Wednesday, November 20, 2019

St. Boniface IV coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, volume 1 of which contains saints for every single day of January through June.

St. Boniface IV was pope at the beginning of the seventh century. He consecrated the former Pantheon into the Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs. Doing so involved an intense exorcism, with the demons shrieking as they were driven out. You may not be able to tell in this small image (buy the book to see the full-size page) but I drew the demons in the likenesses of Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. As I've said, the stories of pagan gods can be worth preserving as fiction, but when worshiped, devils occupy their roles. Pope St. Boniface's commemoration is May 8.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

St. Casilda coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, volume 1 of which contains saints for every single day of January through June.

St. Casilda was born a Muslim princess in Moor-occupied Spain. She would bring food and medicine to the Catholic prisoners and listen to their witness to Christ. Once when a guard tried to catch her at it, the items became roses. Later, she fled to a Catholic region, was baptized and became a religious. Because she was not yet baptized at the time portrayed in the illustration, I made her halo incomplete but still present because she already believed and was living virtuously. Her commemoration is April 9.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Who is like to God?


Today is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul.

A month ago, rituals honoring the pagan goddess Pachamama took place in the Vatican gardens, the Church of St. Maria Transpontina, and the Basilica of St. Peter. This very likely caused the church and basilica to become desecrated.

The stories of pagan gods, if regarded as fiction, can sometimes be a part of heritage worth preserving. But when worshiped, pagan gods are demonic forces. Because the gods aren't real, the worship goes somewhere. Especially when said worship is in conscious opposition to the one true God, it goes to demons.

Demon worship in the Basilica of St. Peter. The sorrow and wrath that this demands is beyond comprehension. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us. God the Father Almighty, Christ the King, and the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

You are free and encouraged to repost and share this image anywhere you wish, no credit necessary, as long as:

1. You do not claim that you drew it.
2. You do not argue that the honoring of Pachamama was acceptable.

St. Nicholas of Flue coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, volume 1 of which contains saints for every single day of January through June.

St. Nicholas of Flue was a successful and devout soldier, husband, and father. One day he had a vision wherein a lily came from his mouth and arched up towards the sky, but then fell back down to earth and was eaten by a horse. This meant that his thoughts that aspired toward Heaven were being taken over by earthly concerns. Thereafter, with consent from his family, he became a hermit. His commemoration is March 21.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

St. Juliana coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, volume 1 of which contains saints for every single day of January through June.

St. Juliana, also known as St. Julia, was my favorite saint when I was about eight years old. A Roman virgin martyr, she was tortured by being hung up by her hair and confounded a devil who came to her disguised as an angel to urge her to give in and honor the pagan gods to preserve her life. Her commemoration is February 16.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 10, "A thief in the night", is complete!
The update starts here.
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.

St. Hyacinthia Mariscotti coloring page preview


This is one of the coloring pages newly made especially for The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, volume 1 of which contains saints for every single day of January through June.

St. Hyacinthia Mariscotti only became a nun because the man she wanted to marry married her sister instead. As a religious, she still lived in luxury such as her noble birth made her accustomed to. That is, until a priest rebuked her, at which she threw out her costly clothes and food and lived the rest of her life in humble asceticism. Her commemoration is January 30th.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints


The Day-by-Day Coloring Book of Saints, Volume 1, is now available for purchase, either directly from Sophia Institute Press or, starting tomorrow, from Amazon. This has a saint coloring page for every single day of the year, Volume 1 containing January-June. That's 181 pages!

In 2013, I made a coloring book of every observed saint's day in the Roman Calendar. In 2017, Sophia Institute Press purchased the rights to those pages and commissioned more to make this book, and they have also added biographies of the saints, written by Anna Maria Mendell.

There isn't another coloring book like this; in my experience, there aren't even that many books of saints for every single day of the new calendar, so this is pretty special. Over the next few days, I'll be posting some reduced images of some of the new pages, as a preview.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Clockwork Dancer cover art

Art by Brad Ashworth

Jon Del Arroz has shared the cover art for our collaborative steampunk comic Clockwork Dancer, drawn by Brad Ashworth. I think it looks amazing!

