Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Halloween... at the House of Spooks...

Happy Halloween ARTfans!!!

As you’ve probably noticed… I’m running a little behind after NM Tri-Con. And I’m posting this a lot later than I had intended.

So here ‘it’ is… my Post Show Review… New Mexico Tri-Con – the Most Complete Pop Culture Event this Side of the Apocalypse was held at the Santa Ana Star Center – a stadium complex pretty close to my neck of the woods… so for once, going to a con didn’t involve a ton of time and gas just to get to it!

I volunteered to work the 7000 BC booth at this show. 7000 BC is a local collective of indie comic book creators, a group that I joined up with at the beginning part of this year, and have enjoyed being a part of very much! On Friday afternoon, John & Jenn Myers met me at the Star Center to get setup knocked out. They were nice enough to transport all of the books and table stuffs for 7000 BC, in addition to all the stuff for their own table. Setup went pretty quick, and everything was pretty much ready to go for Saturday.

BTW – John & Jenn are creators of Typo’d Mary and All The Growing Things. If you haven’t checked these out… go, now!!! Jenn’s art is seriously some of my very favorite stuff… her backgrounds are friggin’ fantastic!!! They’re working on publishing a collected book very soon, and you can be sure I will do everything I can to promote it all over my social circles. I’m very excited, and can’t wait to see this book! I’m also excited for the opportunity to be able to do a pin-up image for the finished collection!

Saturday morning, after a few minutes of tidying up and putting out tags, we were  ready for the con to get underway. The doors opened to the public at 9am, and the show got underway. Chuck Larntz joined me for most of the day on Saturday as well, and it was really great spending most of the day with him at the table! (Chuck is a writer, and has written a few different books, including My name is Andre - He's was responsible for the live blog from 24 Hour Comic Day that I linked to in my last post). I picked up some tips and techniques for the 7000BC table. Josh McCoy of Rhinestone Ronin joined us for the back half of the show as well. It was great to get to meet and talk to him. It was also great seeing and talking to Peter & Paul Ziomek again – creators of Fakin’ the Funk (also members of 7000BC) who had their own table across the aisle from our table. Paul was doing some awesome sketches at the con, and Peter was working on some great Halloween themed sketchcards!!! And I stopped in and said hello to Andy Kuhn and David "ArtAssassin" Harrigan as well. It was great to hear how David is liking his new Cintiq!!!

Saturday was another great opportunity to meet some new people, show some of my artwork, and talk about our property - Stomping Ground. I sold quite a few of the 2012 Field Guide’s during the course of the day, and almost as many Coloring Books… All in all, it was really positive!

Sunday was a little slower. Bram & Monica Meehan of Raised by Squirrels were there for about 4 hours on Sunday. Bram really helped to get my knowledge up on the other books at the 7000BC table (I haven’t been able to read very many yet, so my descriptions have been very vague). This helped a lot when talking to the people on the other side of the table… and really got me interested in everything the creators in our group are doing. John Sumrow made it in about 40 minutes before I had to leave for the day, and Chuck made it back as well… so the booth was well manned when I left around 2pm. It was awesome getting to see John again and catch up - (He's got a shirt that should be hitting TeeFury on Nov. 5th, so stay tuned for that - I've seen it', it's AWESOME!!!)

From what I heard, Sunday never did really pick up, just turned out to be a slower day all around… but most of the people I saw walking around still seemed to be having fun… and it was supposedly ‘Kids Day’ so there were quite a few kids running around in their Halloween costumes a few days early… most of the booths had candy just for the kids – so as you can imagine, they were excited and full of energy!

Saturday night I was able to ink my third commission – Conan the Barbarian for Josh at Twin Suns.

[caption id="attachment_331" align="aligncenter" width="764"] Bar... Bar... Bar... Bar... Bar...[/caption]

I was also able to knock out a quick Artoo for Megan, one of the Bob-ombshells

[caption id="attachment_332" align="aligncenter" width="728"] Droid Love...[/caption]

I hear this is going to find a frame and a home in her ‘collection hutch’ so that’s pretty awesome!!!

Sunday night… As much as I wanted to work… I was pretty wiped out after the con, fighting back a cold – (or con-crud), and I had a full belly from a huge/delicious dinner that we had on Sunday w/ my folks… so I ended up crawling under the covers, watched a couple of episodes of Dr. Who, and called it a night.

Monday was my wife, Wendi's birthday (Happy Birf’day Sweetie)… I gave her the World of Warcraft print that I had been working on for her… She loved it!

