Feb 2, 2018

Skullboard sketch

Just a start for a new idea...


Jan 31, 2018

Last detail on Cthulhu...

So I generally work 90% in Adobe Illustrator...I just wanted to share the touchups that I've been doing lately in Photoshop. It's a huge difference in atmosphere, color control, mood, and just a generally more natural feel... Here's a GIF that compares the two versions. Less than an hour in Photoshop (and I'm super-slow compared to most of the people who work in PS):


Jan 27, 2018

Glass Jar Jar

Always like to try different stuff...


Jan 17, 2018

Cthulhu PVD

Working in progress...

Thumbnail sketch (yes, in pencil):


Digital composition, for color and balance:


Digital illustration, about 3/4 of the way done:





Dec 13, 2017

make/believe

I was asked recently why I changed the business name from Abnormalbrain to Make/Believe. 

Generally, I always felt like A/B was too derivative. It had the silly/monstery/fun aspect that I liked, but was too directly derived from the old Mel Brooks film, and it often required explanation. 

More importantly, A/B played into this situation that always irritated me: the idea that I was a weirdo because I made stuff. As a kid, any time I'd draw something weird or complex, or even just time-intensive, someone would inevitably ask, 'what kind of drugs were you doing?' That was always so derisive, and usually from a person who had rarely bothered to try and make anything. A person who was lazy, of thought and deed. 

In reality, those of us who can’t help but create, we vastly outnumber those who don't.

M/B is a self-assertion. It's positive, hopeful, and forward-looking. It also clearly alludes to the magic of children’s imaginations, which is has become the specialty of my business. 


People like all of us, we can think anything, we can make anything. 


Dec 7, 2017

Hephaestus Skateboard

Commission for a friend. 
Sharpie on wood skate deck...from this sketch a few days ago...

< click to enflame >


Dec 6, 2017

Venom

Looks like I'm using lots of Marvel fan art in the new 2018 calendar. Here's a #Venom page. I always like to draw this character to get my hands in shape. Some anatomy, but mostly teeth and tongue and spit and goopy tendrils. The unrepentant joy of fun for fun's sake.

Dec 4, 2017

more works in progress

Working on a calendar page based around the two most interesting features of my current home of Providence RI: HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and the so-called "Superman Building"...




Dec 1, 2017

galactus/surfer fun

sketchy sketch, save for later...