I know it's been a while since I've updated my blog, but I've been busy with freelance, projects and my personal life. The good news is I seem to have plenty of freelance work which unfortunately means that my personal projects, like Robotic Madness, have been put off. I've been doing piles of work for LEGO Club magazine, so if you get it in the mail you've probably seen my comic art in there as well as on www.lego.com. I've also been doing some random freelance work and small projects here and there for other people. I've been doing a lot of design work for a surf shop in RI called "Drift Surf." It's located on Main St. in Wakefield and it's a great locally owned shop with fantastic customer service. Here is some photography and design work I've done for them recently.
I've been spending a lot of time at www.jimmycakes.com and Tumblr recently. If you have a Tumblr account and would like to see my artwork, my surfing, or my craftsmanship pop up on your feed every now and then, please come visit. As an incentive, of sorts, I've started posting my new followers up on my robot's computer monitor. I got this idea from my pal and fellow Titan of Cartoonitude, Chris Gugliotti. He does something very similar with a chalk board.
Well, the book that I drew for Scholastic is finally out in stores and online. The title of the book is LEGO City Save This Christmas. The book came out pretty good. I had a lot of fun working on it. I'm hoping I will be on some more projects with Scholastic soon. Only time will tell. I'm going to try and have a few copies at New York Comic Con as well as Rhode Island Comic Con. I will probably only be at New York for Saturday and Sunday this year. Please drop by Artist Alley and say hello. I'll be haning out with my pals, Joe Caramagna, Andrew Edge and Dennis Budd.
Wow! What a great weekend! Comiconn was a success and I look forward to doing it next year. I also added my web comic to Comic Rocket so you all can read it easier! You're welcome!! Drop by www.jimmycakes.com to read more blogs and see photos of Comiconn. You can also read Robotic Madness there. You can also click the image on the left here to add Robotic Madness to your Comic Rocket pull list!
I recently did the interior illustrations for a Scholastic book called, LEGO City Save This Christmas. It's a fun little story for young readers that follows a bunch of goofy LEGO Crooks through LEGO City as they try and take all the presents from the local LEGO people. The book will be available on September 1st according to Amazon. Here's the listing. Feel free to bring it to any of the conventions I am attending. I'd be happy to sign the book. See the home page for my calendar of appearances. Thanks!
Come one come all!! This Saturday, the Titans of Cartoonitude, Jason May and Chris Gugliotti, are invading Comiconn in Trumbull, CT. We we will have original art, books, prints and delightful conversations! Guaranteed to delight people of all ages!*
Just a few more days left. While you're waiting for this fabulous even to arrive please drop by my web comic Robotic Madness and Chris' web comic Playing Dead. If you like them please share them with friends and family. These are free comics we are creating for you folks. Make them last by making them popular! We'll see you there!!
Chris has a special comic which he launched on Facebook just now. You can only view it there at the moment. Click here to check it out. It will be available on www.playingdeadthecomic.com on Wednesday. But why wait?
*I can't promise we'll delight, but it sounds real good!
My wife got me an amazing set of tiny sketchpads as an early birthday gift while she was in Boston. I'm using these pads to flesh out some pages for my web comic Robotic Madness. If you look really hard you can see a penciled page of next weeks Robotic Madness. But my F1.8 on my Nikon is creating a depth of field SO fierce, that you probably can't see much. I look forward to seeing my website visits skyrocket this week! Take care!
I've been away from webcomics for too long. It's time that I bring it back and fill it with piles of what you all love. Robots. Yes! You've been asking for almost ten years. Deviant Society and Zennon3 left the web over ten years ago! I can't believe it. Soured by that experience, I stayed away from webcomics. But after pondering my dilemma, con after con, I decided to get back in the game. Get ready for an exciting adventure with your new robotic friend G.A.R.K. and the strange characters he'll meet along the way.
Visit www.jimmycakes.com to read the web comic now.
I had a great time at Sarge's Comics Etc last weekend. It was Free Comic Book Day. I did my best to advertise that I would be down there drawing pictures. I drew A LOT of free robot sketches. For those of you who see me at cons, know that it was a great deal to get a $10 sketch for FREE. All the kids were awesome. They came all dressed up like their favorite super heros. All kids love robots. So I was a big hit. Sarge's treats the guess artists like gold! I'll be going back next year for sure. Thank you to all who supported this indi comic artist by purchasing Rob Bot and my sketcbook. Anyone who missed out can still purchase books from my shop here online or pickup original art. Thank you everyone so much!
It seems that more and more people want me doing work for them. This means I need to get my studio ready to take on work in an orderly fashion. I've decided to upgrade the storage spots in my office and make it a little more homey. When you go to work on artwork you want to feel comfortable. You want to be inspired and WANT to work. Ever hear of writers block? The same happens to artists. The best way to avoid this is by stimulating the artist. Either with music, ambience, inspirational visual items and much more.
I thought I would share some photos of the work I've done so far. I need to neaten somethings up, add some paint and trim here and there and get some organization for files and such. One of the most important things I'm working on is storage for artwork. I have a lot of it and it is scattered throughout my studio and shop. As I clean my office, I will be contacting some of my biggest supporters to offer them free artwork. It needs to be hanging on walls, not stuffed in a damp dusty corner. Enjoy the photos. Please drop by my Facebook page and let the rest of the world know what you thought.
I need to get a wide angle lens. I have an attachment for my Sony 900, so I held it out in front of my Nikon D70 to capture some interesting wide angled shots. Enjoy.