Saturday, November 01, 2014

Finishing up Inktober

Inktober Day 23
Halloween was also the last day of inktober. I learned alot this year drawing everyday for the month of October. Grateful to be able to see the progress too. I really should look back and view my drawings from last year but honestly I can see the difference just from the new drawings this year. It was hard to draw everyday but the drawings themselves seemed to flow alot easier. I bought some new pens,copic markers and a copic marker sketchbook which helped me practice using the markers. I am on a mission to teach myself how to properly use copic markers. Inktober was a great exercise for this goal. Here are the last of my favorite ink drawings. Just like my earlier posts, if you'd like to see all of the drawings go to my flicker page. storm1sky

Thanks for reading and looking!

Inktober Day 28
Inktober Day 30
Inktober Day 31

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Inktober Drawings

Inktober Day 15
So everyday for the month of October I've been drawing in ink. In my last post I said that my favorite inktober drawings would be shown here. I'm also posting in progress shots on my flickr page.
It's been fun but sort of hard to keep up and draw things from life and not photos which was my challenge this week. I decided on shoes since everyone who knows me is aware of my shoe fetish!
Very nice exercise in looking and seeing the details. Shoe laces and individual threads and bindings take intense concentration to get right! So here are my favorite inktober drawings from this week.
My flickr page storm1sky for more details.

Inktober Day 17
Inktober Day 18
Inktober Day 19
Inktober Day 21

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inktober Project

From Jake Parker, "Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing."

Essentially it's 31 drawings in 31 Days!

Just like last year I will post my favorites here and if you'd like to see all of my ink drawings you can find them on flickr.
Here is the link to my flickr page!

Thanks for following and reading! Enjoy!
Inktober Day 1
Inktober Day 3
Inktober Day 9
Inktober Day 11

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Go Color! My first color Issue of Nuthin Good Ever Happens at 4 a.m.

To say that I was intimidated is an understatement. I've always enjoyed working in color with watercolor paints,acrylics and even colored pencils but to draw and map out a full comic book issue in color seemed overwhelming. I don't like to operate from a place of fear though so I made a decision to create issue number 3 of my comic in full color. I'm new to comic book making in general so this assumption that I could do this was foolish bliss. I wanted to keep my line drawings black and white so my plan was to draw the full comic book,have it reproduced cheaply and then color the printed pages. Anyone who has followed my process knows I never give myself enough time to complete my pen and ink version of the comic book so doing double the work in the same amount of time? I know. I know. Impossible right? Alot of late nights of sketching and drawing,inking and praying,drawing and sweating, the black and white version of the comic book was finished with 3 weeks to complete the coloring. I make SF Zinefest my deadline every year for a new issue of the comic book. I need a deadline so the Labor Day weekend is it!
I was very happy with the pen and ink version but I had no clue how to approach the color.
I just jumped right in and used watercolor paint,color inks,colored pencils and then black in on top of that. The storyline is a simple continuation of the previous comic books so my main characters were back in full color!
Here are a couple of making of the comic book photos and some finished full color photos.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Zine Anthology: Hell and Demonic Possession Part One

Recently I was asked to contribute to a zine anthology loosely based around the "doorways to demonic possession". A satirical take on the often published list of beliefs,activities and pop culture icons that will damn you to hell and make you "possessed". Since it was Shayna Why asking who makes awesome paintings,drawings and comics I couldn't refuse. Although I found humor in the list, I really do like to think about God and having a spiritual purpose and our lives extending beyond this world in our human physical form. I was raised by a very strong willed woman who questions everything so of course I do not whole sale believe in just any religious ideology. I also question everything especially when it comes to matters of the soul,faith and spiritual redemption. That being said my contributions to the zine would have to revolve around larger issues that I've wondered about within religion and human nature when it comes to faith in general.
Many of the traditional "demonic" practices on the list were astrology,eastern religion (cults) and things we watch on television and in the movies.Many of my ideas crossed over between politics,government and media control as well as corruption within religion so I had a myriad of concepts to cull from. I decided to use pen and ink to keep it simple and easy to reproduce. My first drawing was based on a true story of demonic possession told to me by a family member who I will not name but lets just say this person scared the S%#@*&%T out of me with the re-telling of her story.
In my next drawing I wanted to address the all encompassing power that leaders in the church have and how that impacts us. I decided to use the image of a priest and alter boys. My focus was the shift in power dynamics when authority is not in balance.
In general most of my drawings are explorations of light and dark,getting lost in the media and creating and illusion of some kind but in this drawing I wanted to highlight the narrative aspect of what I was saying in a single page.
I'm not sure where my fear of catholic icons and symbols come from? But religious statues,nuns and even some church interiors scare me and I mean really scare me. My next drawing was simply drawing some those things.

