Thursday, September 29, 2011

Comics before all

My roommate and I as Scott and Wallace. Ink
Busy busy busy! AND- looking forward to 24 hour comics tomorrow! Or, "generate", as the school has been calling it. There will be different challenges during that 24 hours, so we'll see what I come up with!
Also trying to figure out good ways to network...conventions are a given but I may make some business card or little flyers and put them up everywhere to get myself out there.
Thanks for stopping in! <3
"B", Pen and ink

Monday, September 26, 2011


pen and ink

Yeah, I've been doing my best to follow this bamf-of-a-lady's example and kickass while chewing bubble gum...and I've been doing a pretty good job! I go into school early just about every day, I go in every weekend day (to get work done)... school is kicking my butt, but I'm kicking it right back!
Except for when I lost a project. TWICE. For digital coloring. I had a good cry that time, but I dusted off and got back to it. (to which my mom said: I have fits and absolute KITTENS whenever I lose a project, so to lose one twice??? I don't know how you're not out in the street doing a naked crazy dance! ) I almost did...but somehow kept my shtuff together. 

Even so, I have been enjoying working hard. Despite having come a long way artistically from when I first started my artistic voyage, I know I still have a ways to go. And I have been pin pointing the things I need to work on: showing form/volume, anatomy, FOLDS, backgrounds,etc.
I look forward to the day when I can, as the great Jon Chad said: 
emerge from your comics-cocoon with a fire-nib, or something, and wreck that place!

It shall be a great day indeed. Until then, all i can do is keep doing my best!
Thanks for stopping in <3

practicing expression. Also a walrus.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Less talky, more arty!

I feel like I post a little too much text here. Let's fix that, shall we?
"without a puzzle" pen & ink

"Free to be!" ink and watercolor pencil

A period comic. A great way to finish things off. Based on real life events.
School has been keeping me busy! 8D Should have enough work to be able to start showing that soon.
Thanks for stopping in! <3

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

cosmic flow of genius or something

trumpet doodle- ink
SO! Here I be in Atlanta- what a great place so far. Full of art and friendly people :D My two classes so far, Hardboiled: The noir literary tradition, and Character Design and Storyboarding for Animation were awesome! Very excited to learning a lot and improve both with writing and drawing!

Tonight is my first digital coloring class. Looking forward to it! Though at the same time, I have my own thoughts about it what with my big preference for all things traditional media. There really is nothing like the way a nib glides across a page, or having ink covered hands, or getting out your rainboots to go a'splashin' in your watercolor puddles. *sigh* :) But! Digital media will be a new adventure- and I recognize the need for being versatile.
So overall, so far so good! Settling in well here.

"consuming"- ink & watercolor pencil 2011
This is a piece done some months ago- my first shot at playing around with watercolor pencils (which I LOVE!) Definitely an emotionally charged piece, but for me art is all about evoking emotion after letting it out.  This was very cathartic to work on- hopefully the point comes across well enough.

As soon as I get my hands on a scanner (almost had one today! But the slippery little bugger got away...!) I will be able to get some new stuff uploaded onto my computer, and I also plan on sharing some class projects when I get some done.
In an email my mom sent me, she asked that I call her so that she doesnt "interrupt a cosmic flow of genius or something" XD So I'm gonna go see if I can find one of those before class!
Thanks for stopping in! <3

Thursday, September 8, 2011

of flying pizza and caves and being n00by mcn00berson

What a crazy past few days! Been lots of different places and seen lots of different people, and now I'm packing my life up so I can move to Atlanta on SATURDAY MORNING.
But first, some wrap up thoughts on The Center for Cartoon Studies
I have only been away for less than a week and I miss it there so much. Particularly the people. It's not everywhere that you can find people who will inspire you to draw this for them:
I drew this for Jon before leaving... I wanted to draw something for everyone I got close to... AND I STILL MAY DO SO. Or I'm gonna try.
I miss all the comics talk and the make'emups and the general support and love and creative atmosphere and the drink&draws and EVERYTHING. Gosh. Very looking forward to going back and visiting! <3

So, after leaving and crying about it on Saturday, my traveling companion and I made our way to MA to see my best friend, and spent a few days with her. After that, we came back to NH to spend a few days here- and we went to the POLAR CAVES- which was awesome :D And beautiful.
AND NOW.... I am back home til Saturday morning- which is when I move O_O to a place I have never lived in before. WOO! Exciting and scary, all rolled into one. Even though I have already attended college for two years, I feel like mr. freshman N00by McN00berson. Yikes. Hoping for an easy transition.
Despite being overwhelmed by packing, I tried to do some art today- and began thumb nailing a comic that was inspired by ultrasadgoodbyetime. PROOF!
very rough beginnings. Note the bloodshot/tired eyes
Sorry for the lack of regular update, that WILL be back to normal when I am settled in. 
Also there will be less life updateyness and MORE ART! :D yay!
Thanks for stopping in- here's a piece to tide you over til next time <3
'escape' watercolor pencil & ink w. nib

Saturday, September 3, 2011

In my heart

Today is my last day here. It's surreal. And I have so much to say. So many people I'm going to miss.
This really has just been a life changing experience. If nothing else, I know there's a beautiful little community stowed away in the mountains full of like-minded people to me. I can't think of the words to express how much just knowing that means to me. I have learned so much just from observing and listening and experiencing- and it restores some faith in the world when you know this kind of community can exist- and do it well.
I have never met such kind hearted, creative people all in one place. I'm probably getting rambly about it- but it's so hard to keep my thoughts together when this place and it's people fill me with such good thoughts.
Maybe I'll be better suited to talk about it later- but I'm going to miss CCS so much. You'll all always be in my heart- carrying me onward. I love you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.