Sunday, September 30, 2007

Things are looking up!

Not really.

Done for this week's Illustration Friday assignment: "The Blues".

I shouldn't make fun - freelance work has suddenly come to a screeching halt and I might be wearing one of those blue smocks soon…

Saturday, September 22, 2007 logo

My friend Stacy's brother, Bruce, was diagnosed with a brain tumor about a year ago. She decided to start a blog to document his battle, connect with other people going through the same thing, and solicit donations to help Bruce through the greulling recovery process. Mostly, she just wanted to help her brother. I was more than happy to help out by illustrating the site's logo, and my wife designed the website itself.

Bruce was initially hesitant about the idea of having his very personal ordeal discussed publicly, but the blog has allowed him to connect with other people in similar situations and has helped his recovery a lot, as well as raised some money for his family as he's been unable to work during the entire recovery process.

This started as a pencil drawing that I scanned in and manually created a vector version with Adobe Illustrator. A little different than my usual work, but still fun.

For more info about Bruce (who has just started to go back to work part-time) visit

Sunday, September 16, 2007

CBR Interview

I did an interview with Comic Book Resources about the end of Action Philosophers. Jon the interviewer asked a lot of great questions and I wish I could have given better answers, but I was exhausted from housework that day and our phone connection kept cutting out so I couldn't get into a comfortable rhythym and I sound like a complete simpleton. I know, way to sell things Ryan. I stink at this publicity stuff.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Blast from the Past

I found this monstrosity in my parent's basement during a visit last week. I drew it almost 20 years ago when I was 16 years old and I didn't have a clue - it was drawn with ballpoint pen and crayola markers on 24 x 18 inch glossy paper. According to the signature it took me THREE MONTHS to draw. I used to do this thing where I would copy poses out of comics but change the costume into a different character so it would be an "original" drawing and not a copy. Sub-Marriner is definately copied from a Captain Brittain drawing, and I'm pretty sure Moon Knight is a copied pose too - the rest of them are probably legitimately original.

Believe it or not, this actually won an award at a comic art competition at Books Galore in Erie, Pennsylvania (the store is still around the last time I checked). It got first place in the 15 - 18 year old category. It was displayed in the store all summer, but then when I went to go pick it up they said that all winning entries became property of the store, because I had recieved a prize for winning (I think it was a 20 dollar giftcertificate and a free movie pass). I told them that if I had known that I would have to give up the artwork I never would have entered the competition in the first place. So they decided to give the art back to me which was nice of them. Maybe they just didn't want to see a 16-year-old cry. It was a windy day and as soon as I stepped outside this artwork was ripped out of my hands and blew into traffic, (the store is located on a 4-lane road) where it got run over by a truck and dragged through a few puddles. I ran out into the road and grabbed it, but the damage had already been done and the colors had run all over the place. I kind of like it better this way.

The wife thought it was awesome that I used to draw giant crowd scenes of superheroes for fun when I was in high school, and now it's my job and I complain about it.

Friday, September 14, 2007

One for the road - ELF DANCE!

I forgot about this one - don't know if it got published in Inquest or not:

my last Inquest Magazine illustrations

This was a rush job I did the beginning of July for an article on Magic: The Gathering, a game I've never played. Got the assignment at 430 in the afternoon and had to pencil it that night - about 6 or 7 hours work - got approval of the pencils early the next morning then spent the rest of the day doing inks and colors (about 14 hours).

Then I did 3 full color spot illustrations for the same article the day after that. I get tired just thinking about it.

I actually kind of like doing rush jobs - it keeps me from getting too pretentious about things, and the art usually ends up being a lot looser and livelier.

Shortly after I posted these images online I found out that Inquest's last issue will be published this month. Oh well, it had a good run.