 My contribution was a total of seven illustrations. The zine cover was created and printed by Shayna.
There were thirteen contributors and the zine can be purchased on-line or at up coming shows. I only have a couple copies now which are not for sale but soon I will sell them at shows.
Please also take the time to look up the other contributors.
Shayna Why,Kane Lynch,Tyler Cohen,Tessa Brunton and Scott Longo.

Please also go to my comic page to read the latest,
or my facebook,

Hell and Demonic Possession Zine Anthology Part 2

A collection of prose,illustrations,comics and poetry  comprise this anthology hand bound and cover printed by Shayna Why. This zine anthology explores the idea of hell and demonic possession in a fantastical tongue in cheek way.
I jumped right in and laid bare some of my fears and attempted to capture snapshots or vingnettes playing in my mind informed by my personal religious experiences or creepy stories told to me by friends or family.
Not only was this fun but gave me an opportunity to depict a theme I love to mix into all of my art work. Even in the most subtle ways I like to slip in a spiritual component to my work. A large percentage of my creative expression is represented as a dialogue either between myself and the viewer or myself and my unconscious mind and or spirit,enlightened energy,soul or God (however you define this for yourself).
My work is meant to engage and hopefully ignite a conversation around the subject matter. Here are photos of my contributions to the zine.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Comic book Dreams

On to issue number 3 of Nuthin Good ever happens at 4 a.m.  I've decided to color this issue and offer a new tee shirt and poster. As I sketch out the poster and tee shirt design I've decided to share them here.
One of the more popular images in issue number 2 was the eye pop zombie. I think it makes for a cool and creepy new tee shirt. The new large drawing is of zombies in city center downtown Oakland with the twin towers of the Ron Dellums federal building on the horizon. Here are a few photos of both drawings in progress. I'll update this with final outcomes soon.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Arts and Craft Shows,Holiday fairs and Zinefests!

It's that time of year again where all of the festival,fair,show and convention vendors push through the end of the year to garner sales from the last of the Holiday shopping crowds. Last year I booked a half dozen shows all within a two week period and it was fun but so overwhelming that this year I decided to go for a less hectic schedule. I like to return to 8-10 shows every year. I split my time between the craft fairs and comic book and zinefests, this year was no different and I'm glad to say I had an awesome time at all of them. It is really cool to learn about the audience of both types of shows,meet and talk with folks as well as develop a repore with random people and other artists. Typically the California College of the Arts has it's Holiday Fair the first weekend of December but this year it was scheduled the weekend before Thanksgiving. I always have a blast at this fair and since I've been selling there for many years I see alot of familiar faces and enjoy return customers.
There is often stellar student artwork and alumni vendors who make the day memorable. This year was no different as I tabled next to Moose who makes fabulous bow ties!
I learned about the Eastbay Alternative Book and Zine fest last year and tabled there for the first time. I returned this past weekend and was delighted at how much the show has grown yet still maintains the friendly artists feel and community vibe.
Thanks to the organizers it was well advertised and at one point so jam packed that folks had trouble walking the isles. It may be time for a venue change? Awesome awesome event! My friend Dawood stopped by and we had one of our epic philosophical discussions at my table. Much drawing was done and lots of comic books were sold. The wonderful array of local indie zine and comicbook makers are too many to name here but I did have a chance to chat with Shayna of Shayna Why. I also had a good time chatting with artist/curator/teacher Karen Seneferu ,artist Mirabel Wigon ,awesome print maker Jeffrey Boozer of Crumblediamonds as well as  Ki Brown of Sinew Ave.

The St. David Santa's Breakfast and Holiday fair is always fun plus they feed the vendors! Hey and you can't go wrong when Santa buys tie dye! It's a great show to end with because it is in my old stomping grounds of Richmond and it's truly a light hearted family and kid friendly event. Again the organizers are top notch and are super considerate. Now that tabling is done for the year I can spend some much needed time on my etsy shop and hopefully making more people happy one tie dye piece of clothing at a time. Happy Holidays and please find me on facebook,tumblr and flickr.
facebook-tie dye stormone originals
facebook -comic book-nuthin good ever happens at 4 a.m.
tumblr -comic book

 Peace and Love