[caption id="attachment_335" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Her WoW toon is called Maeybe -- Get it?[/caption]

So… that catches us up to last night.

During my lunch hour on Tuesday… I did this quick sketch of Wonder Woman…

Wasn’t too bad, and actually went pretty quick.

And on Tuesday night… I doodled out this Boy Blue from Fables. Drew from Twin Suns, had mentioned that he really wanted to have me do this for a commission… not being familiar with Fables (past the first trade paperback) I figured I’d do a little research… the sketch just sorta happened… I hadn’t really planned on doing it yet, but when the muse strikes…

I’m happy to say that Drew saw this last night, loved it, and wants me to go ahead and ink it… and he’ll pick it up from me when it’s done.

I got another commission in the works right now… It’s a little different for me, but it’s a good challenge. (It’s a gift for someone, so I probably won’t be posting it here)

That’s about it… tonight, the ghosts and goblins are out. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get any time at the drawing table, but we’ll see.

Everyone be safe out there tonight! And have fun!

Happy Halloween!!!




Friday, October 26, 2012

Open for Commissions...

Hey ARTfans!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve taken a few fledgling steps towards being a ‘real artist’ (not just pretending to be one on TV). I decided a couple of days ago to throw out the possibility of doing commissions on my FB page. And within a matter of minutes, I had already gotten paid to do one commission, and had quite a few others lined up. I finished my first commission right away, and will be mailing that off shortly. Last night I finished my 2nd one, for Drew from Twin Suns Comic Books & Gaming Center and dropped that off today.

[caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="905"] Drew from Twin Suns! Thanks man!!! Glad you liked how it turned out!!![/caption]

Here's the finished piece I did for him.

[caption id="attachment_323" align="aligncenter" width="647"] Dr. Mrs. The Monarch!!! Go Team Venture![/caption]

The point of all this… I’m trying to exercise my ‘inking’ muscles… Inking is something I know I need to practice (I’m ok, but I could be better!) I’m also trying to do these traditionally… i.e. with pencil, pen and paper. Not that I don’t enjoy digitally inking (I do!), but I have sorta lost track of my traditional inking style. My pens have been languishing in my pen case for the better part of the last 2 years, as I have fully explored the digital side of things. I guess I surprised myself with the Fett piece I did last week. That was the first serious piece that I had inked on paper in a long while. And it didn’t turn out terrible… in fact, I kinda like how it turned out.

Don’t take this the wrong way, I am by no means turning my back on my Cintiq. I love that expensive hunk of WACOMey goodness! I’m just entertaining the notion that as I exercise one set of skills, the other one benefits as well. Something that became apparent as I was working on the commission I finished last night. Being a better ‘traditional’ inker, makes me a better ‘digital’ inker.

So… without further ado… I would like to officially open up the door, and offer to you, my readers, the chance to get an Original piece of ART, sketched, inked… and signed by me!

Here’s what I’m thinking:


** $25 gets you a Penciled and Inked (Black & White) 8 x 11” of a  ¾ view of a character of your choosing (3/4 view would be something akin to what I did with the Fett picture – from the knee’s up. Also, if it’s someone I’m not familiar with, I’ll have to do some research and take a look – my geek tendrils extend deep, but some of the ‘new-fangled’ Pokemon / Yu-Gi-Oh generation stuff eludes me.)

** $50 gets you a Penciled, Inked (Black & White) 11x17” full body shot (head to toe) of a character of your choosing.

** Add $20 for digital coloring, and I will include the original sheet of pencils, inks, and a signed color print on glossy stock – with a handwritten “Thank You” card from me! Cuz’ that’s how I roll!


I have one more commission that I’m starting tonight… Not to be outdone... Josh (Drew's twin brother... "Twin" Suns... get it!) has ordered one from me as well... And I have a few other interested parties in the works… so get your ‘orders’ in quick and reserve your spot today!!!

You can send me an email at if you have any questions… or hit me up on my new Facebook Fan Page - (Speaking of... If you haven’t ‘liked’ it yet… go do that NOW!!!

I’m accepting orders (AND DONATIONS - I always accept DONATIONS!!!) via PayPal at

And one final reminder... I will be at NM TriCon tomorrow from 10-6 (all day) and on Sunday from about 10-2. I'll be manning the 7000BC booth, so if yer' in the area, come by and get yer geek on!

Check back tomorrow as I'll surely be dropping a post after TriCon - with pictures!

