I’m working on some more designs that support my Dee’s Dream comics. Above is my latest one. A print of this will be available just in time for National Bike Month. I also have another design in progress right now. Expect an update super soon.
Bryan and I collaborated on this very funny comix zine Blueberry Boy of Asbury Park. It is debuting on this Saturday at the Asbury Park Comic Con! Pick it up. Bryan and I will both be there with our comics and art. Here is some pages of our zine:
Bryan makes comics about martial arts. Here are some examples of his work:
I just finished this illustration from the non profit project Comix Gone Rogue. It is a cover of a Youngblood cover (actually the comic that inspired me is called Awesome Youngblood #1). It is a portrait of the character Suprema. Here it is…
I took some snapshots to document the of the progress of my work. I think would be good idea share them, so people can gain insight on the way a I work. I wish I took a couple more photos, like one of just the pencil work, but here is what I have.
Here is a photo of the pencil work being inked.
This is what the project looked like after it was inked and he pencil lines have been erased.
This is what the cover looked like when it was almost near complete. I did make some changes since this point. In my rendition, Suprema reminds me of Xena:Warrior Princess.
There. Those were the photos I wanted to show you about the process of my cover piece for Comix Gone Rogue. More blog posts soon.
It is time for me to go to the art supply shop and get a new sketchbook. I’m reflecting upon the book I most recently used up. My sketchbook is like my personal journal. Much like Kurt Cobain, I think the thought of someone going through my personal journal would be distressing. There are things in there I really don’t care to share. However, I thought sharing these pages would be a good idea…
I already posted this one, but it is from the same book.
Happy full moon, everyone! As synchronicity would have it, I have been working on a full moon illustration for an upcoming cover for a Dee’s Dream zine. I created a few different colored themes. I’m wondering which one I like the best… If you want to share your thoughts about which combination of color is best, please message me at your earliest convenience.
In the 70′s and 80′s, graffiti was extremely common in major cities like New York. As the act became increasingly associated with crime, police heightened surveillance of street art. Still, little tags can be seen almost everywhere you look, including bigger pieces that make quite an impact. While some citizens clearly aren’t fans of graffiti, others are glad that these anonymous artists are being generous enough to create free, original artwork for the public.
There are many female pioneers who painted the way for women in the mysterious world of street art. Unsurprisingly, many of the amazing graffiti writers originate from right here in New York City. Recently, vibevixen.com put together a list of NYC’s most influential spray-painting ladies and we’d like to share this list of the list of these creators along with some more info, links, and videos.
Barbra 62 and Eva 62
This legendary tag-team duo was one of the first female street artist pairs. Barbra 62 has been tagging the streets since the seventies, while Eva 62 began in the eighties. Not too much is known about these mysterious women, but one of their best know exploits involved spray-painting a boy’s shower room at DeWitt Clinton, an all-boys high school in the Bronx.
Claw, AKA Claw Money, is from Queens; her standout tag is a bear claw that looks very chubby, cute, and feminine. These days, she runs her own fashion line, creates original design, and writes books. Check out what she’s up to on her site:clawmoney.com.
Lady Pink & Lady Heart
These two ladies are known for the intense colors on the artwork they sprayed in the 80′s. Lady Pink is also one of the few women who made an appearance in the classic hip-hop movie Wild Style. She earned the title “Queen of Graffiti of New York” and continues to create art to this day.
Swoon is based out of Brooklyn. Her work is a hybrid of spray paint, paper cut-outs, and wheatpasting. People tend to describe her work as melancholy, often depicting hardship. Currently, she works on large installations and exhibits internationally.
Ms Maggs had a very influential role in graffiti in the 90′s. She’s best known for potent burners (essentially a very nice piece of work that includes bright colors) and bubbly roller letters. Her full story still remains a mystery.
Toofly began doing graffiti on her way to school when she was a teen growing up in Queens. She was heavily influenced by calligraphy and illustration, and in the 90′s, began making her style more concrete and creating her own characters. She became incredibly popular, but remained true to her roots. A few years ago, she co-founded the art collective Younity. She also runs her own fashion line, and has had her work appear in various books and magazines. Check out her website: tooflynyc.com.
Ellen Lindner with Strumpet 2 at Hypothetical Island
It was a cold and windy night when I went over to cartoonist Ellen Lindner’s studio, located in a building called Hypothetical Island in Brooklyn, NY. Lindner wrote and illustrated the excellent graphic novel Undertow, and edits the international all-women’s comics anthology The Strumpet. These are all books I enjoy and would recommend, for the record. Ellen is a long-time subscriber of BUST Magazine, too—it’s one of her favorites. Continue reading →
This Saturday is the fourth annual Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. The event is free to the public, and promotes alternative comics artists and publications. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about comics, and pick up some radical zines and prints, directly from the artists or publishers themselves. I have been to the Fest twice and both times were filled really amazing experiences. Continue reading →