Tuesday, July 7, 2020

St. Agricola coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

St. Agricola was bishop of Avignon. Once he warded off a swarm of cranes which would've ruined the crops.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

St. Melchizedek coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

Melcizedek, Priest-King of Salem, offered bread and wine in a prefigurement of the Eucharist. Today is the Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus! St. Melchizedek's day is August 26.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

St. Lydia coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

St. Lydia was a cloth merchant who gave shelter to St. Paul, whose feast it is today! Her day is August 3. 

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Monday, June 29, 2020

St. Hedwig/Jadwiga coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 2, which contains saints for every single day of July through December. It's available here or from Amazon.

St. Hedwig, or Jadwiga, was king of Poland. That's right, she was officially "king" even though she was a woman, or girl rather, at her coronation she was 12 years old! Her day is July 17.

Volume 1, which has January-June, is available here.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume Two


Happy octave day of the Sacred Heart! I was happy to hear that Jesus with His Sacred Heart exposed would be the central figure on the cover of the second volume of The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, which is now available here or on Amazon!

(It's actually been available for a while now, but I missed posting because I've been offline for the past couple weeks for my sister's wedding!)

It has illustrations by me and text by Anna Maria Mendell, and includes saints for every single day of July, August, September, October, November, and December.

I'll be sharing samples of a few of the pages over the next few days, and Volume One, which has January-June, may be bought here or here.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika plans


My webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, has just reached its first milestone, the conclusion of Part I - Forest! If you've been reading it, thank you very much! If you haven't, you can do so here.

There will be an interim before I start posting Part II, but I will not be spending that time not working on Paper Doll Veronika, nosiree! (As well as all my collaborative projects, thank you for your patience) Here are my plans to expand it during this time:

Firstly, I will build up a buffer of prepared comics for Part II. As you may have been able to tell, I was frequently riding last minute with the updates.

I will go back and add unique ornamentation to each chapter cover;

I will prepare bonus materials, some of which will be for all to see:

- More chapter bonus art
- More character profiles
- Character portraits

And some will be for Paper Doll Club members (I'll also put together some graphics to describe and promote membership):

- The first of seven short "Animal Story" comics, about what the creatures are doing back at the mansion;
- Printable paper dolls of special characters Rosila and Burton;
- Printable outfits that have been featured in the comic, plus others;
- Complete gallery of backgrounds;
- Outfit-themed bonus art; and
- An ongoing map of Veronika's journey.

And that's what I want to do with that. By the way, I stumbled across a little sort-of review of Paper Doll Veronika! Very exciting to see!

I readily admit the criticism has legs, especially when it comes to being unclear what was happening with the tree. Clarity of movement is definitely something for me to concentrate on improving! And I'm so glad they enjoyed it overall!

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 24, "For want of the odious mountain" is posted, and this concludes Part I, "Forest".
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

There will be an interim between this and Part II, with many expansive plans for that time. I'll post more information about those plans shortly!

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, May 29, 2020

A glimpse of a world of bears and wolves


Writer Jack Mikkelson a.k.a. Laramie Hirsch has posted some fascinating background on these bears and the world in which they dwell:
Taking a break from the world’s insanity, let’s escape to that favorite world of mine—the one where an ancient wolf was given power by the very angels, shortly before their eternal imprisonment and Man’s expulsion from the Garden. Let’s return to a world that serves as a prison for this being, who endowed with powers beyond our reach, is both demigod and emperor of his corner of the universe. We return to this place, locked away and kept from men, but ruled by animals and all manner of beasts who, unnaturally ensouled and endowed with speech, go about their lives oblivious to whatever cataclysms may shape our Earth.
Read more here.

Honestly, it truly reminds me of Tolkien, but a more earthy, frontier milieu. The first novel of this world, Bovodar and the Bears, is available in both paperback and for Kindle, and the graphic novel adaptation is underway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dandar Farles Tapperbear


Another character introduction panel from the in-progress graphic novel adaptation of Bovodar and the Bears by Jack Mikkelson, this is Dandar, grandson of Urgor, and his symbolic background is storm clouds.

