Monday Links and News – 10.20.2014

I wrote about practice and routine in last week’s newsletter. They help, for sure, especially with muscle memory, in the case of drawing. Inktober is nearly over, and I’m seeing the benefit of working on drawings every day, especially before I work on my comics–they act as a good warm up. Not that I wasn’t drawing every day before Inktober. I was, but mainly quickly little sketches, nothing as planned out and finished as (some of) my Inktober drawings.

It does make me think I could crank out more comics than I do now (once a week), but, I’m not ready to increase my output. Yet. Inktober also made me think I was over-thinking my comics a bit, especially as I still work on getting used to drawing on my Surface Pro 3 and using Clip Studio Paint.

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BEE sure to read.

BEE sure to read.

Oh, Junior Bee.

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Monday Links and News – 10.13.2014

“Do the work,” was the theme of last week’s newsletter And boy howdy, have I been working.  Inktober, blogging, making comics, and starting a new novel.

Or rather, started. Yes, I started a new novel last week. I got the idea about a year ago, and it wouldn’t stop bouncing around in my head. Out! Out! Get on the page!

I prepared for about a week, but finally dove in last Monday or Tuesday. Preparing is good and all, but the best novel prep-work is starting to write. Ideas flow once you start to do the work, speaking from experience. I have a rough outline, and a word count in mind (just north of 80 thousand words).

I’m still sending my second finished novel, Riddle of the White Gun, to agents–but this is not keeping me from starting a third (or fourth, or fifth depending on what drafts of White Gun I’m counting, along with other books).

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semantics comic

Uh oh.

Dangerous food is afoot.

Blog PostAmazon Enigmas: Dog Halloween Costumes 2014

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Monday Links and News – 10.06.2014

A new month, a new thing to do.

Inktober, is the thing I’m talking about. The idea is you ink a drawing each day for the month of October–get it? I like a creative challenge, especially those which don’t cost me anything (I’m looking at you, Yachtember).

inktober ghost

Ghoooost.

Inktober also gives me an excuse to play around with different pens and see how they compare. Fun times. All of my Inktober posts can be read here. I may not post the drawings each day, but I will draw them each day (a fan already offered to buy all 31 drawings) and get them online eventually.

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dog comic

Dog comic!

Blog Post2014 Convention Year Wrap-Up, Part One

What I learned in my first year selling comics at conventions, Part One.

Blog Post2014 Convention Year Wrap-Up, Part Two

Part Two, now with more lists of random tips and advice I picked up.

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Monday Links and News – 09.30.2014

Looking for a new shirt? I added a new design to my Society6 shop last week.

no filter fox shirt

I’m a shirt!

Like most of my wares on Society6, you can get this as a print and other fun things too (hopefully by the time this publishes, I’ll have the coffee mug and pillows available).

You can pick from different colors for the shirt (and other clothing). I recommend the green above, as it matches the background of the poster I made.

This print actually started as poster for my artist alley table at GrandCon. I drew it on my Surface (using Clip Studio Paint). The upside to creating the poster digitally (and at 24″ x 36″ too) was the ease of adding it to Society6 as a print (and shirt). This was my first all digital item, as my other shirts and merchandise were scans of comics or watercolor sketch cards.

I want to try making more prints/merch this way, and soon. Maybe I’ll come up with something for Halloween?

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comic

Uh oh.

It is comedy night on the Death Star and we get to hear the classic fall-back joke of Imperial comedians.

Going over how I did at GrandCon in Grand Rapids. GrandCon featured a strong gaming focus, which presented a new learning experience (and really made me wish I was there as a fan, so I could play all the games).

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Monday Links and News – 09.22.2014

GrandCon happened. Oh, did it ever. I will try to write-up a full recap, but in short I did pretty well. My sketch cards were a big seller again.

The best part? I don’t have a show to prepare for now. The last few weeks were all ‘GO-GO-GO’ as I got ready for GrandCon. I was either working on prints or watercolor postcards (basically my sketch cards, just twice as big).

With GrandCon over, and not attending a show until 2015, I can focus on a few projects. First, updating this site to better showcase some of my cartooning (with some sort of gallery option). Second, work on a new illustration for my Society6 shop. Now that I can create a digital image easily on my Surface Pro 3, there’s no reason not to experiment and try selling some new items.

I also need to add my watercolor post cards to my Storenvy store.

One thing at a time though.

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Oh, Tickles.

Oh, Tickles.

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