Showing posts from May, 2011

Day 1


Colour chart

I just read the boingboing article linking the colour chart put together on Ed Piskors blog . I was extremely interested in creating a colour chart like this after I read a cool article  on the colouring department at DC comics in the 80's. I then went on to create a version of a simplified template of colours that was achieved by mixing shades of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow in five overlapping shades. Below is the result. Right click, save image as and eye drop into your digital palette.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License .

Quick sketch


iPhone backgrounds

I want to create some drawings especially for phone backgrounds, but in the meantime here's a few pics I found that you're free to save and use

Link roundup

1. Where do ideas come from? 2. Crashed spy plane that makes it easier to imagine a UFO type cover up 3. Hunting a yeti ? 4. Protein flaws responsible for complex life, study says 'Link roundup' inspired by this awesome art blog, superpunch

Emerging Technology Forum 2011

Thanks to every one who attended my emerging Technology Forum talk. Click here to see all the related posts or click on the tag ' talk ' Other sites I mentioned, My I.F posts My comics online Click on the links tab above for more sites that I'm involved with This is the creative commons licence I use for my images and the blog

Velvet Soap 1998

The cover of my very first published comic, 'Velvet Soap' 1998

Way back man

Courtesy of the way back machine I'm wishing that I took screenshots of my blogs appearance over the years now

Old technology becomes popular for its faults

"new, further developed types of media never replace the existing modes of media and their usage patterns. Instead, a convergence takes place in their field, leading to a different way and field of use for these older forms.“    -Wolfgang Riepl , 1913

Profile: Box Brown

Box Brown is the pen name for the Brian Michael Brown a cartoonist living in Jersey City, United States A few months ago I noticed that cartoonist boxbrown had hit the top of Reddit Unfortunately other than the fortuitously placed signature at the bottom right the image did not link back to the artist's site. It's ironic that this artist was rocketed to the top of one of the most popular websites ion the internet but received little traffic back from the post. Boxbrown also launched a successful Kickstarter fundraising drive to print his comic 'Everything dies' boxbrown on Flickr boxbrown on Livejournal @boxbrown on Twitter

Profile: Pat Grant

Pat Grant is an Australian cartoonist currently working on his PHD in comics, his thesis is actually a comic and is being published online as it get completed. @patgrantart on Twitter Bolton Blue

Profile: Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley in another American cartoonist who has gained wide popularity on the internet. She has successfully completed a kickstarter project And is often reposted on Tumblr without credit Lucy Knisley on Livejournal @lucylou  on Twitter

Profile: Jess Fink

Jess Fink is an American cartoonist, illustrator and game designer. She is well known for her winning Threadless T-Shirt designs and has recently had her two of her graphic novels officially published by Top Shelf Jess Fink' s original design from Threadless and the copy that appeared recently An etsy seller under the name 'glitter biscuits' was recently discovered to be selling copies of Jess Finks T-Shirt design Jess Fink Livejournal Jess Fink on Threadless Jess Fink on Tumblr

I Donate

A comic blog I read called Inkdick recently was the victim of theft. He had just scrimped and saved and bought himself a new computer which was then stolen from the car he was in soon after. You can read the whole sad story here and also make a donation, I know I'm going to. EDIT : This is an old post from 2008. The donation drive was completed successfully

Remember stealing is bad!

This kind of stuff confuses me as much as it angers me. I know it's been going around for awhile but it shouldn't be old news until it stops. more here... EDIT : This is an old post from 2007. It became a huge meme on Livejounral. Unfortunately the practice of stealing other peoples ideas and selling it as your own is still an ongoing concern.

How about this!

A little time lapse video I made of drawing a comic strip

Creating Screen tone effect in Photoshop

Also known as zipatone, Ben-Day dots, halftones etc For this tutorial a basic knowledge of Photoshop, colour modes, resolution, history and layers pallete, copy and paste functions will help. It is often desirable to achieve screen tones for artwork for either practicality or for effect. What ever you need it for I am going to show you the most effective way to achieve this using Photoshop. If you can master this, then there is no need to track down real zipatone and fiddle around with cutting it up. The middle section on ‘creating dot patterns’ is fixed although how you create your grey areas and how you use the dot pattern is up to you. Firstly this tutorial has nothing to do with the halftone pattern in the Filter menu. In my mind this filter gives a poor, hard to control, and fuzzy result. Which is not suitable when you need real screen tones for something like screen printing. Creating greys First open the artwork you want to add screen tones to; Be sure that this a

Review of Sanford Prismacolour Non-photo blue pencils

WARNING: Comic talk ahead! I wanted to write a short review of the 'non-photo' blue pencils I have been using lately. I'm doing this so that if you have to order these things through the mail or don't want to waste money trying and buying these things then hopefully this review will point you in the right direction. There are three pencils that I have come across. There are other types and brands, but these are the ones I have had experience with and I think may be the most commonly used in comics. 1-Sanford col-erase non-photo blue. (pictured) This pencil's lead is quite hard and hardly shows up on the paper. This is good if you only want faint marks as guidelines and not so much an actual finished drawing. There is an eraser on the end that actually works to a certain degree. Although it's really only for peace of mind as you don't need to erase the pencil after inking anyway. I found this pencil too light to do actual finished or rough outlined

Can't help it

Toronto Comic Arts Festival: Pencil it In from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo . I know this has been posted just about everywhere possible, but after seeing it linked for the tenth time I felt it should be reposted here too. For lovers of drawing and comics everywhere.

Free Comic Book Day

A bit over a week ago I was reminded that it was going to be free comic book day (FCBD) today. As I've been playing around with downloadable digital comics, I had an idea to round up some comic pages from fellow comickers and offer it as a free download. I know FCBD is about getting people into brick and mortar stores but I think it's also about getting new readers into comics. Why not digital comic then! This is the result,  -download here- It's basically a PDF file with dimensions that are perfect for an iPad screen but can also be read on your computer or any other device that reads PDF files. It's totally free to download and you will be able to match the artists pages to an to their names by using an index at the front of the book; as well as links to each creators site. The material is mostly compiled from Chugnut  attendees with some guest appearances. I'd love to do this again sometime in the future, and I look forward to hearing about what you thi

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