The good folk from Autoweek Magazine (a wonderful pub that you can check out HERE and maybe even...subscribe?) and Chevrolet sent me to this year's Indianapolis 500 to create another of what is becoming a series of "Great Race Sketchbooks." The race experience exceeded expectations in every way. I spent 5 days on the ground searching the scene for "sketchables." I always feel like I'm never getting enough down on the pad....I took the sketchbooks home and Autoweek indulged me another week and a half or so to flesh out the sketches for publication (Autoweek is the best). Instead of writing an accompanying article, this time I put the comments/narrative its on the drawings themselves. You can check out the article HERE; a selection of sketches below.
Cal State Fullerton has honored me with a job teaching their students something about making comics (this in addition to teaching Life Drawing and Animal Anatomy & Wildlife Drawing--fun!). We've got a whole 15 weeks to do a deep-dive on this subject; three weeks in and already the students are cranking out the pages. I've been keeping a running tab on our progress over at the venerable T.A.G. Blog, where I'm posting details of my lesson plans. I'm counting on my T.A.G. friends and fellow comic-makers (all with much more experience than me) to chime in with suggestions/ridicule (the combo is working great so far). You can read Week 1 or Weeks 2 & 3 and be sure to let me know what you hate!
One of the concepts we've hit is how time can work in sequential art--I'm using the great Scott McCloud book, "Understanding Comics" as our guide. I created this panel to illustrate the wonderfully comic-specific concept of elapsed time as it (can) happen within a single comic book panel.
My article for Autoweek should be hitting doorsteps (and the web) any day now. They sent me to Germany to spend a weekend with Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus as they took on the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. It was wild...here's a snippet of the epic sketch journal I turned in to the magazine.Read More
The good people who run San Diego Comic Fest asked me to do this year's program cover. The honoree was Forrest J. Ackerman, trailblazer of sci-fi fandom and owner of the "Ackermansion" where he kept his mongo collection of movie memorabilia. Most famously he created the "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine, and this provided the inspiration for my illo. How could you not have fun digging into these guys? Everything was so last-minute we didn't have a chance to print any posters in time for the Fest--but they are available here on the Comics by Marty Davis website. Check 'em out! I only made it down on the weekend, but lots of fun to see old friends and make some new ones. And gratified to see the Fest reach a whole 'nother level of popularity this year...must've been my cover!
San Jose welcomed the great unwashed alternative masses to their downtown this weekend past, and boy did we have fun. A proper blogsite would have blasted fans and followers with the news beforehand, but we prefer to work retroactively thru the psychological mechanism called REGRET.
"See what you missed in San Jose...?"
If you buy a copy of FUME! the Comic (or a Brushpen Breakfast sketchbook), I will happily, gladly, and gratefully do a sketch for you on the back page. Here are some examples from our three days in Seattle at Emerald City (which was, like always, a great time).
I am about to depart on my annual pilgrimage to the Emerald City, or ECCC2015 as they call it. The organizers were kind enough to include my Bride of Frankenstein illustration in the Con's annual charity book, "Monsters & Dames," which will be on sale exclusively on-site. So there's a reason to show.
And I've got a box full o' preview copies of the (much-delayed, still-unfinished, but now with color cover) FUME #1. I started with a tight pencil drawing (in orange & blue, 'natch), scanned it, then printed a real faint version on 11" x 17" paper that I colored with markers (you can see it all on my tumblr). Used the pencils as a "MULTIPLY" layer in PhoSho and let that substitute for doing any proper linework. It means no brushpen, but I wanted to experiment with a more painterly look....
Anyhoo, ECCC: in a burst of post-Con hubris, Rick Schmitz and I ponied up for not one but two tables. We will be at V-03/04. Come by and help us recoup the cost of our hubris!
When you stop by you can check out the new FUME--I'll also have art print versions of the cover that should be beautiful. And I will be doing funny drawings ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I can draw you, along with your favorite superheroes, historical personages, or musical lodestones. Just ask!
I want to be sure to laud a fellow who I think is super-talented, and who helped me out of a jam at last year's A.P.E. Con in San Francisco (I didn't know we table'ing artists would need to supply our own table cloths, and Josh--ever-prepared expert that he is--loaned me a natty black jacquard that kept my space looking smart).
Who is Josh Ellinson, you might ask? Only one of the best graphic designers out there. He does magazine work, he does cover work...but most of all, he does fantastic POSTERS. And these posters are available for sale to the public (that means YOU!).
Shake a leg and check out his SITE!
We bought this pre-framed octopus (among other things) from Josh at A.P.E. last year. At the time it was purely a gotta-get-something-this-seems-cool purchase (we all do those to support artists we like, right?). Didn't have a plan for it. Found a spot behind the dish where we leave our keys...and now it's one of our favorite daily sites. Had it there for half a year now and it ALWAYS brings us a smile (Blair loves it, too).
THAT'S the beauty of buying art!
I bet he's got one for you...?