Monday, November 21, 2011

Neglect

Oh Sketchymade. How I ignore you so. :(

I just finished a post at P5 Creative and started to feel bad for my own blog. Since I was obviously feeling wordy and ruminative - I THINK that's the word I'm looking for - I thought I'd turn my ministration onto this poor and lately unloved child. I don't really have much to show. What I have done  I can't show or I don't have the right to show so instead y'all can have a nice ramble. That's what these f**kers are for right? Personal blogs: for people who either looooove to listen to themselves or think other people are listening. I like to consider myself more of a speaker waiting to be discovered. Very emo, I know.

So, I came across a blog that opened my eyes to things I've never considered in my attempts at drawing. It was educational while also completely flooring me. Johnson Cover Hi-Lo. So I thought I'd share. If I were to try and consider all or even one of these things I fear I'd never draw again because of how long it would take me to figure it out. I've heard it said before that I shouldn't try to be like other people and that I should just keep drawing and practicing but damn it! I want to be able to do and draw such thoughtful and creative stuff! I guess I'll try to take a lesson from it.

The holidays are upon the world and that means family time, food and gifts. Time to get creative. I'm looooong over due to make some cupcakes and I'm going to help make some homemade pies. Pumpkin and pecan to be precise. I've never made pecan pie before. Hell, I don't think I've done pumpkin yet either but how hard can it be? :) Too bad I won't be tasting the pecan pie. There is just something about nuts in my sweets that rubs me the wrong way. HA! That was a funny sentence if you read it in such a way. Where are my manners??? I also have a few crafty gifts in mind for some of my family members. I really need to get cracking on those however if I plan to get them done along with the illustrated children's safety book. So much to do so little time... ALWAYS!!!!!!!

I think I'll make tea and head to bed.

Yep. That's me. The picture of productivity. Hey! I had a long productive day at work, dang it!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ankle Sprain

I couldn't come up with a better title so that was it. Yes, my ankle hurts but no, it is not going to be the main subject of this post. I spent most of the weekend on my feet at Octoberfest pouring beer with One Brick. I swore I wouldn't do that event again but I was a little more laid back this time rather than stressing so it wasn't as bad. It's fun to see just how much beer I pour over the course of a few hours each shift and to help One Brick earn a large chunk of their funding for the year, but overall Octoberfest doesn't hold much for me. The food is pretty simple - and meaty - and I just don't drink THAT much! Anyway, I had a much better time this year and will consider it again when that time rolls around next year.

Stuff I need to get done include a business card re-design, bill paying, re-do 24 Hour Comic Day 2011 comic, a couple of tattoo design which need more discussion, paint some walls, finish a skirt, clean the bathroom, scuttle around and perhaps play with the cat because she seems a bit bored. Perhaps a hamster in a ball is in order. Heh, I'm so mean.

I just watched "Drive" last night a really enjoyed it. I have a new found respect for Ryan Gosling, it may be female driven but whatever. I liked his character and the movie despite its cheesy gore, pregnant pauses, 80's feel and strange mix of humor and seriousness. Check it out, let me know what you think.

Now for some fan art. A new book, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode from Image Comics, has got some cool new art and a story worth following. Check this out as well! The book, not just the art - which is unfinished.






Well, guess that ramble is over. It puttered out quicker than I thought it would.

Monday, September 26, 2011

P5 Creative!

Goodness! How could I have NOT posted about this sooner?!?!



drawMechanics has re-formed into P5 Creative! Please check out the new site, new art and all that jazz! Here are some well written blurbs...

[VINCENT]: In case you haven't heard the studio formerly known as draw:MECHANICS has now been revamped, rejiggered, and reborn as the [P5]CREATIVE. Welcome to our new home! It's a little messy as we're still moving. Hope you don't mind.

We'll leave all the gory details of the change to the dusty annals of history. What's most important now is that with death comes new life and, I believe, we have that in spades. We're still the same old cartoonists, designers, and creative beasts we always were, but, with hard lessons learned and renewed energy, we're moving forward to the future.

One thing we're going to try and focus on in our new clothes is more and regular posts to our online home. To that end, some of us have staked our claim to particular days of the week. On that day we'll post. What will we post? It could be anything. What we're working on at the moment, our thoughts on the day, a mini-review of what we're reading or watching at the time (like how the heck did DC actually pull of their universe reboot and make it work?). You never know what you're going to get. So, keep coming back and we'll keep giving you new things to look at and/or ponder. 
The studio title "P5" comes from the tools that we all use in creating: pencils, pixels, paint, pens, and paper. It also refers to the number of the founders of this little group. Double meaning, see? Aren't we clever?

Our hope with the studio and the new blog is to build up our creative strengths as well as our experience together in this industry. We span a wide variety of styles, but have come together out of our mutual respect for each other and our creative visions. Take a look at our blog, share it with your friends and family. We'll be posting regularly the things that we're working on, so please bookmark us and keep coming back. We've got a lot in store for y'all!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

24 Hour Comic Day - 2011

Thankfully Fantastic Comics was around to host this event. Not as many people as last year but I'm glad I got to do it and I'm not even feeling too tired. Oh but the most important part - I finished 24 pages... mostly. Some of them look like crap but this is one story I do plan on cleaning up and finishing. I thought I'd post the ones I could scan (some pages are 9" x 12" and the others are 11" x 17") with my regular sized scanner before I continue working on them. Please forgive the fact that not all the pages are there and that they are therefore out of order. Soon enough because I love the idea of this being a finished product. This story will be dedicated to Katie and Michael Bryant. Onward!



