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!!!


  1. [...] saw a drawing demo  at the 7000 BC meeting on Saturday, and I have come to the conclusion that my lines are WAY too [...]

  2. My wife and I were there for the presentation and thought it was great. Thank you very much for taking the time to talk about your experiences.

  3. Absolutely! Thanks for coming out and lettin' me 'yammer' on for a bit! I'm glad you guys enjoyed it! It was a lot of fun for me too!

    Hopefully I'll see you guys at the next 7000 BC Meeting!


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