Archive | August, 2010

Mini Comics and Jams

29 Aug

If you are reading this, live in Chicago, and can get over to Humboldt Park at 5pm on a Wednesday night then you should come to my “Mini Comics and Jams” class. I teach it at Rumble Arts which is a great community arts center located at 3413 W. North Ave. Classes are donation based but if you are broke do not worry, I’d love to have you there anyways. Bring along your friends too.

Classes are generally pretty small so we go over whatever you want to learn. If you have no idea where to start with making a mini-comic I’ll point you in a direction and we can go from there. Sometimes the entire class will be devoted to just creating comic jams which are spontaneous group-made comic strips that often turn out surreal and hilarious. No drawing experience is necessary. This is not a drawing class but rather we go over processes you can use to create comics.

Details:

Mini Comics and Jams @ Rumble Arts 3413 W. North Ave.

Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm. The first time you come you may want to come a few minutes early to register.

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cold cold ground

25 Aug

Another band I would like to do an animation for is Tangleweed. They are a Chicago bluegrass band. I met the bass player when I worked at a coffee shop and I truly enjoy their music. They also hired me to create a couple coloring books for them (see my first blog post). The song that I am most drawn to is called “Mississippi Trashboat” and would love to work on that one. They do not have a video up for that song but it is from this album. Also, Mississippi Trashboat is based on a true story!

See also:

A sample page of the Tangleweed coloring book I created.

happy weird

25 Aug

I was checking out the Free Music Archive tonight and came across this great French band Vialka. I was getting tons of ideas for an animation while I was listening to them. Their music is strange and experimental with happy overtones and a hint of darkness which I think works w/ my art style. The song I really want to animate is called 100% Hello. I was breaking down the song into parts and it goes kind of like this: Ya-hoo gypsy ya-hoo noise-ish kazoo piano flying up funky weird opera w/ beats whirlwind.

Color Me Contest!

21 Aug

Ok here it is! One of the pages from my coloring book entitled Ornaglyphology.  I wanted to have a coloring contest so my favorite coloring job will win a small custom portrait! The deadline will be October 21st. You can download and print it out at flickr. When you are done coloring post it on flickr tagged with OrnaglyphCB (or email it to me: info@ornaglypholgy.com and I can post it for you). And remember kids, the sky does not have to be blue and you don’t have to color inside the lines!

See Also:

A little elbow grease (and lots of fun) gets you a free e-book

7 Reasons why you should be coloring

As my eyes are about to fall out of their sockets

As my eyes are about to fall out of their sockets….

20 Aug

Coloring Book Cover

Every day for the past week I have been coming home from my day job to sit in front of the computer to: scan pages, edit the images in Photoshop, edit them again in Illustrator, design a cover and back cover and upload everything to Lulu. Phew!

Well this is a peek at the front cover of the coloring book! I spent hours yesterday on this thing. Not to mention I pretty much taught myself how to use Illustrator. I LOVE using Live Trace.

I’m pretty happy with how this came out. I think it screams  “HEY I”M A COLORING BOOK!!!!!”. Right?

Sometime this week I am planning on putting up a free sample page and will also give you readers the link to my lulu shop where you will be able to purchase a hard copy or an e-book as promised.

Now I am going to pass out and prepare myself for the day job (which consists of more staring at a computer all day).

The coloring book is now available to purchase here.

See Also:

Color Me Contest!

A little elbow grease (and lots of fun) gets you a free e-book

7 reasons why you should be coloring

Repeat

10 Aug

Since I haven’t scanned any part of the new projects I’m working on I thought I would post this video by my good friend Kelly Pelka, with music by Jim Shea. She alternates between images of her mixed-media artworks and photography.  It’s a great use of video to showcase her awesome art! Check it out!