Till then...



Monday, October 22, 2012


Hey ARTfans,

Weekend re-cap: I went to 24 Hour Comic Day on Saturday night... I was there from about 9pm till 2am. And it was a blast... the turnout was awesome... way more people than I was expecting to see when I walked in. And there was a wealth of talented folks making comics... it was a wonderous environment... and what a sense of community!!! I wish I could have stayed for the whole time... maybe next year. If yer' interested... check out my buddy Chuck Larntz blog which had hourly updates throughout the whole event -

Today... I did some inking during my lunch. I know... Inking... at lunch... that means I didn't use my Cintiq. It's been a while since I did anything 'serious' with Pen and Paper. I find that most times I end up just using my paper sketches for reference when I move over to digital. (Throw them in the background of Sketchbook Pro, and 'tidy' up my pencils before digital inkings begin)

Today.... Today I actually pulled out my Micron Brush Pen... (which sadly has pretty much stayed in my little pen and marker case for the better part of the last 2 years). Today... it saw the light of day. Today... it got used. Today... I think I kinda fell in love with the little bugger. Why has it taken me so long to warm up to this pen??? Anyway... I didn't use it on everything for this piece, but on the parts I did use it... I really liked what happened.

[caption id="attachment_317" align="aligncenter" width="774"] The Fett says... Cheese![/caption]

And as a reminder... this weekend I'll be at New Mexico Tri-Con - at the 7000BC booth on Saturday and some of the day on Sunday. Come by and check it out if yer' in the area!

Expect a post-con update as usual... I'm lookin' forward to getting out there again!!!

Tune in next time... same Bat-time...


Friday, October 19, 2012

October 2012 - SketchDUMP

Hey ARTfans...

Not much of an update today... but here's a quick sketchDUMP of various things I've been doodling this month. (There are a couple here from late September as well...)

[caption id="attachment_313" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Click to experience the BIGness![/caption]

Back to work now... I have two shirt ideas I want to get knocked out, and then hopefully back to drawing Stomping Ground!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

T-Shirt all the things...

Hey ARTfans!

Got some good news! (If you haven't heard it yet through all of my 'other' social media channels). TeeFury has accepted one of my designs. My Sci-Fi / Yin Yang was approved... I sent in the final artwork on Friday... and I should hear in a week or two when it will be up for sale on their site.

*If your unfamiliar with TeeFury... They post T-Shirts for 24 hours and sell them for $10/each. The designs come from artists who submit their work to the site. It's a great deal, and the designs are consistently awesome, and it's a great chance for artists to get their work seen by a bunch of people (and make some money too!)

TeeFury just passed 106,000 likes on Facebook... so there is a potential for this one piece of art to be the most viewed arrangement of scribbles that I've ever done.

This morning I submitted another design... and I'm crossin' my fingers this one might get picked up as well!

Lets see... If you have been checking this site... you may have noticed the addition of the Instagram stream on the right. I did this a couple of weeks ago. I'm not posting blog posts as often as I should. But I'm trying to keep myself drawing. Usually if I do a sketch at work (and it's worth posting) I try to snap a pic w/ my phone, and post it on Instagram. Now, those are automatically posted here as well. I've actually had a fair amount of views on each of these... and the number of 'likes' seems to be increasing with each image I post. It's been pretty great to get that unsolicited 'nod' of approval for my stuff. I will continue to post those as often as I can... so keep coming back to check - or if yer' using Instagram... you can follow me at @TheRedNeb

Also... I'm planning on making an appearance during 24 Hour Comic Book Day on the night of Oct. 20th. This year is it being held at the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School. It's going from Noon on Saturday, Oct. 20th thru Noon on Sunday, October 21st. I'll probably only be there for a few hours on Saturday night... to show some support.

Also, the following weekend - October 27th and 28th, I will be at the first annual Tri-Con. I'll be at the 7000 BC booth most of the day on Saturday, and for a few hours on Sunday. If yer' in the area, come stop by and say "Hi!"

Well... that's about it for this time... I gotta get back to drawin'


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I. Poop. Art!

Hey ARTfans!

Time has kinda gotten away from me. This busy bee has been buzzing at the art table, and I apologize, for not getting a post together to show what I've been working on before today.

First up... old business:

Congrats to Jenn who won the random drawing for a FREE signed 11x17" Print! Thank to all of you who read and commented on my last post... and even those of you that just read it... and didn't comment. You know who you are.

