Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Crafting

I made mom a pillow (nothing says 'holidays' like an alligator in wellies) & put together a calendar of my art for christmas; she has more info (and pics of me as a kindergartner!) here and here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Boun Natale tutti

from the italy sketchbook. merry christmas all!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Comics the callan way

Here's my third annual holiday comic, and I thought all three of you might be interested in my comic making process.

I start with doodling out poses and dialogue, working out what I want to say & how to draw it-they influence each other and I tend to go back and forth between them.

Then I do a rough layout-here I used panels, mostly just to see if I could, so there was a little bit more of a formal structure to work with than I usually have. Between the rough and ink, I do a cleaned up pencil, but I figured it would be sort of redundant to see it.

Inking! I used a micron on the lettering & panels, and a dip pen for the drawing. I scanned it in, cleaned it up and made
it into a bitmap tiff in photoshop and then coloured it in illustrator.

The final framed product. I think it turned out pretty nicely.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A christmas far more glorious than grand

Long time, no post kids! Friday I went to my friend Jess' house for a christmas/hanukah party, and we attempted to construct a gingerbread house. Martha makes this look waaaaay easier than it actually is. We actually got it to look pretty good, right up until it imploded.

Jess, ever intrepid, decided to reconstruct it lean-to style. Note the decorative use of gelt.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Winter Friends

Bear with me folks, I have some fun posts coming up post holidays, but I can't show them off till then :D

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lady Madonna, Children at your feet

Drawing at the met! I like that she looks sneaky, and there were a couple centuries where the babies in paintings all looked like creepy old men. They're fun to draw :D.

I don't know why he looks so morose; maybe his neckerchief is too tight.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lil' Wondy

Somehow, my lil batman doodle got picked up & reposted by an italian batman blog- you can see it here. Ignore the terrible italian in my comment. The internet is a small place, and batman is universal.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I got nothing, so have a random sketchbook page.