My process for making a comic so far is pretty loose; I generally sketch out thumbnails to determine the layout and pacing, and most of the time the dialogue is in my head until I start lettering.
The following frame is only a part of the full comic; see the full comic at the end of this post.
I’ve been coloring digitally so far, which is sometimes as exhilarating as doing my taxes or as painful as slowly stabbing myself. Being more of a traditional artist, I often have to harass Jake for help doing things he probably does in his sleep, and more often than not I simply feel like a blindfolded toddler fumbling around in the dark.
But, the point is that I’m learning. Only a few years ago I knew exactly one keyboard command ( COMMAND + Z ) and I bitterly hated Photoshop. I started and finished this comic in one day, with 3/4 of my time definitely spent on coloring and noodling around in Photoshop. Soon I hope to spend much less time coloring.
But more importantly, working in Photoshop allows me to experiment more. There’s no take backs when working traditionally, and I may have ruined a number of panels since this is such a new medium for me. I was able to nail down the colors of Pink & Zephyr and fool around with different layouts simply by working in digital layers.
As for Pink & Zephyr, these simple scenario comics are a good way of exploring the different facets of their characters. Soon I’d like to put them in a time and a place, but not until I think I know them better. I’m pretty certain, however, that I love these little dudes.
Thanks for reading so far! Here is the full comic (I’ve posted to Tumblr, but I’m having sizing issues):
Posted in Character, Comic, Illustration, Process
Tagged Beer, Comics, digital, Hand-lettered, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Pink & Zephyr, Portland
Despite some mean & nasty weather, we had some brave souls join us last night for our monthly Drink & Draw. Here are a few dimly-lit sketchbook & beer photos.
Annnd here are the two sketches I came away with.
Last night was super fun and we’re looking forward to December’s Drink & Draw event. Hope to see ya there!
Happy two years to my most favorite drawing buddy. Youse the best.
As the site-build continues for Lemolo Baggage, I put together my own handmade contributions by lettering site headers & drawing Eli’s handsome mug (and faithful pup Louis).
These are the raw images, which will be edited down by Jake, refined, and made to look fancier for the site. However, it should be noted that Eli looks GQ and fancy without any editing.
We are super excited to launch the site – and when that finally happens, I’ll be sharing those results right here.
Posted in Hand-Lettering, Illustration, Lemolo, Portrait
Tagged Eagle + Wolf, Hand-lettered, Ink, Jake Hollomon, Lemolo Baggage, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Portrait
When Jake & I teamed up to create the logo for Head in Heart earlier this year, I already knew that the photographer behind the lens, Brittney Myers, was very talented.
But it wasn’t until I visited her blog again last week that I saw how much her talent has blossomed. It was this post in particular that really took my breath away – in it she perfectly captures a beautiful family during their day at the beach. Dudes, it’s amazing. If you don’t feel the love from the photos, you are probably an empty vessel of a human being.
Go see the full post here, and see more of Brittney’s gorgeous photography here – seriously, go!
Ink, Charcoal, & Watercolor on Paper
all images © Maryanna Hoggatt
Fountain is another piece I’ve just finished for my upcoming show at The Guardino Gallery, opening in February of 2012.
I’ll be showing this drawing, along with this one, this one, and this one – plus oh so many more. That I still need to draw. Oh God.
YEAAAAAHHHHH! Pink & Zephyr won’t be there, but we will.