And now on to new business. I finished the design for the Falcon / Serenity - Yin Yang and submitted it to TeeFury... but it's been a couple of weeks now, so my guess is they passed on it. Here's the finished design that I submitted.
I did come up with an alternate version of it... that I might try to resubmit.

[caption id="attachment_294" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] This time... on a cream colored shirt.[/caption]

Also, if anyone is interested in picking up this shirt... I did put it up on (Click the picture below to go directly to the shop)
 Let's see. After working on that... I got kind of a wild hair and did a couple of sketches of Red Sonja. Here's the pencils for the first sketch...

And the finished inks...

And I did this one too... which I haven't had a chance to ink yet.

Let's see... And then... I did this. (Still need to finish the shading on this one). This one is a little funny... I did this quick sketch of (what I thought was) one of the funnier little jokes from the Avengers. Just a real quick, sketch, ink, & color... When I first posted it on my Facebook wall, and got NO feedback at all. I was curious if no one got the 'joke'... since it was a 'little' obscure, and might have been missed by someone who watched it in the theatre, with the roar of the crowd and all. I think that was part of it, but when I posted the colored version, I actually asked for some feedback - to try and figure out if it was the art or if the 'reference' was just too obscure. I got some really good (positive) feedback, and a couple of people that shared it around on their blogs... I think that this one silly drawing may have been seen by more people than any other image I've ever done. Kinda funny, since I had pretty much just written it off.
 And I did this one for my buddy Lor. (I wasn't happy w/ how it turned out so I'm going to re-do it)
And finally... Last night I did this one for one of my wife's friends... Robyn.

Hey kids, it's Grand Moff Tarkin!
And.... scene.

Ok, that represents the majority of what I've been workin on over the last couple of weeks (since my last post). I've been having some fun just doing random images, and trying some different things. I still have a couple of t-shirt ideas that I need to work on and finish...  and submit... and then it's back to the pages.

And one last note... I need to take a long look at how I'm using Facebook (and now Instagram) and the like, to find the best way to 'share' these images and try to get the most exposure for my draw'rings. I need to build a 'following', so that when we get around to publishing Stomping Ground... there are some people around that already like what I'm doing, and can help to spread the word.

That's all for this time... check back soon.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Temporary Change In Direction

Hey ARTfans!

How you all doing? I have a special favor to ask! Yes, I'm talking to you. No, not that guy, You! Yeah!!!

Here we are... me writing these words, and you reading them? If indeed you are reading this... I need your help. I need you to comment on this post. It doesn't have to be anything epic... just a "Hey, I'm here" kinda thing. I need to know who's out there. It's getting kinda lonely in here. Me, shouting into the aether, into the vacuum of the internets... I don't even hear my own echo anymore.

***And if that plea for comments doesn't do the trick, how about to help 'entice' you to speak up, I will give away a free 11x17" signed print to a RANDOMLY selected commenter. So, hurry up, don't wait, do it NOW!!!***

Now... Let's talk about, Shirts. 

So, after Bubonicon (see last post), I got a seed planted in my noggin' about shirts. Namely, doing the ART for a few 'pop culture' designs and submitting them to a few different 24 hour T-Shirt sites. Doing t-shirts is by no means a 'new' idea... We've been dabbling with the idea of making money off of shirts for a long time now. We've just never had ANY success, at all, with doing so. Over the years, I've actually had about dozen or so shirts that have had my ART on them. The majority are probably designs that I did for the 501st (did I mention that I did the original design for the Dewback Ridge Garrison?) Most have been relatively short runs, and the only profit made from any one of these was  a free shirt or two. (Not a complaint at all, I've always been happy to help out my friends, and the 501st, and the free shirts have all been well worn, well loved, and always appreciated! Thanks Lor!) We (Ego) have even put shirts from our stuff up for sale on our cafepress shop, (and then) zazzle shops... but again, most of these were just for ourselves, there was never any real 'profit' gained from any of these ventures...

After talking to John Sumrow at Bubonicon... and being given the 'golden nugget of wisdom' as to where and what to do in order to get my ART onto shirts (and admittedly, being given a glimpse of the amount of spare 'scratch' that can be made in doing so). Work began in earnest.

The Idea Is The Hardest Part

Pop Culture. It's a pretty wide open landscape of things to try to 'poke a funny' at. I figured I'd stick to what I know... Star Wars / Firefly / Video Games / Sci-Fi / Comic Books / Etc.