Friday, September 23, 2011

Hello Blog! Ignored much?

So much transition has been in occurrence and I am still in the thick of it. A few days of emotional swirl, left to my own devices and perhaps a few glasses of wine and attempts at drawing - here we go...

Intimidation...

The Blank Page - My worst enemy...

Getting started...

Warming up with... f**k, I don't know what...
 Reference ...

Reference, yes... riiiiiight...
Aaaaaand (sad) END...

No comment other than... I SUCK at drawing monsters.




Did anything come of this "drawing session"? No, not really... but I DID draw and I will continue to do so EVERY NIGHT. I may not always post because most likely a lot of them will be as stupid and sad as this. Late!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bomber Munny Character

Yay! He's done! I've been staring at the blank Kracka Munny for a few months now, I think. Finally I just dived in. I knew I wanted to make it into a horse but what better character to do than my own... who may surface sometime in the future! (fingers crossed!) I realize now that the little green globes on his belt may not look so much like the hand (hoof) grenades they are meant to be. Oh well.



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Some Words... AND COMMISSIONS!!!

So for the few of you who might actually follow my blog I would like to extend to you my first 5 sketches free of charge. The first five people who contact me and request what they want, I'll do a 10-20 min sketch just for you for free - and even cover the shipping. Please, one per person, thanks!

All I ask is that you find one other person who would be interested in a $5 (plus shipping) 10-20 min sketch. Please help me spread the word. Here are some re-posts to give y'all an idea of what you get...

This would be about 5 min:

Mike White's "Gretchen" from Amity Blamity: amityblamity.blogspot.com

This would be about 10 min (including 1-2 colors):

Actual art: 5 x 7

This would be about 20 min:

Actual art: 8.5 x 11

Actual art: 8.5 x 11





And this would be about 30+ min:

Actual art: 8.5 x 11


Now I leave you with some words...

(don't laugh)

How quickly the dawn passes,
converting floating time
into a deluge of conflict.
Attempting to predict
if the day will bring clouds or shine.
The traveling of moments not even half done
feels closer to the edge of dissolution.

                                            - JC 2/26/10


Remember your childhood dreams
for they will keep you warm
in the chill of adulthood.

                                            - JC 3/16/10


Some old poems I found. My poetry is sporadic and extremely amateur at best but I've got to practice baring all! ^_^

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Have Spear, Will Travel...

I have no idea what to name this one, but I broke out the good ol' color pencils for it and spent maybe 6-8 hours on it. I really should practice drawing those fuller, lovely ladies but this... well, it just happened. I like limiting my color palette because then I don't get overwhelmed. 


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lady Death

I was inspired to draw/paint this character based on a book I am reading. She is the Life/Death/Life mother. She is beautiful and has/needs a place every where.



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fables Fan Art

Just a little sketch of one of my favorite scenes from Fables (by Vertigo, trade # 13). Bigby Wolf has been transformed and can't take it anymore!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Flying Horse Color - First Pass

Well, it's a start. That's all I can say. There are a lot of edits and reworkings in this horse's future.



Monday, May 2, 2011

Horse Drawings

Heh, I'm a little behind on posting some of my latest stuff! But been busy and yadda, yadda, yadda. So here we go! PONIEEEEEEEEEEES!!!






Saturday, March 19, 2011

ECCC Commission

I was asked for 2 cool commissions when I was at Emerald City Comic Con. I don't know if I have permission to post the last one I did but here's the one I did for a guy who had just discovered long lost family and was now an uncle. A cool uncle if you ask me! ^_^ He had a picture of his nieces and nephews and wanted me to sketch them up as super hero characters. That was a lot of fun!!



Adventures in Baking!

I haven't posted some of my latest conquests of baking. Here are my valentine cookies...



My first royal frosting experiment.

Filled with love!


Just a lil' kiss and hug.

Can't believe each these were only about the size of a quarter!

I look forward to making more cookies with royal frosting again soon!



Here are my first "professionally" made cupcakes. Meaning I was hired to make them for a bridal party. They were a hit and there were a lot leftover not just at the party but at my house. Sigh, I guess I know what's for dinner! Good thing I never tire of cupcakes!!

Cupcakes supplies. I bought the lime because they were key. Get it? But it turned out that I wasn't supposed to be making key lime cupcakes. :'(

The end result getting prepped for shipment to the shower!

L to R: Guava Cake, Rich Chocolate w/ Caramel Frosting, Red Velvet, Hummingbird.

The future bride seemed quite happy with the treats! Yay!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Wave Kiss Colored


I'm getting ready to head to Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con and I'm nervous and not ready and excited. I feel a bit like this surfer girl except my wave is time and it just slapped me in the face! At least I got my 5 comic pages penciled. Now if I could just scan them properly AND get them printed in some semblance of order and new art.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Long Dress Toned Sketch





Playing with cardboard. Still getting the hang of it. Or at least to a point where I am satisfied with it! ^_^

Circles and Hats


Just arting around. Playing with the lack of lines and getting some color in. Also spent a lot of time cleaning up lines. I have the most unsteady hand. Boo!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Cardinal Suit

Ugh!!! This was a rough warm up. It's been too long. Darn holidays stealing all mah creatives. ^_^ Oh well, getting back into it. This is about a 3 hour piece. Sketch, pencil, color, outlines, scan and a bit of Photoshop magick. Don't like her wrist so much. Somethings off with the anatomy. Meh.