Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bad Motor Scooter–Revisited!

Hey gang!

First up, I hope everyone had a good Turkey Day. Did everyone “get stuffed” like I did?

Oh, and I’m sorry for missing last Friday’s post. I just ran outta time between Turkey Day, and spending some much needed time with the wife & kidlets! But I’m back on schedule, and here’s quick post (and a revisit) back to something I started in October – (Geez… I think it was October… I forget now).

Anyway, I finally got in there, and finished up the inks for Celeste and her Bad Motor Scooter. Ultimately, I’m pretty pleased w/ how they turned out, and I’m very anxious to get in and color this piece.

What do ya’ guys think?

Anyone?? Anyone… *tap*…*tap*… is this thing on? Bueller? Bueller?

Well… that’s all for this time. I’ll have another post up this Friday, and I’m hoping to wrap up a few images this week, so that should give me a few posts worth of goodies for ya’ all.

Yikes… is it really almost December already? Really??


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Domo Arigato… Mr. Roboto

Hey gang!

This last week hasn’t been as productive on the ‘art’ side as I would have liked.  Which isn’t to say we haven’t gotten anything done… just means I haven’t been able to concentrate on getting any drawrings done… doubly frustrating since I’m so close to being finished with this project. And of course with Turkey Day coming up this week… I’m not expecting any huge leaps forward this week either… but who knows… maybe I will get a little batch of time, and something may just escape.

Here’s the artwork for my first post of the week. Pencils and Inks for one of our robot friends. They go by the name RanGar. (An amalgamation of their creators names) They come in a variety of configurations… but this is the ‘standard’ model.

Pencils first:

And… finished inks:

And here’s a sketch I did a while back for an ‘alternate’ variation… basically with a different 'load-out’ of parts. (Just having some fun w/ the model designations – and extra points to anyone who gets the references):

Guess that’s all for this time.

Hope everyone has a good Turkey Day!!!


-Neb Out!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Just a couple of questions for my readers! (all 2 of you! haha)

OK, I’ve admitted that I’m kinda a newb when it comes to the whole ‘blogging’ thing. My wife, Wendi, has got this thing down… but her target demographic is a bit different than mine. And while I have certainly appreciated her attempts at ‘pimping’ my blog out to her fans/followers… I am interested in getting ‘out there’ on my own too (and in finding my audience)

Do any of you have any good ideas on how to promote (get more followers / readers / comments) for MY blog?

And if you are reading it… and if you enjoy it… let me know! Or, if you have ideas on how I can make it better… please, PLEASE give me some ideas!

What do you want to see / know? What have you enjoyed of the stuff I’ve showed you so far, and what haven’t you liked?

How bad do I really suck at this whole art thing…

I need to know… and knowing is half the battle!

You have your mission… not get to it!

That is all.


-Neb Out!

Friday, November 18, 2011

A sneaky, sneaking… sneak!

Swiper… no swiping.

Hey gang! I got another one for ya’ this week. I finished the coloring on him, and was pretty happy w/ the results.

Here are two versions of the initial pencil sketch for Shlimlob. Obviously the one on the right is more polished.

And here is the finished inks.

And lastly… the finished colors.

I was pretty happy w/ the ‘sickly’ green that I used on him. Turned out better than I was expecting.

That’s it for this time.

Check back next Tuesday!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More Cutesy Shenanigans…

Hey gang! I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I’m trying to keep up on posting stuff on a somewhat regular basis. I think I’ve settled on a Tuesday / Friday schedule. That way I get 2 posts in a week, and feel like I’m keeping active on this. Also, in an effort to spend the time to actually blog, I’m gonna try and spend one night doing the posts, and the rest of the nights doing the artwork (I’m using the ‘scheduling’ function to space things out. That way I can concentrate on the work, and do a batch of posts, and schedule them out in order to keep a regular blogging schedule. We’ll try it out for a bit, and see how it works.


Well, I have been working on the last batch of characters for my little project. And I’m happy to say that as of last week, I have finished all the inking for everyone… that means I’m in the home stretch of coloring (4 of them left) and I can close the book on my portion of our collected character entries. I’ll still have a fair amount of work on the back-end, marrying the pictures to the actual write-ups for everyone… but the bulk of the ‘hard work’ will be done. Also, once I finish up this project, I’m devoting myself to overhauling our websites (www.egocomics.com and www.stomping-ground.com). Both have been in serious need of some updated content (not to mention a fresh coat of paint). I’m hoping to have all that wrapped up by the end of the year (but it’s gonna depend a little on how difficult it is to implement our ideas) Don’t worry tho’, I will be assimilating this blog into www.egocomics.com, so you’ll still be able to get your bi-weekly dose of Neb-ishness!


I’ll be posting some more artwork in the next couple of days… but for today, I though I would continue with something in the vein of what I posted last week. This image I actually did late last year. As a little surprise for Neil. Turns out he really dug it, and we almost scrapped everything we were doing to re-jigger the entire story to tell in this style. There are parts of me that still wanna do just that! I love playing in this world.

Anyway, here is the initial pencil sketch I did… this is where it all started.

Really loose, and quick sketch… but this kinda solidified what I was trying to do.

Here is the finished Image. Or at least as finished as I was able to make it when I presented to Neil. The idea, was that it was kinda of a take on our stuff (Stomping Ground) through the eyes of Shag.

