Every Week! Robotic Madness - Free Web Comic by Jason May - Robots, Butterflies, Monsters, Evil Robots and Much More!
I haven't really been keeping up with my weekly art blog, but I have been uploading a weekly web comic for quite some time. I'm hoping to start posting art there each week on a Wednesday or a Friday. Hopefully I can start fitting that into my schedule along with freelance and family life.
Today I sat down and worked out a design I'd been planning for a while. I wanted to design a mermaid holding a cheese burger. I do a lot of surfing and my surf buddy and I had come up with a legend of the mermaid burger. Essentially, the burger mermaid preys upon hungry surfers when they are finished with their sessions. I also want to use this graphic on the new wood handplanes I've been shaping. Folks use them to body surf with. It gives you extra lift while your flying down the face of the wave. Here's a sample pic of the graphic as well as a guy handplaning. Pretty cool, right?
I've been doing a lot of freelance work which is cutting into my personal sketch and art time. I hope to have some more art for you soon, but paying the bills is certainly a huge perk at the moment!
I'm sure that any of my fans already know that my good chum, Brian LeTendre of Secret Identity Podcast, now has his own web comic. It's called Mostache. It's updated every Wednesday. They've been doing a good job of keeping up with deadlines and also recently reskinned the comic with a nice wordpress theme. I'm looking forward to see where this bizarre tale of an alien mustache leads. Go check it out now at www.mostachecomic.com
In the meantime, check out the pinup I did of one of the mechanical bodies that the Mystaxians use as transportation. Pretty spiffy take on it. Am I right?
Jason Copland and Michael May (no relation) have a great web comic called Kill All Monsters. It's updated weekly on Fridays. I always tune in and check out the new pages. I really enjoy the story. It's an action packed all out monster squishing spree drawn in a nice gritty loose style. I asked Jason Copland (the artist) to send some sample images of one of the robots so I could do a pinup. Here is what I came up with. Hope you enjoy. Be sure to go check out their comic!
I was asked to come into a school and talk about creating comics for an hour or so. I'm very excited. There is nothing I enjoy more than properly informing kids about the creation of comics. So many times to I hear people ask:
"The writer makes the letter balloons right?"
"By inking, you mean you drew all of it?"
"A letterer writes the scripts?"
"So, YOU write comics!?"
Well, there are instances when all that is true. But I'll be focusing on the art of comics, how they are made (generally) and what it is like to work with creative individuals such as editors, writers and various other aspects of the industry. I'll clear up some sticky answers and generally have fun talking about creating characters and then taking a script and translating that visually.
I wanted to quickly share some samples images of me drawing a comic book page. You can watch me take a rough pencil all the way through to finished inks. I will be using these images to show the kids what I went through to get to a finished product. I will also be blogging some pictures of me coloring. Enjoy and please feel free to comment.
Luckily for me, I know a LOT of folks in the comic industry. I sent out a mass email to get feeback on my pencils, inks and finally colors. There were some tough changes, but that's what I get for sending it to people who work/worked for places like Darkhorse Comics, Disney, Marvel, Wildstorm, LEGO and a few others. A BIG thank you to some editors I've worked with who put in there two cents and got me motivated to fix some minor and major issues. It's still not perfect and they never are. Enjoy the pinup!
As many of you know, I'm coloring a comic arch for Hero Envy - Swass Adventures. I just finished up coloring issue #2 for them and offered to donate a pinup. They kindly accepted. I don't do many pinups because they take a lot of time and usually fall on me when I'm swamped with work. However, since they are my main job right now, my down time synced up perfect and I was able to start working right away. I'm hoping it blows them away. Here's a sneak peak at my drawing desk. Enjoy.
ART OF THE WEEK
Welcome! So, this is where I'm going to try and do a drawing, painting, sketch, sculpture, etc.... every single week! Maybe more than once and probably occasionally less than once. If you have a request, please click the 'contact' link above and fill out the form. Thanks for dropping by!