Sunday, April 27, 2008



After a day of total unproductivity, all I have to show is a struggle of a strip sketch and some sketches that I think and keen. Here are some more precocious characters - from the *other* side of the classroom. The main characters are insular types and, despite facing these kids every school day, they keep forgetting the non-Gemstone kids exist. I like to think of that side of the class as it's own comic strip that just isn't being shown. In that strip ("Copper Road" - NO ONE STEAL THAT NAME FROM ME) Kaitlyn would be the central character - one only an expert cartoonist can draw reliably. (Uh oh...) Yvette is the near-mute lackey. Vincent is the oddball who lives in a universe with more optimism in its logic than in our own.

This leaves Roddy, Quincy and Xander as the last to get official first sketches. Poor Roddy, he's a big supporting character - the only non-Gemstone kid who is persistent enough to get the Sapphire kids to recognize him. Of course, him being a black cat and me not having a decent method for drawing black features (see Kaitlyn) might have something to do with it. Quincy is the dog version of Kaitlyn (German shepherd) so the same problems arise. Xander is a character that resents all the other kids and doesn't want to be involved in their antics... so he's not involved. Aside from occasionally putting him in the background of strips, I won't have much use for him.

And, since I don't like the current version of Jacob on the site, I sketched out a MUCH better version of him. This sketch, along with the others above, will soon be re-traced and turned into cute color illustrations for my site.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Once more - with feelings!

It's Friday night and I have no plans/friends/life - so I kept on customizing the blog! Next step: Angst-ridden poetry? Nah. Emo rock? Hell no. A long post about my feelings? Eh, maybe later.


This image, resembling a Chick tract (but only half as hilarious) is a teaser for the first arc of my comic strip, Precocious.

OK, now it's later!

Today DC Simpson, creator of Ozy and Millie officially announced the strip was coming to an end. It had been obvious he had begun winding down, but the announcement still hit me hard. I had told my friends for months now that I hoped Precocious would be the next strip to carry the torch once Ozy and Millie ended its run. There have only been a handful of strips that truly connect with me, and they've inspired me to move forward and stand on the shoulders of these giants. I never really expected the timing to be *this* close - I sorta wanted some time to develop my skills (and, you know, gain more fans than just myself) - but now it looks like Precocious' launch will be right as Ozy and Millie comes to a close. Maybe I'm an egotistical fool to think I can step in - especially with so many other established quality webcomics out there - but I have to aim high, right?

Now I'm feeling weepy sentimental. And I'm writing about my feelings. CURSE YOU, BLOGGING!

So it's finally come to this...

Who knows how often this will be used - if ever - but I now have a blog of my very own. What will it be used for? Only time will tell. Whatever. It's here in case I need it.

I wonder if I can make this a sketch blog...