Category Archives: Ink

Animal Battle // The Enemy (Pronghorn)

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The Enemy (Pronghorn)

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Another Beast of the Enemy (Fear).  I made a couple quick ink sketches before embarking on the final work to refine my super precise splatter techniques.  Kidding, of course, although I don’t know how I didn’t spray ink all over the negative spaces on accident.

I adapted this monster from a Pronghorn, which aren’t inherently evil creatures, but stick a few menacing lightening bolts and snorts that emit smoky tendrils into the picture and you’ve got a Creep on your hands.

ALSO – hey guys.  I’ve started collecting all of my Animal Battle soldiers in one place.  They look good hanging out together:  www.animalbattleart.com.

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Beehive

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What started as a quick brush pen drawing in my sketchbook later grew into this full color drawing.  Beehives, cat eyes, and forever smoking.  I think I’ve watched a few too many French films in the last couple days.

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Hogwarts

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I’ve been re-watching the Harry Potter movies and couldn’t help but think how much more awesome a bartender’s job would be if they had a magical wand.  More to come.

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Animal Battle // Fox

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This coming Spring I’ll be hosting my first solo show in quite a while.  I’ve been brewing a few ideas for about a year now, all surrounding the theme of Animal Battle.

In addition to lettering experimentation, I’ve been developing various animal soldiers in my sketchbook.  Initial sketches were quite violent, but I’m going to stray away from the bloodshed, as that’s not what this is really about.  Instead, my comrades will be armed with weapons of wood and indulge in frivolous costume.  Think Richard Scarry meets Lord of the Rings.

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Last night I made friends with a fox, who can be both sneaky and genteel.

I played around with some quick digital color too:

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Look for more colorful creatures in the coming months; my solo show will be opening at Pony Club Gallery in May!

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Lettering Love

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that some pretty awesome stuff has been going on lately.  Not only did the holidays bring family and friends, and lovely little trinkets like eyeball rings, but December also brought with it a Seattle adventure and big changes to my home studio.

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Jake Seattle

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Just before Christmas we made the short trip from PDX to Seattle to partake in a sold out show by Louis CK.  Was Louis CK good?  YES, YES HE WAS.

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I’d been in dire need of a computer upgrade when I finally bit the bullet and put in my order the newest, biggest, fanciest iMac yet.  It just delivered this week, and OH MYYYYYYYY is it magical!  It took a little while to get all my “old-timey” devices to work on the newest OS (these macs don’t even have disc drives anymore), but son, it’s worth every penny.

It’s hard to believe how much work was output from my durable little laptop, but I was really pushing it to its limits – files dragged, the motor constantly heaved, and that little rainbow ball of death would spin for eternity as it struggled to save my huge files.

No more – I shall wrap up the final files for Adult Babysitting: Volume II in style, soon to be at the printer.  AW YEAH

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And throughout it all, always drawing.  Lettering has been so satisfying with my fancy new brush pen, I just can’t stop experimenting in my sketchbook.

Stay tuned for more comics updates – there’s plenty to come in January!

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Pumping Small Iron

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“Physical fitness” was never my forté.  As a kid I was usually the last to cross the finish line for the mile run (typically ending in a gasping walk).  My bicycle is sitting in my garage, slowly collecting layers of dust.  Small inclines terrify me.  I am weak, my friends; the toughest muscle I have is my creative one.

But you know what?  I ain’t getting any younger.  And since it doesn’t appear that Portland will have a shortage of delicious foods and beer any time soon, it seemed about time I start leading a healthier lifestyle.  And what the hell would happen if the zombie apocalypse came?  I’d be in deep shit because I can do like ZERO cardio.  So, I joined a gym.  Ah.  Mah.  Gah.

Going to the gym has been hard, but weirdly addictive.  But also, it’s been pretty funny.  So naturally, I had to comic about it.

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Are those goals slightly unrealistic?  No?  I thought if you drew it, it came true.  Anyway, I’m really looking forward to my powerful right arm.

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Comic // Chat Rooms

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Ahhhhh…..AOL Chat rooms.  Hours of idle time squandered away with LOL’s  and inappropriate remarks from strangers.  ♫♫♫ meeeemmmories ♫♫♫

Other favorite chat rooms from that era usually included “Smashing Pumpkins” or “Ska vs. Punk”.  It wasn’t until five or so years later the Friendster began, then < MySpace < Facebook.  Prior to all this of course were words that were written by actual hands grasping actual pens or pencils on stuff called paper.  Does anyone pass old-timey notes in class anymore?

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Comic // Pre-Millenial

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Life was hard back in 1997.  It took a really long time to connect to the Internet, and then you couldn’t use the phone.  And there were only like, 110,000 websites to surf, and truthfully they were all kinda ugly.  But it was all worth it just to hear that AOL dude yell “WELCOME!” once you finally connected to the world wild web.

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The End

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Hand-lettering!  Maybe not blowing it?

Feast your peepers on my newest piece for:

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The End is a new group show opening at the Pony Club Gallery on Thursday, December 6th.  If you’re in the Portland area, stop by the gallery and check out great work by lots of local artists and illustrators.  BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS.

For first Thursday the Compound Gallery is also showcasing The End of the World, so if you’ve been craving an unhealthy dose of apocalyptic artwork, this is your special night.  You lucky dog.

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Sketchbookin’

Through all the projects I’ve been working on (official or self-created), I’ve still managed to spend a portion of time drawing in my sketchbook.  Once a reluctant sketchbook doodler, I now often find myself unable to resist the urge to draw.  This usually happens at, oh I don’t know, 1 AM on the couch when I should be sleeping, ignoring whatever I’ve got on Netflix.

Over the last couple years I’ve filled almost four sketchbooks.  Four!!  That may not seem a lot to your usual sketchbook junkie, but for me that’s astronomical.  Previously, I half-heartedly filled maybe OH I don’t know, one or two over ten years.  I was a lazy artist.

The thing is, even though I’ve become more busy in my creative career than ever, I’m drawing more than I ever have too.  Sketchbooks are an integral part of the creative process, and I can’t imagine not using one now.  A great deal of my finished works started as little scribbles in my sketchbook.  That’s right, little ugly, small scribbles.

Lately I’ve been fooling around with hand-lettering.  Or maybe I’ve been foolishly hand-lettering?  Like maybe I should put the pen down?  I’ve seen some hand-lettering by wizards that are so good I shudder; I think for now I’ll enjoy wallowing around in my Apprentice Level.

While watching the super creepy tv series American Horror Story, I discovered this beautiful font used for all the title sequences.  This typeface is based on the handwriting and lettering of early 20th century artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and it is art deco perfection.  Swoon!  Swooning all over the place.

I bet a certain somebody (self) will be using a similar font for a certain future project (wedding invites!).