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I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got seven new comics.

  • The Beauty – 11
  • Dark Horse Presents (Volume 3) – 27
  • Dept H -7
  • Hillbilly – 3
  • Love and Rockets (Volume 4) – 1
  • Rumble – 15
  • Usagi Yojimbo – 158
  • Check them all out here:

    Curse of the Tiger Women #1 on Ebay

    Once again this week I was trying to figure out what to do. I thought I might go back to some of my comic book sized ink drawings but I didn’t want to draw one of any of the already existing titles I had. I kind of wanted to do some more decorated bodies but my “Painted Lady” series had run its course for now. I somehow came up with the vague idea to put stripes on a woman as I drew. I call the idea vague because as simple as the stripes came out in the end I really had no notion of how I was going to do them. That’s the kind of half-idea that I sometimes struggle with but I had a little more luck this time around.

    The first thing I did was find a reference photo. I don’t always draw from photos but I did with all of my “Painted Lady” series so I figured I would here too. I prefer to take my own reference photos but since I don’t know any models I rely on the good old internet. The problem with relying on the internet is that I have to go through a lot of photos to find one I can use. I’d guess that I have to go through a few hundred photos to find one that suits me. It’s all about the pose. My drawing process brings me so far away from the original photo that my drawings hardly ever look photographic so I also try to find a pose that’s also not very photographic. That’s not easy when looking at photographs since most photos are photographic. That seems obvious but isn’t something I ever think about unless I need a reference photo.

    After I find the photograph I open it up and Photoshop and draw over the photo on another layer. I draw quick and dirty at this stage. I don’t really like drawing on the computer so I only get down the basic information that I’ll need. I use a single weight line and quickly draw without thinking about the final drawing. This is just the easiest way for me to do the underdrawing.

    The next step it to print out that underdrawing in blue line on a piece of Bristol board. This is when I refined the drawing and also when I had to figure out the tiger stripes. It all worked out in the end but it was touch and go for a while. I ended up with triangles on her face with their points facing inward because horizontal pattern were obscuring her features. Yet the horizontal stripes worked well on the rest of her body. I also tried angling the strips inward as I did with her face but this obscured the features of her body too much. Overall the stripes are okay but not as intricate and hypnotizing as the body decoration on my “Painted Lady” series. I was okay with that though.

    At this point I scan the drawing in, turn it into a blue line, and put it in a template with the logo and trade dress on it. Except I had no logo. This was a new series so I had to make one. Then I was hindered by the fact that I didn’t want to make one. Sometimes I’m really into making a logo but this time it was a pain. I tried to take the easy way out and make it almost identical to my “Painted Lady” logo but I couldn’t make it work. I eventually put a few of hours in and ended up with the logo on a bar that you see before you. It’s mostly just a font but I messed around with it a little bit. It’s also at this point that my “Tiger Women” name became “Curse of the Tiger Women.” I liked the way that looked and sounded better.

    Since I was going to be making the finished piece at comic book size, 6.5 by 10 inches, I decided I wanted to make a finished pencil piece as well as my usual inked one. I printed out the drawing in grey with the logo and trade dress on it and drew right over the top of the drawing. I was using dark and heavy pencil lines rather than sketchy ones. It’s a technique I only do occasionally but I think it worked here. It was also at this stage I decided to put in all the little tick-mark lines on the edges of her form. This made her look a little more furry. Then I finished up the pencil drawing with some little stacked lines outside of the figure. It’s kind of like drawing some of the air around her. I added those two horizontal lines up near her head at the very end. They seemed to help the composition. In the end I was happy with the pencil version.


    At this point I knew how the inked version was going to go and I decided that I had to add color to the inked version and make the final piece a color one. The black and white tiger stripes would be fine but an orange body would really sell it. I wanted to sell the idea rather than it just being fine. So I inked away. Nothing really interesting happened in this stage since I figured everything out in he finished pencil version. The inks were really a matter of execution and thankfully the execution was uneventful.

    The color was fairly uneventful too. I saved putting the little furry tick marks on until after I colored the piece for fear I’d smear the black ink of the little marks. That happens sometimes when scrubbing marker over them. I avoided that problem and put down four orange colors in a fairly simple manner. I did a little modeling with the color but since the graphic tiger stripes were the real show I didn’t need to round the figure much. The only real problem I had with the color was the background. I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I started imitating my pencil background with the light brown, thought that wasn’t enough, added the dark brow, thought that wasn’t enough, and then added the blue. I thought that may have been too much but I’m not sure.

    Overall I like “Curse of the Tiger Women” color version but I may like the pencil version better. It’s tough to tell. The orange is pretty cool. I’ll have to decide later.

    I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got seven new comics.