So... after muddling around with a few concepts... none of which I thought 'worked', I had started looking around at pictures for a 'spark of inspiration'... I happened across a picture of my daughter, Leia, taken about a year or so ago (if not longer). Just a hilarious 'moment' captured for posterity.

[caption id="attachment_283" align="aligncenter" width="458"] I love this picture!!! Too funny![/caption]

Which got me thinking about this...

Which sparked the idea to do this...

[caption id="attachment_284" align="aligncenter" width="957"] Why so... Seriously??[/caption]

 So... there it is. My first design, submitted to my first t-shirt site... I'm waiting to see if they pick it up for a 24 hour t-shirt sale. In the meantime... I put it up for sale at RedBubble here.

***If you can't wait, and absolutely MUST HAVE your Joker/Einstein shirt right now... Click the image below...

As soon as I submitted that one, I started work on my next design. Which I've been working on steadily for about 3 or 4 days now. It's a Firefly/Star Wars - Yin Yang.

[caption id="attachment_285" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Balance... in all things.[/caption]

 I just finished inking this, and started coloring it last night... but here's a 'tease' of how it's coming along...

After thinking about it for a bit... there's a slight chance that I might simplify this design just a bit... but we'll see how it looks when it's finished. I'll keep you posted... and you can be sure, as soon as the designs are available, I will let you all know!!! If I get it finished up in time, we might even see about getting a few printed for the upcoming Browncoat Ball.

Well, anyway, that's it for this installment... tune in next time.

***And seriously... if you read all of this... PLEASE just post a quick comment to let me know that you're here. I'm trying to gauge how many people are looking at this site. And don't forget about the giveaway too!

As always, Thank you!!!


*All 'artwork' is © 2012 Ben Girven. "The Joker", "Firefly", "Star Wars", etc. are all © their respective copyright holders.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ego Comics @ Bubonicon 44

Hey ARTfans!

Well, one more con in the bag!

Bubonicon 44 – Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention wrapped up on Sunday. And from what I could tell, it was another fun/successful show. I was there on Saturday from about noon till 5PM (or so).  Admittedly, we hadn’t really planned to do another con for a while (till we finished our next book), but since we still have some inventory leftover from ACE earlier this year, and we had the opportunity to put them on display at the 7000 BC booth… it was sort of a ‘no-brainer’. And I’m glad we did.

[caption id="attachment_274" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] You can kinda see the new displays we created for Bubonicon, this year.[/caption]

It was great to spend some more time with fellow creators, and ‘talk shop’, I had a blast talking to everyone, and had some really engaging/enlightening conversations with a few people that were at and around the booth.

[caption id="attachment_275" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Peter peddling the wares of 7000 BC.[/caption]

I’m curious to see what the total sales were for the weekend, and see how we did, but the experience and camaraderie were well worth the price of admission.

[caption id="attachment_276" align="aligncenter" width="750"] A little closer look at our displays, and our little corner of the booth[/caption]

A special thanks to John Sumrow for a great conversation about marketing and how to make money drawing pictures. And also to Peter Zoimek for talking to me about ‘selling’ at cons, and making comics!! It’s always a treat to talk comics w/ Peter! Also, (I’m kicking myself for forgetting his name - I really am terrible w/ names), but I had a really great talk w/ a gentleman (who also made it out to my Cintiq demo) about publishing / printing in the new digital, direct to plate, print-on-demand era. If I forgot anyone else, I apologize, rest assured, I had a blast talking to all of you!

I’m really enjoying being on the ‘other side’ of the table… talking about OUR/My work… and sharing parts of this little, big, epic that’s been fermenting in our brains for the last 20ish years! It’s oozing its way out… and I just hope the ‘unsuspecting masses’ are ready for it. I must say, it’s a little addicting, as I already can’t wait for the next con we do… (but I still have some work to do before we’re ready for it).

[caption id="attachment_277" align="aligncenter" width="612"] Page 9 - Inking underway ***WORK IN PROGRESS***[/caption]

I’ve been back at the drawing table (after about a week off recovering from a minor surgery), and I’m back at it with resolve and focus.

It’s on folks.

It’s on!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Moving Right Along...

Hey ARTfans!

I haven’t posted very much this last month. I’ve been working on finishing pages for our first short story release. I’m not sure exactly yet when we're going to start posting the finished pages, but we ARE going to start posting them soon. I still have a considerable amount of work to get through before it’s complete.  But work continues, and things are moving right along.