The novel on which this comic is based is available in both paperback and ebook!

To get updates on our progress, sign up for the newsletter here!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Urgor Tapperbear


This is Urgor Tapperbear, from Bovodar and the Bears by Jack Mikkelson. For this character introduction panel I was told to use artistic freedom, so I gave it a background of oak leaves, which I think make a good symbol for this bear.

The comic book is in progress, and the novel on which it's based is available in both paperback and ebook!

To get updates on our progress, sign up for the newsletter here!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 23, "The Standard of Defeat", is posted!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

This year's pysanky



I'm getting better at it. This year I switched from a plastic kistka to a traditional one, and that made it a lot easier to keep the lines smooth. I'd like to make them year round!

Happy Ascension!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 21, "Battle of the Branches", is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Some suspicious characters appear!

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 22, "Battle of the Branches" has begun!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It's a rather small update, I'm afraid. I'm very behind on things and disorganized right now. I'll try to catch up in the beginning of next week and make a buffer, as well as get up to speed on other projects before I have to go away for a while.

Paper Doll Veronika updates every Friday (occasionally Saturday). I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika second animated page


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 21, "It all comes down to a jumping contest", is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

I said there would be more animated pages!

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Frog Alley Submersion


Bonus art for my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika.

I've been planning this one for a long time, as it's directly inspired by and modeled after a lake nearby where I swim in summer. I'm very happy with how it turned out. I wasn't sure at first whether to have Sibyl or Veronika, and went with Sibyl mostly because her color scheme fits in more, but since she lives nearby, she may have gone a-swimming there. It's all watercolored paper from which I then cut out the pieces.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 21, "It all comes down to a jumping contest", has begun!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

An antique Easter card from my collection.


The crocuses are finally up. 
It's been a very difficult winter and Lent, but here's hope things are turning around. 
Jesus, Risen Lord, have mercy on us!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Perpetual Vigil II process

The process for my Perpetual Vigil II picture:

The sketch. The altar is more detailed in the actual anime, but I had limited references.

I first laid down the lighting in Prismacolour and Mexpy markers.

For the local color, I wanted to use these Caran D'Arche watersoluble crayons my grandmother recently gave me. I'd only used them once before.

I lightly colored with the crayons in mixed layers...
And then went over it with a waterbrush. It was a bit nerve-wracking but satisfying to see how it blended! 
And then I shaded a bit more with black India ink and went over the outlines in brown marker for the final result.

Happy Holy Saturday! Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Prisoner of Love, have mercy on us.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 20, "Unexpected Attack", is complete.
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

Paper Doll Veronika returns to regular updates today; no irreverence is intended. That gold and silver one is by no means the most noble tree.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Perpetual Vigil II


I needed to draw another picture of Marina in the cathedral because everything I said on the picture I did last year is exponentially more applicable now.

I wanted this one to be able to be seen, if not fully understood, by those who haven't yet watched all of Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle's Mystery-Solving File, so if you have watched it, or you don't mind knowing its revelations ahead of time, last year's picture, with an extensive explanation of the Eucharistic parallel, is here and I'll keep the description on this one spoiler-free, and just say I use the love between Marina and her husband as a reflection to help one understand the relation of the soul and Christ in the Eucharist.

It's obvious that what I said there about Jesus in the Eucharist as the Prisoner of Love has all the more relevance now, when the lay faithful are cut off from being with Him in His Sacrifice, with the suspension of public Mass in several countries. I have to say I disagree strongly with this decision. I am not one of those who thinks Corona is no big deal, but even if it be the worst plague in history, the Mass is more essential than anything in the world.

I do acknowledge this is a matter of prudence, something on which Catholics can disagree in good faith, but I am firm in my stance on the matter: I do not think it is a good decision. It would be far better to do as the bishops of Poland said: increase the number of Masses so that the congregations will be smaller; and to emphasize that the sick, infirm, and their caretakers are exempted, and that it is not necessary for everyone, or in fact anyone except the priest, who attends to receive Holy Communion.

