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7 Tips for the 21-Year-Old Me

When I was a student in college working on my skills as a character designer, I’d had periods where I would sit at my desk working as hard as I could but having little to show for my efforts at the end of the day. I remember sitting there surrounded by blank pieces of paper, trying to come up with an amazing style that nobody had ever seen before. Show More Summary

Bonus Sketch o’the Week- Richard Kiel!

Remembering actor Richard Kiel, who passed away the other day at age 74. He memorably played the villain “Jaws” in two James Bond films back in the 70s, but had several other notable film and TV roles as well.

Late and Lately

Here's an update of things done over recent months. I am combining editorial and stand-alone projects and personal gifts to people who have, incredibly, placed their delicate egos in my unpredicable hands. Grateful to them. And to everyone who appreciate what we do.

Product Shipicus Interruptus

Just a quick explanation and apology to any and all who, in the last two weeks or so, have ordered and are waiting for books, prints or original art to get shipped out to them. The last two weeks have been more than a little bit hectic for me, with multiple jobs all due including […]

Bori Tompa’s fun hand-letterings & illustrations

  Straight lines and text is highly overrated, if I can say so myself. Need convincing? Take a look at a selection of Bori Tompa’s portfolio and you’ll know what I mean. I’m loving her work that’s full of vivid colors with a twist of...Show More Summary

Sketch o’the Week- Carl Reiner!

Here’s another sketch of a comedy legend: Carl Reiner! This is another preliminary sketch from a job I am working on featuring other old Jewish comedians like Mel Brooks. And no, I am not doing a print of caricatures of old Jewish comedians… the incomparable Drew Friedman has already done the definitive work on that.

Pittsburgh Comicon… and More!

I’ll be a special guest at the Pittsgburgh Comicon later this month, Sept. 26th-28th. I don’t have an assigned space at the con quite yet, but I am going to be at a table somewhere and will have copies of my book, my two available limited edition prints “The Game is Afoot!” and “Bats in […]

Monday MADness- Religious Video Games!

From MAD #471, Nov 2006, a two page feature called “When Video Games Become Religious” written by Jacob Lambert. The pencil roughs in the layout and the individual final art panels: Clicky to embiggen… Clicky to embiggen… Clicky to embiggen…

The Boxtrolls Screening in LA and SF!

BOXTROLLS screens for ASIFA-Hollywood Members in LA and San Francisco! and ASIFA-Hollywood INVITE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY (limit 4) TO A SPECIAL LOS ANGELES RECEPTION AND ADVANCE SCREENING OF LAIKA’s THE BOXTROLLS The LA screening will be immediately followed by a Q&A with Lead Animator and Laika CEO Travis Knight, Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham [...]

Sunday Mailbag- Handling Files?

Q: You are creating hundreds of pictures a year. As you work partly digital there are at least hundreds of files a year. Which order do you have for these files on your hard disk? Do you have one folder for each project? Do you have a folder for finished work, quasi a portfolio folder? […]

Diary of a MAD Job Revisted: Part 6!

Now we are in the home stretch! It’s time to get coloring. Those of you who are looking for a tutorial on my painting techniques will be a little disappointed I’m afraid. In order to do that I need to save steps along the way, and I did not do that with this or any […]

To Birds in Art, with love from Denmark

This is a special weekend- Birds In Art is currently underway at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. My great friend (and great human being), Barry Van Dusen, is being honored as this year’s Master Artist. A brilliant choice, more … Continue reading ?

Diary of a MAD Job Revisited: Part 5!

Now that the inks are all done, erased and cleaned up, it’s computer time! First the pages need to be scanned in sections, then placed together to make a complete page. This is roughly as much fun as getting poked in the eye by a sharp instrument, but it is what it is. I invested […]

Schoolism Fall Sale. $100 off Self-Taught Classes

Schoolism Fall Sale has begun: $100 off Self-Taught classes New classes include: Painting Creatures with Bobby Chiu http://www.schoolism.com/school.php?id=27 Environment Design with Nathan Fowkes http://www.schoolism.com/school.php?id=26 Save and share with others.

Diary of a MAD Job Revisited: Part 4!

Now that the pencils are finished, it’s time for the inking. This has always been the toughest part for me. I don’t know too many comic artists who ever feel their inked work is as effective as their pencils are, and you can count me among them. No matter how much I’ve done it, I […]

Join a Crazy Quest for Sanity! “Rocks In My Pockets”… A Funny Film about Depression

Signe Baumane’s new feature film,”Rocks In My Pockets” will screen in LA at Laemmle Royal September 12th through the 18th, with a free (no reservations: first come, first served) sneak preview at the Cinefamily on September 10th. This much lauded independent animated feature employs a very rare animation technique, using stop motion backgrounds with 2D [...]

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