Monday, November 30, 2015


A design piece I did. I swapped out the Japanese for some slightly less nonsensical English.

It was themed on memories, since the event was about writing down your memories of the past year or some such.

The cards we jammed here were (last chance to guess...ok here we go):
Time Walk
Secrets of Paradise
Breeding Pool
Memory Jar
Watery Grave
as the beaver.



Friday, November 27, 2015


Was not expecting to enjoy this one so much, but it was actually quite nice going. I wasn't in love with the lines, to be quite frank.

Anyway, would not be ashamed to plop this homie down.

Psych! As if I ever get to play Magic any more!



Wednesday, November 25, 2015


And since I wouldn't feel right just stopping at Eric Canete's inks, I thought I'd try some monochromatic Copic tones on top of the lines.

This is the kind of piece you just get lost in, it was like 3 or 4 or in the morning, and I'm listening to old MTG Potpourri episodes and thinking about life and everything, working on this quasi-abstract design. What even is?

Anyway, another reason I admire him is because he's also a Copic artist. Inks and Copics with a resistance to digital. How about that.



Monday, November 23, 2015


A study of an Eric Canete sketch.

He actually inspired this site, you know. My gosh, we just hit the 9th anniversary of this site a few days ago, and a large part of it starting up in earnest was this guy posting such inspirational ink stuff that I'd study to get amped before doing an ink illustration for the Penny Dreadful.

I actually called this site Removal because he called his Discard! Haha. In Magic, removal is my favorite thing you can do, so it fit for multiple reasons--obviously there's more to the name than just that but it was a great jumping-off point.

I remember being so nervous when I finally met him...I got him to review my stuff at Comic-Con once. I was expecting him to shred me apart, but he was actually quite positive...somewhat vexingly, since I didn't really know how to improve from there. But I don't think he was pulling punches, he's certainly not afraid of letting you know what he thinks.

So...we continue floundering.



Friday, November 20, 2015


And the thrilling conclusion to our little study, adding in a rainy background because I love, love, love the rain, accented with the white gel pen for rainy bounces.

I find that when the gel pen isn't particularly crucial it seems to perform satisfactorily, but when we really need it to land, like on a rim, it doesn't quite get the job done. So the hunt continues for a reliable white ink, but fortunately, I have some white Deleter ink on deck I'm looking to try out.



Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Continuing the lil study, super reduced colors, just two tones per color.

I always overdo it, so this was a nice little exercise in restraint.

However, I had to kinda squeak in some extra color for the grayish blue since I don't have anything quite that dull, so I had to mix in some flat gray over a light blue. And then obviously I went a little Eisakusaku on the scarf. Love scarves. Schoolgirl uniforms not so much.

But man, Japan loves those giant wooden-plug-buckle "sailor jackets" I call them, don't know what the technical term is. And I love them, too. So cool, yet classic-looking, and guys and girls can rock them.



Monday, November 16, 2015


Studying the a ref the great Pomodorosa pointed out. I actually saw her artbook in the store one night and thought I owed her a buy, and it's quite an inspiration.

I'm trying to loosen up and not focus on matching exactly...I dunno how off this theory is, but I feel like worrying about being exact is not long-term what I should be after. I want to capture the essence, the spirit of the piece. Also helpful, I'm using pen a lot recently, so it's forcing me to make decisions, and stop worrying.

What, me, worry?



Friday, November 13, 2015


Hey, found an old sketchcard from one of my very first trips to Tokyo.

Drew and colored it on the Bullet train in, no major shakeups.

Lucky duck.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015


A study of Les Twins with as simple, flat Copics as we can.

My gosh these guys are incredible.



Monday, November 9, 2015


I'll be real, I think of dance as an inferior art, if it can even be considered art.

But Les Twins are one of the few entities who actually make me see and understand dance as art.



Friday, November 6, 2015


Lines from an old Goblin token I was working on.

It's based on Florrie, of all people. I figure as a drummer, she'd make a great Goblin, since the gag is she's banging on stuff with a little mallet thing. Hilarious, right? Right.

Not sure what to do with this...straight to Copics? Inks? I'm guessing it'll be an experimental one, so I'm mainly posting this in case it goes horribly wrong.

No real reason to get on this though, since Goblin tokens aren't really in demand these days.



Wednesday, November 4, 2015


I've heard such great things about Andrew Loomis, so I'm starting to study him.

Hope that gets the magic going.



Monday, November 2, 2015


This is a study of one of my favorite islands.

I actually prefer/love black, but I feel like we just never get cool or beautiful Swamps, for the most part. Islands are more like a given that they're gonna look gorgeous.