Illustrating a Twilight Zone Gag (for Jim Horwitz’s WATSON)

My friend, cartoonist Jim Horwitz, had a Twilight Zone gag in mind for his 3-times-weekly strip, Watson, and he wanted me to illustrate it. I accomplished this entire project in Clip Studio Paint. From roughs, to inks, to toning. Below I’ve posted some of the process steps. I also recorded the whole thing on video.

Watson_Process01Based on Jim’s initial rough, I sent him my own rough. He approved this, so I moved on to the tight pencils stage.

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At this point, even with tight pencils done and approved, Jim was still working out which direction he wanted to go with the gag. He had a few ideas and wasn’t sure which way to go. But that was his job. Mine was drawing. So I moved on to inks.

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Now the inks are done and I’m about to move to the greyscale tones. The goal was to make it feel/look like an original Twilight Zone. The props and items you see scattered about the room are all from key episodes of the Twilight Zone.

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This is what the final piece looks like, right before Jim sent me the final version of his gag. The entire thing, start to finish, completed in Clip Studio Paint. This was a fun project and I got to re-watch some of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes for reference. If you wanna hear Michelle (Run Red Run) and I discuss the Twilight Zone, Jim Horwitz, and the collaboration process, you can watch the video below. -v

Inking (& Needle Felting) The Penguin

Another process video. This time Run Red Run and I talk about Danny DeVito movies while I ink a comic book style Oswald Cobblepot.

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Here’s the video for that.

And if you just can’t get enough of Cobblepot — and who really can — Run Red Run and I posted a video a while ago where she needle-felted The Penguin and we discussed ’60s TV Penguin, Burgess Meredith.

Inking Spider-Man

Some people think comic books are mindless fun. But I actually learned a lot of vocabulary words reading comic books back when I was just a kid. I talk about that this week with RunRedRun while I ink this Spider-Man.

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Full disclosure: I may have embellished the story a bit, but the point still stands. Comic books can be valuable learning tools. Hope you have a nice stack of comics to keep you busy during the quarantine. -v

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Inking The Red Skull and Reviewing The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

I try to post most of the inking process videos from our YouTube channel here on the process blog, but I miss a few here and there. If you like this sort of stuff, just subscribe to our channel and you’ll never miss our dorky, art-related content such as the following ridiculousness.

 

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New York Comic Con This Weekend! Come Say Hi!

Come see me at the New York Comic Con this weekend. I’ll be sitting in for a few hours at the National Cartoonists Society Booth #1162 (near the Marvel pavilion). I’ll have my Bigfoot books (of course), my new Haunted Mansion poster, and I’ll be signing and sketching. Stop by and say hi (Friday 4-7/ Saturday 1-4).

I’ll be at Haverford Kids’ Comic Fest, May 18th

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Sure, it was designed to encourage kids who have an interest in comics, but the Haverford Kid’s Comics Fest is for fans of any age interested in comics, storytelling, and comic creators. That’s where I’ll be this upcoming Saturday. And so will a bunch of comic-making friends who want to share their skills and enthusiasm for the art form. A nice way to spend an afternoon.

Coincidentally, that’s the same day as the NCS Reubens Banquet in California where Untold Tales of Bigfoot has once again been nominated. And yeah, sure, I could be in California that night, uncomfortable in my tuxedo, crossing my fingers until my hands go numb. But as much fun as that would be, I’m gonna have a blast in Haverford, PA with Pat McCuen, Crispin Wood, Dawn Griffin, and a bunch of other folks sharing their time with kids who want to make comics too. Besides, Bigfoot doesn’t own a tux.

For more information on the fest, what goes on, and who’ll be there, just click the link. Hope to see you there! -v

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Untold Tales of Bigfoot Nominated for Another NCS Reuben…again!

Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Ghosts and Monsters Reuben Nomination

This blog isn’t just my process blog. It’s also my news blog. And today I realized that I still hadn’t posted that Untold Tales of Bigfoot has earned another Reuben nomination from the National Cartoonists Society in the category of Online Comics: Long-form. This is the comic’s fourth nomination (it won in 2012). The 73rd Annual Reuben Awards are in Huntington Beach, CA this year at NCSFest on May 18th. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees.

My sincere apologies to anyone who’s heard this news fifteen times now in my other social media feeds. I don’t mean to beat you over the head with it, just trying to cover all my bases. Thanks for your patience. -v