Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Part two of my art studio breakdown...

1. More post-it notes reminding me of looming deadlines or oft-forgotten logins.

2. Art/mail ready for the post office (delivered today!).

3. My dog's pillow when he comes to visit (he opts for the couch instead).

4. Surviving memento from past job.

5. The books that were saved from storage: top top shelf are Marvel Universes and "kids" comics, manga and 2 Parker's that need to be read. Top shelf are books about comics and comics pioneer cartoonists. Top Middle shelf are some essential collections. Bottom Middle shelf are European books I can't actually read, but enjoy making up my own stories to the art.

6. The bottom shelf reserved for oversized books, Kirby Collectors and IDW Artist's Editions that are currently getting all my $$.

7. The Swiffer that only comes out of the corner when my 3 year old wants to play/clean my office.

8. Pics of my dad and the reason I do what I do.

9. Storage shelf housing painting supplies.

10. My jams!

11. My painting alcove.

12. Primed canvases ready and waiting for me to get over my cold feet.

13. Acrylics pulled from the shelf (used for priming).

14. Picture of one of the strangest variety performance groups I encountered on my travels.

15. Picture of the Royal Family of Monaco (whom I also encountered on my travels).

16. 4-color printer proofs from two of my favorite NEW GODS issues.

17. My shirt discarded due to stuffy, poorly ventilated room.

18. The additional bookshelf I had to erect to house more books.

19. Sometimes my bed.

Monday, May 27, 2013


I'm a big fan of seeing other people's workspaces. Fellow artists especially. Below are unstaged panoramic views of mine, in it's current state. Below I have attempted to breakdown some of it's more distinct features to note. 

View #1: 

1. That's my shirt slung over the chair. It can get pretty stuffy in the studio, so chances are I will be in various stages of undress. (I'm currently writing this sans pants).

2. That's a bin where I keep all of my CALARTS handouts and extra lesson plans. I don't know where else to put it.

3. Supply drawer that houses my most used/favorite tools. The top of this drawer is currently being taken over by 3 year old and his "art projects".

4. Huckleberry Hound, Darkseid and Doctor Orpheus standing vigil over ancient answering machine and long past mail that required my immediate attention.

5. Stacks of movies and comics awaiting me to look at.

6. My "on deck" folders of current work that usually travels with me throughout the week.

7. Some inspirational  Denis Bodart drawings.

8. 4 color printer proofs from my favorite NEW GODS issue(s).

9. PAPER!!!

10. Project folders of current projects/jobs in development.

11. Reference books.

12. Old, used up pens...but not used up enough to throw out. Good for inking hair texture or drybrush.

13. Kamandi custom figure figure given to me as a gift from Deane Aikins.

14. Kirby essentials within reach.

15. Reference materials: buildings, inking techniques and color.

16. Markers!!! (those that haven't dried up yet). Cools on top, Warms shelf below.

17. Kirby pages to stare at and be inspired/intimidated by.

18. Post it notes reminding me which job(s) are due immediately.

19. A stool for my short, muppet-like legs.

20. An envelope on deck for post office.

21. Memories/Night Terrors.

22. My (comic related) books that made the cut and not storage bound (yet).

23. IDW Artist's Editions where all my paychecks go.

24. My broken Herman Miller Aeron chair I can't afford to replace.

25. My work satchel AKA "Go Bag" (just like Jack Bauer from 24).

26. I guess I forgot a 26

27. Pillow for when my dog keeps me company (he usually opts for the couch though).

28. TMNT reference I was using (of my own drawings).



Monday, May 13, 2013

DICK DICKMAN P.I.: "Hard Boiled Dicking Through the Ages" PAGE ONE

Just for fun I think I'll upload a page a day of a short comic I wrote and illustrated a few years ago for Titmouse Animation Studios' Comic Anthology "MOOK". It subsequently made it's way into UK's TRIPWIRE Magazine as well. It's an idea I've had and dabbled with for many years previously--actually since 1995 or earlier! A hardboiled detective story set in the future is admittedly not the most original idea, but it's a fun trope to play in. The main character's design hadn't changed much over the years, which is rare: I typically revise and adjust a character design repeatedly and am never satisfied. What can I say, I know my angry, grizzled, old men.