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Friday, September 30, 2005

This joke I got from a forum I visit frequently:

Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing.

He concludes by saying: “Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed.”

“OH NO!” the President exclaims. “That’s terrible!”

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion,
nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands.

Finally, the President looks up and asks, “How many is a brazillion?”

Birds. I’m gonna do a cartoony book about birds. It’s all Barry’s fault. He got me hooked on birds about 4 years ago when he gave me an adorable budgie for Valentine’s Day and our house has never been the same since. We now have 12 birds. Yeah. Get’s noisey ’round these here parts.

This is a doodle of our neice, Tember. She stayed with us for a while. She has one helluva great fashion sense–she really knew what colors worked with her, and was always willing to try new hairstyles. It was always fun to see what kind of outfit she’d have on when we went out. Also, you never knew what kind of hair color she’d have from one week to the next. She’s missed. She also gave me an idea for another comic I want to do when I have more time (HA!). It’s about persception. With her living with us, I realized just how different teenagers take in events, converstions, see things, experience relationships… It was amazingly and scarily eye-opening.

The story will be from both her view, but the art will show two different scenes–her’s and reality. Lots of humor in that one. Tember could come up with the funnies things. So, that’s what this will be about. It’ll be called “September Daze”. I’ll start on it sometime. I have a page or two written.

I was at Animal Kingdom lodge on Disney when I saw this guy just relaxing in a chair. These are actually two different doodles on one page…but it also looks like it’s a guy who’s thinking about a fantasy book he’s just read, or off on a day dream of glory days.

One day this lady was walking by me at one of the hotels. She just had this cool look about her. Oh yeah, and she had a really loooonng neck. I kinda was thinking about Africa and gave her the tribal neck rings and dress. No…she wasn’t walking with a horse down the hallway either, just felt like drawing a funky horse.

These are some of the people who pass by me everyday. I’ve always loved to watch people.

A design for a french maids outfit. You never know when you’ll need one.

I want to design a halloween carousel. This is one of my ‘Nightmares”

I loved the lady’s hair–the one with her foot up? She reminds me of a 20’s flapper.

Character designs.

Here’s the family…well, before Fox came and before I got my hair cut short and colored dark…so other then that it looks JUST like us! I had fun with this one. We look stressed.

Preliminary sketches for yet ANOTHER story I’m working on called “The Bride”. Yep, another horror story. Gotta love ’em!
This story is actually coming along quite well, and I’ve got quite a few sketches for different characters done. Having a blast with this!

Barry actually gave me the story as a present many years ago, but I can’t find the darned thing…I can only remember vague things about it. So I’m going with it.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

It’s MY web page now!

Woohoo! I got my own web spot! Thanks once again to Barry for setting this all up for me. I guess it’s more of a blog spot then a web page, but I’ll have a lot of my art that I’m doing as well as notes and stuff on day to day happenings.

I kinda thought blogs were too pretencious and way too voyeristic. But I started reading some blogs and kinda got into them. You get to know people…for good or bad, their philosophies, see how their days went…they can be addicting. So, here I am on the blog wagon. Yeehaw.

I got my own special little black book. I carry it with me everywhere. Nah…not THAT kind of little black book, but this really cool little spiral bound book. I love it. I’m bored, waiting, see something or someone interesting, or suddenly come up with an idea for somethng, I grab my little black book and pencil and sketch away. Most of what I’ll have here is from that (or THOSE) little black books.

This lady? She kinda started me off on a story. She works at the Pop Century Resort down here in Disney. Her outfit suddenly threw me into a day dream about a story set back in slave times Louisiana. Hate the outfit. Can you dress anyone in anything more drab? I tried to figure out the looks Disney was going for…I’m thinking either meanial house person/maid kinda look, or one of the mice from Cinderella. I dunno.

But ya gotta love Louisiana. See, I wanted to do a spooky story for Barry and Chloe for Halloween (THE best holiday ever in our house) and had nothing. Well, I started germinating this story, then I had to work in a gargoyle (love those!) and zombies.

My first color book, and fully watercolored book to boot, Dark Mischief, was born.

An early b&w sketch of one of the main characters.

Some preliminary sketches of Master Stephen, and another main character. I had a lady offer me $45 for this page. Darn it…if I didn’t like now I’d need it for the panel to panel stuff, I’d a done it!

Anyway, these are some more page thumbnail sketches and character designs from my notebook that I actually ended up using for the story.

I guess it’s rather like movies. You can’t have a movie set in New Orleans without it being mardi gras and some cliche’ parade going by. Well, the correlary to that in comics is you can’t do a story in Louisiana without zombies.

As for giving the story to Barry and Chloe for Halloween? Well, I think they got it around February of last year. Small oops there.

OH yeah…you can also order your own copy of Dark Mischief thru our own web site.

I had to have a bad priest in the story. He only appears on one panel, but he’s there. He looks different from this guy. I actually was trying to use Barry as the priest. A guy once told him that he’d make either a fantastic lawyer or televangelist.

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