  • Southern Cross – 8
  • Kaijumax: Season 2 – 5
  • Kill or be Killed – 3
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 – 4
  • Lazarus – 25
  • Britannia – 2
  • Monsters – 7
  • Check them all out here:


    I don’t always succeed at the tasks I set myself. One of those tasks that has born little fruit has been to sell some of my art online. Another related task has been to find a way to make a video of my art that is somehow interesting and worth watching. There are venues online to sell art (See my Ebay and Easy links to the right of this) but if you’re not well known (as I am not well known) then it’s a hard thing to do. If people don’t know you exist then they can’t buy any art from you. How do you get known? Who knows? If there was a recipe for that everyone would follow it and we’d all be famous.

    So I tried again today to get things going with my selling of artwork. So far over the last two years it’s been a tough task but here I go again tilting at windmills. Jeez, that’s getting me depressed just wring about it. I’m going to have to ignore the stench of failure and concentrate on the nuts and bolts. The process. I’m good at process.

    It takes a lot of work to prep stuff to be able to sell it. I need a lot of images of the paintings in order to try and sell something. I’m working on selling some of my small works so I scan in my paintings and that is usually the best image to use for selling. But you can’t have just one image so I also take photos of my art.


    I have three different ways of photographing my drawings and paintings. The first is to take a photo on my drawing table. Easy enough. I lay the small painting flat and hold the camera directly above it. But that can also be a pretty boring shot. So I’ll liven it up by doing two different things. If I’m shooting a five by seven inch painting I’ll put it on a bed of other small paintings. That way there are bits of visual interest around the main painting. I also vary the angle a little and take another shot from about a seventy degree angle. This give me more variety without moving the paintings.

    The second way if to make the drawing into a still life. I like to do this with my eleven by seventeen inch drawings. I surround the drawing with the implements of its making. I put markers, brushes, pencils, and other things around the paper. That makes the work look more like an object than a regular scan does. Making it look like an object grounds the work for me and makes it more relatable.

    The third way I take a photo is on my easel. I stand the painting or drawing up straight and take three shots. One from straight on (usually the most boring shot), another from the left, and another from the right. The easel shots add a little more visual interest and give a sense of scale to the work. The plain old scan gives the best view of the work but all the other shots add to being able to picture it in the real world.


    All these photos need basic work done to them to. Not even heavy graphics work or anything like that but they need to be organized in folders and named. Names. That’s another crazy thing I saddled myself with today. I name all my paintings and drawings with some random name. I do it so I can identify and keep track of individual pieces. Otherwise it gets confusing referring to two hundred pieces all as “That one”. I almost always name the piece right after I finish it. Things work best that way. Except last week I made about twenty five new five by seven inch drawings and wanted to keep going at a fast clip so I didn’t bother to name them. I knew it was the wrong thing to do but I did it anyway. So today after I scanned in the paintings I had to organize the scans and photos I had taken. So I had to come up with twenty five names on the spot. That was about as annoying as it sounds.

    I’ve been trying to use my social media platforms to help me sell some art but one of the problems I’ve run into is that Etsy and especially Ebay don’t keep up with social media very well. Especially video. Since I’ve been trying to think up ideas of how to shoot my work in an interesting manner It would be nice if I could embed video into my sales pitch. I have YouTube videos of me actually drawing some of the pieces. Would that be nice to include? Too bad I can’t. You can embed YouTube video just about anywhere but not on Easy or Ebay. Etsy is at least good at linking stuff out to Twitter and such. I can tweet a piece that I post. Ebay can’t do that at all. It’s totally stuck in 1999 like social media never existed. It’s really kind of weird that they never updated that. Ebay exists in its own world separate from the rest of the linked up social media driven internet.

    I really wish I could come up with an idea for making some videos of my work. I’d say YouTube is my strongest social media platform so if I could get something going there it would be cool even if Ebay ignores that it exists. But almost all ideas with art and video end up on an animation path. After all video is about movement so what would be more natural that to move stuff? Except art is static. You have to be able to look at it. If it’s not sitting still that’s going to be tough. Instead I’m going to have to think about angles, size differential, movement of stuff other than the art, and overlap. That might make me have to do a lot of video editing too and that’s something that eats up time like a voracious beast. Uh-oh, I better quit writing before I start to smell the stench of failure again. That’ll keep you up nights.

    I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got eleven new comics.

  • Midnight of the Soul – 5
  • No Mercy – 10
  • Paper Girls – 10
  • Ragnarok – 10
  • Revival – 43
  • Rough Riders – 6
  • Spawn – 266
  • Autumnlands – 13
  • The Walking Dead – 159
  • Kaijumax Season 2 – 2 & 3
  • Check them all out here: