Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Robots in Space: Update (2 more days to go)

Here's the latest updates on the Kickstarter project.
All 3 designs have been finished, with the first two already sent to the printers.

Poster 3 of 3: Mars Rovers replaces Curiosity, adding more rovers to the image

The Cassini poster now has several more of Saturn's moons floating in the background, helping to fill in gap areas nicely. The moons, Tethys, Dione, and Rhea are now representing the Saturn family for our Cassini poster.

The update to poster 2 of 3: Cassini with several more moons

We are also proud to announce that as of a few days ago, this Kickstarter project has been officially adopted by The Planetary Society. This means that these three posters will join their growing catalog of products sold at chopshopstore.com/planetarysociety where a portion of the profits will go to help to fund their ongoing mission: To empower the world's citizens to advance the cause of space science and exploration.

Some profits to this project will now help fund the Planetary Society

Friday, November 24, 2017

Woot! Our Kickstarter project has been funded!

Special thanks to all who pledged, shared and helped spread the word about our planetary kids' posters!

There is still time if you are interested in getting these posters or the many other items that are included in the rewards. The final day of this Kickstarter project is Nov 30, 2017.
The direct link is here: Robot in Space!

My brother is finishing up on the 3rd design, but here is the working version of poster number two (Note: We are still making changes as we see fit, more moons and details will be added before we go to print.)

Poster #2: Cassini Screen Print
Working image for the second of three poster series for children.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kickstarter Project: Robots in Space!

So, last week, my brother started a Kickstarter campaign to create posters for kids. This was something my brother Tom, my sister-in-law Stephanie and I have been talking about for months. So every weekend, we have been planning how to go about doing such a series.

I should also note: this is the very first project my brother Tom and I have EVER worked on together.

This is the first of three designs. Note: This is a work in progress. Not the final image.

We are basing the designs on Tom's successful HISTORIC SPACECRAFT COLLECTION, which currently has ten designs; including one design created exclusively for The Planetary Society for their successful Kickstarter project: Lightsail.

LightSail Tee for The Planetary Society
Tom's exclusive design made specifically for The Planetary Society Lightsail mission

We also decided to add a glowing feature to each poster, so when the lights go out, an image will appear. We are heading into our 2nd week, with already half the goal made.
Glow-in-the-Dark: A Simulation!
Simulation of glow-in-the-dark effect
We aren't looking for family and friends to help fund these posters as much as getting help for promoting and spreading the word about the Kickstarter campaign. By posting the link far below to your various social media sites, you can help the project succeed by helping find people interested in purchasing our posters.

Here's the great video Thom, my Sis-in-Law Steph, and Freya worked on to promote the project.




If you would like the posters, know a little space explorer or want to help fund the project, go here: Robots in Space

If you'd like to help promote the project, please copy and paste the link below into your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. accounts. (Thanks!)
http://kck.st/2A0fsCQ

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 31 • Scare D. Kattz (Happy Halloween and a farewell to Inktober 2017!)

Inktober 2017: Day31
Scare D. Kattz meets Skullbottom
Ending the month-long Inktober challenge with a tired Scared D. Kattz. Definitely how I was feeling after so many children showing up at the door. Personally, I do not like how this image turned out. Did not finish Inktober on a high note in my opinion.

#Inktober Day 31: Halloween night, Inktober ends and a Thank to Jake Parker
RE: Halloween this year, so MANY Batgirl costumes!! Wonder why?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 30 • Scare D. Kattz's First Broom Ride

Inktober 2017: Day30
Scare D. Kattz's First Broom Ride

Added this little nod to the Harry Potter books/movies.


#Inktober Day 30: Nimbus 4000, much faster than the 2000 version.

Original Ink image

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 29 • Scare D. Kattz meets Skullbottom

Inktober 2017: Day29
Scare D. Kattz meets Skullbottom

Combining two characters I have drawn in the past. This time Scare D. meets Skullbottom, who was ironically named after he lost his entire body (and jawbone.)



#Inktober Day 29: Scare D. Kat meets the unfortunate Skullbottom

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 28 • Scare D. Kattz & The Witch's Hat

Inktober 2017: Day28
Scare D. Kattz & The Witch's Hat

I was getting kind comments from others online and email, so I decided to wrap this year's Inktober with Scare D. Kat images. 

