Friday, June 28, 2013

"Equality" for Illustration Friday, and "Paper Trail" this Saturday at Monkeyhouse Toys!

Good Morning!

Today's I.F. challenge is "Equality," and in the spirit of the DOMA/Proposition 8 related Supreme Court rulings this week, here is an equality inspired digital collage of a few of my greeting cards.

#LoveIsLove , as trended on Twitter yesterday :-D 

In art specific news, and on the topic of love, anyone in the L.A. Area should come to Monkeyhouse toys tomorrow afternoon and evening!  The Gallery and Kid's toy store is having a show called "Paper Trail," where everyone submitted works on paper. 

I (along with maaaany other artists, awesomely big show!) have a piece and am scheduled to vend there, and it will be a great place to see good art, and hang out with nice people.  Mayra and all the other Monkeyhouse artists are loving and awesome individuals, so anyone who likes pretty pictures and a fun, friendly event should come out.

The details are here:

Group Art Show

“Paper is a versatile material with many uses.”

Opening reception: Sat, June 29, 5pm-8pm

Show will run from June 29 - August 11

Artists: Adam Ansell, Alex Kirwan, Alyson Iwamoto, Amos,Angela Bennett, Asher McEvoy, Betso, Bill McEvoy, Billy Kheel, Billy Valdes, Blinky, Bob Motown, Brent Nolasco, Brian Ill, Bride One of Bride Campaign, Carol Powell, Cheri Ong, ChrisRWK, Cooper Kelly, Cori Keller, Daisuke Okamoto, Delphia, Donna Letterese, Douglas Alvarez, Downtimer, Elsy Mendez, Eric Brightwell, Frank Furlong, Frank Peak, Glenda Rolle, GMONIK, Gotham, Heatherlynn26, i4got, Iwarsumi Origami, Isabella McGrath, Jane Gotts, Jason Leung, Jeff Kelly, Jennifer Korsen, Jennifer Lewis, Jennifer Phiffer, Jesse Cordoza, Jessica Miranda, Joe Mackay, John Michael Gill, Jonathan Bueno, Jonathan Keiser, Jorge Ruano, Jose Lopes, Josh Taylor, Kayte Arnett, Kelly Thompson, Kim Bagwill, Kit Cameo, Leticia Lacey, Linda Tieu, Lisa Palmer, Lucy Kasofsky, Lou Pimentel, Marcos Yanagita, Mary Hoffman, Matt Adrian, Michael Reyes, Michael Thackson, Mildred, Misha, Modern Day Monster, Nancy Schier, Nataka Moya Moya, Natasha Kline, Nerd, Nick the Ring, Noel Ill, Norman Gray, Oscar Rosales, Pizzaface, Pork, Rosie One, Ryan Hungerford, Scom, Selina Phanara, Shawn Whisenant, Shellie Kvilvang, Silas McEvoy, Sissy, Slobl2b, Snow Mack, Soty Mae, Sprouts, Stephanie Unson, Steve Guerra, SuperSmashMax, Susanne Lewis, Terri Berman, Thom Glick, Tic-Money, Tom Oliver, Tony Federico, Vashte Johnson, Vera Paras, Weirdy, Yuki Miyazaki, and more....

Here's the event link (via FB so hopefully it works for anyone not on FB but who wants to see it):

And for everyone who wants to submit to, or see work on, Illustration Friday's theme of "Equality," the link is below:

Love and hugs to the world, and especially everyone who got good news in the past couple of days (-:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Surveillance" for Illustration Friday: Featuring Colonel Koala and the Mechanical Marsupial

In my minicomic about a little plush Koala, and a not-so-nice biologically living koala, there's definitely some "surveillance" going on.  Mainly, the latter is following around the former and does not seem like he's plotting anything good.

'Twas mentioned a bit before here:

And, here:

Poor little teddy (marsupial) is being watched, with his every move, although he has no idea.  He is too busy dealing with "Toy Story 3" style angst and problems.

Here is the opening panel!  But the words have been removed, so there's somewhat of a surprise for anyone who happens to come across the print version  ;-)  If you were to fill in the blank, what would you think this malicious marsupial might be thinking?

