Hey El Moochadores! Yesterday, I came across this great Youtube series from Strathmore Artist Papers featuring professional cartoonist Will Terrell. Watch as Terrell explains cartooning with markers on a toned paper sketchbook. After watching this, I am thinking about getting a toned sketch book next and trying some of his advice.
I’ve posted all four videos below, but hit the Strathmore link above to see way more, and of course check out Terrell’s website to see some fantastic cartooning work!
A Flatting Tutorial for Photoshop from K. Michael Russell
Okay El Moochadores, the more I do my own illustrations, the more I want to expand my skill set. For the last five or six comic strips for Atomic Tails I have been using Adobe Photoshop (CS3) to color. This tutorial from K. Michael Russell explains how to make “flats” (color separating) in PS. I thought the video had a lot of useful information and also a little bit of an ASMR vibe. Pretty cool.
Anyways, check out the video below and hit the link above to see more tuts… and then get better at making comics!
We’re getting back to work on the Atomic Moo Comic Book, and I’m about to start doing some of the illustration work for it. Thing is, I’m not the best illustrator and I’m really not use to drawing cows. Which is kind of necessary when your comic book is about a fire breathing super cow. So, to get ready for the new Atomic Moo comic, I’m going to draw 100 cows. Okay, 100 cows before Halloween. To keep on track with this I’ll be posting the next 93 cows here on the Moo. I mean, I kind of have to.
Hey El Moochadores! In an effort to raise money for new art work, prints, and buttons, we are selling our first generation of art work at very reduced rates. We’re still very proud of our this work, but there’s new stuff we want to try and to do that we need to sell some of the prints we made last year. So, like many of our 8 1/2 x 11″ prints -that we normally sell for $10.00 at conventions – are now just $5.00 each. 1 1/4″ Buttons are just $1.00. There’s not much left of this stock of prints and buttons, so if you see something we made and want to help support Atomic Moo (and its handsome founders) now would be the time to jump on and make a buy. Not that there’s really a time limit, but some of the art work I’ll be taking down in a couple of weeks as we’re trying to make more original illustrations not based on fan art. Also, we are never re-printing any of this art again. So, when it’s gone… it’s GONE!!!
I’ve posted a few sample images below, but go visit Murray Brothers Creative to see the full portfolio of work and maybe pick something up.
Hey El Moochadores, sorry about the lack of post the last few days, but (y’know) my life sucks. Anyways, this morning I’m turning to the “con-pile” (all the cool stuff I brought home from SDCC 17) for a little inspiration before I start my day, and literally (not figuratively) on top of the pile is this great set of mini-prints by artist Carla Wyzgala!
Though I can’t find some online sample of all the mini-prints I bought from Wyzgala (Carlations), I found enough examples here to show off her incredible pin-up work done in water colors. Very cool style, and she did a set of prints based on some of my favorite comics, like Saga! Seriously, her version of Alana is amazing – and as we all know; Alana is one of the hottest flying MILF’s since Elizabeth Montgomery on Bewitched. Y’know, this probably isn’t the place for my “flying women” or “nick at nite” fetishes.
Soooooo anyways… Check out some samples below and also go visit Carlations on the Etsy and the Society Six to get some prints, books, or even some shirts. Seriously, it’s sad, but I would totally buy an Alana body pillow. ‘just an idea. Also an Elizabeth Montgomery body pillow. That’s another idea.
Hello my fellow (and fella) El Moochadores, I didn’t want to end the day without at least one new Moo-post, so check out this entertaining, and informative video from youtuber Jazza (from Draw with Jazza) that covers not only some basic tools you should have, but also some pretty solid techniques to start practicing. So, give it a watch while I crawl into bed and dream of large, burly, women.
Hello El Moochadores! While I continue to post our photos from SDCC 2017, I thought I would start working my way through all the biz and promo cards I just acquired at last weeks big event. SDCC is full of brilliant art work and seeing this stuff helps keep us (the Brethren Moo) inspired to keep making cool stuff too.
So first up is the art work of Bryan Fyffe. I remember passing his booth and really liking the colorful/spooky prints he had created. According to his site, Fyffe is “inspired by old ghost stories, the natural world, and decrepit builds…”, and he works in a combination of traditional and digital techniques. I’ve posted a few samples from his website here, and you can also go buy prints of his work at his online store. Though I’m not sure if the print images posted here are available online, he does have some very cool stuff there. Anyways, check it all out, and I’ll have more from The Con Pile (it’s an actual pile of con stuff sitting by my desk) later today.
Okay El Moochadores, I’m trying to get out the door for SDCC 2017, but I just finished Atomic Tails #19! Which is way more important. Check out the strip below, or you can go check it out, with past comics, at the A.T. Archive! Also check out my Atomic Tails Blog (Trog’s Blog) to learn a little about the making of the comic. After all, this is one big learning experience.
Hello again El Moochadores! A few days back I posted a video by artist H.C. Brown about “How to Fill a Sketchbook.” Since then I’ve been watching more of her channel and I came across this great video on getting cheap supplies for artist at any level. I really like her suggestion for making a sketchbook. I have a ton of card stock paper at my place just collecting dust, and as luck has it, I also have a long-arm stapler! I’ve already put together a couple of pocket-sized sketchbooks to carry around with me while at work. Which is great, because I’m always losing my small sketchbooks! So, check out the video below (chuck full of useful information and cussing!) and make sure to hit the link above to see more informative videos.
Kickstarter for “a collection of one hundred comics about talking back to your self-doubt and anxiety, and a plush demon to go with ’em.”
You know, I was just thinking that today I would like to post about a kickstarter project dealing with self doubt and anxiety, because (you know) we’re Atomic Moo, and self doubt and anxiety are our bread and butter here. Anyways, Talented Portland based illustrator, Lucy Bellwood, has a Kickstarter going to publish a collection of a hundred comics about anxiety (think Steven Pressfield idea of “the resistance” made funny) along with of plushie of the little anxiety monster.
As of this post the project has hit its goal of $25,000, but that’s no reason for you not to still contribute and get in on some cool rewards like limited edition prints and the plush toy. I’ve posted Bellwood’s KS promo video below, but click the link above to learn more about the project and contributing.
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