In many places, fortunately, there is still Eucharistic exposition and adoration. (I would like to draw an additional picture for the places where it is prevented.) We may not be with Him in His Sacrifice, we may not receive Him, but we can be as close as we can to Him where He is contained, and love Him in silence until He is no longer imprisoned.

Pray that God bring the maximum good out of this situation, and please pray for my sister, that she not be put in a situation like Marina's--not analogously, but literally--please pray that her wedding, planned for June, is not obstructed.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Repost: Mary Magdalene's Perfume Bottle


Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said: Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the purse, carried the things that were put therein. Jesus therefore said: Let her alone, that she may keep it against the day of my burial. For the poor you have always with you; but me you have not always.
I wanted to repost this drawing I did last year of this scene from today's gospel, and focus on Judas. I am very much pleased with my choice to portray him clad as a modern cardinal bishop, (he was indeed a bishop, you know) with a certain pectoral cross.

Catholics can disagree in good faith about the prudence of barring the laity from attendance at Mass during this time. But for those bishops who are forbidding confessions and baptisms, even in danger of death... there is no other possible explanation but malice. They are the successors of Judas.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Batman must end


As one who loved the story of Batman, I have to say I am not upset at the prospect of DC Comics suffering great financial loss, perhaps even collapsing. For the sake of the honest workers who will lose their livelihoods, I am sorry; but for those who vainly disfigure the story to flatter themselves and their racial and sexual idols, and for the sake of the story itself, I am glad.

It needs to stop.

Every story must have an ending. Even if it, like Batman, is one of these legends that can be adapted and re-imagined to a certain extent, it needs limits. Limits give definition and without definition, a thing is meaningless. Better Batman end forever than become an ugly Chinese ladyboy.

At first I had no interest in superheroes, then I liked Batman, then all of DC, and for a time I had absolutely no interest in any other superhero set. But then came One Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Arkhaven, and Flying Sparks, and I realized that the genre merits more than one multiverse. And now it is beginning to look like new, independent superhero stories may be the only way the genre will survive. I do think it is worth making survive. There are those who, when faced with corruption that the SJWs and perverts and communists have wrought to pieces of culture, argue that it was always no good anyway. Is it sour grapes or is it the refusal to value anything that isn't absolutely faultless? I don't know. But I don't think it's the right position. If there was nothing there that could be any good, the wicked would not have bothered to corrupt it. I've said before, a superhero should be one who stands ready at all times to sacrifice himself to protect the innocent. The deconstructors turned them into "edgy" psychotics and "representational" perverts because they don't believe in that. But we should.

Jon Del Arroz is one of those making this happen. He has a good post about all this and a list of all his comics here. I do have a dog in this fight, as Clockwork Dancer is drawn by me. It's not superhero though, at least not yet.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

ArsFidelis stickers


Yesterday I received these stickers of St. Jean Vianney and the Blessed Virgin I bought from Myra Wilton at ArsFidelis Designs. They look and seem real nice; I still have to decide what to stick them on.

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Christ the King and other coloring pages in Little Flower Activity Book

High-res version available in the Little Flower Activity Book

Update: Miss Gieralt has gotten so many submissions to the project that she decided to separate it into two activity books, one religious and one non-religious. My pages are in the religious one, The Little Flower Activity Book. The non-religious Joyful Activity Book is here.

Aleksandra Gieralt is putting together an activity book of coloring pages, paper dolls, and pretty things by several artists for the amusement and uplifting of, particularly, people undergoing quarantine.

You can find it here, with three coloring pages of mine which were in the Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book but not used for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints: Christ the King, Our Lady of Atonement, and the Holy Name of Mary.

Enjoy, and hold fast to Christ amid these trials of pestilence and interdict!

