Friday, October 19, 2007


Here we are again, about to enter the lion's den for round two of CBI3. I made it through by the skin of my teeth(never understood that saying) and hope to impress with another week's work to put me through to subsequent rounds. Am I nervous? No. Anxious? I gave that up years ago. I'm just going with the flow and enjoying the process of getting feedback and constructive crits from industry heavyweights. It's a humbling experience, putting yourself out there to be sauteed, broiled, fried, baked, and all around fricasseed for public consumption. I generally like pushing the envelope no matter what I'm working on, to challenge myself and everyone around me. And this competition is no different. I went for an amalgamated view storytelling wise, between myself and the writer, and for the most part I think that was achieved. I do enjoy collaborating with other artists on a piece in hopes of making the sum of all our parts stronger as a whole, simultaneously doing my best to reach the writer's ultimate vision with a storytelling style that is uniquely my own. Ergo, I like to season the work with a little wow factor(that I pray reaches its intended audience), while keeping true to the essence of the script, not necessarily the imagery suggested. There are many ways to tell a story. Ultimately, as the story's DOP(Director Of Photography), or actor(which every illustrator is for every character), I believe it's my job to set the pacing for the imagery, HOW the acting is delivered(expressions, position), and which camera angles best suit the style of shooting I'm going for. No two directors shoot the same dialogue the same way. Interpretation is the name of the game, although many seem to feel scripts are visual bibles, my experience with writers and directors(including my own experience) couldn't be further from the truth. As artists we need to respect our prospective areas of expertise, and create a vision that's homogeneous and inspiring for all involved. I really enjoy storytelling and have dedicated a lifetime's worth of work to it, being blessed to have worked in more industries than I care to mention, with writers who've inspired me to find new and more creative ways to tell stories. I hope that comes through in the work and that everyone participating on the CBR site enjoys my little contribution from stage to stage. Attached is a link to the site and to the pages I posted in the first round of Comic Book Idol. Please check out my fellow contestants threads, their critiques, and the Play At Home thread to view new up-and-comers like myself. They're all a stupendously talented bunch.


The work was handed out at noon last Thursday and was completed(for the most part) Friday night with a few touch-ups on Saturday. Scanning and uploading on Sunday. As I'm doing double duty(doing a few pages for a friend's pet project), I'll most likely be cranking out this week's assignmenyt on Saturday night, and through Sunday. Barring the occasional movie premiere, Smallville episode, walk in the park, or current reading(Stephen King's The Cell).

Friday, October 5, 2007

Yes, it's true. There is a Comic Book Idol for comikers like me. And for those of you laughing under your breath - I can hear you! This is the contests 3rd annual event on Comic Book Resourses, a community based forum dedicated to the craft and the industry at large. We saw over 180 submissions come through the pipe this year of truly inspiring artists with mad chops. I can only assume from the caliber of entrants that the judges had to dig really deep to whittle the numbers down to a mighty few, but alas, the top ten finalists have been chosen, and I am one of the lucky few.

All of the round table giants are heavy hitters, coming from a wide diversity of illustrative backgrounds and work history which I think will only raise the level of play as the contest goes into second gear. For the next 5 weeks or so, we, the chosen ones, will embark on a series of submission trials that the public will vote on to see who moves on in the competition and who sits it out on the sidelines. The winner is slated to be hand-picked in November and whisked off to a New York Comicon in April of next year to hob-knob with industry heavyweights. April 18th, 2008, and my birthday as it were.

My take on the whole affair is that the finalists will all recieve recognition in one form or another, leading to potential contract assignments from many a spectator. And it would be unwise in my opinion to discard the follow-up artists in the competition as the talent pool is incredibly rich. Some will post the same assignments given to the ten finalists in a "play at home" thread on CBR that I implore everyone to watch closely.

My thank to J. Torres and the rest of the judging panelists for including me in this awesome competition. I'll do my best to impress. And to my fellow competitors congratulations! Warren Leonhardt, Wifredo Torres, Nicholas Pitarra, Jon Reed, Daniel P. McDaid, Daniel Lafrance, Charles P. Wilson III, Caio Oliveira, Andrew Huerta and myself are your top ten. I'm not sure any of us can hold a note, or sing a tune, but we can sure as hell draw a line.

Bring your A-Game boys, 'cause I've officially moved into Kick-Ass Mode! Cheers!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Hey! Just touching base with a few stunning pieces of art that were done pro bono by some really spectacular talents.

On the left is a coloured rendition of my Iron Man pencils that just floored me when I first saw it. The dude's moniker is M.U.D.C.A.T., a resident of one of the art posting forums we all love, DeviantArt.

This next monster was created by Armornsilverstreak, a Digital Webbing regular and all around nice guy. We plan to collaborate on a mystery project in the near future and hopefully create something mind-numbingly cool.

Armor also coloured a few more samples of mine I wanted to post here. One of which is one of my fav characters of all time. You'll have to guess which.

It's always an honour to have your work coloured by other talented individuals. Just something I'm going to have to get used to.

Jerry And The Raiders (2013)

Jerry And The Raiders (2013)
Directing Kids 3D Animation Series