Friday, December 31, 2010


dad1, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

My Dad passed away Tuesday.

One of my favourite memories was Dad my brothers and me heading up every year to spend the weekend camping and fishing in Parry Sound at Long Lake.

Beans and hot dogs never tasted better then when we cooked em over the open fire and listened to the Blue Jays on the small transistor radio...

Monday, December 27, 2010

The End is Near for Another Year!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Hope you enjoyed my favourite 3 F's this time of year "family, friends and FOOD!"

What I thought about this week:

It is less than a week until 2011 and I was wondering about the things I wanted to accomplish in 2010. Oh don't worry it is all art related!

I wanted to create more in 2010 and that was accomplished.
I wanted to write a and post some of my creations "check"!
I wanted to learn more about the process of others art and in so doing take what I could use to encourage and compliment my process. "check, check"!

Some things I didn't want to do (but did anyway)

Whine about my process and become frustrated...
Complain I didn't have enough time to complete something...
Not have goals...

Some things that happened along the way (mostly unexpected)...

Met some great people and artists...
Felt good about what I was creating...
Happy in the moment of creating...
Actually completed some things I said I was going to do...
Started to work on a web site...

Thanks again to all of you who take the time to read and comment on what I am doing. It is very cool of you and your positive comments and criticisms are taken in the spirit they are given!

My Art Week:

I had to pull back from a project that I was co creating with a friend. I have too many of my own things to do and I couldn't in good conscience expect to give it the time it needs to happen. That said I have started working on my third project and I am pretty pumped. Here are some things I have so far...

Some experimenting with tones and a smoother inking setting oh and my notes to myself...

I also worked on these thumbs for another story with some trial inking along the way
Next up is trying to get something on my site and a discussion of 2011 for next weeks blog!

Keep creating!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Home for The Holiday

Happy Holidays!

This time of year is a busy time especially when I don't travel to my wife's family for Christmas.

So what is up? Well I am now officially It is a place where you can go to find all the stuff I'm working on and contact me for projects sketches etc. Of course I haven't put anything up but this:

Why did you do it Michael?

Well it was on advice from a few art buddies and podcasts in that you don't want your stuff spread out over too many sites on the Internet. The cost was nominal. Just getting my domain and finding a host that would allow me to buy a month (to check out their reliability) versus paying for a year and finding out that they aren't reliable. I'll let you know how it progresses but follow me there!

My Art Week:

It has been a week of sketching and thumb-nailing which I have decided to turn into "ham-fisting" errr I mean much larger thumb-nails. I am either doing them in my sketch book or in Manga Debut 4 EX. Those not done in Manga 4 will be scanned into the program and shrunk down and arranged into the order that works. The only concern I have is spreading my story out into too many places because I am NOT the most organized person and I don't want to lose any panels.

I was emailed by an art buddy to collaborate on a future project. I think the idea is good but my time is being spread between 3 comic projects and a web site right now so I have decided to shrink down my three comics projects so I can work on this new idea. Will it work? Only time will tell...

I asked Santa to send me some new Crayola Pencils and Crayons for Christmas, they sharpen themselves! I hope you get some fun stuff too!

Have a Happy Holiday!

Enjoy the 3 F's at this time of year! Family Friends and Food!

Oh and don't forget to squeeze in some time for creating!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Attack of Rudolph-zilla

Attack of Rudolph-zilla, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

Art and Story Christmas Challenge 2010.

Finished one panel strip for Art and Story Christmas Challenge!

Plan to do a 3 panel and maybe even a mini comic if I have the time...


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rudolph With Your Nose So Bright!!!

So here I am with my first 1 panel comic in process temporarily called Rudolph-zilla! You get the gist from the pencil to the perspective process.

There are some who don't want you to see behind the curtain. Hehe. For a process blog with personal art insights etc. I don't know how you would do that...

In any case her are the three pictures from (1) thumb pencil to (2) first trial pen to (3) second more finished ink.
So not finished yet but just wanted to show you my working progress or work in progress!

Keep creating!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

OH NO! Christmas is Coming!

December is here!

A new challenge has been issued by my Art and Story crew relating Christmas or the holiday season in a panel, strip or short story! It will be good to put my mind at use to something Christmas related. I have a short story and strip on the go at the moment.

These are some trial thumbs I will be using...

My Art Week

I finished my 30 characters in 30 days (as can be seen if you go through December here). It was fun, challenging, fun, hard, fun, and well fun. I am glad I did it and I would do it again!

I've been reading the Dummies book on Manga Studio Ex 4.0. Lot's to the program and much to learn...

Read Alan Moore's "49'ers" Gene Ha drew some excellent pages and the colour was fantastic and Alan Moore was, well, Alan Moore!

Thanks for all the comments on the Buzz Twitters and Facebook!

Keep Creating!