Issue one will be available soon!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 10, "A thief in the night", 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, November 3, 2019

Two days late Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 9, "Lend me thine ears", is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday. (Lately it has been off-schedule; hopefully we're back on track now.) 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, October 31, 2019

Who is like to God? -sketch


Sketch. I will be inking it; I had an impulse to post it while it's "still timely," but pagan idolatry at the Vatican is something that will have historical ramifications for a long time, I fear.

Pray and make reparation, and on this Eve of All Saints', know that Christ the King is triumphant!

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Hungry Kitten's Tale is now available!


Today is the release for The Hungry Kitten's Tale by Elizabeth Fust, illustrated by myself!

It's a sweet little children's book about the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, from the point of view of a stray cat.

It may be found here.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Fanart Brand Zero (or nearly)



Some fanart of major franchises which I won't be finishing.

As beloved IPs owned by mega-corporations are turned into sick mockeries of their past glories, many complain, lament, and pick apart the disasters. But some propose a better way. The primary principle is: Stop giving money to people who hate you.

It is clearly known that the huge entertainment corporations hate Christians, patriotic Americans, masculine men, those who disapprove of sexual perversion, and white people who aren't ashamed of being white. It is hard at first, but it is a relief to have done with them for good. If you're not ready to do so, I don't think that's wrong or horrible. I just encourage you. It's great to shed the hold that their ability to mutilate beloved characters has over oneself.

A corollary principle is: Attention equals money.
Rawle Nyanzi points out that any internet buzz about a movie, comic, video game, show, etc. is a sort of advertising for it, even if it's negative. So he is going full cold turkey with Brand Zero, an initiative which he describes here and here.
Brian Niemeier expands on the idea here.

I am all for it. I am not demanding that anyone do likewise, but I intend to, at least somewhat. I may still mention big brands in public internet postings, but I will try to decrease these mentions as much as I can and will not devote whole journals or blog posts to them; and as I'm primarily an artist rather than a writer, the main thing is I will not do any more fanart of any unconcluded, major corporate media franchise, and will try to restrict my fanart of concluded ones to the following:

Ace Attorney
Professor Layton
Zero Escape
Over the Garden Wall


Also, I may make exceptions for Fire Emblem--the Jugdral continuity, which is concluded though the overall series is not--and Vocaloid, which is sort of a different type of thing overall, including an independent element. Am I saying all other major media series are bad? No! But the bad ones are bad and the good ones don't need my marketing help, so there you go!

This is not simply a negative restriction, a lessening. No! This is so I may more readily do more fanart of independent creators' works, ones which could use the help of little folks like me, and among which there is much treasure to found! I have planned already some awesome pieces of Phacelia, Adventurers' Guild, Soulbound, Flying Sparks, Alt-Hero, and others! And if you have a work, a comic, a novel, please direct me to it and I'll give it a whirl!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Hungry Kitten's Tale release date!


The Hungry Kitten's Tale by Elizabeth Fust, a Christian children's story illustrated by myself, will be available on Amazon on October 28, this coming Monday!

Monday, October 21, 2019

God bless these men



Pray for them, make reparation for the idolatry they dethroned. Pray for the Church. Viva Christo Rey.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 9, "Lend me thine ears", has begun!

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.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

This Dreadful, Desolate Forest


Bonus art for Paper Doll Veronika Chapter 5.

It's not the current chapter, but I decided I may do bonus art for chapters that are already past, because otherwise most of them won't get any! This is my favorite one so far.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika lacuna


This week, there is no update to the Paper Doll Veronika pages themselves, because I have run out of those that were prepared in advance. I need to complete more pages. In the meantime, I added several character profiles to the Bonus Material page.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 8, "Into the Clearing" is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

For the first time of many, Veronika changes her clothes! She's a paper doll, after all!

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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

This is why you should read Bovodar and the Bears


This article at Men of the West has very solid stuff to say about stories overall and Bovodar and the Bears for one.

It is so refreshing to come upon a story these days that doesn't heap scorn on the ideas of family, tradition, rightful authority, and inheritance, or somehow subvert these ideas to serve feminism and/or globalism. When I read Bovodar and the Bears, I begged Jack Mikkelson to let me be the artist for a graphic novel adaptation. And now, it is on the way! While the novel is available already, and soon it will have a new cover!

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Hungry Kitten's Tale cover


This is the cover for The Hungry Kitten's Tale by Elizabeth Fust, which I illustrated. A cute Christian story for children, it'll be released soon!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 8, "Into the Clearing" has begun!

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.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Flying Sparks volume three is almost here!


art by Julius Abrera and Brett R.Smith

The crowdfunding campaign for volume three of Flying Sparks by Jon Del Arroz is almost finished, and Twitter just banned him for joking about Greta Thunberg so he can't promote there in the final stretch!

I've read volumes one and two, and it's a real fun comic with lots of twists as to who knows secret identities. If that sounds good to you, check out the campaign here. Volumes one and two are available at certain levels so everybody can catch up!

Disclosure: I have backed this campaign and I am working with Jon Del Arroz on another project. I do not have any part in this project, and all that I have said is my honest opinion.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 7, "The Broad Way in the Dark Wood" is complete!

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, September 17, 2019

Bovodar and the Bears novel cover painting process

I have finished the cover illustration for the second edition of Bovodar and the Bears, but you cannot see it yet. For now, here's some of my process for gouache painting it.

First I painted each area of the landscape with a basic color. The area of the mountains is included with the sky, so the shadows on the mountains would be sky colored to give a sense of distance.

Added a green to the foreground ground.

Then, to know where to paint the details, I printed out a copy of the original ink drawing on tracing paper.


Just the printer ink wasn't enough to show through the painted paper when placed on my lightbox, so I outlined the relevant features with black paint.

Then I was able to use a white colored pencil to trace the cloud, mountains, and tree branches onto the painting.

That's all for now. You can see how it turned out when the second edition comes out! To be notified when that is, sign up for the email newsletter here.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 7, "The Broad Way in the Dark Wood" continues!
The update starts here.
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.

I do admit to dividing this chapter into more updates than I otherwise might have, because I'm away from home for about a month and nearly at the end of my stockpile. When I get back, I'll have to work hard on making more 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, September 7, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 7, "The Broad Way in the Dark Wood" has begun!
The update starts 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.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sketch prize: Vean and Link


For Superherogeek13, who participated in a guessing game I held as part of the announcement of Paper Doll Veronika. She requested as her prize a sketch of Link from Windwaker with her fan-character Vean.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Bovodar and the Bears preview: Up in an elm tree


A panel detail from the upcoming Bovodar and the Bears graphic novel, one I'm quite proud of.

Author Jack Mikkelson has established an email newsletter for this project. Sign up if you don't want to miss the news of progress made and eventual availability! Sign up for the newsletter by clicking here. 

You can also keep abreast of things by checking Jack's blog, where he's started a new story, an online serial, Lord of the Two Lands. A mysterious man with a violent past is trying to prevent the deathly plans of a sorcerous count!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update




Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 6, "Wind through the leaves judgeth you" is posted!
The chapter 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, August 23, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 5 has begun!
The update/chapter starts here.
The story begins here.

There was a little problem when this update first appeared this morning; one of the pages didn't go up, and then fixing it entailed them getting a bit out of order for a time, so if by any chance you read it before 11:30 a.m. today, please check again.

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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika blooper


I've just updated the Bonus Materials page on the Paper Doll Veronika site. One of the things there is bloopers! As I place the pages on the scanner, sometimes things slip out of place. It does happen less often now that I've discovered I can use the scanner upside-down, but we'll see!

In this one, Veronika's arm flopped out of her sleeve and blocked the speech bubble, plus she seems to be losing her balance. See more bloopers at the above link!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 4 is complete!
The update starts here.
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, August 12, 2019

Lineart: new cover for Bovodar and the Bears novel


The fantasy adventure novel Bovodar and the Bears is getting a new cover and the illustration is underway! You saw the sketch, here's ink, next is color!

The author, Jack Mikkelson, and I are also working on a graphic novel based thereon. Look forward to it!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Just a snippet this time; a new challenger appears! Who could it be? Go find out!

