First Day with Maya

I’m excited to finally dive into a new 3D rendering program, since the last one I used was AutoCAD in 1998.  Maya may not be as user friendly as Sculpey, but after my second day of going through some tutorials, it’s looking like I’ve got a new toy to play with.  Here’s my first ROUGH sculpt of Dragon.

Student Zine- Summer 2014

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

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Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Check out the Zine my students produced this summer at the @Collegeofdupage . The anthology contains the one-page comics they made by creating a story around 5 random words.  They’re fantast-ink!

Are Black Superheroes Good for Black People?

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Are Black Superheroes Good for Black People?

I don’t think that superhero comics that deal with any issues in strictly black and white terms are good for any people.  The article raises some interesting points, but ultimately the grey areas (of good and evil, the individual and society) are where we not only find the best stories but the best glimpses into human existence. The article frames the discussion on African Americans dealing with the police as complicating the good and evil opposites of the hero and villain, but with the recasting of Captain America, I’m also wondering about the military. How this will address (or avoid) issues of African Americans in the military-serving the State and not a civil police force?

(Thanks to the Institute of Comics Studies for posing this question on their Facebook page!)

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My Rotring Art Pen was the first cartridge drawing pen that I had, and my dad gave it to me in high school when he started teaching me how to pen and ink.  It was perfect for learning control of line weight and always glided on the paper.  When I finally got it out after far too many years sitting in an artbox, I found that the cartridges I had left were only half full (or half-empty?) and thanks to the evaporation the remaining ink was too think to flow.  I decided rather than buying my own cartridges- I’d refill them myself.  I got a pack of 6 vet syringes and was able to load the cartridges with Rapidograph Ultradraw, once I had cleaned them out. Now it’s fully functioning and ready for my sketchbook- but I think I need to experiment more with some hypodermic needle drawings.

 

 

 

Dan Con

I got a table already for Dan Con next year at Orland Park Civic Center, March 22- Chicago Southland’s biggest comics extravaganza!  Today’s the first day to register so get a table while the gettin’s good!   This’ll be my first time going, but I’m looking forward to an event that puts local comics creators first!  http://danconcomic.blogspot.com/

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One of the many art tools I have of my dad’s this Boston Model 18 electric pencil sharpener. It quit working at the start of the summer, so I dissected to see what the problem was. The plastic gear seemed to have lost some of its teeth, and as I looked for schematics so that I could draw the gear in Illustrator then cut it with a laser cutter- I found someone who was already tooling gears for just this purpose.  It was pretty easy to install, and now it’s up and running again.