Here is a cartoon drawing of Jeff Laxton, one of the guys I used to teach with. I do a lot of these but I put it up here as a sorbet, between courses of comic book stories.
This is my 300th post. It is the beginning of a six page comic I just finished featuring Dave Sim’s character, Cerebus the Aardvark. I think I am the first (and at this point only) person aside from Barry Smith to finish an authorized Cerebus story not counting Dave himself, of course. I hope Dave approves. Barry Smith was probably half my age when he did his story. I wish mine was half as good as his.
I am proud of the work I have done. It will likely see print in a couple of months in an anthology of six Cerebus strips, all done by people who aren’t Dave Sim.
The art is done in ink on 10” by 15” board and then toned in photoshop.
I have always been impressed by Dave Sim’s Cerebus. Well, maybe not always but definitely after issue three. What I didn’t realize was how ably he had drawn Cerebus itself. The poses and expressions always look natural but were in thousands of variations. You have to look more closely when drawing the character yourself.
While, the visuals are mine they wouldn’t exist if not for inspired scripting by Devon Wong.
The strip was ably edited by Rockin’ Rob Walton. It was also constructively criticized by Riffin’ Ron Hobbs, before the inking stage.
This is page one of a comic strip I did as a unique wedding gift commissioned by a woman named Julia. I penciled, inked, lettered and coloured it. Julia and I wrote it together. Both she and her husband, a comic fan, were very happy with it. She printed them out, quite large, and mounted them on boards. I still want to get a photo of her with the finished prints. If I do, I will put them up.
I had quite a time of it, getting these things onto tumbler. My problem was that I created them as CMYK files, but in JPEG. The site was happy enough with JPEG but not with CMYK which is commonly used for printing. I messed with the files over and over until I realized my problem and converted them to RGB.
Middle page of the wedding comic.