#Inktober Day 28: Continuing the remaining Inktober days with images of Scare D. Kat

Friday, October 27, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 27 • Scare D. Kat & Pumpkin Head

Inktober 2017: Day27
Scare D. Kat & Pumpkin Head


Heading to the end of Inktober, I thought I'd get a little more colorful in the final days. This one was drawn with a black brush pen and colored with Copic markers.


#Inktober Day 27: Bring back the kitten character I created several years ago.

(Side note: We actually had to use this sign for Halloween at around 9PM this year.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 26 • Trick or Treatin' Monster

Inktober 2017: Day26
Trick or Treatin' Monsta


I felt like doing a big goofy monster trick or treating on Halloween day.

I have to admit, I think a lot of this goofy walking stance (and definitely its feet) is inspired by Mad Magazine's Don Martin. Don Martin was the king of goofy drawing when I was a kid. It was Martin's cartoons, Sergio Aragonés randomly gutter placed doodles, and Antonio Prohías' Spy vs. Spy that were the must-read pages whenever I bought Mad Magazine.
#Inktober Day 26: Wrong Toes, the friendly neighborhood gremlin.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 25 • Little Vampire

Inktober 2017: Day25
Little Vampire

Did a similar version of this character for a trick or treat bag several years ago. I liked the pose and decided to add a top hat. I have always admired the idea of creating Tiny Monsters, this little guy would probably be the leader.
#Inktober Day 25: Happy little vampire excited for the approaching Halloween Day!




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 24 • Zombie Hands

Inktober 2017: Day24
Zombie Hands


Nuff said.
#Inktober Day 24: Zombie hands reachin' for the sky!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 23 • Candy Corn Goblins

Inktober 2017: Day23
Candy Corn Goblins


The only thing that haunted me as a child was getting a bag of candy corn on Halloween. It has to be to most awful candy out there, far surpassing Easter Peeps and white chocolate. So it makes sense, something must be taking these triangular nightmares . . . Cause I certainly wasn't eating them!



#Inktober Day 29: Inspired by my sheer hatred of this novelty garbage candy. BLEH!

Original Ink image

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 22 • Morburt, the Mossman

Inktober 2017: Day22
Morburt, the Mossman


This character is one of the guardians of the Moss Fields. Not a real warrior; basically they try to look intimidating . . . But are often way too friendly to ever be in a fight.
#Inktober Day 22: Good Ol' mellow Morburt, the Mossman

#Inktober Day 22: The original inked image without the tones

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 21 • Scare D. Kattz

Inktober 2017: Day21
Scare D. Kattz

Bringing back an old character from several years ago . . . 
#Inktober Day 27: Scare D. Kattz in costume

Friday, October 20, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 20 • Charli

Inktober 2017: Day20
Charli


Today's Inktober breaks the pattern - because today is my wife's birthday. So, I inked a character from a children's story I wrote called, WHAZZIT. The character's name is Charli, loosely based on my wife as a little girl. I had a pencil sketch I created some time ago, but never inked that image until now.
Inktober Day 20: The inked version of Charli from WHAZZIT. (Happy Birthday, Babe!)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 19 • Ghost Doodles

Inktober 2017: Day19
Halloween Ghost Doodles

Today's Inktober is just a bunch of ghost doodles (with a pumpkin basket thrown in.)
I used a very soft pen brush, hence the more shaky, sketchy and varying lines.
Inktober Day 19: Various Ghost and pumpkin basket doodles

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 18 • Teen Wolf

Inktober 2017: Day18Teen Wolf
This little guy was a concept design for a Trick or Treat bag. Basically, he's rising from the bag's base. I'll need to simplify this design because TOT bags are generally very graphic and iconic in today's market.

Inktober Day #18: Teen Wolf Surprise!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 17 • Go Fish! (Bunnies and Monstas)

Inktober 2017: Day17
Go Fish (Bunnies and Monstas)


Those who follow my artwork will probably recognize this image. I've been working on variations of this concept for quite some time. This is part of a calendar idea I've had for the last few years.
#Inktober Day 17: Yet another version of Go Fish from my Bunnies and Monstas collection

Monday, October 16, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 16 • Minya (aka Godzilla Jr.)

Inktober 2017: Day16
Minya (aka Baby Godzilla or Godzilla Jr.)

