Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Continuing on, Learning to ink digitally.

April 25th, 2013

I’ve been very impressed in the little bit of time I’ve had to mess about with Manga Studio. The inking tools are simply amazing to me. As I continue to experiment, the results are getting closer and closer to what my inks look like when done on paper. Except I have the advantage of not ever over inking. I go too far, a series of ctl+z button presses and I’m back. Which is a real time saver, hopefully it won’t become a crutch moving forward.

Anyway, a friend of mine, I’ve known for seemingly forever (He has stories of teenage me, I have to speak nicely of him) Steve McAllister of McAllister Illustration was nice enough to recently send me a sketch to work from. I was interested to see what I could do with these tools over someone else’s lines. Check him out when you have a second, he’s good people and honestly has been since before we were barely old enough to rate as people.

Here’s the final result of what he sent over:


Process Work, Research, Scribbles

Dabbling with 100% digital approach to drawing.

April 2nd, 2013


Sketch done entirely in Manga Studio EX4.

As has been the case for quite a while there really isn’t any of my *real* work I can show off just yet. BUT I have used some down time to start learning Manga Studio. It appears to be quite a robust digital tool. With some of the most intuitive inking tools I’ve seen.

Looking forward to learning/showing more than this super rough head shot.

Characters I Dig, Research, Scribbles

So Dagwood, Popeye, and Mandrake the Magician split the atom…

February 8th, 2013

Here’s a page with an absolute smattering of classic comic strip characters going on about atom smashing!


And here’s where you can go to see the complete book page by page. (Above image found originally there)

Thanks to The Ephemerist for posting this in its’ entirety!


Kid’s Atomic Energy Lab!

February 7th, 2013

I stumbled across a number of write ups on this toy set that was offered between 1950-51. Nevermind the fact that if you calculate for inflation this wonder of wonders cost the equivalent of $500.

The kids lucky enough to have parents that could afford this, would’ve had their access to multiple radioisotopes and their very own Geiger counter! And a booklet for prospecting for your own source of Uranium!


I found this here blog which not only has a number of amazing Atomic Age toys it is an amazing depository of of the history of atomic energy! I’m glad my own beard doesn’t require ATOMIC Razorblades to shave. Give them a look it’s well worth it.


Science Martyrs.

January 4th, 2013

Study Drawing

March 8th, 2012


Been hard at work behind the scenes. Hopefully I’ll be able to start sharing more soon.

This is a study drawing for an element of a piece I’m working on currently.

Process Work, Research, Scribbles

Recent Reading

August 20th, 2011

Bloody April Cover

This was a pretty fascinating account of the differing objectives of what would be the first air war the world had ever known. Specifically in this case focusing on the battle being waged in the skies during the Battle of Arras. Much of it in the participants own words. These men were on the absolute bleeding edge of technology making up the rules as they went along.

Comics, Recent Reading, Research, Steam War

Recent Reading

May 19th, 2011

Dymaxion Car

December 16th, 2009

In 1933 three prototypes of this vehicle were produced. The vehicle reportedly could reach 128 mph, seat 11, and did 30 mpg. A mishap during the World’s Fair involving a crash that resulted in the death of the driver put a big damper on financing, and the car was never put into production.

“Does the individual have the courage to really go along with the truth?” – Buckminster Fuller

Lost Futures, Projects, Research