Archive for the ‘Action Sketches’ Category

Storytelling Thumbnails and creative process flexibility

June 14, 2017

As in other occupations, creative arts professionals or hobbyists benefit from developing systems in order to formalize the creative process, generate ideas, and simplify production. However, it’s a mistake to think that steps in a process are one- size- fits- all; that a creative process is a static rather than the dynamic list of action steps. 

In general, there are phases of design that will be taken; research, brainstorm, sketch, edit, refine yes are the basics I learned in school. I would say that these work fantastically overall. But we can get stuck when we overly formalize what research means, or what thumbnails are, for example.

I remember the revelation that was part irritation when I considered that at certain times, I would need to change my preferences in Adobe Illustrator, sometimes from stroke for stroke. The temptation to overly mechanize our process  can make creative types become lazy. Perhaps one step two add at the very beginning of the process of is to evaluate whether the process you intend to use is a good fit for the project you are beginning.

 In the thumbnails below, I chose to thumbnail one page of the comic in the middle of a half sheet of paper. This left room around the sketch to write notes and make comments. Having one set of panels on the page surrounded by a lot of white space helps me focus on that page and think very freely. I know sometimes having multiple smaller thumbnails on a single page is helpful to see the flow of pages and panels, but doing them this way shifted my thinking. I don’t know if it’s better or not, but I felt very free in thinking about the story; designing the shots, dialogue, and storytelling simultaneously.


New Jack O page

June 5, 2017

I’ve been retooling Jack’s design to make it easier to draw. This is just a fan page I came up with to play around with a new design in an action scene. I also have tried to develop a uniform style for towns people. Try to keep mostly rounded shapes and using dots for eyes to simplify them. The idea is that by focusing less on details, I can capture more story and action. We’ll see.

Taking The Grix one step further…

February 28, 2016

The character design was so fun that I was inspired to continue.

The Unstoppable Grix

February 26, 2016

A collaboration with T.

Space Trilogy

November 10, 2015

A little impromptu collaboration with some artists I know.

Kid sketches

March 8, 2015


Jack-O Short: rough stage

March 1, 2015

I started doodling a story using a Le Pen .8 technical drawing pen, a Uni Super ink and a 30% ink wash in a Pentel Aquabrush.

Red Force

December 20, 2014

Feeling in a whimsical holiday mood, I am Magent the cast of the bass Rankin “Rudolph the red nose reindeer” stop motion puppet movie as a superhero team. I roughed out the composition, Then did some research on the Internet. I was a little dismayed to discover that someone had beat me to the punch and hadron giant sized X-Men number one using characters from the classic holiday specials. Oh well, it was too good of an idea to set aside so I began to stretch in the final composition.




Jack-O vs. the mini mob (process)

September 4, 2014

I have slowly been adding to the world of Jack oh. I came up with the Mini Mannequin Mob and something about these little guys is really fun to draw. I decided to do a mock comic book cover featuring jack-o’-lantern avenger facing off against these tiny antagonists. I got a bit of inspiration from old Steve Ditko Spiderman covers.
1Initial sketches to figure out the layout.
I used a blue Col-erase pencil to sketch in the composition.






Rock’em Sock’em Rampage

August 24, 2014

I helped a friend create a sketchbook, then asked if I could do the first drawing.. I elected to do a Jack-O cover. The typography was especially fun.