Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'm not dead and I'm still doodling!

We've been doing this thing at work where we pull a prompt out of a cup and get 10 minutes to sketch whatever comes to mind.  Today's prompt was "Astronomy and Astrology, apparently there's a big difference."  

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Found this page I penciled...

...back in Seattle and decided to ink it.  This is why I love, and hate, talking to people about music.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Press play

HI FRIENDS! Believe it or not, I've actually been holed up drawing comics all this time - and I finally finished a new book!  My elevator speech, admittedly, needs some work but Goodbye Ruby SoHo is a character portrait in three parts.  You can grab one at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival this weekend but, you can also always order one through my store or, y'know, use it as an excuse to come visit.  I've just decided, new policy: free comic books for anyone who comes and visits me!  

Here's an excerpt:

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I can't help myself!

While procrastinating on other drawing I need to get done, I warmed up by doodling some of my friends as Adventure Time characters, because I'm a cartoonist and I can do that:

Here's Penina Gal...

Evan Loeb...

Me and Caitlin McGurk...

 ...and Ryan Anderson!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

How to: 3 layer pop-up card

YOU GUYS! I conducted a paper experiment and IT WORKED!  I've never attempted a pop-up before but, I wanted to do something really REALLY cool for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day - and it turned out so well that I now feel compelled to show you how to make one!  So, here's how:

What you'll need:

-3 pieces of card stock or bristol
-drawing and coloring tools of your choosing
-a ruler
-hot glue gun and glue sticks
-2 eight inch pieces of ribbon or sturdy string

Step 1: Concept

Decide what you want your finished card to look like.  Your 3 sheets of card stock are 3 separate layers: background, foreground and a frame to see your scene through.  I decided to draw The Shire as my background for this one, my BF and I as the foreground and a heart as the frame to see the scene through.

Step 2: Measure

Your card can be any size you like but make sure that all 3 of your sheets of card stock are the same size to start with.

In order to create 3 distinct layers, you need your drawings to get incrementally narrower from background to frame.  My sheets of card stock were 7"x12" so I drew the background 7"x12".  Then, centering my drawings on the sheets, I drew the foreground at 7"x11" and the frame at 7"x10".  This left me with a half inch on either side of my foreground drawing to fold back and use as a tab to glue and an inch on either side of my frame drawing to use as tabs to glue.

Step 3: Draw

Hold your pencil between your thumb and middle finger...just kidding, you guys can figure this part out on your own.

Step 4: Cut

Cut out whatever shaped window you've chosen for your frame layer and, cut out your foreground layer so that you'll be able to see the background behind it.

Step 5: Assemble

Fold each layer carefully in half so that your card will close easily once it's assembled.  

Fold back the 1/2 inch tabs on either side of your foreground drawing and, using your hot glue gun, glue them carefully to the outside bottom edges of your background.  Your background should be slightly folded when the foreground appears flat to accomodate for the inch difference between it and the foreground layer.  

Next, fold back the 1 inch tabs on either side of your frame drawing and, repeat what you just did with the foreground layer - only this time, take your two pieces of ribbon and glue the ends between the foreground and the frame layer on either side of your card about halfway up.  This will create your closure.

When your frame layer is flat the foreground should appear slightly folded and the background should appear moderately folded creating three distinct dimensions.

I also encourage you to do a fourth drawing on the reverse side of your background layer so that the card is decorated on the outside as well - closed, mine looked like this:

Don't tie your card closed too tightly, you want the insides to have some breathing room so you don't have to wear out the paper  popping your foreground out every time you open it =)

I think that's it - GO FORTH AND MAKE THINGS, FRIENDS!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013, and beyond...

I know there's been virtual radio silence since I packed up and moved to Seattle in September but, I'm still alive and I'm still drawing, REALLY I SWEAR IT!

I'm actually interning at Fantagraphics Books and back with a bunch of my old CCS pals and, there are new cartoonist friends aplenty in this city - it's amazing!

Here's a quick doodle from this weekend - more to follow soon!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Odds and Ends

Holy Kleenex, Batman!  A lot has gone on!

So, first and foremost, I am ecstatic that my new anthology, Wings for Wheels: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen is finished! It's a project I've been itching to do for ages and this year I finally harassed enough people that it came together.  The book features the incredible talents of Pat Barrett, Jen Vaughn, Todd McArthur, Jen May, Josh PM Frees and insane cover art by Dan McCool.  If you're going to SPX next weekend look for Pat or Jen to pick up a copy! (These are also available in my online store.)

Secondly, SF Zinefest this weekend was a rollicking success.  I got to table with the amazing Kane Lynch, the organizers were helpful, knowledgable and friendly, the attendance was great and I got to catch up with some cartoonist pals I haven't seen since last fall!

Also, in my spare time (what spare time?!?!)  I've been volunteering for the Obama campaign.  I'm not going to use this space to monologue about my political leanings but, if you want to show your support for the pres. and you're in the east bay on Thursday - please make your way to Pyramid Brewery on Gilman for  the DNC watch party!  There'll be good beer, good food, good company and a HUGE screen to watch Barack's speech on and get fired up as we get close to the election!

AND, lastly, I feel like a broken record BUT, I'm moving...again!  Another year, another adventure, another city.  Apparently, this nomadic heart will not be chained! 

This time I will be headed north to that lush, green, overcast grunge-haven, Seattle.  I'm not sure yet how permanent of a move this will be for me but, if anyone has any suggestions on paid work, housing or wants to come visit - shoot me an email!  I'm heading up on the 20th so, Bay Area friends, let's make the most of the next few weeks and, Seattle friends, batten down the hatches and lock up your daughters!