Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Whats Going On

Whew, sorry for the long delay in posts!  I assure you, I have been working very hard on some new paintings and I also potentially have earned my 1st professional gig for the big boys in comics.  (my Instagram account, longdogart usually has daily updates of my scribble, some even get finished!)  So here is the rundown of whats going on, new pictures and a lengthy rambling about my love of the band Between the Buried and Me and their influence on my life in general.
So for those of you wondering what I have been working on I'll show you some sneak peeks of finished paintings that most likely become prints for Phoenix Comicon or Vista Production Group.  Just about everything I've done lately has been on my own creation Space Girl Molly (whom I wish to have an actual story out for soon, even if it is a tiny ash tray) and a few licensed characters.  Here are some of these finished images-
Space girl Molly, watercolor on hot press paper

Atom Eve, inks.  will be digitally painted

Recently I completed a try out as a colorist for one of the best coloring companies in all of comics.  I passed the 1st stage of the try out and if all goes well with the next few pages I'm assigned I will be painting for the biggest companies and the biggest books in the industry.  I will post more about who this is with and what books once i know more about where I stand but needless to say, I'm very excited about this opportunity.

So anyone that has had the misfortune of discussing music with me for the past 8 years or so knows my Between the Buried and Me obsession.  If you don't know who they are go here and just listen.  Or go to Youtube.  Or better yet just go buy Colors and Parallax 2 to support the band and free your mind.  Seriously, go turn off everything, put on some headphones and just experience masters of their craft work.  They fall into many genres but I tend to think of them as the King Crimson of prog metal.  Or King Crimson with blast beats.  They aren't for everyone but if you like heavy music and you don't listen to BTBAM then I'm sorry, you know nothing  John Snow... Anyways-  I listen to them daily and enjoy all of their albums but their newest masterpiece, Parallax II Future Sequence has even influenced some of my art.  I doodle aimlessly at work quite a bit to keep in practice and all of sudden I was adding owls into my compositions.  The Night Owls to be exact, which are the all seeing all knowing menace in several of BTBAM's songs.  I fleshed one of my sketches out a bit one day and came up with this piece -
This is my version of the Night Owls, which I guess I should mention, are not my own creation and are probably copyright of BTBAM.

Of course I had Molly visit a moon the Owls were visiting in the final drawing.  This will also be painted in Photoshop soon and I'll post the final when I have it ready.

Ok, enough rambling for now, until next time-


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