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'

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