Tuesday, December 27, 2011

hello 2012

hello 2012, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Tuesday Sketch "Hello 2012" - New Years Party #tuesdaysketch

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bantha Fodder

Bantha Fodder, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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OK I didn't watch Star Wars as my marathon (actually doing( (LOTR) but looked at a min I had sitting on my monitor and this was what came of it...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

pretty in pink

pretty in pink, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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sketch daily water colour in artrage studio

Saturday, December 24, 2011

cots crawl

cots crawl, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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More peaks at stuff I'm working on for 2012!

Merry Ho Ho!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ghost of the future

Ghost of the future, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Tuesday sketch - Scrooge Tuesday - ghost of Christmas future...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Taste...

A Taste..., originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Debuting in 2012 just a taste of "Children of The Sun"...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Goodbye - "Don't go!"

The Goodbye - "Don't go!", originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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More black panel ink work. From the Yaz song "Don't Go"....

Have Some FUN! (more ink mini tore)

more ink mini tore, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Threw more ink on the Minoataur to make it more 3d...

Have FUN!!!

Sometimes when I draw I forget to just have fun or do it for myself. This was one of those times I decided to have some fun!

I have been reading "How to draw noir comics : the art and technique of visual storytelling" by Martinbrough, Shawn.

He mentions cropping and how it can increase dynamism in your panel/sketch and after inking this Minotaur character I was getting bogged down when (after cropping) I said to myself , "Self, this looks kinda cool" what if I also used the water colour brush in Artrage Studio (one of my very favourite colouring tools).

I am still happy with it 7 hours later... (an artist's litmus test)


Mini Tore

Mini Tore, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Cropped and coloured a Minotaur character with water colour tool...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Heart of a Grinch!

Heart of a Grinch!, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Tuesday sketch is the Grinch!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Blacked again

Blacked again, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Roughin the blacks...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Brush Pen Mini Girl

Brush Pen Mini Girl, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Brush Pen Mini Girl - workin on blacks

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Winter Weirdness - Frosry Avalanche

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Sketch Tuesday on Saturday! A little late Winter Weirdness #sketchtuesday #winterweirdness

inked eyris

inked eyris, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Quick ink of Eyris


Eyris, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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An idea I got from a work friend. He threw at me yesterday. He wants to write comix...


Sunday, December 4, 2011

I see red

I see red, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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more panels...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sketch Dailyville #1 The Colour Yellow

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This one goes out to Jose http://jaglab.wordpress.com

A 10 minute comic!


Taking on Challenges

Running Up That Hill

I think it is good to take on a challenge once in a while, shake things up. Since this is mostly an art blog I will stick to that side of the fence (though you could apply this to anything)

Why should we take up a challenge? Well for one there is a theory (and this is a hell of a paraphrase) that says without challenges we stagnate and die (I told you it was a paraphrase!)

We need to push the boundaries so that we can grow!

Who Needs It?

We all do. Whether it is to do 30 characters in 30 days, 30 panels in 30 days, 24 hour comic day or nanowrimo - writing a book in 30 days. These are but a few, I'm sure there is many more.

Challenge Yourself!

They don't have to be sponsored by a website! I took up a personal sketch a day challenge back a couple months ago. I was good for the first 10 days or so but fell behind pretty quickly. I should have done quick 5 to 10 minute sketches (which was the point) but I found myself taking longer and doing more than what the original challenge was all about. This could be classified as - a pitfall.

Pitfalls, Missteps, Blunders

You have to be careful that you stick with the program/rules of the challenge and yes there is a reason challenges have rules (see above pitfall) but the idea is others have completed most of them before so it can be done but only if you stick "close to their rules...

This blog has also been a challenge. I tried to write weekly instead I wrote "weakly"!

Yes I misstep-ed and missed some weeks of writing but I tried to supplement by posting drawings and that didn't work for many of you. Many of you missed the journal-ling of our adventure in creating and I apologize as I have come to realize I am not that great of a troop leader!

I have difficulty keeping the "eye on the prize" and get easily sidetracked which leads to the blunders.

