Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SkunkFest 2010

Ramone's public debut will happen in the midst of "merriment and mirth" at the 10th Annual SkunkFest, in North Ridgeville, Ohio in a couple of weeks! Sponsored by Skunk Haven, the Skunk Fest has added Ramone to the official guest list. A Skunk Fest exclusive issue will be available at the festival, as well as Ramone coloring books and sketches and paintings for attendees. If you're following Ramone's journal of the big news on his Facebook page, you already know how excited he is.

Influence Map

Thanks to Cedric Hohnstadt, an artist who regularly influences me, for promoting this project. The Influence Map is a way of paying tribute to those who have inspired you in your art. The idea is Matt Laskowski's. Matt's thought is that we can go back to the map when we're not feeling artistically motivated, and possibly be reminded of all that inspires us.

When I saw the announcement of this project, some of my inspirations came instantly to mind. As I think primarily about the style of Ramone Cologne, a few of these artists have really influenced Ramone's development. The others whose works are pictured here are influences that started me drawing or kept me drawing through the years. I see a strong comic book connection, and an unsettling influence from MAD magazine, which I remember reading when I was 9-10 years old. :)

As outlined in Matt's guide, the larger the influence, the more real estate the image gets. Starting in the top left corner, from left to right: Bill Watterson, Sergio Aragones, Mike Wieringo, David Mack, Rick Burchett, Don Martin, Stan Goldberg, Carl Barks, Jack Kirby, Ralph McQuarrie, Walt Kelly, Jeff Smith.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Cover Concepts

Here's an older concept sketch for a Ramone Cologne book cover. It was just a quick sketch, but I really liked the way Daze (the lizard) turned out. Something about the pose gives an impression of motion. Sometimes it's tough to recapture the images you get from a doodle or sketch!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pencils for Ramone Cologne comic, Issue 1

Preview of penciled artwork for page 4 of the Ramone Cologne comic, out this Fall and being released first at the Kokomo Con! More preview art and painted pages coming soon. Thanks to those of you who have asked about purchasing copies through an online store. Yes, this option will be available if you are unable to attend Kokomo Con and Mid-Ohio Con. An online store and ordering information will be available soon.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Inking Experiments

I'm pretty proud of how this panel turned out. I like the darker effect, and the prison-look matches how Harry views his cage, (he does tend to dramatize his situation). Most of the Ramone Cologne strips are short on solid, inked areas and seem lighter. But every now and then, more ink in the strips really helps set it apart.