Thanks for reading, and if you enjoy illustrating, go to to submit to this theme before June 28th.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Moving" for "Creative Tuesdays"

So, my "Creative Tuesdays" submissions keep matching up with things I am working on!  A while ago, I was finishing a story for an anthology that was about the Russian Revolution of 1917.  For the same company, and a different anthology, I have been working on a different story I just finished.  It was written by Ray Goldfield, and focused on a boy and a girl's first love experiences meeting at the Jersey Shore.  She's a local, and he is a visitor for the summer, and he sadly has to move home to the city at the conclusion of his beach vacation.  

Below is a sneak peek and my C.T. submission.  While finishing the story's drawings, one of the final scenes made me think of this C.T. challenge as I worked on it.  Particularly the phrases, "I have to go home," "I have to move home," "We only moved in for the summer."

In my personal experiences, moving is great, but it can also be very sad.  Particularly when making a new friend, and then having the friend go off from whence they came.  It's bittersweet to stay and see a friend go home, and it's bittersweet to move home after an extended stay somewhere (a vacation, a study abroad, and so on).  I thought a lot about those things and about moving when doing this panel, where one protagonist waves goodbye while the other stares back at his friend in the distance.

I can't spoil the story as I did not write it, but I can say that it is a great story and it has what I thought was an uplifting ending.  I had to do a lot of research on the Jersey Shore's boardwalks while drawing it (although it's not shown in this panel), and that so much of the photo reference was post-Hurricane Sandy made me sad.  It was an honor to draw a nostalgic story showing a place that had been so beautiful and lively before that took place.
And as always, here are some links!

Below is a link to the publisher involved in publishing the "War" anthology as I mentioned previously, and then also the "Cities" anthology (discussed regarding the Jersey Shore story above):

And most importantly of all, here is the link to submit to Creative Tuesdays!  

Interested creators have up until July second to submit something for the "MOVING" theme:

Thanks for popping by to check out my blog!  I have been crazed, and need to sit down and go through everybody's entries for this entry still, as well as last week's great Alphabet challenge.

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Alphabet" for "Creative Tuesdays"

Above, you can see the banner that I made for Creative Tuesdays!  I did it part by hand and part digitally in the computer, using characters from a comic story I recently did called "Colonel Koala and the Mechanical Marsupial."

So far it's a little comic about a "real" teddy bear (kind of like the Velveteen Rabbit, but with a Steampunk bent and with Koalas), who is being followed around by an actual biological Koala, for potentially nefarious purposes.  For this "Creative Tuesdays" challenge, I made a banner to showcase both characters.

The patterned, repeated Koala is the Mechanical Marsupial (teddy bear-- um, I mean marsupial).  The one who is hiding and watching behind part of the "M" is Colonel Koala.  The Mechanical Marsupial is sort of alive in parts of the story, but sometimes he's like the "Toy Story" characters or Hobbes from "Calvin and Hobbes," in that he will lie still and act like a toy without any consciousness at all.

And yes, for anyone who is vaguely familiar with anything I do on the interwebz, this banner (and the comic it stems from) are all inspired by Fuzzles the Koala.  He is a plush toy of mine that pops into my work, and I'm making it a point to have him do so more often.  Hence, the comic in part inspired by a mechanized version of him.

I have seen many illustrators do a great job of drawing the entire alphabet, but my heart is pretty firmly attached to these little Australian guys (whether in the wild, at a conservation space, or in plush toy form), so I knew I would either go with K for Koala or M for Marsupial.  I am glad I went with "M," since I could re-do the banner at some point to also include Wombats, Kangaroos, and other critters.

In any event, the submission date is tomorrow, June 18th!  Click below to submit to C.T. for this fun theme.

Thanks for reading!  Hope everyone's well.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Illustration Friday: Children

Better late than never!  Here's my I.F. submission for "Children," for another story I just finished for an upcoming Grayhaven Comics anthology that's themed around Cities.

Previously, I showed panels that I drew for an upcoming Anthology that is themed around "War" stories, with the story I illustrated being set in 1917 Petrograd. 

The story here is set in New Jersey, and written by Ray Goldfield.  Specifically, it is set at the shore, with a local girl showing her new vacationing friend around the many sights and sounds at Point Pleasant.

These panels show their trip to the aquarium and to the funhouse.  They're twelve, and while we don't feel like a kid when we're orld-weary middle-schoolers, at that point we're all technically still "children"-- hence the submission for this theme.

And now, for links!

Here's a link to Grayhaven, the publisher involved in publishing the "War," "Cities," and other anthologies:

And finally, here is the link to Illustration Friday, both to submit and see the work of others:

Thanks for reading!