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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Travel Sketch: London

Charcoal on Paper, 9"x12"

I recently got back from a fantastic vacation to New Zealand.  While looking through our photos, I was reminded of some of the sketches I did on past vacations.  Last year, I was lucky enough to have a spare hour during a nice Fall day to sit down and sketch a couple of statues at the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, London.  Here's an in-progress photo before I (perhaps mistakenly!) decided to make a black matte background.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Stuffed! Is Released!

I spent a couple of months last year coloring Stuffed! a 120 page graphic novel written by Glenn Eichler and drawn by Nick Bertozzi.  I share co-coloring credit with Mr. Bertozzi, who showed me the ins and outs of selecting the best color palette for a specific scene.

We based the coloring style on  HergĂ©'s TinTin, using clean, flat colors with location-based palettes.  In the beginning, Nick would provide me with color guides signaling what hues he wanted for certain things.  As the book progressed, I took on more of those choices.  Here is an example color guide and the finished page:

The book was published by First Second and can be found at your local book stores.  Glenn Eichler wrote a pretty funny entry over at the First Second website about his first day as a Published Author hanging out in Barnes and Noble. 
One last note, I was pretty pleased to see that my boredom-inspired Easter Egg made it to print -- when I saw Nick's drawing of a fanny-pack-wearing, mullet-ed tourist in Times Square, the look on his face told me he was a zombie.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Marvel Debut: Strange Tales #1

My last post touched on some uncredited work I did for Nick Bertozzi's story in the Marvel book Strange Tales.  Since that post, the editor asked Nick to do a last minute introduction page for the book for which I did the coloring (except for The Watcher's underoos which are tighty-whities, naturally).  The book hit stores today and you can see my credited work on the very first page!