Print number 2 based on this first panel in this comic is off to the printers! Hopefully, it will get here in time for SPX attack. Now must sleep.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I'm planning on bringing two prints with me to SPX this year. This is the first one. It's Kane done in a total Ukiyo-e style. It's inspired from a panel in this comic, Tackle.
I've put in the order so hopefully they'll get here before the con. *crossing fingers* And I hope I have enough time to finish my second one! ACK!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
My friend Chris (check out his comic unseenllc.com/sledgebunny/) asked for some art to throw up on some fliers for Katsucon 2011 and this is the thing I came up with, a giant Daruma robot.
This is kind of my play on the whole school boy controlling a giant robot super robot theme. Except instead of a little boy I substituted an awesome chick with green hair.
I think they live in the same universe as Great Kahuna Bot V. Someday, there will be comics or toys or both.
And of course, I snuck in Puppy Cow!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
A bit of Gundam humor here. Char Aznable's Mobile Suit is an MS-06S Zaku II Command type which makes it three times as fast as a regular Zaku II. Okay, so it was three times funnier in my head.
I'm using a new mold which I didn't take any pictures of, but it's essentially a one-piece mold with the back cut out for demolding. This cuts down on sanding and filling, but I still have way too many bubbles. At least the face doesn't have any seams any more.
The white resin is easy to work with. Carving panel lines for the top of the head was fairly simple. The head fin and the backpack skeleton are made with plastic sheets. Instead of building the backpack first and then trying to fit it on the back, I just super glued the frame to the body. I'll be using more plastic card and my favorite mori mori putty to build up the rest of the backpack.
I've got to figure out what to do with the snout and the pipes and the mono eye, but this is a good start.
Not the best turns, I know, but this is to give some kind of idea of Puppy Cow's dimensions. Who knows, this might be helpful when it comes time to get some toys/plushes/horrible things made.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The completely adorable, yet udderly terrifying PUPPY COW!
I created this horrifying thing at ConnectiCon 2010. I think he'll be my next art toy after Frog Eats Monkey.
Witness the adorable terror of the PUPPY COW!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Got some transparent resin with some dyes just to mess around with. The darker one in the background is what you get when you put too many drops of die into the mix. It's been four days since I cast it and it still hasn't set solid. The dye totally changed the chemical composition of the mix so I don't think it'll ever cure properly. But good to know that the dye is super strong.
The version in the foreground I didn't even bother putting in any more dye because there was some residual red in the mixing cup. Turned out fantastically red! It also shows off all the flaws in the rubber mold. I'm gonna sand it all down and fill the holes with super glue and see if I can polish it up smooth. But I think eventually, I'm going to have to pour another mold and work on getting the bubbles out either with a vacuum chamber or vibrate the bubbles out.
Friday, July 02, 2010
I managed to crank out 8 of these guys before I ran out of resin. I ordered some more so I can do more casts. While I wait for the new materials to arrive, it's sanding time! Sanding is pretty tedious and time consuming, but it's kind of therapeutic and totally zen.
I don't know how well you can see them in this photo, but there are a some pock marks and pot holes that I'll have to fill once I'm done with the initial sanding. I'll probably use Mori Mori putty to fill the holes which is yellow so these guys will look like they have some kinda disease before they get primed.
More to come!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
After many trials and many errors, I finally figured out the proper amount of resin to mix up and pour. Also figured out how to get the air bubbles out of the feet. I drilled a second, smaller hole in the mold to let air bubbles out which seems to work well. I will know to keep that in mind next time I make a mold of this guy.
It's going to take a lot of work to get them in shape for customizing. Lost of sanding, cutting, filling, etc. But I've been learning a lot from the whole mess. Hopefully next time I'll make better molds so that I won't have to do so much finishing.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Success! Kinda. I cut the pouring hole much bigger which seemed to work. No giant air bubble to prevent the resin from pouring in. But as you can see from the final pull, there was some air bubble action at the feet. I think next time I will tilt the mold forward a little to make sure the resin coats that area.
There are a lot of air bubbles that I'll have to sand out even if I cast the feet properly. I'll probably end up making another mold of Frog Eats Monkey sometime in the future, but it'll do alright for now. Smooth Cast 300 two-part resin from Smooth-On sets nicely and its bright white color will make it easy to paint and customize.
My first casting was a total failure. The hole I cut in the rubber mold was way too thin and created a giant air bubble when I poured the resin. It made me sad. But I learned a lot from screwing up.
