As the launch date approaches, I wanted to share some more artistic inspiration. the look of O-boy was inspired by lessons from Preston Blair's book on Animation. The cute childlike proportions and classic cartoon features came out of blair's outstanding instruction. the original printing of this book is public domain and several pages can be downloaded online. If you want to draw cartoons, or even just want to learn basic drawing, I encourage you to check it out.
Dont let it creep up on you! mark your calendars now for the O-boy web comic launch!
It's been a while since I posted here. I have been hard at work finishing up the first story ARc, which is 99 percent done, requiring some lettering and a little tweaking. My plan is to have at least 2 arcs in the books before launching, so I still have a little ways to go before I am ready to get the ball rolling. I have decided on a launch date of September 23rd and will let you know more as the day approaches. Until then I will post some previews like the one here of O-boy's helper by the name of D.O.V.E. which stands for Device in Orbit for Vital Energy.
This has been a tremendous learning experience. I have learned a lot about drawing, coloring, composition, etc. as well as how to use the computer as an artistic tool. I hope some of that gets across to the viewer and we can connect on some level. I am pretty pleased with the artwork, though I still have a long way to go. I think this is the best work I have done up to this point so I thank God for blessing me. It is also a blessing to get to work on a project like this, which is something I have wanted to do nearly all my life. Like I said, I hope some of that comes across when you finally see it. Special thanks my friend Kevin Lintz for a great script and some superb lettering.
Until next time. God bless
"The day of Darkness is over.....Here comes the Light!"
I plan to post 1 preview panel per week from the upcoming comic strip. In this panel arch villain and enemy of the light, Glooma, rallies her Gloomtroopers for some gloomy purpose. Hope O-boy can save the day!
If I had a dream project it would include comic art, cartoony characters, and painting. It would involve working with talented like minded people. It would have characters and a story that are close to my heart and most important of all it must glorify God and spread His glorious good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.
So now I am working on O-boy! Which has all of the above and I am so thankful to have the opportunity. I will be posting some preview pics as we move along but I can truly say this has been a joy to work on. Praying that God will bless it for His glory. BTW I am working with a friend named Kevin Lintz who is a writer. He has a great all ages comic called Team Slug. Check it out here: www.slugsforall.com
Saw the Hobbit the other day. I'm a big fan of the book and so was really curious about the movie. Overall I thought it was very good. Visually it was beautiful. I drew this doodle in early 2012. The pose is bad and the inking is pretty awkward but a fun doodle nonetheless. It was drawn from memory so its not exactly accurate (I don't think hobbits have pointed ears).
J.R.R. Tolkein was a Christian and though his writings are not a direct allegory like C. S. Lewis it is loaded with Christian themes. One of them is that God is glorified using small or weak things. So the Hobbit is a small humble creature yet is the hero of the story. Jesus Christ came as a baby laid in an animal's feed trough, from a poor family, despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and finally crucified. Yet the great plan of God to restore a people to Himself was enacted this way. Christ's humility and weakness in the world's eyes is our great victory and salvation. In this way is God most glorified in that He uses what is small and weak to show His great wisdom and power.
A little doodle of a running man I drew like 2 yrs ago. It was scanned at a low resolution so the quality isn't so great. I am experimenting with digital color below.
I am amazed at the lightspeed pace at which we live today. We have every conceivable device to make things quicker and faster and easier and yet all it has given us is a ratrace like our ancestors had never seen nor could have conceived of. One of the joys of drawing is that it gives us a chance to slow down and dwell on something for more than 3 seconds. I am also blessed by a restful worship service. I bet this little guy is running to church. Or as a forgotten praise song once said, "I will rush to rest at your feet Lord Jesus".
Christian cartoonist seeking to bring glory to his Creator and Redeemer by being creative.