Monday, January 25, 2010

Ugly Mugs

Here are some of the bullies that populate the pagoda in Project: Hendecalon.
I took some liberties with color, just because the finished book will be in black and white.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stick Fighting!

Sometimes the best way to find a pose is by simply scribbling.
I'll be the first to admit that these are not the most dynamic drawings ever, but, when stuck without a model or photo reference, I think it works fine.
The method of building a figure by scribbling is even laid out in "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" by Stan Lee and John Buscema.
You and I may not be John Buscema, but it's good to know that if we scribble enough, we may just find the drawing or pose that we were looking for!

For these Stick Fighting drawings, I started by placing the sticks in the positions I wanted them.

I then added the figures.

My next step will be to light-box these doodles into my thumbnails or enlarge them and use them for reference for a bigger, better drawing!
So, scribble away, true believers! It's a valid method and, though messy, it works!

Friday, January 22, 2010

More Fun with Architecture . . .

A constant criticism I receive is that my backgrounds are not strong enough.
So, for the making of Project: Hendecalon, I am attempting to improve.
These are some photos I shot. They depict a model Pagoda that I constructed from foamcore.
Thinking of the principles of a rock garden, where a large rock can represent a mountain, I placed my model in various settings and positions that might come in handy when I sit down to do my finished pages.
I can also open the model up to see where I want to place my characters in any given panel. The textures imprinted on the Pagoda are from a rubber stamp kit entitled "Fun with Architecture" by David Eisen.
Building this Pagoda was a fun break from thumbnailing and scripting, which I am still in the process of doing. Check back soon for more updates on Project: Hendecalon!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Nobody likes a bully! Unfortunately for the protagonist of Project: Hendecalon, the monastery in which he lives is FULL OF THEM!!!
They help keep the main character in line.

With a little photo reference, they even look mean.
Here's the lineup so far . . .
I estimate approximately fifteen bullies living in the monastery, plus Captain X and his overbearing master. The bottom line: I get to draw more mean people!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Plan of Hendecalon One

Here are some plans for Hendecalon One, the primary dwelling place of the Hendecalons.
Above are the tunnels where non-Hendecalons seek refuge from the oppressive pyramidal creatures.
Here is a layout of the surface of Hendecalon One, and below find a composite image of the tunnels and the pyramids.
So, now that we have a new setting, it is time for me to get to work writing the script for what will transpire there.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Master of the Pagoda

Above is a thumbnail of the Pagoda featured in Act I of Project: Hendecalon.
I've been mostly scripting, thumbnailing, and building models lately.
This hasn't left much time for doing any drawing, but, while thumbnailing, I discovered that I needed to do a few character designs for the supporting cast of the story.
Here is the master of the Pagoda, which functions as a sort of martial arts monastery. The Master is an authoritarian figure. I'm trying to use Japanese elements in his costume without causing him to come across as an Obi-Wan Kenobi or a Yoda.
There are still a few character designs yet to come, and I'm not sure if I'm totally settled on the one featured here.
Check back for more stuff as my thumbnailing progresses!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Enter: Doctor Octopus!

Here are some drawings of one of my all-time favorite super-villains: Otto Octavius, also known as DOCTOR OCTOPUS!!!
Doc Ock is an inspiration to comics geeks everywhere. He gives us hope that, through unbridled intellect, one can conquer the world and force others to do our bidding!

Part of the Marvel Comics Pantheon, he is also an excellent role model for children!

Friday, January 1, 2010


Father Time has granted us another year on this planet.
Let's make it a good one!!!
Happy 2010!