I still haven’t solved HOW we’re going to post these when they are complete. And I also need to fix/figure out how to integrate ComicPress/Easel into our main ego page. Also there are a couple of options we've discussed as far as a release schedules as well:

• A weekly release schedule – 1pg at a time / once a week

• Twice a week releases – this would burn through the pages faster.

• Wait till the entire story is complete, and release in one shot as a finished package

I’m also still weighing my/our options as it pertains to blogging in general. I/We want to continue to stay ‘present’, and keep you all up to date w/ what we’re doing via the ‘big bad interwebz’. Now that we’re getting closer to making Stomping Ground a reality, I’m trying to figure out what part my blog, Oops… I Just ARTed! (my own collection of Nebbish thoughts – and SG related sketch-foolery) fits into the whole of our Ego Comics web presence – and would we, and YOU the reader, be better served if we wrap everything together under one, all things Ego, flag? I have been entertaining the idea of folding my blog into, creating one single news stream for people/readers to follow. As I fully admit that the ‘blogging’ side of this, is often relegated to the lowest of priorities – overshadowed quite often by the need to produce the work that this blog is meant to showcase, I am never as frequent or consistent with my posts/updates, as I like, or feel that I need to be. And with only so many hours in a night, that continues to be a struggle, and my focus needs to continue to be ‘the work’. Nothing has been decided yet, and I’m a good long ways away from pulling any sort of trigger for that, it has been on my mind. Suffice to say, I will keep you “in-the-loop” as we figure all this out and move forward. And, of couse, your feedback is very much appreciated – and will help to direct our actions and help us navigate this social landscape. Rock the vote!

Leave me a comment. I dare ya’!


Moving right along to other news… I attended another 7000 B.C. meeting this Saturday. I had a good time w/ the fine folks there. Got to lock down some details for the upcoming Bubonicon 44 show coming up on August 24-26th. I will be attending that show, helping out at the 7000 B.C. booth on Saturday. (My plan is to be there from around 12pm till 5pm). We have a good amount of stock leftover from ACE that we’ll have on the table at Bubonicon. Hopefully we’ll sell a few more books and prints during that show!

After the meeting I did have a great conversation w/ Peter Ziomek about comic book paneling / layout / coloring / lettering and just general illustration. I’ve enjoyed talking to Peter since I met him at the Albuquerque Comic Con back in January, and this proved to be a very enlightening conversation. I walked away with some new insight, and can’t wait to apply a few new ideas to my next batch of pages. Thank you Peter for a graciously lending me a few moments of your time!

Also, one last thing... Neil had a really great idea a while back, about 'upping' our display presence at future cons. He picked up a couple of prototypes today, and we're going to be working on those for the next couple of days to see if we can put something really classy together for our presence at Bubonicon. I'm anxious to see how those turn out! But, more on that later...

I guess that's gonna be about it for today. No art this time, just news and events.

Catch ya' all next time!


Monday, July 23, 2012

It's not my weekend, it's my STRONG end.

Hey ARTfans!

True story... (or at least as true as my memory remembers it from about 18 years ago) Neil and I used to work at a local pizza shop. About once a week (or so) there used to be this guy who would come in and clean the windows. Heck of a nice guy... and one of the few people I've met who just seemed to be genuinely happy with his life... all the time, as if the problems of the world could just never get any traction on him, and just slid right off. His name was Emilio. One particular Monday morning, Neil & I were back in the prep area, getting all the foodstuffs ready for the day... In walks Emilio... chipper as usual, ready to go clean the windows. I remember someone asking him how his weekend was, and his response was... "It's not my weekend, it's my STRONG end!". That one has always just kinda stuck with us.

Well, I had a good weekend. How was yours?

I worked on Friday night. I got most of my 'sketch' for Page 10 done. Still a few elements that I'm trying to work in, but I'll figure it out.

On Saturday... we had a 7000 BC meeting at Twin Suns. I had been asked a while back to do a demo of the Cintiq for the group. I was excited to share with the other creators, my impressions of going from a semi-traditional workflow (pencil, pen on paper) to an almost all digital workflow. I really wanted to talk to other people in the group about their process, and see if getting hands on with a Cintiq might open up some possibilities for them.

