Friday, July 29, 2011

Small Drawings

Whew. Is it Friday? Finally? Man... feels like a long week. And at the beginning of the week I told myself I was going to be so good and so productive and I wasn't going to go out and have drinks, I was just going to go straight home and put in some solid time at the drawing board, but then I said I'd just have one drink on Monday and four drinks later I was lamenting what a fool I was but Tuesday I decided I hadn't quite been foolish enough on Monday and had to really kick the foolishness into high gear and end up at Hong Kong, which is where all evening go to die in Harvard Square, and then Wednesday...

But this weekend... I swear. Work time!

And this is death.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Battle Royale Finished Inks

Some details of the finished inks for this big fight scene that I have been working on. This was drawn with the intention of it being colored, so right now these inks really don't look like much. I drew this, and I can't really make sense of it all. It kind of looks like a jigsaw puzzle. Characters blend together, and it's hard to tell exactly what's going on. Color will fix all that.

All of this was inked with a Hunt 107 pen nib, which is good and stiff and can provide a really fine line. A fine line was important because of the amount of detail in this drawing.

And all this inking was done with the help of Gene Vincent.

And this stuff is the best.

And this is the other best.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Dailies

The old Moleskine that I had been doing the dailies in got all filled up, so I decided to switch to a bigger one. I also switched to a rapidograph for the drawing.

Okay, and the movie I was watching on Saturday was Terminator 2, which is awesome. But unfortunately, it's the special director's cut or something (and I shouldn't really complain because it just fell into my lap anyway, cause my friend Mario was dumping DVDs). I feel like the term Director's Cut has shifted in my mind. It used to mean the awesome-real-version-of-the-movie-you-were-supposed-to-see-but-THE-MAN-didn't-think-was-commercially-viable (like the British version of Brazil). But now I think it means the longer-than-you-want-crammed-with scenes-cut-for-obvious-reasons-put-together-for-another-DVD-edition-that-might-convince-you-to-buy-the-movie-again version.

I just want my movies the way they were!

The worst example of this would be the Star Wars Special Editions, but it's spread. I was watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and it turned out to be the special edition with added scenes. Perfect. If there was ever any complaint I had about The Good, the Bad and the Ugly it was that it was just too too short. Unfortunately for this special edition director's cut, the sound on the original scenes had been lost, so they were redubbed by Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood. Of course, thirty years later and their voices don't sound the same at all.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Dailies

Oh, another Monday. Makes me feel a little bit like this little lamb.

But at least I don't feel like this.

But it's probably just best to keep it in perspective.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Small Drawings

Some doodles while waiting...

And I'd like to give a shout out to the other Jesse Lonergan, who seems to be doing very well in the under 18 Australian Rules Football League.

In these models blow my mind! My mind was fine before, then after... BLOWN!

And ever since I read about the Dunning-Kruger Effect I've been seeing it everywhere I go!

And as you step into the weekend, step in with this song. Ooh la LA!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Battle Royale (Raw Inks)

Here are a few more process details from this huge fight scene I've been drawing. Inking's been a little difficult because it is hard to keep track of where exactly one character ends and where another begins. What seemed like a perfectly clear pencil line at the time of penciling, turns out to be a vague scribble when I return with the pen and ink.

As I said before, I'm trying to get as many characters in as possible, and I keep getting reminded of characters that I'd forgotten (Bill and Ted!) or characters that I didn't forget, but if you're going to draw a battle royale, and your main goal is to get as many awesome characters and people in as possible, how could they not be in there (PRINCE!).

And I also realized I'd been a little remiss and forgot to show some anthologies that I've been involved in.

There's this book, that's all about teaching or being taught, so if you've ever been a teacher or a student or anybody's ever taught you anything or you ever taught anybody else anything or if you were anybody else's teaching or if teaching taught you anybody's students, or if you ever slept with one of your college professors... this book is for you. It can be picked up from Ninth Art Press.

Then there is this super super sweet anthology about Werewolves I did a story about an all monster battle of the bands for. This is the final issue of the series and I'm so happy to be in it. You can pick it and all the other issues up here.

And if you're not feeling like picking anything up... well, I guess you could grumble about the things that people do to their pets.

And if you're not feeling like looking at some super sweet links cause it's just too much effort, I give you: DUCKTOOF!

Drawn by my buddy Kevin Cline.

And this morning I was riding the escalator out of the T, and I looked down and there was this guy riding the lower escalator air drumming to his headphones, which put a smile on my face, and then a second later..."What have I that I'm alone?" this song lyric pops in my head. But what's the song?

"What have I that I'm alone?"

"What have I that I'm alone?"
"What have I that I'm alone?"

God damn it! What is it???

"What have I that I'm alone?"

Then in the elevator up to work the doors close and bing... CORAZON D'ORO! One of the sweetest songs around! Perfect for these hot hot days!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Small Drawings (and some drawings from friends)

These drawings aren't done in a real sketchbook. They're done in a little day planner that my friend David had no use for, a super small moleskine one, which includes all sorts of important information like how to convert your American foot into a British shoe. I just ignore this information and draw all over the pages. Which feels really good. It's like drawing in the textbooks in school all over again (not that I ever did that if any of my former teachers happen to be reading this)(it was Scott).