I always thought Minya was a strange looking monster. He had to be one of the worst creatures made in the early Godzilla movies. But with this character's introduction came so many questions about Godzilla. Was Godzilla the father or mother? Did Godzilla have a mate? Were there other children?
But the strangest thing about the character was its weapon: the smoke rings. They hardly seemed to do any damage at all. Seemed more annoying than harmful. Makes one wonder how he learned to make smoke rings, right?
#Inktober Day 16: Minya practicing how to make smoke rings

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 15 • Were-Cow

Inktober 2017:
Day15 Were-Cow


This cow survived a werewolf attack; As soon as it was bitten, the werewolf realized he was a vegan. I'd imagine the horrible milk this cow would produce since it's diet is probably no longer vegan. It would be close to blood pudding I bet. Oh, and good luck milking this cow.
#Inktober Day 15: Scanned version of the Were-Cow ink drawing.
Side Note: After scanning, I altered the placement of the lettering from above and set it below the character instead. Better this way, IMHO.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 14 • Da Batman

Inktober 2017: Day14
The Batman gearing for action


Would be weird to not do at least one Batman image for Inktober. This one is based on a sketch I did while in Iceland. I gave that original drawing to a family member while there, so I thought I'd do another version of that picture for Inktober 2017. (Hope you don't mind, Victor!)

#Inktober Day 14: Batman is ready for battle with his trusty little Batarang

Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 13 • Lumpy Bumpy

Inktober 2017: Day13
The Lumpy Bumpy Monster


When pressed for time, but you still want to do a daily image for Inktober -- go with what you know. I've been drawing this character for decades now, so it is easy for me to quickly sketch one of my oldest characters, Lumpy Bumpy Monster.
Inktober Day #13: My old reliable character, the Lumpy Bumpy Monster

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 12 • The Pumpkinhead Kid

Inktober 2017: Day12
The Pumpkinhead Kid

I've created a rough draft of a picture book story featuring this character. This is the 6th Halloween picturebook story I have written. I think I'm obsessed with Halloween!

Inked version of the Pumpkinhead Kid

I was so busy around the time I was drawing this character. I didn't have time to post it and I left it laying on the scanner. It was weeks before I realized I never finished posting the drawing.
This is the one that almost got away . . .

Original pencil sketch



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 11 • Halloween Broom Ride

Inktober 2017: Day11
Halloween Broom Ride

Okay, so Inktober is over, but the work for this blog is not. Most of my images were sent daily to Instagram this year. Due to my workload and how time-consuming posting to this blog has become - updating here had to take a back seat.

#Inktober Day 11: Little witch getting ready for Trick or Treating on Halloween

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 10 • Deadie Bear

Inktober 2017: Day10
Deadie Bear

Did a similar character last year for a Trick or Treat Bag, (no one purchased the design.)
For this image, I thought of playing around doing sketchy lines. Actually, after finishing the image, I added even more scratchy lines to make have a rougher edge.
#Inktober Day 10: Awww, Deadie Bear is coming to you for a hug . . . 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 9 • Vampire's First Flight

Inktober 2017: Day9
Vampire's First Flight

I wonder how vampires learn how to transform and fly as bats. Is it similar to a baby bird?
#Inktober Day 9: Do vampires take a leap of faith to learn how to fly?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 7 • Helium Ghosts

Inktober 2017: Day #7
Ever wonder what would happen if ghosts played around with helium?
#Inktober Day 6: Ghosts discover helium

Found a harder tipped version of my favorite Tombow brush pen (WS-BH 150).
I find it's better for my heavy hand, allowing me to add more pressure to get the line thickness I want. This allows me to draw thinner lines than if I used the soft tipped version (WS-BS 150). Because of this, it feels more comfortable. Overall, I think it produces a cleaner image, allowing me to add more lines and detail.

UPDATE: Inktober 2017 • day 6 • Pumpkin King

UPDATE: Decided to do a complete inked version of #inktober day 6's sketchy gel pen image of the Pumpkin King.
Updated version of the gel pen sketch using brush pen and markers

Inktober 2017: Day #6
Greetings from the Pumpkin King!
Did a very sketchy drawing this time using two gel pens instead of the brush pen.
#Inktober Day 6: The jolly ol' Pumpkin King!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 5 • Zombie Canary

Inktober 2017: Day #5
The not much discussed, but just as dangerous: Zombie Canary!
We worry about big wild beasts becoming zombies; I think I'm more fearful of the little cute things becoming zombies. #watchoutthereisazombiecanarybehindyou
#Inktober Day 5: I thought I smelt a Zombie Canary. I did! I did!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 4 • Uncle Skullipus (Underwater)

#Inktober: In 2009, Jake Parker created Inktober, where every October, artists everywhere draw one ink drawing per day for the entire month.
#Inktober Day 4: Uncle Skullipus kicking back with a can of suds

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 3 • Bat (aka Guanoloopie)

#Inktober: In 2009, Jake Parker created Inktober, where every October, artists everywhere draw one ink drawing per day for the entire month.