[caption id="attachment_250" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Talking about my evolution from TabletPC to Cintiq[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_251" align="alignnone" width="960"] Giving a quick Penciling Demo on the Cintiq[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="720"]Wacom Cintiq Demo Me, discussing digital workflow and how the Cintiq has changed my process.[/caption]

I had a blast, and really enjoyed it a lot more than I was even expecting. I got some really positive feedback from a few people in attendance, and from what I was told, I did a decent job giving this demo/presentation (which I was surprised by, since I was pretty much just winging it from beginning to end. Ok, I did actually prepare an outline of 'talking points', but didn't end up referring to it at all during the presentation.) I hope it was beneficial for some of the other creators there. After getting through that, I'm now looking forward to the next meeting, and the next workshop.

There is another convention coming up in August - Bubonicon. The 'plan' was/is not for Ego Comics to have any sort of official presence, but we're going to make an effort to be 'there' in some capacity. Even if we're just there to walk around. I'm going to see about volunteering at the 7000 BC booth there, just to hang out and talk to the other guys at the booth. My current goal is to continue to be 'present' in the local community and stay connected to the other creators and to the fanbase.

And, after reading all that, how about some pretty pictures...

Here's a sampling of the things I'm working on right now...

[caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Pages 6-9 Preview (Page six is almost finished coloring - pages 7-9 are still in the 'breakdown phase', but I'm pretty sure at this point of what I'm doing with them.)[/caption]

 Still could be some 'reworking' left to do on these pages... but this is the 'rough' version.

Well... that's about all I have for this time...


My goal(s) for this week are:
• Get Page 6 finished (almost there)
• Start Inking Page 7
• Finish Coloring / Shading on Page 7

*** Photos taken by Bram Meehan of 7000 BC and Thanks Bram!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Started on Page 6

Well ARTfans, it's been an exciting week.

I've gotten a little over half of the completed script now for the first of our 'teaser' stories. Putting the 'story elements' into the 5 pages I already finished was a lot of fun, and gave the whole piece a different and more fully realized feel.

Late last week, I got started on page 6, the next page to this particular story. I have it almost complete...

I went back and re-worked a few elements - based on some great feedback I had gotten from one of the 'comic creator groups' that I contribute to. I'm hoping to spend some time tonight and hopefully get that page all finished up, and move on to the next. I have a lot of work left on this particular story, and I'm hoping to get it finished up by the end of the month. (We'll see, I'm about a week behind schedule, so I'm pretty sure it's going to bleed into next month)

Also, this Saturday (7/21/12) I'm going to be doing a workshop on 'digital inking' and demo of the Cintiq 21UX with my fellow creators at 7000 BC. This months meeting will be at Twin Suns on Saturday from 1pm - 4pm. If you have an interest in making comics, and happen to be in the area, come on down!

Till next time,


My goal(s) for this week are:
• Finish Page 6 (Inks / Coloring / Lettering)
• Breakdowns for Pages 7-10 complete
•  Pencil Page 7



Monday, July 9, 2012

Monster Madness

Hey ARTfans!

Well, it was a busy weekend for everyone at our house. On Saturday, Wendi and I took a drive up to the Jemez with the kids and her mom. We had a nice picnic at one of my favorite camping spots. After lunch, I took the kids on a little adventure walk around some of the trails. The kids were thoroughly convinced that we were lost (despite the fact that I kept telling them that I knew exactly where we were at all times and that I had explored this area extensively many times.) It wasn't until I guided them back to their mommy and grandma that I think they actually believed me. But they all had a lot of fun, and got to run off some of that energy.

[caption id="attachment_237" align="aligncenter" width="700"] This is one of my favorite pics from our hike[/caption]

Luckily, we got back just in time to see some heavy rain moving its way through the valley towards where we were at, so we packed everyone up, and headed out - and took the scenic route home. Felt great to be in the rain - the moisture has been very much needed.

And now for some ART...

I got the script for the next couple of pages of our first short story on Friday... So I was working on the breakdowns for that this weekend whenever I had a few minutes. I think I'm ready to start on the pencils tonight.

Before getting the script - I had been working on some practice pieces... A few of which I've already posted, and here is the last one I did Thursday night.

I don't know if this will get used for anything (more than likely it will just help to inform another image for the actual story - but it's still good practice).

The plan is to finish up penciling tonight on the first new page, and get the breakdown for the second finished up as well. Maybe even get started on inking if there is time.

My immediate concern is how/what I'm going to post while working on the next 12 pages of this story. Do I post everything I do, or hold some of if back? Post only the pencils or pencils and inks... but not the coloring/shading? Any ideas? I don't want to steal any of the thunder from the finished story... but I also want to keep posting as regularly as possible.