But sadly, this little book's pages are running out and I need to find a new little book, and it seems silly to buy a daily planner with the intention of using it for a sketchbook, when there are sketchbooks available, just so I can ignore all the lines.

And I don't know if you know this, but there is still in fact a United States Postal Service. I'd totally forgotten about it until I got these two little articles this week.

This postcard from Kevin who was vacationing in France.

And Patrick, who is going to become a father today (TODAY!!!), sent me the phone charger I forgot in Brooklyn a while back and he put sweet stuff on the envelope. I whited out his address because I don't want all my former teachers who are reading this blog sending him phone chargers expecting him to send them back in padded envelopes with awesome drawings under the address.

Patrick falls into that category of people who draw way better than I do without even trying. Kind of like this guy.

And all of these things after careful evaluation have been deemed awesome.

These were decided to be awesome by an independent group consisting of electors appointed from each state who formally say "yay" or "nay" in regards to awesomeness. Article II, Section 1, Clause Awesome of the Constitution specifies how many electors each state is entitled to have and that each state's legislature decides how its electors are to be chosen, which isn't true at all, these just happen to be things on the internet that I like.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Battle Royale (Pencils)

I've had this desire to draw an absolutely huge super mega fight scene with everybody fighting everybody in it, and this weekend I finally sat down and began to get to it. These are some pencil details. I've tried to get almost every awesome character in: Superman, Batman, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Axel Foley, Wolverine, Edward Scissorhands, and on and on, and I thought I had done a pretty good job.

Then last night I was having a beer with my friend Nick and he brought up Garbage Pail Kids and I knew immediately I needed to get some of them in there. And then, of course, once you think of one thing to add, other things to add just start to pile up: Knight Rider, Spaceman Spiff, the kid from Flight of the Navigator, Johnny Quest, Bill and Ted...

So, I though these were details of the finished pencils, but it now seems that that is not the case.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Dailies

Oog! Spelled Charlie's wrong! I'm such an idiot. And what's up with navy blue and white striped shirts? They're everywhere!!

Another year half gone!! Man, they just get going so fast. How fast? Too fast. Anyway, it being just a little bit after the half year mark, I think it's time that I check to see how I'm doing on my New Year's resolutions, which I so wisely posted here in January. This is gonna be awesome!

1. Memorize the periodic table.

Ha ha! Signed out a book from the library all about the elements, but only got as far as the rare earth metals and I've already forgotten those.

2. Publish a tract on the proper way to ride a city bus (because apparently some people need this; for example, if there is an empty seat in front of you, SIT IN IT! Don't just stand there blocking the way, you big dope!)(I know there is this idea that if you're a healthy young man in the prime of life that you shouldn't take that seat and instead should leave it for someone decrepit, but all you are doing is blocking the aisle of the bus and blocking the view of all the empty seats in the back of the bus, and suddenly in a few stops the front of the bus is all clogged with people standing up because you were standing up because why would you be standing up if there were empty seats)(and if someone decrepit does come on the bus you can always stand up and give them your seat and then all the people on the bus will think, "What a kind young man.")(SO SIT DOWN!!!).

Nope. Which is probably for the best anyway.

3. Calm down and stop foaming at the mouth about how people don't know how to ride the bus.

Damn it! In this very string of comics posted today I did that!

4. Get a firmer understanding of the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (I know, I know, I know, I made the same resolution last year).


5. Find out just who exactly this Justin Bieber character is.

Sadly, I've been successful with this one.

6. Remember to close the cabinet doors in my kitchen instead of leaving them open all the time.

Bumped my head on an open cabinet door this morning.

7. Cease snorting derisively when anyone mentions McSweeney's.


8. Smile more frequently.


9. Wear headphones less often.


10. Bake a wide variety of breads.

Haven't turned on the oven once this year.

11. Refrain from mocking books and movies that I have never actually read or seen.

Right, like that's ever going to happen. Especially if they (those idiots in Hollywood who never seem to listen to the messages I telepathically send them) keep releasing things like the Green Lantern!

So, not too successful. But I promise, I swear I'll do better in the second half! Six months. Sweet. No problem. I could bake, like, 183 loaves of bread in that time!

And I'll even add one. I'm gonna learn how to play Chug-a-lug by Roger Miller on the guitar cause it's my new favorite song.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Lies Grown-Ups Told Me

A while back I got an email from Jen Vaughn calling for a submission to an anthology called Lies Grown-Ups Told Me, which has to be one of the best ideas for an anthology ever. I've been talking with everyone I know about it since. Anyway, my story is about the invention of broccoli and hopefully it gets accepted (but I know other people have been told some pretty good lies)(for example, quartz is an ice that doesn't melt). Here's the first page:
And here are some drawings from the little notebook I carry with me at all times.

And here are some awesome things that I think you should check out:

Warwick Johnson Cadwell's blog. I don't think any of this guy's stuff is available in America, but it should be. I just love looking at his drawings.

Nathan Bulmer's blog, which I love more and more with each new comic.

This makes me wish I'd never gotten rid of all my toy cars.

And this song's opening has been stuck in my head for days!