Lately I’ve been looking to take my work to another level. I met with one of my best friends SKAM2? and he introduced me to one of his friends Jeff Dekal who works for Marvel as a cover artist. Jeff is a painter and a badass one to boot. His work in “real” work. As an artist you have to sometimes surround yourself around other artist to what levels you can take your own work. So, I tried something different…One night while doing another one of my many drawing exercises I do to keep relevant in my craft, I realized something. I love to just draw and sometimes it does not have to be comic related.
I was extremely tired when I drew this but it just flowed. As I dreamed that night, I had the idea of making a project for the new year to focus on two regions Africa (the continent) and the Caribbeans (Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba).
Why those places? Just because. 😜 Born and raised in Miami, I feel like I am giving something back. Stay tune for more.
Ok, this is a small treat for those fellow artist out there who want to shoot ideas around to each other. I drew this picture on a 4″ x 6″ sheet of note paper. I really fell in love with it as I gave more and more detail to the work.Then I realized that it’s on note paper and I would have to do this all over again in the process of tracing or light-boxing or whatever. This may not happen as often as I would like because I draw comics with panels that have a range of backgrounds, props, and etc. But for those single shots like this, it was hard for me to stop at ‘just’ a layout. So what to do?
I am slowly breaking the rules of traditional comic production. The 11×17 Bristol board, blue line layout, traditional workflow is probably how we all started out. But I will see promise in even a sketch on a napkin and try my best to keep it alive. With scanning and digital media, this is possible. Check out this rework based off a scan of the original sketch.
With erase tool and a brush with the same color, I kept the image alive with very little redrawing.
By the way, this is a page in my up coming project “Chasing Shadows”.
The long wait is over! I got a few boxes of Frontier Graveyard – The Risen (Director’s Cut) issues in last week due to the awesome contributors of our successful Kickstarter last year. I will sign each copy as they are sold.
This collection of issues 1, 2, and 3 is the first in our series of trade paperbacks to premier this year. These will also be the flagship item at Cons this year from myself and the team at Blue Inferno for 2017. Hope to make some announcements soon on next Con appearance. Until then, please keep on the look out.
Cowboys, zombies, and…a samurai? A deadly mystery brews deep in the West and is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting frontier.
The transcontinental railroad was going to bridge the East to the West and usher in a new age of prosperity along the frontier.But something’s gone wrong. A crew of rail workers has disappeared, and settlements along the line are falling silent. The railroad hires Nathanial Holden and Ezekiel Grey to search for answers. What they find instead is a trail of bodies and a quiet town on the verge of annihilation.
Format: Black and White, 6.75″ wide by 10.25″ tall Trade Paperback 90+ Pages Signed by the artist and co-creator PROFESONE.
My family is coming over for the holidays and it’s time for my to finish this in the final stretch. I have the featured panel to draw with one additional. Then I have to finish rendering the rest of the issue which is about 5 panels or so.
A few people asked why the video I made of me working on this project was not on my site and I really did not have an answer. I will post the video soon in a new section of the site labeled “Videos”.
This story is still in the early phases but everyone I show the pages to love them. So why aren’t the pages on the site yet? Well, you just have to wait. OSN is near completion of the first half of volume one. Writer and co creator Marcell Dupree and I plan on having issue one done by the end of February 2017. Until then, I’ll try to sneak a few pages or to you ;-).
Chilling with my son Mateo and nephew Austyn at a #Starbucks in the #Woodland’s. #Houston has been good to me but I don’t think I’ll ever live back in #H-Town. I have a new love now and she wants me back.
This is another panel I worked on today. It looks better to me than the one I did earlier but I can’t really tell why. I do notice the style is different.
Because I’m on the go so much, I don’t get to focus on ‘just’ drawing. I use mix media and the trouble with that is the beginning. If I start with good pencils, I’m done. If the pencils are sketchy, I’ll ink or scan as-is and digital ink. The results, nothing looks the same.
So, I’m starting to see the difference in these panels. The earlier post was a weak attempt to do concept art style work (which I’m not good at) (yet). I have to keep this comic style for now. I fight between doing tight line work and full computer art.
It’s been a long road for me these last few months. I have relocated to Miami and don’t feel the transition was a good idea. I love Miami and the have many friends here but, I made strong connections in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. I felt like home there and I am sure I will be there again.
As for PROFESONE.com, we have completely slept on the job. I have been in ‘Work Overload’ mode for the past five months. I have completed the first issue of Sword Theory with writer Adam Cogan at the helm, reworked Frontier Graveyard with writer David Furr, and started a completely new project called The Other Side of Nowhere featuring the works of writer Marcel Dupree.
The Sword Theory project has been on hold for so long Adam Cogan felt it was time to revisit the story as a whole. I went ahead and made a sub-story to Sword Theory to ease my itch to illustrate. During that time Adam helped start a company called Dark Unicorn Games and focused most of his time writing. In that wait, I cleaned up Dizzy Spells and released it on Tapastic for the world to see. But in short, Adam and I have been in two different directions and consumed by work.
Two weeks ago Adam surprised the crap out of me by dropping a full recap of Sword Theory with edits and corrections and I am overly excited to get started.
Frontier Graveyard has been completely reworked and many panels have been redrawn. You know it’s bad when your own son tells you “Yeah, you completely didn’t care about that page.” The sad part is, I do care but maybe I had too many hours of work on my plate that day. You can now view the series on Tapastic. If you do, please leave comments.
I will post everything I draw almost as I draw it here on PROFESONE.com so be ready for some corny and possibly awesome work to come ;-).