There's something I think I'm gonna have to figure out I guess... moving forward.

Well, anyway, that's about all the time we have for today... Hope yer' all off to a good week!

Till next time,



Friday, June 29, 2012

You make a movie...

Good Mornin' ARTfans!

Well, it was a long night last night, but I have that video I was telling you about yesterday. Check it out...

(I always remember AFTER I've finished ARTing something that I should have done some screen capturing so that I could make a video of it, alternatively, I also seem to forget just how long it takes to prep these videos before I can release them. I spent all of last night just getting this ready to post...)

But... that being said... it is fun to see it. I may have mentioned this before - but seeing the cursor move around (and sped up!) makes me forget that I have NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING!!! haha

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video!

Till next time,




Thursday, June 28, 2012

Space Girl!

Hey ARTfans!

Got something fun for today. I sat down at lunch yesterday to 'doodle' out an image I had in my head. I actually managed to knock most of it out during my lunch...

And I finished the inks and coloring last night...

* This was inspired by a design that Neil did a little while back...

I had given Neil a couple of copies of a pencil sketch / paper doll kinda thing so that he could quickly sketch a couple of different designs for stuff that he thought Aina would wear. Call it a 'fashion study'. This is one of the designs he gave back to me with, and I loved it... I've been meaning to do something with it... but didn't have the idea till yesterday. Admittedly, I took some liberties with the design.

I should have a video of the inking and coloring process on this up tonight...

Well, that's about all for this time,

-Neb Out!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Doodles... Sketches... and a Beastie!

Hey ARTfans!

Trying to get back into a semi-regular posting schedule... and I haven't been doing a very good job of it. I'm gonna 'shotgun' tonights post. It's gettin' late... I'm gettin tired... and my back is really buggin' me tonight... (not sure what's up with that!?)

Anyway... here's a sketch I was working on tonight. Something a little 'fun' I'm working on for an upcoming project.

[caption id="attachment_214" align="aligncenter" width="864"] A nasty piece of work...[/caption]

Next up is a doodle of a 'possible' cover idea for 'something else' we're working on... Wow... I'm full of secrets tonight... haha!

[caption id="attachment_215" align="aligncenter" width="612"] Mockup of a cover idea... still needs a BUNCH of work... I'd like to take this a little further... but we'll have to see what time I have...[/caption]

Ok... and a couple more 'fun' little images. I had so much fun w/ the Lil' Kid Leather that I did a while back... I did a few more just for funsies...

[caption id="attachment_216" align="aligncenter" width="864"] These still make me smile![/caption]

Wendi LOVES these... She thought I should do a 'kiddie' version of Celeste as well - pig tails and all. So I obliged... these are still a little rough, and need some work... but they were fun nonetheless...

[caption id="attachment_217" align="aligncenter" width="864"] Really need to add some color to these...[/caption]

Well... that's it for tonight.

Hope you enjoy!



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Prints for Sale!

Hey ARTfans!

We just put up all the prints we had at ACE for sale online at our Ego Comics - Store. (There are a few that didn't fit on our wall, so go check out the store to see all the available prints)

A selection of prints available now from Ego Comics - Store

Signed 11x17" Prints are $5.00 / ea (Plus $3.00 Shipping* for first print and $0.50 for each additional)

Signed 8.5x11" Prints are $2.00 / ea (Plus $3.00 Shipping* for first print and $0.50 for each additional)

*Orders of different sized prints will be combined into a single mailing tube - so if you order an 11x17" print and an 8.5x11" print, you'll only pay the $3.00 shipping for the first print, plus $0.50 for the 2nd print regardless of size. (Apologies for the shipping costs on these, the first part of the $3.00 is to purchase the mailing tube, the rest is to cover the shipping costs)

So save yourself some coin, and order a bunch!! I promise you'll love them! Hang them on your wall, on your refrigerator, next to your desk at work. Put one on your door, over your bed, next to that picture of your dog. Cover up that embarrassing picture they took of you at the last company picnic. The uses are endless...

Oh... and if I didn't mention it earlier, Every print will be signed by me - Neb!

Hurry... Go... now... Get em' while they last! Before we sell out, and they're gone!

**All profits from the sales of books and prints will help go towards the printing of our next book (which we'll have ready by the end of the year).

Thanks everyone! We appreciate your support!


***And don't forget! We still have the 2012 Stomping Ground Field Guide available! Don't wait - ORDER NOW!!!
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