Here's another little comp from a few pages in a new sketchbook. I'm just having fun and getting inspired by a few artists I'm currently checking out. Hope you enjoy (click to enlarge):


Watercolor Sketching

Last week I had the fortune of helping start design on a new project, and I was using watercolor to create silhouettes. At the end of the day, I had the urge to sketch some animals, just for fun. These are just a couple of them. They were quick, but it really felt great to go at something with no agenda, no reserve, no client, no deadline... just sketching for an hour.


The Anthology Project V2

Hey ye all. If you have not yet seen this, check it out... it's called the ANTHOLOGY PROJECT:

Some hella-talented illustrators, designers and sequential artists put this together as a personal project. As you know, when it's a labor of love, it always ends up being among your best work-- this is no exception.

The Anthology Project is a beautifully designed, lush collection of comics from some very talented artists: Joy Ang, Nick Thornborrow, Connor Willumsen, Jeffrey Thompson, Kim Smoth, Christopher Ryzebel, Tom Rhodes, Matt Rhodes, Darren Rawlings, Chris Makris, Ed Kwong, Casper Konefal, Ben Huen, Christine Choi, & Sam Bradley.

The art is original, bright, diverse, incredibly tight, inspiring, and fun. Also, having published books myself, I can tell you that they went all out on the quality and design of this simple and wonderful little book (here's me with my copy!):

Anyway, check out this link -- they are looking to do Volume 2 via KickStarter -- you can pledge a little or a lot, and it helps fund this project. They are also being ultimo-cool about it, too, and offering copies of the book and other goodies to those who pledge. And if they don't get the moolah they need for the project, you don't owe anything at all. I think it's a win-win, so click here and at least watch the vid (for me)!


A SketchSnack

I know I say it too often, but this past year-and-a-half, it's been true... I've been just too busy to remember to blog. I really need to make a habit of it, and it's my promise to you to I will soon get back to a podcast or two and some art updates.

The production of our first animated short film here at Moonbot Studios (yes, I'm still in Shreveport, LA) is going great and flying full-speed ahead. I can't wait for us to share this with the world, and share the art I created as my parts in this film production.

BUT FOR NOW - here's a little snack. I'll do this from time to time to keep this blog alive- sketches or paintings that I've done for fun, work, other projects, etc.

THIS first one is a pitch for a Bridgestone commercial earlier in the year. Quick warmup doodles of Fred Couples and Lee Trevino. The final was to be a caricature puppet commercial, but Bridgestone apparently got cold feet. That happens a lot. ;)

Talk soon!


SUPER Binkus

It's been a while, sorry, we're in full swing at the studio. I'll do my best to keep up the bloggo. But for now, here's a look at SUPER Binkus!

For those of you who haven't heard, writer/director/actor James Gunn has enlisted Rainn Wilson, Ellen Paige, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker and more for his new movie SUPER premiering tomorrow at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! If you can see it, go go GO see it, this one will be a gem.

Our little Binkus is painted to look like The Crimson Bolt, the main character of the movie. Danielle and I worked on the film, briefly, and it was a blast, so we sent this little guy as a present for James Gunn. This film is funny, twisted, and surely great, so if you have the chance, check it out.



So as I promised, here is a look at our new friend, Binkus :

Binkus will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con, later this week! It is a limited run (less than 30!), and this hand-painted, each-one-unique, poly-resin, 4" statue is going to be available at the Art Squared Publishing table (E-09). Less than 20 will be painted, and around 10 statues will be unpainted for you crazy artists who like to DIY or just be different (believe me, I understand).

Designer Danielle Griffith and fabricator Joe Bluhm (myself) will be there to sign, talk, BS, etc. Hope to see you there!


San Diego Comic Con Exclusive

This is a little something I've been working on with artist and designer Danielle Griffith. Danielle designed this little critter and was kind enough to allow me to have a go at sculpting him.

His name is Binkus and you can meet him at table E-09 if you are in San Diego next week for the big show. Binkus is an exclusive, hand-made buddy who will only be found at Comic Con, at the Art Squared Publishing table, where you will find myself and Danielle.

We are currently pouring Poly Resin copies for you and your friends... we will keep updating with more shots of the process and the fun...

...hand sculpted, one-at-a-time molds, hand-painted... this is very limited and each one is receiving unique attention. We are considering selling blanks as well, so you can build your own friendship by painting and customizing Binkus. Let us know if that appeals to you.

Anyway, check back in a few days to see more finished pics of Binkus, as well as shots of the unique fabrication process.


Missing TCAF

Hey all-

If you haven't heard of it, and are looking for a great art/comics weekend, check out the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) at the Toronto Public Library this weekend. It is the most sincere and incredible art and comics convention I've seen.

I have attended the first two and had a blast. Unfortunately a dear friend has lost a family member and I must stay to support them in any way they may need. So I will not be able to make the show, and I sincerely apologize. For those of you who are in Toronto, have a beer and a maple donut for me, and check out some cool stuff while you're there.

I'll see you next year, if not sooner.


Sesame Street contest

My buddy Brian Haimes posted this on Aniboom.com - check it out and take a second to register and rate his video. It's REALLY catchy and perfect for Sesame Street!


LIFE Drawing!

The first figure drawing session at ArtSpace, here in Shreveport, LA, went GREAT. Here are some of my sketches from last week (click to enlarge):



Comic enthusiast and artist John Read has come out with issue 5 of his great publication, STAY TOONED! Magazine. The publication is clean, professional, and pays attention to cartoonists and comic artists. This time through, I'm honored to be a part of the issue and considered worthy of being printed on pages of such great cartoonists. John does a great job, and he does it ALL himself for the love of the art, so support him by subscribing to this truly unique publication.

My buddy Tom Richmond has been profiled, featured on the cover with his incredible illustration, and does a better job of running down what STAY TOONED! offers through past blog posts here.


Cartoonist Survey

Over at David's blog, you can read a quick survey he conducted on myself and many other cartoonists. He's really building up a BIG list, some friends, some artists I admire, and others I'm just now learning about. Very cool idea.


Shreveportians For Drawing!


Come one, Come all, Louisiana locals who care about your craft (or like to drink):



I haven't been drawing much since we ended our shoot schedule for the short film (catching up on emails, etc) but I'll be drawing a bunch this weekend and also doing a painting for some dear friends. In the meantime, here are a few doodles/sketches that I grabbed from my sketchbook, from December (click to enlarge):