I decided, that for Christmas, I’d make up a couple of shirts w/ these guys as well. Here is the front of the shirt that we came up with…

And here is the back of the shirt.

And just for good measure… here’s me wearing my shirt!

We ordered these through Zazzle, and were really happy with how they came out.

Hmm… I should probably get my Zazzle store back up and running too… and offer these up again.

Well, that’s it for this time.

Hope everyone has enjoyed another funny/campy take on our Stomping Ground characters. I’ll steer this thing back towards some real work next time, and hopefully I can get the rest of these guys colored in short order.

Till next time,


Friday, November 11, 2011

He’s so Cuuuute!

Every once in a while… I accidentally create something cool… even if I’m not really trying. That’s the case here. I sat down at lunch the other day to do a little sketching. Sketched out something that I was trying to get done (I’ll post that soon), and had a little extra time. I always enjoy doing these little goofy, kid versions of some of our characters.
I don’t know why I do it, I guess it just me feel better to think of some of these big, smelly slabs of beef, as an awkward, silly kids versions of themselves. That’s what happened today.
Kid Leather – one of our bigger, and badder bad-asses. (See below)
…turns out like this…

Initial pencil sketch!

All inked up!

When I showed this to Wendi… she said “Awwwww… he SOOOO CUTE!”
Well there ya’ have it.
Gruff and Grumbly… meets Cute and Cuddly.
Hope you all enjoy!
-Neb Out!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Here’s………… Johnny!

Hey gang. Welcome to another “I just ARTed” blog post!

Well… today we’re gonna set our sights on another one of our older characters. This guy has been around w/ us for a long, long time. And he’s undergone some pretty big changes over the years. Here’s my attempt at kicking off some of the dust, and putting my best foot forward.

Enter Mr. E. (oh, and sorry about the title… his name is not ‘Johnny!’)

I loved the idea that this is based on. Here’s the initial pencil sketch.

And here are the finished Inks… the marionettes were so much fun!

Finished colors. It was a quick and dirty color job. I wish I had had a little more time to really work on the marionettes (I wanted to weather them, and give them chipped paint)

Well… that’s it for today.

Check back next time… for another installment of “Oops… I just ARTed!”


Sunday, November 6, 2011

An Unstoppable Force

…meets an immovable deadline…

Ah yes… time is always against me. There’s never enough of it… One of these days I’m gonna run out of it completely… And yet… I still waste time worrying about the fact that I’m wasting time… It’s a vicious circle.

Alright. So here’s a super hero concept we’ve had around for a long, long time. This character has taken on a much larger dimension / importance in our story than he was ever really envisioned for… (most of our characters end up doing that). But suffice to say… he’s large… and in charge. He’s one of the greats!

He’s Force!

And here are the finished Inks…

And just for funsies:

Here is the last image I did of him earlier this year. Kinda wanted to start from scratch with him (didn’t really do that as much as I was anticipating) We changed up a few things w/ his origin and such… so I wanted to just jump in and take another whack at him… as I said… I didn’t stay too far from the mark… (at least not from what you can see here… wait till I get him colored up… bwahahaha…

That’s it for now… I’m outta here…


Friday, November 4, 2011

A new character… a progression...

Alrighty gang! Hope everyone is getting used to it being November… ALREADY! Does it feel like this year is just sorta slipping by to anyone else? Already November??? Really???

Oh well… enough of that, and on to the good stuff!

A few weeks ago Neil asked me to come up with a name and an image for a new character. He gave me a few key details… but let me loose to come up w/ the rest.

Bale Mystronimo - First Attempt

I named him Bale, and I knocked out this first attempt during a lunch hour at work. After divulging his plan/intentions to me for the character… and I got to thinking about him a bit more… I sat down and revised my original concept a bit. But the original sketch still stands as a solid ‘jumping off point.’

I think I posted these before... But here is the re-conceptualized version. I skewed a little younger looking, with larger eyes, and more of a quirky nature. And adapted the idea to what I now knew about the character.

Finished inks for the new sketch.

And here are the finished colors. I am probably the most proud with the shading on his face. I think that this was my best facial shading/highlights to date.

Well… until next time…


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloweenies

Hey gang.

Hope everyone had an exciting and spooky Halloween! Our 3 kiddos had a great time… and Cooper really got caught up in the whole idea of ‘free candy!!’


Now… the only thing left is to eat all this candy… and of course put away all the decorations we put up.


Well, in other news… I have been working on quite a few sketches over the last couple of weeks… more than I can post here… so I’ve decided in an effort to post more regularly… I’m going to do a big batch of posts today, and schedule them to post over the next couple of days. So… with that said… on to the first sketch:

Here is the initial pencil sketch I did (I had to scan it in 2 pieces because I sketched it in my ‘big’ sketchbook). I just had an idea for a cheesy kinda cheesecake type image… girl on a bad motor scooter… how can that be bad?

There were a few things I really like, and a few things I was still a little up in the air about… so I ended up going in an re-penciling a good portion of the bike, and tightening up some of the details around her face and hair. Hence the ‘revised’ version below.

Now… obviously, I have not finished the inks on this yet. But you can see the revised pencils in there. I got a bit more work to do on this image… and I will definitely be posting an update to this as soon as I get it wrapped up.

Well… that’s about it for this post… should be a few more coming shortly!

Thanks for checkin’ it out!


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