Learning to UN-learn

That's where challenges can come in handy. You do have to give up certain things when you take on a challenge. You give up some of your usual creative processes but sometimes they can be crutches. This scares some people. You can't be too particular or precious about your art in a challenge.

It is about experimentation and learning and for some that is tough. Especially if you are used to one way of doing something.

I believe that you need incentive but you also need to want to do it. There is no point in doing something you know you won't finish. So enjoy yourself. Remember, that is what we are here for.

My Art Week

(see posted sketches)

Tell me what creative challenges you took part in this year.

They don't have to be the ones I linked to but they can be personal goals/challenges!

I will link to them.

I'd be interested in what things you learned in your challenge!

ArrOOoo! Go out and be Creative!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

page work Cops and monsters

page work Cops and monsters, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Some more panel and page roughs from Cops and Monsters. What ? Didn't you play that as a kid?

Water Colour After Mini Girl

Water Colour After Mini Girl, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch A Day Water Colour after mini pose I liked...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch Tuesday topic is Roald Dahl's creations so I went obvious....Mmmmm chocolate...

Monday, November 21, 2011


truckin, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Truckin intro panel practice

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Home panel

Home panel, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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More panel practice and balloon placement...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Master Gunfighter

The Master Gunfighter, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Watched the Tom Laughlin film today.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Robin & Marian

Robin & Marian, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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I missed sketch Tuesday this week cuz I was concussed but I liked the topic Robin Hood so better late than never...

Jamie Gambell: 10K Contest!

Jamie Gambell: 10K Contest!

Enter a contest or just buy a cool comic!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Field Fight

Field Fight, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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This is what reading Northlanders and listening to the Jam does to me...

The Noise

The Noise, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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I think story in one panel and one page, problem is tryin to get the right graphic feel from the art. Sometimes it is too rough but the text can help...


nuffin, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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More panel rough panel work...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

monks study

monks study, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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practice panel for comic


Hulk on the Plains

Hulk on the Plains, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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A pensive hulk - a true Halloween monster...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

You Only Need Five Minutes

300 Seconds and Counting...

I was checking Twitter today when my art friend @MarshallPlex tweeted he "would love to make art today...but I can't...maybe later." I replied that "all you need is 5 minutes." Then I thought about how much things do or don't get done in five minutes. Is five minutes enough time to create anything?

Of course it is!

When I was taking guitar lessons my teacher used to tell me to pick up my guitar every day. Even for 5 minutes. I would reply that "this isn't enough time to go through my lessons for the week (barely enough time to warm up and play a song). He'd answer "just grab the acoustic before bed when you are winding down (my wife doesn't allow the electric in the bedroom anyway, the amp is too loud!) What I think he was hoping was that after 5 minutes I'd probably play longer (and I usually did/do) and at minimum keep a routine and your fingers "warm". This works for drawing and writing too!

Location, Location, Location

On the small chance you literally don't feel like you have five minutes because of location (work) or time (work). What about a small moleskin to pull out on your break from work. I carry one in my satchel and pull it out for ideas and quick sketches (even when I am on the job) Now if I only remembered to bring the moleskin into the house from the car at the end of my shift. Sigh...

Remember, you can grab a pencil and scrap piece of paper and rough sketch anything. Same can be said for a colour marker or even a stylus on your puter. Let's hope your puter is already running cuz some puters bloated with start up software can take 5 minutes to get going (you hear me honey?)

Some other things that can be done in 5 minutes. Play with your pet, grab a cuppa (insert favourite beverage), close your eyes, sit back and relax, sing, play an instrument, dance, write a song, write some story ideas, some panel ideas, make a sandwich, call your partner, friend, family member and say you were thinking of them! Oh the list goes on...

Whatcha Readin?

Been reading "Northlanders" from DC/Vertigo fairly consistent tales from 1000 AD and the Saxon, Viking raids (also called the Viking age. Written by Brian Wood and illustrated by various artists the book tells short (one shot) and long form stories (up to 8 issues).

