Saturday, November 30, 2013

OilCan Drive Nicole Stand-Up Pencils and Inks

 Once again it seems the month has totally gotten away from me. But, it doesn't mean I haven't been busy. It just means that I lose track of days and forget to blog about everything I've been working on.

Between the client work, writing, drawing, and inking new OilCan Drive pages for the second book, and running and doing the upkeep on the OilCan Drive Kickstarter campaign I feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off.

But, believe me, even if you don't hear from me, it doesn't mean there isn't always something going on.

I looked at the calendar earlier this week and realized the end of the month was quickly arriving and I needed to get a new piece for the upcoming December blog header. In keeping with the previous month's ideas of doing the OilCan Drive characters as new stand-up pieces I decided to tackle Nicole Baylor, the band's drummer.

I really should have been putting up these progress shots over the last few days but with the first of the month beginning tomorrow I figured I'd gang them all up here and show off the finished piece tomorrow with the new blog header.

So here is a photo of the pencil sketch as well as a few shots of me working on the inks. I'm working on the color as we speak.

I promise to try and do better in the coming months at keeping the blog current. Once the Kickstarter campaign is over it should free up some time to do what I really love- drawing and creating and having fun with art.

And I might even give myself permission to take a nap or two. It has been a long month and I am exhausted.

But, for now, have a great one and I'll see you all tomorrow!

Monday, November 25, 2013

OilCan Drive t-Shirt Design

Here's a pencil sketch I did over the weekend for a new OilCan Drive t-shirt design. With any luck I'll have it inked and painted by this time next week.

There is some client work and a holiday standing in its way but I am going to do my best to get it done by next Tuesday. So far, I'm really loving the idea and I can't wait to see how it looks when it's done.

Have a great week and, if I don't talk to you beforehand, have a great holiday later this week!

See you soon!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Harley Quinn Wrecking Ball Finish

And here is the finished Harley Quinn/Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" piece.

I do love the way this piece turned out and I have a feeling I'll be doing more of this as time allows. But, for now, it's back to the drawing board to get some new work done.

Have a great one!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Harley Quinn Wrecking Ball Inks

Here are a few photos I took at the end of the inking session on the new Harley Quinn "Wrecking Ball" piece I started this weekend.

She's coming along quite nicely even though I used some pretty rough paper that was actually ripping up in spots as I inked and erased the illustration. But, the line work is done and now it's on to the color.

With any luck I'll have a finished piece to show you by tomorrow.

For now, have a great day and I'll talk to you soon!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Harley Quinn Wrecking Ball Pencil Sketch

Things have been so busy doing the OilCan Drive Kickstarter Campaign that I haven't had time to keep up with the regular blog on this side of the web. The campaign is going well and last night we hit the 30% mark of the funding we need. My fingers are crossed that it keeps going strong over the next three weeks.

I did find some time this weekend to do something fun that had nothing to do with client work or OilCan Drive. For some reason I absolutely love the new video for Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and I thought it would be fun to do a parody of the video with my favorite Batman villain and the Joker's better half, Harley Quinn.

So, I sketched this piece over the weekend just to take a break from everything else going on in my life. I'll have the inks up tomorrow and, hopefully, the finished and colored piece done by Wednesday.

Enjoy the new piece, enjoy the video, and, if you have the time, check out the OCD Kickstarter. It can use all the help it can get.

Have a great one and I'll see you all soon!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Happy November!

 Happy November, everyone! Sorry this is a day late but all the work I was doing to promote the start of the OilCan Drive Kickstarter really took a toll on me the last few days. Who knew it would be so much work for one man to launch a campaign and promote it?

This month's blog header features a piece I did of ex-military man and lead guitar player for OCD, Vincent Spicer. He is the second piece in a set of all four band members that I am doing as new mini stand-ups. Ryan was done last month and Nicole and Henry are penciled and waiting for some ink and color. If things go right at least one of them will be featured on the blog header for December.

Here is the full figure illustration of Vince. I think once all four of the band members (and, who knows, I may do one of Lily and some other characters as well) are done and up on my shelf they should look pretty cool. I have an old set of the band already in front of me as stand-ups but they were done back in 2003 or 2004. So, it's about time for an upgrade.

The OilCan Drive Kickstarter Campaign launched on Thursday and, unfortunately, it didn't set the world on fire right out of the gate. I promoted it, paid for ad space, and hit every forum I am a member of. I even created an event for it on Facebook and had over 50 people join. So I was hoping for a larger launch but it just didn't happen. But, what can you do? I did my best, told everyone I knew about it, and created the best art, music, video, and campaign I could. If it works, it works, and if it doesn't it means I go back to doing what I was doing before. It's not like anything really changes in my drive to keep writing, drawing, and making music for the little rock band living inside my head.

The good news is that my Kickstarter Campaign was featured as a "staff pick" on the website last night. This means that someone over at Kickstarter Central likes what I'm doing. It will now be close to the top of the page when someone searches in the Comics section or the local, Boulder, Colorado section. Maybe that will give it a little life.

But, for me, I've decided not to worry or fret about it too much anymore. Worrying about it feels like worrying about the stock market doing better or my favorite hockey team winning a game. It does nothing for me except make me worry. Today I'm getting back to the drawing board and inking a new page for the second issue of OilCan Drive.

I figure that's a better way to spend my day than worrying.

Have a great one and I'll see you all soon!