Tuesday, June 24, 2008

knitting insted of inking

HappyGoth has been knitting for years. She came with me to visit my family and we went to a yarn store and my mom and I really liked this sweater that was there. The yarn lady said she wouldn't sell the sweater but she'd sell us the pattern. So Happy Goth is teaching me how to knit so that I can make my mom and I this sweeter. It's an easy pattern that's just some squares that are then sewn (or whatever) together. So I was knitting when I should have been inking. But I got a bunch of cartoons out of it.
"This is really tight."
"I'm sorry, it's my first time."

....sweeter...sweater... Logicaly, the sweet that you eat would be sweat...but logic doesn't enter into spelling.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I've started to look up reference for my convention announcements. I image google searched Seattle and got the sky needle. Dallas was mostly the tv show and then the cowboy cheerleaders. Chicago was mostly the movie (other than skyline)... well it was when I drew this. Now I can't find the picture. But Richard Gere stands in the middle of the poster in his hat and suit. That's what I used for reference when I did the wizard Chicago announcement.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Kid overboard

Kate is my niece. I take her and her brother Lindon trick or treating every year except last when they moved up to Virginia with the rest of the family. A grownup was usually in charge of each kid when they went into the ocean. The first wave that hit I held tight to the board but forgot that the kid could come off. I didn't lose her but after that I had a firm hold on her arm too. My sister would KILL me if I lost her kid.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Beach with Family

Skyler didn't really say that. But each year before the family trip to the beach I try to exercise a bit more because if anyone is going to tell you that you have a fat ass, it's going to be your family.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

cell on vibrate

No, I didn't do this but I think about it every time that thing buzzes.

Monday, June 16, 2008

kilt with ruffles

I didn't actually buy the kilt until later. They didn't have a black on sale and I was late to my next thing. They did size me and I got one online. Now I'm keeping an eye out for those hot pink ruffles.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

model face

I love using black and white compressed charcoal at the same time. Whatever mistakes you make can be fixed and you can go really dark and really light. Chiaroscuro is my favorite; dark and light. The other side of that is sphumotu (sp) which is "like smoke". Look mom, I'm using vocab from my college education! See, that 25k a year was worth it.

But yeah, I got so into doing the face that I ignored the rest. Drawing white on black paper is an easy trick to get delicate details without much work. Just dot those eyes and the tip of the nose and you've got instant shiny.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


My apologies to anyone who read the comic before 10am today. I got the strips switched around. I've gotta put on the kilt before I start harassing the customers. No, I didn't walk around in just my undies but I was one step away.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Molesting Kilts

The reference photos for this strip can be found at

panel two and three are a bit odd because one is the kilt worker and the other is TJ. Though these two look nothing alike, they both have the beard thing and eye wear and brown hair. They have similar distinguishing cartoon characteristics. I should have drawn panel three smaller but I really like the way that hand tucks under the kilt.

Sunday, June 8, 2008


I'm doing a life drawing class on tuesdays and the next couple sundays of art is going to come from this one model. I did another class a little over a year ago and she modeled for that one too;

Friday, June 6, 2008


Pictures of this adventure can be seen here

Poor Sarah has been edited out until later. Too many characters gets confusing and takes longer to draw. I only have four panels and limited dialog to set stuff up so things are simplified as much as possible.
I tried to get that fire escape undershot in the first panel but it didn't come out too well. I did pull the door directly from the photo. Little photo shop on it because a car was in the way.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Strange men in Dark Alleys

I landed in Seattle and called my friend Sarah who I was staying with.
Sarah "do you need a ride from the airport?"
Jen "no, a guy's picking me up."
Sarah "what guy?"
Jen "Some guy from the internet."
TJ is awesome and we e-mailed back and forth. But yeah, one of these days my luck is going to run out and I'm going to find myself down a dark alley...um, well, I'll find myself down a different dark alley.

and yes, firefox has spellcheck. ;)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I go to a life drawing class once a week. The girl beside me is Gina who does the comic Red String and she manages Strawberry Comics (and she re-designed my website). She doesn't wear a red string, it's just from her story. And she doesn't have a strawberry shirt that I know if, but you get the idea. It wasn't until we were driving to dinner that night that she asked about the model. It's not often we get a male model much less one who is uncircumcised. I find it fascinating. You don't get to see that too often.