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 The Phantom of the Opera

I forgot Run Red Run and I made this video! I use the very-new-to-me ink wash technique to ink up this sketch of Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera.

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But, like I said, this video was made months ago — before the pandemic, before social distancing and quarantine. And before I had a chance to practice a lot of ink wash. So at one point in the video I almost blow the whole thing by spattering ink all over the place and panicking (as seen below).

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I think, in the end, I pulled it all together and got a decent result. But you can judge for yourself. In the video, Run Red Run and I discuss ink wash and Lon Chaney. -v

Coloring Bluto with Colored Pencils

Do kids in this era even know who Bluto is? Doesn’t matter. They know what bullies are. And Bluto’s the quintessential archetype of a classic bully. Bluto_colorscrop

Run Red Run and I talk a little about Popeye, the Bluto/Brutus name switch, and about my eleventh hour decision to try crosshatching with colored pencils. Honestly, I didn’t even plan on finishing this doodle. But it is what it is and I am what I am.

Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s a video of me inking a Baby Yoda.

Yes, I finally caved. Inked a Baby Yoda at a client’s request. My first one. I have nothing against the little guy. I was just kind of seeing how long I could keep the streak going.

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I also thought it’d be a nice opportunity to hone my ink wash skills. I’m told the Baby Yoda commission was a gift and the gift recipient liked it, so I guess I didn’t screw it up too terribly.

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And, side benefit, the gig got me to finally pull the trigger on that Disney Plus free trial (so I could watch the Mandalorian and see what this baby was all about). And I watched a few other fun things on there too. But I cancelled the trial before I had to start paying for it. What? I’m not made of money. Anyway, here’s the video. Happy Star Wars Day and May the 4th Be With You! -v

 

Easter Bunny with Watercolor Pencils

I suppose most of us will be sheltering in place this Sunday, and that means things will be a little different for folks that celebrate Easter. Probably won’t be much different for me because locking myself in my studio like a hermit is my jam. However, for anyone who was hoping to see Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail, here’s a six-minute video of me drawing an Easter Bunny with watercolor pencils. Have a safe weekend.

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Haunted Mansion Bride (and Hatbox Ghost Bonus) Process Video

Yikes, what a weird week. I’m quarantined in my home studio, my friend RunRedRun is quarantined elsewhere, so we haven’t been able to work on any new videos. Here’s one of the handful we got in the can before the quarantine: The Haunted Mansion’s Black Widow Bride, with a bonus backup of her pal, the Hatbox Ghost. Hope everyone’s staying safe and healthy.