.
No, you'll never pay it off, so just turn your head and cough.
You're not dead yet so get to work while I go play some golf!"
Sitting 'round a table, Bird Men looking at a head.
All of them are hungry but want something else instead.
"That's fine if y'all don't eat, in fact I think it would be best,"
Said the bird in back, "I'll take it home and eat it in my nest."
I'm a friend to all ghosts, and who wouldn't be?
Stranded on an island with no fences and free.
When mana falls from the tree, we gather around to eat-
Feeling lucky for the company and moments like these.
Drawn with my Sailor 1911s fountain pen (EF nib) on Rhodia dot grid. I love Japan's big 3: Sailor, Platinum, and Pilot. Pilot is my favorite (for the higher ink capacity and slightly soft gold nibs.)
This Sailor is one of my favorites, though, because I like the color and smallish size combined with the firm nib which gives a lot of control when drawing. I'll be coloring this in new software: Clip Studio Paint Pro.
Inked with my brown metal Falcon SEF. The brown Falcon is an unusual coppery color and is made of lead. It weighs over 1000 pounds, making it somewhat unwieldy. It holds 1ml of precious black ink and souls.
Bird Man walking in the red sky,
He's not sure if he's dead or if he just wants to die,
And he's drinking so much wine he can feel it in his chest...
Sick of being nothing but a Helper at the Nest.
Small hands? Yes, but says he's "big where it matters,"
(By drinking so much wine he's expanded his bladder.)
Some come for the drink and others come for the chatter,
You're welcome if you're thin but even more if you're fatter.
His name is Long Neck Beck and if you're sober you'll cry,
But if you're wrecked enough he seems a heck of a guy.
He never crosses the line until you come on his show,
There's no television camera or broadcast, though.
Just a weird room at the back of his house, you know?
But for lots of alcoholics it's THE place to go.
'Cause each contestant on the show each gets their own segment,
They get drunk and have a great time 'til they wake up pregnant.