1/29/17 - Ice Kingdoms and Inker4Hire
Wow, the days get away from you sometimes don't they? Which is why I can't have nice things. Stray is back on hiatus until I can get my shit together. I've been doing some freelance and working on an inking portfolio. Comic book inking is one of those endeavors I can just get lost in very easily, so I thoroughly enjoy it. I sent some samples off to Marvel years ago but (as usual) didn't follow up and send more after improving. So many lost opportunities in my lifetime, oh well. Now these days you can't send stuff to Marvel, now they'll contact you. Awesome. How to get noticed in the great miasma of the internet these days? So, I'll start small, put up an inking portfolio page and show it around to the smaller companies and see what happens. Too bad my skill isn't better since I can't rely on my luck. Keep plugging away. Here's the port:
The freelance I was working on is for Mad Martian Games. I did a few illustrations for their Ice Kingdoms old school RPG campaign setting. It's available on Lulu here. They did a Kickstarter to get the first book off the ground, one of the rewards for backers was a black edition of the campaign book that this pencil version of one of my illos is in:
The fully inked version and the other two illustrations are in the full campaign book.
11/25/15 - Drawlloween / Inktober stuff
Ok, so Stray is way behind schedule, luckily I don't think anyone has noticed (at least no one has said anything to me about it). I'll be able to get back on track after the holidays...hopefully. In the meantime I participated in Drawlloween and combined it with Inktober, it was a lot of fun to do a new piece everyday. Although, some days were rather hectic and were combined into other days. I really need to make time everyday to do some doodling like that. Here are some of the better pieces I did. If you want to see them all you'll need to check out my Instagram account and give me a follow if you're so inclined at SlainValor.
9/24/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 15
Still behind schedule. Hopefully I'll get caught up soon, but that could be tough (the last eight pages are still mostly incomplete). Here is page 15, halfway through the story!
8/15/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 14
Gah! Falling behind schedule. Remodeling a new home and a few little vacations will do that. Working on getting caught up to the original schedule. Will post the pages as I finish them until then. On a side note, my new studio is coming along nicely.
7/14/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 13
To make up for last week's page being two days late...you get this week's page two days early! Enjoy!
7/4/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 12
Bah! Two days late, sorry about that. Here is page twelve.
6/18/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 11
6/4/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 10
5/21/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 09
5/7/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 08
Back to our story. Page eight.
4/27/15 - Orc Shaman with Spirit Bear
And in case you thought I've only been working on the comic here is an orc shaman with his spirit bear on 9 x 12" gray toned paper using a clutch pencil with 6B lead and a white charcoal pencil.
4/23/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 07
4/9/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 06
3/26/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 05
Page five. Our story continues!
3/12/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 04
2/26/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 03
2/12/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 02
1/29/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - page 01
Page one, our story begins.
1/15/15 - Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye - cover
As promised we begin the story of Stray, The Blood Devil's Eye. Here is the cover. Page 1 in two weeks!
1/12/15 - Rejection and Rebirth
My holidays were bookended by a couple of rather large rejections. First, I was rejected for the 2015 GenCon art show now that they've changed their entry policy. It's too bad, I had a great time last year. Then I submitted two of my best pieces to the Infected By Art book Vol 3. Apparently my best wasn't good enough, either that or my style didn't fit their vision cause I was rejected for that as well. So what about the rebirth then you ask? There's a certain project I've been working on and off on for the last 12 years. That would be my character Stray's comic book. It's partially done and has been in a state of limbo for a long time. I've gone back and forth on how I wanted to proceed on it and I'm just going to bite the bullet and put it out as is. As much as I would like to redo the entire thing I just don't have the time. I get this off my back and I can move forward with something else for Stray. So, starting January 15th I'll be putting up a new page every other week. With that schedule I believe I'll have the time to finish the later pages, some of which need done from the ground up. If it looks like I'm doing pretty good maybe I'll tighten the release schedule but we'll have to see how this plays out first. As a teaser here is the back page ad that appeared on Shattered Realm #1 back in 2008 (with a few updates).