I didn’t even have to sleep with anyone for this comic. I’m kinda proud of myself actually.
There was experimentation involved though. For most my comics, everything is done digitally. But with this, I printed up the linework, put in on the light-table, covered it with a sheet of watercolor paper, and went to town with graphite, greyscale markers, and ink wash.
Then I scanned the tones and slipped them under the original line work. I feel it gives is a grungier, more handmade look. What do you think?
I haven’t done a sad, whiny, love comic in some time, and if there’s one occasion they’re allowed, it’s Valentines Day, right? They would put the Love holiday in the longest, most desolate month of the year, wouldn’t they, the bastards.
But I’m doing fine. Great, in fact. People on Tumblr liked this comic and it earned me some more followers, and tonight I’m having dinner with friends, and showing familial love in the meantime. Besides, it’s not like I always feel this way. The concept came quickly in a moment of passion, then passed, like all feelings do.
Wishing you a good V-Day.
PS: Added a few more faces to the gallery below…
I love drawing faces, and have been experimenting with larger, more expressive eyes. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
PS: Click images to make larger, and use your keyboard arrows to scroll.
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There were so many “likes” and encouraging comments about my Mr. Mug book, I’m a little ashamed to admit it was a joke. Mr. Mug was a product of my wry sense of humor, and came forth from whimsical doodles drawn between more “serious” projects. I didn’t think anyone would actually believe I was doing a children’s book in which the main character apparently kills himself.
My favorite children’s book creator, Shel Silverstein, had a dry & dark sense of humor too. He created a picture book called “Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book” in which he playfully encourages kids to drink ink and put sugar in daddy’s gas tank because there’s a little horse in there and horses like sugar. They put a big “For Adults Only” sticker on the cover lest it turned kids into homicidal demons.
I’m grateful for the support anyway. I’m lucky to have supportive friends and family who want to see my work published. Perhaps one day I’ll actually do a book staring Mr. Mug — he seems to be a likable guy.
Meanwhile, a REAL project is nearing completion. Stay tuned!
I haven’t posted in a while, and at last I can finally unveil why. I’m excited to announce my forthcoming children’s book: Cheer Up, Mr. Mug! Please enjoy this 3-page sneak peek!
Accepting pre-orders for this heartwarming bedtime story now!
This has been my Facebook profile pic for a while, but I like it and thought I’d share it here too.
There’s a graphic novel concept that’s been with me for years which I look forward to starting this Spring. In the meantime I’ve been experimenting with some medium length projects, which potentially could be published in a comics magazine/anthology.