Friday, December 14, 2018

Statement

This is an art blog, but I do sometimes talk about the Catholic Faith. It being the truth of reality, I must recognize it in all I do and strive to express it in my art, toward the glory of God.

The Catholic Church is in turmoil presently. Revelations of the extent of sodomite activity in the clergy, the proliferation of the Kasperite heresy, and the continuation of the Modernist heresy are all scandalizing the faithful. Many contradictory statements made by putative Pope Francis, some of them heretical, do untold damage.

I am not here stating my opinion on the validity of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, but I am stating the following, which is a certainty:

If you believe Pope Benedict XVI's resignation to be valid, you should refer to him as Joseph Ratzinger.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

My favorite things

Here's an old drawing, done when I was three years of age:

My mother wrote what I told her.

Still fairly accurate. Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Like a lark who is learning to pray

Sophia Institute Press has come out with a new edition of Around the Year with the VonTrapp Family by Maria von Trapp, on whom The Sound of Music was based. It features design elements and cover illustration drawn by me!


I based that little house there on the main facade of the real Trapp estate.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Behold! Bovodar and the Bears in color


The color version of the group portrait of the heroes of the upcoming graphic novel Bovodar and the Bears by Jack Mikkelson, art by Mary MacArthur, based on the young adult fantasy novel of the same name.

Most comics these days are colored digitally; with very few exceptions I don't do digital, so with my other graphic novel project I'm doing pencils and inks and there will be a colorist, but with this, my visions from reading the book were such that I wanted control of the color too, so I determined to learn a traditional method that would produce fairly simple, flat colors that would reproduce well. So I went with gouache!

And to keep the blacks of the inking pure black, I did not paint on the same page that I inked, but traced the outlines onto another piece of paper and painted that, and combined the two digitally. I think it turned out well!

Bovodar and the Bears is a really amazing story, whimsical and heroic. I don't know when the graphic novel will be finished and released, but please look forward to it, and in the meantime you can get the novel here!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Behold! Bovodar and the Bears in black and white


Character group portrait for the upcoming Bovodar and the Bears graphic novel by Jack Mikkelson! Front and center is our hero, Bovodar Yarkery! Soon will come this picture in color, and I look forward to announcing when the comic itself will be approaching!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

T-Bird & Throttle mini-review

Art by Josh Howard
I just read Issue 1 of T-Bird & Throttle by Josh Howard, one of the many recent independent comic crowdfund efforts. This one caught my eye because of the clean, cartoonish style combined with violent and tragic subject matter -- read the first few pages here to see what I mean.

People often complain of comics, books, and shows being too dark, and they have a point, especially when the protagonist wallows in that darkness, being immoral and unlikeable themselves. But that's not the case here. I like stories dark as long the hero is fighting the darkness. Despite everything, Mitch Maddox, a.k.a. T-Bird, is striving with all his might to be a worthy hero and father. Awesome characters who are fathers are something there should be lots, lots more of.

I also really like "parasitically" super-powered heroes, the primary exemplar being the third Blue Beetle, my favorite superhero of all. The first issue already has a lot of dramatic threads going, present-day resonance without dated preaching, and character complexity. Really makes one want to know more!

The crowdfund stage is complete, but I think you can still get it with "InDemand," on Indiegogo.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Clockwork Dancer preview

Jon Del Arroz, author of the steampunk comic Clockwork Dancer on which I am working, posted this page as a preview, so I thought I'd show it off too!