Though fictional I find the stories do resonate with my limited understanding of the period (couple of classes in University) You can jump on at any time but the stories are best enjoyed in the collected trades. I love the various artists they have used as I just am finishing the third trade. Wood also writes DMZ another recommended read. These books are recommended for 14 and older as the language, situations and art can be quite graphic!

4 hhOOwwls outta 5!

My Art Week

My week is taken up by sketches and ideas, panels and colours and I'm glad I can share them with you! November is challenge month. Do a search and you can find 30 in 30 (creating 1 character daily) and Nanowrimo write a novel in a month. Good luck to all participants!



reachings, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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A panel idea for one of the pages I was working on. I decided to throw some colour onto it. I realized it was scarier in black and white...


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Addams family

Addams family, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch Tuesday - Addams family


Monday, October 24, 2011

I want Mummeez

I want Mummeez, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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More Halloween movie monsterz...

Sunday, October 23, 2011


howwlll, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Watched some AMC Halloween horror festival and got the Werewolf bug...



drawww, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Pick yer poison...


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Juice Break

Juice Break, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch Tuesday topic was Frankenstein...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mad Doctor

Mad Doctor, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Tuesday Sketch is M.D. or Mad Doctor!


doc strange

doc strange, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

A sketch Daily of Doctor Strange. My favourite Ditko character...


Monday, October 10, 2011


Grounded, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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2nd page being inked in two page comic...



Last Long (lost) weekend Was (Canadian Thanksgiving).

You may have noticed less creating commentaries and that is because I am busy creating.

I came to a realization that though I do like writing about creating, I like to create cartoons and drawings more.

Panels and Perspectives

My ideas for comics are still there and now I need to put them down in comics and on pages. I have been posting panels of "Fear" a page I have been drawing this week. It is in constant flux and the story isn't set but I am using Manga Studio and trying to learn tools at the same time.

I am trying to learn perspective and panel creation and program commands so that is why I decided to make this blog irregular.

I tried to use the new format for blogger
but didn't like it in Firefox.

I am drawing more digitally but I am still rough sketching and scanning some stuff in.

Daily Sketching

I am drawing "nearly" daily and including much of what I do on Facebook at Sketch Daily and Tuesdays at Tuesday Sketch on tumblr and Twitter. Why don't you join me?

Mixed media experiment "Reclining"...

What I am Reading

Batman and Robin: Reborn the first Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely Hardcover 2009/2010

I like Quitley's art stylized, unique and detailed. I will buy his books no matter who or what he draws... I am a Quitely fan and the covers and his art are the best thing about the Batman and Robin book The writing is pretty violent and when the new artist takes over I found it a struggle to get through. The next best thing about the book (after the Quitely art) is probably the writer/artist commentary regarding the covers and their designs in the extras portion at the back of the book. Worth a borrow or loan from your local library...

3.5 howls outta 5

Finished Peter Bagge's political/social commentary "Everybody is Stupid Except For Me" collection of cartoons.

Bagge is Bagge and I love his satire and wit combined with his unique style of drawing. Definite commentary on Seattle/American living in first decade of the new millennium.

4 howls outta 5

What I am Working On

I am working on multiple pages for multiple stories. Some short some medium some long. Right now it is Fear, though the last panel is a little troublesome. I will be incorporating it into "Children of the Sun" which is up for my next page...

Thanks for all the new Twitter follows and for those asking where the blog is?!?


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Reason to Fear

Reason to Fear, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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I have always been fascinated by the skelees with swords and spears. Must be my love for Harryhausen animated stuff!



Fear, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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New comic I'm working on. Panel a day (or more) I may incorporate the idea into another story...


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

DC Relaunch the Reboot!

DC Relaunch the Reboot!, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Tuesday Sketch Cartoon! Done in Manga Studio! Topic was DC 52...Enjoy

Tuesday Sketch DC 52 Reboot

Here is a look at the cartoon I started yesterday with the Tuesday Sketch Group on Twitter #tuesdaysketch. First Draft after writing...