Oh, I'm using Smooth-On Smooth Cast 300 two-part resin. It sets wicked fast.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Demolding was a success! Although, I could have used more Vaseline. The mold stuck together in places that didn't have a thick enough coat. But it all worked. There are a few bubbles at the edges, but since those will be positive bumps in the final cast, I can sand them down instead of filling them which is good. Next, time to mix up some resin and pour.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Mold making part II! The silicone set without any bubbles which made me pretty happy.
I used some magazine pages on the bottom since I didn't have enough of the gray clay to fill the entire box. Good thing, too, because that clay was difficult to dig out. As soon as I got down to the rubber, though, it was fairly easy to get out and to clean the area.
Use a little Vaseline so the the second half doesn't stick, mixed my silicone, and poured it in. All I gotta do is set it and forget it. Hoping this all turns out. When it's all cured, I'll cut a channel in the bottom so I can pour in some resin and get to making some toys!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Looks like Frog Eats Monkey isn't quite ready for her/his/its closeup after all!
So this is the first half of a two-part mold. Half the toy is embedded in clay. Holes are poked in the clay which will serve as keys for the two mold halves to make it easier to line up properly when it comes time to cast.
When the clay is all smoothed and poked, it's time to put on the higher wall and pour in some silicone. I'm using Smooth-On Mold Star 15. This is the first time I've ever used it so I hope it works. I'm a little worried about air bubbles but we'll see what happens.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sprayed on some basic primer to see if there are any more blemishes and dings to sand and fill. There are a few small things here and there but I might leave them. I also kind of like the texture the primer gives the thing. I wonder if it will keep that texture when it gets molded.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I've been kind of anxious to design my own toy line so I've decided to just go ahead and do it.
I started this thing months ago and am just now getting back around to finishing it. The base is milliput which is a two-part epoxy putty that dries hard as granite and is terribly hard to work with. The white stuff is magic sculpt which is much easier to carve with a knife. And the yellow stuff is mori mori putt, a two-part putty that is easy to carve and sand and is just so much fun to work with. I've heard of it for years and only now have started to use it. Believe the hype. The shit is amazing!
A little more sanding, some hole filling, some more sanding, and maybe a coat of primer here or there and then it's mold making time.
Say hello to Frog Eats Monkey.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Today marks the completion of the first chapter of Yellow Peril.
I'm actually happy with the way things are going so far even though I'm still screwing around with how I draw the damn thing. But it's been really satisfying keeping to a schedule, scripting, and posting regularly.
So if you haven't yet, check it out and read through the first chapter!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Some really sketchy designs for a possible animation I'm working on with the Pixel Perfect crew. I think we're going with the penguin in the tux, but I thought it would also be fun to see an octopus dancing. Might stick him in the background if there's time.
Had a lot of fun playing with a more clean, animated style. Might mess around with it a little more.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It's the year of the Tiger! So here's some Sagat for ya. Another warm up sketch that I decided to throw on some color. Screwing around with some brighter tones than I usually use. Not sure about it all, but it's a thing.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Colored version of Kamen Fighter, the ultimate in Kamen Rider and Street Fighter fanarts! Playing around with some brighter colors and colored lines. Not terribly happy with the background. I should have probably drawn something in there, but this was just a sketch to mess with.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Trying out some new ink and a looser method for holding the brush. Wanted to see what kind of hatching and texturing I could get with just some random brush work. Turned into a wrinkly looking old dude.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
More warm up sketching.
I really loved Kamen Rider Decade. It was a really fun trip down memory lane for the Heisei Era. But there were a few things that kind of irked me like our boy, Narutaki.
Throughout the entire show, he pops up to yell his famous "Onore Decade-Oh!" I kept waiting for a big payoff with him, some big reveal that would blow my freaking mind. But we get nothing. No explanation for Narutaki's hatred for Decade. No explanation for his powers. No explanation for him at all.
Worst. Villain. Ever.
Still, I loved the show. And despite his suckyness, Narutaki is still kinda of awesome in a lame way.
I've decided to do warm up sketches before I draw comics so what better time to do fan art!
I love Kamen Rider Double. This is my crappy interpretation of Philip and Shotaro doing their thing. The likenesses are terrible, but at least the costumes are somewhat close.
Monday, February 01, 2010
My new comic is ready to believe you! Head on over to http://ypcomic.com to check it all out. Well, only one comic right now so you might want to come back later in the week. But the shit be updating!
Friday, January 15, 2010
It's celebration time for the Monster Cuties of the forest. Junior just bagged his first kill!
I recorded a ten-part video series on the creation of this painting from digital sketch to finishing touches.