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09.13.2017 @ 9:53 pm - Paradigm Shift Vol. 4 is coming!

So, I’ve been working on Paradigm Shift Vol. 4, and I’m happy to announce that Issue #4 (out of 5) is now complete!

Last year I revisited the story and decided it was worth completing the book. I’ve gone back and revised story and artwork to turn it into a more self-contained installment for the series.

I released Issue #1 with little to no fanfare last fall at M.I.C.E. which compiles the first 50 revised pages of “Part Four: Flight”. This spring I released Issues #2 & 3 back to back at Beverly Comicon and PILcon at the Peabody library, which, aside from a few story edits contain mostly existing material from the webcomic.

Issue #4 is the first issue of nearly entirely new material that has never seen the light of day on the website. I’m releasing it as a minicomic next month at a book signing and comic workshop at Paper Asylum in Beverly, MA.

I’ll be starting work on the final issue—#5 of 5—soon and plan to release it in the spring. After that… new graphic novel!

If you missed Issues 1-3, don’t worry. You can catch up at Paper Asylum or find me at M.I.C.E. in October. You can also read them right here on the website.

05.02.2016 @ 11:03 am - Revisiting an old friend.

Here’s the new painting I did for my upcoming art show—a painted version of the cover to Paradigm Shift – Part Three. Background is watercolor and gouche on paper and the character is acrylic on a Dura-lar overlay.

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with paintings that mimic the look of traditional animation production art using backgrounds painted on watercolor paper and the characters painted on an overlay. I’ve loved the results so much, I gave the treatment to this cover piece.

Here’s the background minus the overlay. I printed the original inks for the cover in light blue on a big 12×18 sheet of watercolor paper and lay down an underpainting in watercolor over it, then built up the painting in layers of gouache. I love that gouache can produce really flat colors like this, or you can dilute it and use it like watercolors for textured effects. The brick work behind Kate is the result of several layers of glazing, so the paper & watercolor texture shows through. The only downside of gouache is that if you re-wet any of the flat areas, they tend to smear and create odd textures. However, it’s easy enough to touch up with a fresh layer once it’s dry (which doesn’t take very long), and if you use Holbein Acryla gouache, once it’s down, it’s down. I decided to hash out the color palette for Kate here before I painted her on the Dura-lar.

The Dura-lar overlay is painted like a pre-digital animation production cel: character inked using FW acrylic ink on the front and colors painted using Holbein Acryla Gouache on the back. Of course traditional animation houses didn’t use such extravagant materials. They used basic india ink and cheap vinyl paint in a standard unmixed color palette. In my case, I pre-mixed the colors I wanted in generous quantities on the palette before I tackled each major section (the hair, the skin, the shirt, etc…) so I wouldn’t have to re-mix the colors if I ran out. Gouache colors tend to shift when drying (even the fancy acryla gouache). They tend to get lighter when they dry, so I have to mix the colors a shade or two darker on the palette and hope for the best. Even with pre-planning, it didn’t prevent a mistake. When I painted the jeans, the colors didn’t match the underpainting. After some hand-wringing, I wiped out them out and repainted them to get the colors right. The nice thing about Dura-lar is anything out put on it can be wiped out with a wet paper towel, so it’s easy to try again.

The painting took about a week’s worth of work ing total, spread out over a couple of weeks. (It’s always much faster when all the preliminary work is done—in this case I already had a final digital painting to work from!) Here’s how the final piece looks in in its frame:

You can see the piece in person at North Shore Comics Mayhem which opens May 6th at Porter Mill Gallery and runs through May 28th. Reception on May 7th from 6pm-9pm.

04.19.2016 @ 2:38 pm - “North Shore Comics Mayhem” Opening May 7th!

I’m very excited to announce I’ll be exhibiting my work in “North Shore Comics Mayhem!” at Porter Mill Gallery from May 6th-May 28th!

The show features original comics and cartoon artwork from independent comic artists local to Boston’s North Shore. I’ll be sharing wallspace alongside Eric Boeker, Braden Lamb, and Shelli Paroline. Be prepared for zombies, werewolves, giant monsters & robots, sci-fi action, and sweeping fantasy adventures!

In addition to original artwork from “Paradigm Shift” and “STRANGER”, I’ll be showcasing a series of paintings based on traditional animation production art. The show will also highlight the process of creating comic art, displaying inked works, pencilled layouts, color prints, and more!

Come visit the opening reception, held on May 7th, from 6-9 PM!!

Porter Mill Gallery
95 Rantoul St.
Beverly, MA 01915