Friday, December 30, 2011

The Nest!

"Our only goal is to bleed dragons white!"
-- commander of the Associated Human Armies.

The longest battle during The TreeWorld’s Great Argument between men and dragons lasted for three hundred days.
It is named, The Nest.  
 The Nest is the battle for the dragon’s breeding ground.  
 The human objective was to wipe out The Nest to break the dragon’s wills and hearts, but the dragon’s rebuilt The Nest into a series of fortified lairs.  
 Almost every being fought here and the battle turned into a static bloodbath because both sides were too stubborn to retreat.
The versatile 75mm "DragonPuncher" could be pulled into position by horses, soldiers, or dwarves.

This is the last known image of the "Lost Battalion" of ammunition carriers.

The battle ended when The Great Argument ended when the treaty was signed.
A similar battle with similar attitudes occurred here in 1916.

Perry, the adventuring Guinea Pig had a role to play in this battle, and I will tell that story
in the next YETS! chapter.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas present

This is why I draw and teach about The YETS!
from Scott and that is his character, Roki. 
Roki loves cheese.

Merry Christmas, folks.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Origins Con 2012 art-part 1

Origins gaming convention  has their on-site schedule book
and they commission art for the various convention activities
so this will be the art for the "Seminars" section!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Comics Revue

I was asked to do a cover for Comics Revue  here is the initial sketch:
Changes were made so the drawing would contain only their published comic strips, and here is the result.
I'll post the final piece when it's completed.

Friday, November 18, 2011

More tests

I got busy doing the Yets! pages and a personal commission that I didn't get a chance to scan them, so here is a couple of tests I did with acrylics & watercolors on bristol board.

I'll post a Yets! page next week.

Friday, November 11, 2011

It begins...

Here is the beginning of a new four page story.
I started working on my new computer so I have to redevelop a system doing the scanning and lettering.
Here is my test with the art for the first panel.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Don't move, you got a Piranah on yer' nose!

...and for all of the ancient wisdom the Yets have,
they don't know much about our natural world.

Monday, October 31, 2011


There's nothing magical about producing a comic book and it doesn't matter if it is 24 pages or 128 pages in length.  It is just a matter of scheduling a time to work on it or just leaping in at the last spare moments of a day.

I'm gearing up for the latest YETS! book and there's nothing much to show while I'm writing it, unless you want to see a bunch of words.  So here's photos of the process.
There's nothing magical about it, I keep my expenses low.
I even use notebooks and pencils I bought at back-to-school sales.
I sketch each page with balloons and write dialogue outside the panels,
and I write the page number in the upper left corner.
I label (scribble...) the notebooks with the titles of stories.
The "Dental Story" was in YETS! #3
and "Is It Morning Yet?" and "Another Story Yet"  were in YETS! #2
These titles are just working titles so I have them labeled. 
During times like this  I spend sketching ideas to put in the stories because I feel like I'm not doing anything productive.  Also drawing helps to stir up other ideas.
So I started designing background characters for this story.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


First, I got my comments working again!  I can communicate with you folks!
When I was in San Diego I went to the DickBlick artstore (before the convention started so the still were stocked!) and bought a sketckbook to try out it's named "Strathmore Visual Journal".  It's only 3.5"x5"  
but it was only $1.50!

 Below is a study from Bill Presig.
It's filled with 56 sheets of 100lb. smooth Bristol and it's great for inking, watercolor & acrylics.  

Then while I was at a local school for an art council meeting, I sketched the other council members.
I try not to be seen doing it, because it might seem rude not paying attention, or the subjects get self conscious!

I hope life stays calm so I can work on the new YETS! book.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

AdventureTime in SanDiego!

The adventure in SanDiego Comicon!
...traveling is always fun with new companions like Suze Gil!
Then setting up.  The purple book was drawn by fourth grade students.
Here is where I was located in the convention hall. This was in front of the bayside entrance.
Then meeting old friends like former student Jahlil.
He designed the animation for jellyfish creatures in Avatar.
Matt Groening
Stan Sakai and his beautiful wife
Ahokia and her mom, Ahokia creates soft sculptures and puppets besides taxidermy and costuming.
She might do a Yet puppet.....someday.
Even Perry got out and found adventures!
I think he likes her.
I don't know if you are a big fan of sitting through somebody's vacation photos so 
that's all I will show for now.
More art is coming up!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Last ConDor painting for 2012

Just another quick post with the finished ConDor 2012 design.
Classic 1912 Men In Black
"100 years of saving civilization from the Apocalypse through higher technology!"

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation

Yea, try to pronounce that title, really fast!

I was asked at Dragon*Con to donate art for a trading card to this organization .
So I did two cards because the art is so small and the cause is so great.
I actually got out real watercolors, and it's nice to go back to traditional ways.

The convention that these were auctioned at is here.

Friday, September 23, 2011

ConDor 2012

I would have posted earlier, but I had to clear away the two month layer of dust! 
How do blogs accumulate dust?
Anyway this week I am finishing art for ConDor 2012.  
They only wanted one piece of art.
They accepted all three pieces of art, with this year's theme of "Men-In-Black"
 This one I'll be painting this week. 

Michael Whelan gave some good advice at Dragon*Con, he said always do that best that 
you can on every job.  

I'd like to add to that Chief Engineer Montegomery Scott's advice, "...and a wee bit more."

Monday, July 18, 2011


Well, after this week I can start blogging again.
I've had weddings, conventions, and teaching to do and that has left me with little or no time to do anything else.
I do have photos from the conventions and that's what I'll be posting.
Meanwhile I will be at Comicon International in San Diego this week so here is an interview I did in Detroit in May.

I tend to say, "um" a lot....I'll work on changing that.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fan art!

When I was at Pittsburgh Comicon in April, Joshc Lyman drew this and gave it to me.
Joshc can be found on Facebook here.
He draws some amazing cartoons!
Then in the Detroit MotorCity Comicon, Joshua Buchanan drew this picture of Perry.
His website is here. Josh draws the comic strip "Rocket".

I have to admit that idon't get a lot of fan art, but when I do it is the BEST!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Yet more Comments

I'm having problems posting my comments here, but I'm working on it.
So....thanks for the kind words!

Friday, May 27, 2011


Here are some random doodles...

I need practice drawings of humans and background characters .

Some more practice for background people.
I got lazy so you can still see the edges of my sketchbook.