February Life Drawings

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two weekends ago i rocked out with the magical Harry and the Potters and witnessed some interesting and fun people

hogwarts

kids

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kids and harry

and I made some sneaky sketches of people too

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guitar girl022

theboyz023

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In keeping with theme, I finished my Hogwarts self portrait!

MY NERDYNESS HAS NO BOUNDARIES

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THE CHILDREN’S BOOK

I’m getting a lot of questions about the Children’s Book i was hired to illustrate, which is amazing – i am so thankful for the support guys!   So here’s a little update on my process so you can see what I’m working on.  I can’t post everything because it’s not my book to announce, but you’ll get the gist.  The story itself is about a boy and girl (and their trusted rubber ducky!) who travel the world in a bathtub and see all the great monuments on bodies of water.  The book is geographically accurate so kids can learn facts about the world and traveling, and is filled with songs and poetry.

Here’s a clip!!!:

I use Strathmore heavy weight bristol board and usually sketch out the drawing with a blue  Kimberly pencil, but this time used a regular No. 2.

penciltower

 

Then I use my microns (prisma india ink) and draw the outlines of the smaller or thinner designs for a sleek and straight look

inked tower

 

I used my brush pen on the trees and some of the water, and go back through with micron pens to fill out the details.  When it’s time for scanning, i pop it into photoshop and adjust the levels…

eiffel tower

 

et voila!  FIN!

 

This project has been a lot of fun to work on, and I am incredibly grateful for the experience.

Even though the author hasn’t given me any specific deadlines, I am a little more behind than I would like to be because…

well let’s be honest – ya’ll know i’m a huge nerd…

i’ve been drawing pictures of myself as characters from awesome things that I love – FOR EXAMPLE – here’s one i’m working on of me as a Hogwarts student

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Yep – i AM that nerdy.

but more on that later…

 

 

 

 

OO LA LA

Tomorrow is le Valentine’s Day, which I (not bitterly) don’t care about at all and never have. BUT it is fun to draw stuff for, so here are a few things

 

I drew this one in 2010, but it’s still one of my favorites :)

Valentines Card outside

“THAT’S HOW FULL OF LOVE I AM FOR YOU”

Ask all my buddies at The Grand Rapids Comics Roundtable, they’ll tell you how all of my comics used to be really violent

 

This year, I decided to draw a Charlie Brown Parody for Valentine’s Day, because i thought it would be funny.

peanuts

 

I also want to take this time to thank Mandy from CHOCOLATE AND CREAM CAKE for her support for the fundraising of my buddy Rachel Dukes and featuring my Harry Potter Valentine’s on her website.  

Harry

 

 

 

Alright, gotta go – I have to go drink bunches of champagne

 

(p.s. the following short is one of my favorites ever :)

 

 

 

Harry Potter Valentines to Help Out a Friend

My friend RACHEL DUKES, who is a soon-to-be-graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies, and SLAMMIN cartoonist,  is in quite the bind.  Because of a sudden bout of pneumonia and recent travel debacle she has $1700 of financial trouble. (read the whole story HERE)

Being an artist and full-time student, you can imagine she prolly doesn’t have $1,700 just lyin around, so I am asking all of YOU to help her out!

SO – HERE IS WHAT IM PROPOSING WE DO

1.  You can donate directly to her – check out her website, email her, what have you, her website is:

http://www.mixtapecomics.com/

2.  BUY her stuff!!  She is very talented so you’re not wasting any money, and you will still be helping her out!

you can buy her stuff HERE

3.  This morning I woke up and really wanted to draw Harry Potter Valentines, for no other reason than i thought it would be fun cause I love Harry Potter.  I had no intention on printing them out and giving them away or anything, BUT if anyone is interested in buying a digital copy for $5, all proceeds will go to Rachel to help her her out right now.  They’re not that good, but they ARE for a good cause!!!

 

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Harry

Hermione

Ron

Draco

Neville

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Pre-Halloween

lets be honest – all the real fun happens BEFORE halloween! And man do i love love love halloween…  So this week, all my love is going to pre-halloween events, specifially

MY TOP TEN 13 FAVORITE HALLOWEEN MOVIES AND SPECIALS

MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

1.  One of my favorite shows in high school:

2. Halloweentown!

3.  Casper

4. Treehouse of HORROR

5.  Here’s an example of possibly the MOST terrifying episode…

6.  

7.  :0)

8.  Before M. Night went downhill:

9.  Any any other zombie type thing, for that matter…

10.  ONLY THE BEST EVER

11.  <3

12.  One of my favorite movies of all time, period

13.  And last, but certainly not least:

 

What are your favorites?

10 – BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE

30 Day book challenge – BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE

Its true.   The next two years of my life are literally happening because of this book.  This is the book that opened my eyes to the beauty, fine artistic value and deep story telling of graphic novels, and revolutionized my entire being.

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ALSO – bought these tix today :

wutupbitches – ONE MORE MONTH

Dio de los Muertos! part 1

Today is November first, which means many different things

1.  It means that Halloween is OVER and i feel like there is kind of a void in my life now…

Go ahead and GUESS which one is mine

I made vegan pumpkin pie for the first time from SCRATCH

with a homemade oreo crust!

watched Hocus Pocus with some pretty cool people

and partied around town as the cutest witch there ever was

Reference:

November first means:

2. DIO DE LOS MUERTOS!

3.  World Vegan Day!

here are some great vegan website that I enjoy:

http://www.veganhealth.org/

http://theveganette.blogspot.com/

http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/

http://www.thegluttonousvegan.com/

3.  November first lies in the middle of the Diwali celebration, though the actual “Diwali Day” is on November 5th.

Either way, in celebration, tonight i am wearing my Salwaar Kameeni and cookin up some Veggie Curry and watch the best Bollywood movie of ALL TIME

and then of course there is the most important day of November.  The best day of the year, when all my dreams come true and we can join together as one to celebrate the most historic day of my life:

muhahahahaha