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 4 has begun!

The beginning is here.

The update was actually yesterday, but I was busy all day and couldn't post links. 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, August 2, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 3 has begun! The update begins here.

The beginning of the comic is here.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

sketch: Away From Home


It's August 1, known as Odaiba Day among Digimon fans, the date on which the heroes were first taken into the digital world, so I wanted to post this even though it's not finished. I will watercolor it when I get the opportunity.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bovodar and the Bears preview: Beyond City Walls


A glimpse of the world of Bovodar and the Bears...
There are people within it, but they are outnumbered by talking beasts.  The animals we take for granted in our own world do not merely trot along on all fours and eat from the fields or hunt each other.  Instead, the denizens of Bovodar's world are beasts who walk upright like men.  Sometimes they wear clothes.  They talk, engage in commerce, cook food, and even worship.
Read more here, or get the novel here!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Anxiety in the Garden


Paper Doll Veronika updated as of last Friday, completing Chapter 2, for which this is bonus art. The update begins here.

I really need to systematize how I post concerning comic updates on my various internet places. The webcomic site design thingy I use won't let me make the homepage go to the first page of the latest update, only the last page of all or the first page of all. (Or at least, I cannot figure out how to make it let me do that.) So, I heartily recommend using the "Save your place" gadget on the right side of the site, including when your place is all caught up.

Anyway, the bonus art for the chapters lets me experiment and do things that I couldn't do on the normal pages--like those pressed flowers; they're far too delicate to be used on a page where characters have to move around a lot on top of them. I'm not totally satisfied with the background for this one, but I learned in the experimenting.

Monday, July 22, 2019

What happened to the Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book


If you have visited this blog more than once over the past few years, you may have noticed that The Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book, which I made in 2013, has not been available since some time last year. It was a coloring book of every observed Solemnity, Feast, Memorial, and Optional Memorial in the Roman Calendar of the Catholic Church, about 240 pages.

The reason it has gone away is that Sophia Institute Press requested to buy the rights to it, and commission around 120 more pages to go with it, to construct a coloring book of saints for every single day of the entire year. I have just finished the work for the first volume, January-June, and it should come out in the next few months.

It's been an interesting ride. In the six years between the two sets of illustrations, I think I may say I've improved a lot. The above page of St. Flavia Domitilla is my favorite so far from these new drawings. There will also be the addition of short biographies, written by Anna Maria Mendell. So if you enjoyed The Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book, consider making the year complete with this new book, soon to be published by Sophia Institute Press.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Bovodar and the Bears preview: The Wolf King


A panel detail from the upcoming Bovodar and the Bears graphic novel, written by Jack Mikkelson.

One of the reasons I'm so enthusiastic about this story is the enigmatic, fearsome figure of the Wolf King.

He does not merely rule over a nation or a realm.  In truth, the Wolf King is the emperor of the entire world.  He is no rude beast.  He is not simply a wolf.  He walks like a man, gestures like a man, and is just as smart as a man--even smarter, in fact.  More than that, the Wolf King has powers that cause many to think of him as a deity.
Though the primary form of the Wolf King has been that of a wolf, he has been known throughout the ages to take many other forms.  He is master over the East and the West, the Landed North and the Southern Sea.  He bestows gifts to whom he wishes, and he punishes those he sees fit.  He can lift mountains.  He can move rivers.  He can obliterate cities.  And finally, he can remake beasts to his liking.
Read more about him on the author's blog, or get the exciting novel!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Chapter 2 of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, has begun! Read it here!

The beginning is here!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Wrath of the Sparrows


Bonus art for Chapter 1 of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika.

I'd like to do an extra art piece for most of the chapters, and I'll be keeping said art in the bonus section of the comic website. One exciting thing about this story is the stylistic limitations on the comic itself, which spurs me, and maybe someday if I am lucky, fans, to do art depicting the characters and events in views and styles that the comic does not. I have always found that video games with limitations on the graphics inspire a lot more fanart than ones that show you every event in cinematic detail. It allows the imagination to fill in the gaps.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika begins


My webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, is now up and running!

A girl 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. Read it here!