Art by Aleksandra Gieralt

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

From today's Matins


When they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another. And, a while afterward, He said: “When ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, stand in the Holy Place, whoso readeth, let him understand, then let them which be in Judaea flee unto the mountains; let him which is on the house-top not come down to take anything out of his house; neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.” 
-St. Athanasius
The stupidity of the Pharisees and Scribes is something extraordinary. They rebuke the Son of God because He doth not observe the traditions and commandments of men for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. It behoveth us to cleanse, not the hands of the body, but the hands of the soul, namely, our works, that we may do the commandments of God. But He answered and said unto them Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? He meeteth here their false accusation by a true. “How,” saith He, “do ye, who pass over the commandments of God, in order to keep to the traditions of men, hold that My disciples are to be rebuked, because they deem the tradition of the elders of little moment in comparison with the doing of what they know to be the Laws of God?”
- St. Jerome

Even were this the worst plague mankind has ever known, cancelling Mass is a terrible decision that shows a lack of faith in the Holy Sacrifice and Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Hungry Kitten coloring page

Elizabeth Fust, author of The Hungry Kitten's Tale, had me prepare a coloring page of the cover illustration. You can download the coloring page at her site. Here are some she took to a children's event!


I like how the nose is carefully colored and the rest is scribbled.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Sibyl character profile


Another profile of a character from my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika. Sibyl's gun is a Lee Enfield bolt action rifle, although I forgot to draw the magazine. She's one of my favorite characters.

More character profiles are on the Bonus Material page.
Read the comic here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Grandmamma Anastasia character profile


A character from my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika. Grandmamma Anastasia is the embodiment of the "Glamma" concept, popular among vain elderly women of a certain generation. Personally, I think it's an abhorrent attitude, but I still endeavor to make her a likeable character in her own way.

More character profiles are to be found on the Bonus Material page.
Read the comic here!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika Lenten lacuna


As you may have seen if you checked Paper Doll Veronika for its weekly update, I'm taking another break, and this is the longest one yet. I'll post again starting on Good Friday, April 10. I hope none will take this as irreverent. I chose carefully so that the most appropriate of the upcoming segments would land thereon, and I'll be more subdued about it than other updates.

This is mostly because the rest of March must all be given over to finishing the second volume of The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints.

It will be a great relief to be all done with that after all this time, and then I'll be able to concentrate more on other projects and have some time for the preparations for my sister's wedding! Along the way, I've had some ideas for more coloring books along the same lines, but sold independently by myself as a printable pdf, like the Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book used to be. I won't say what it is, for fear that someone would take my idea, but one's for girls and one's for boys!

In addition to making a stockpile once again, I also want to develop more extra things for Paper Doll Veronika. There's the bonus art, character profiles, and bloopers on the Bonus Material page and I want to add character portraits; and you might notice at the top of that page I talk about something called the Paper Doll Club. Not everything I list for it is there yet, and that's okay because there are no members yet, haha! But I'm preparing more and more, and I'll get promoting it after this Lenten break is over.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 20, "Unexpected attack", has begun!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 19, "The best alley that there ever could be" has begun!
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Pleading No Contest

Well, it looks like no one entered the St. Claude de la Colombiere coloring contest I opened a while ago. Guess I'll be hanging onto this copy of The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, and it goes to show me I need to build up my audience more!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 18, "Midnight is darkest before the snack", is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

This is the smallest update yet, so I'm working on preparing some of that bonus material; it will appear within the next day or two!

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Male portrait training - Warren William


I'm practicing masculine facial features by drawing ink portraits of twelve real men I find handsome and were certainly masculine.

This one is Warren William, actor, inventor, WWI vet. I've written about his films for the newspaper of the town where he was born. The open-mouth smile and direct sunlight made it difficult, and it didn't turn out perfect by any means. But it's all for learning, which I continue to do! Here's the sketch, which maybe looks better:


Monday, February 10, 2020

Clockwork Dancer preview - real live comic book!

I recently got my hands on a real paper copy of my first published comic book, Clockwork Dancer #1 written by Jon Del Arroz!


It's the size of a traditional American comics floppy, but the cover is more sturdy and the pages are neither newsprint nor glossy. I like this form a lot! Here's a little preview, of some of the bits I thought looked particularly good:

Anyone who's been to Brainerd, Minnesota, may recognize that building.


And here's the back cover:


If you haven't read this, you can get it for Kindle or in paperback for quite a low price! If you have read it, please leave an Amazon review and look forward to Issue #2, which, God willing, will come out some time this year. Things get even more exciting and steampunky, I can tell you that for sure!