For this year's Inktober, I'm just doing quick doodles of characters related to Halloween.
No pencils for this guy, just going straight to doodling with ink.
#Inktober Day 3: Bat named Guanoloopie

Monday, October 2, 2017

Inktober 2017 • day 2 • Grim Reaper

#Inktober: In 2009, Jake Parker created Inktober, where every October, artists everywhere draw one ink drawing per day for the entire month.

For this year's Inktober, I'm just doing quick doodles of characters related to Halloween. No pencils for his sketch, just started doodling with ink pens and markers.
#Inktober Day 2: "Smoke 'em if ya got 'em . . . I'll see you sooner than later!"

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Starting Inktober 2017 • day 1 • Owl

Well, it's October again . . . (I can't believe it!)
Time for celebrating creativity with daily ink sketches.

In 2009, Jake Parker created Inktober, where every October, artists everywhere draw one ink drawing per day for the entire month.

For this year's Inktober, I'm just doing quick doodles of characters related to Halloween. No pencils this time, just doodling with ink.
#Inktober Day 1: Night Owl frightened by the night

Saturday, September 30, 2017

NOTE: Inktober 2017 is about to begin!

Tomorrow is the first day of October, and that can only mean Inktober 2017 is about to begin. In 2009, Jake Parker* created Inktober, where during the month of October, artists everywhere draw one ink drawing per day for the entire month. (*Jake Parker is one of my favorite illustrators out there.)
Sacko: "Let the inking commence for Inktober 2017!"
Several years ago, I decided to give Inktober a try. It really is a good exercise not just for drawing, but for thinking of creative new ideas and characters. Unfortunately, this time of the year is very busy for my work. Last year, I struggled to complete the entire month due to the workload. So this year, I just doing character doodles, quick and done; using just a brush pen and 1 or 2 gray markers for toning. (And a white gel pen for highlights.)

The ongoing theme for the month will be Halloween-related characters, similar to the image above. So, join me in this monthlong journey of creativity, (and hopefully fun.) Hazzah!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Daily Quick Sketch: Baby Elephant

Today's quick sketch is another character design for a children's storybook idea. I've been on and off with this character for some time. This is the closest I feel to what i want the character to look like. It still needs tweaking, but it's getting there.
Final inked and gray toned Baby Elephant image.
Original pencil sketch
Inked version sans the gray tones

Friday, July 28, 2017

Special thanks to Erin for taking the time to read my children's book, Bobby's Biggest Bubble!



Check out Erin's YouTube page here: Story Time with Erin
Erin posts a new picture book video every weekday, 5 times a week.
I find her site to be a great resource for inspiration and reference to the books that are out there. Please help support her site by sharing it with others.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Daily Quick Sketch: Even More Monstas and Bunnies sketch stuff

I've been sketching this image on and off for a few months now. Another image for my grouping of Monstas and Bunnies, (I'm thinking of switching to Monstas & Bunny instead, since I've been using the same bunny in all the images.)
Pencil sketch for GO FISH, another image for my collection of Monstas and Bunnies images.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Looking Back 2000-2001: Bobby's Biggest Bubble supporting characters

Way before the book was printed, I would often come back to work on Bobby's Biggest Bubble, in over a 2 decade span. My career made it too difficult to focus on making the story, especially with so much travel. While I did have a laptop with me when travelling, I found it difficult to really work/design under those conditions.

I was an animator/web designer back in 2000 and most of our computer design department was let go after the Internet market bubble broke. Only my friends John Biank, John Kowalczyk, and I remained. I stayed on for about 7-8 months, but the work wasn't the same. Our work room was empty and depressing and the projects became too corporate with less and less design needed. Eventually, I left and started freelancing again in early 2001.

Character sheet of the townspeople for Bobby's Biggest Bubble

Freelance work was good. I first got many small projects from eLance.com. This led to several companies finding and hiring me to animated their websites. I was animating for several Japanese online English teaching courses. The pay was decent, tno deadline pressures and they pretty much let me direct my own work (and others.) This provided me with some spare time and I started to go back to doing the book. Above is the image that I pulled over 11 years later to help create my picture book.

Unfortunately, 9-11 changed my career, as it did with so many other people. The freelance work dried up. I was not getting paid for work completed. I was forced to leave freelancing and go back to working under a steady full-time job.