Tuesday, September 27, 2011

in trouble

in trouble, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Tuesday sketch -school - In Trouble-monster school is never easy...


Friday, September 23, 2011


No!, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Panel from my inner city tail - copic thumb-nailed inked in Manga Sudio - played with some tones etc ...


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stop Street 2

Stop Street 2, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Continuing some ideas in copics...


Stop Street

Stop Street, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sometimes I just need to STOP! and draw a panel/comic as Sketch Daily is hopefully leading me there....


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Lighthouse, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Tuesday sketch topic is Lighthouse ...



Reaching, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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A sketch that I ended up including because we all can't be happy with everything we do...We just have to to try harder...



trap!, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch Daily Monday idea for panel for comic...


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Scenic Sketch Saturday - Rolling Hills, quick coloured sketch in Artrage with water colour tool...


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Eyes have it

Eyes have it, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Facet Friday sketch a day. Pupil full of eyes Ditko educed idea...


Friday, September 16, 2011


twist, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch Daily "Twist Thursday" Artrage Atudio pencil and water colour...

Dedicated to Mom who was a "plus size gal" but could shake her "thang". Went way too young! Miss ya Mom!!!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's a Jungle

It's a Jungle, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch a day "where" Wednesday> I'm loving green...


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Capture the Moon

Capture the Moon, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

Tuesday Sketch Daily topic "the moon"...


Monday, September 12, 2011

Tyranno Planet

Tyranno Planet, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

Back on the Beam! I have a few more sketches to upload but this is my latest

Search Sketch Daily on Facebook! and join us. We are the cool art peeps...


Sunday, September 11, 2011

What is Best in Life?

The Good Ole Hockey Game!

So this week was a great hockey week for my Summer Beer League. We made it to the finals in our Arena for the week but it ended on a sour note with a referee induced loss...Sigh...

What this meant was I was playing hockey 3 nights in a row and topping this off with a short work week and an extra busy day gig well my art challenges fell by the way side. You would note this by the lack of drawings appearing here and on my other sites. Sketch Daily turned into a sketch weekly. Just a reminder, the idea of sketch daily is to sketch something even if you only have 5 minutes and I did but I am loathe to put them up. I will though as like I said "even if you have 5 minutes."

So yes I will post the two things I was working on and try to make some more sketches to catch up. Either that or I will move sketch daily back 4 days... It is a personal challenge. So though I felt pressure I can't let it rule me. I have my sketchbook project on the go now though I haven't started and those may end up as scans in my sketch daily...

Other things. I was thinking of topics for days of they week that I don't have topics and two things I thought about were using the word a day from http://dictionary.reference.com/ or making the first letter of the day as a difficult perspective shot (or anatomy or subjects I have difficulty with) combined with the word from http://dictionary.reference.com/

For example:

Sunday = Spatial or Spacial,
Monday = Mundane or Mindset
Tuesday = Tuesday Sketch Group Topic
Wednesday = where (one is at)
Thursday = Top Down, twist
Friday = Frame of mind, facet, feature
Saturday = scene or size

Now these are just ideas. 365 days can be a long time of drawing and though you may like a wide open topic or content, sometimes we just work better within limits...

My Art Week

See above...

Reading Week

Reading "Apocalypse Nerd"

by Peter Bagge
Year/Format: 2008, Book, 118 p.

So far, not bad, not great, just different...


Isle of 100,000 graves
by Vehlmann, Fabien, 1972-
Contributors: Hubert, 1971- ; Jason, 1965- ; Thompson, Kim, 1956-
Year/Format: 2011, Book, 1 v. (unpaged) :

"Five years ago, little Gwenny's father found, inside a bottle, a map with instructions on how to reach the mysterious Isle of 100,000 Graves and its legendary treasures-- and then he vanished. Now Gwenny, having stumbled across another bottle-shipped map, enlists the dubious help of a shipful of pirates, sets out to find the island, and her long-lost dad. Little does she realize that the Isle comes by its ominous name honestly, as the location of a secret school for executioners and torturers," -- from publisher's web site.

Strange, curious and strange but weirdly darkly delightful. Jason's art make the story surreal and less dark ...

3.5 Howls outta 5

Get into it!

You heard me! Just go and create something because you enjoy it!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Comfy Boots - Sketch Daily 9

Comfy Boots _Sketch Daily 9, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

Done on the Asus slate in Artrage. colours still a little muddled but Sarah Glidden has a water colour "how to" on her blog and I'm going to try it out digitally...



The Boring Stuff...

Going through changes in the coming months at my day gig and there will be "spillage" into my art. No. Not in the actual subject matter (though subconsciously this could be possible)
And not for the better. More hours for less pay is never a good thing (unless it is art that you enjoy doing).

The Spin

I was wondering how I was to spin this into an art week blog? Initially while they try to get things "streamlined" there will be "more time" for some months until everything goes online in the Spring. So I have to get everything I ever wanted to do started in full and well along its way.


That will be key. We all do this even when we have more hours for art in our day. With less hours coming I am/was looking for shortcuts. I considered a paperless digital option like an Ipad or a Tablet/laptop but not loving drawing directly on screen I had to consider my options and in the end I chose the:

ASUS Slate EEE EP121


I picked up a ASUS slate (Tablet) this Summer (when I had money) after reading many reviews and having a hands on for a week or so and it is still a tough recommend.

Firstly 1) Tablets are NOT laptops. They perform some of the similar functions but don't go into the purchase thinking it will be your replacement computer. It is my portable sketchbook with a 64 gig SSD and a Wacom digitizer pen on a Windows 7 64 bit system...

Tom's Hardware did an excellent in depth review here.

I'll quickly go over my pros and cons below:

The good:

12.1 inch screen
Pressure sensitive pen
Artrage Studio software installed
The Bad:

Price 1300.00
Pressure Sensitive Pen (only 256 points of pressure)
Battery life 2 to 2.5 hours full Brightness mode (4.0 hours turned down)
64 GB SSD Drive


If I had to buy it over I wouldn't. I wouldn't buy an Ipad either though. I like what the reviewer in the Tom's Hardware article said about the slate being 2 years behind the Ipad as Microsoft OS Tablets go (akin to the first Ipad). For an artist the lack of pressure sensitivity (256 pressure points) might be the deciding factor. For me as a sketch tablet it is great! For a pro as a inking tablet it is lacking...

Final thoughts:

If you are swimming in dough and need a tablet with a portable digitizer pressure sensitive pen then this is pretty much your only option right now.

In two or three years when ASUS goes another generation or two Digital artists will be wondering what they ever did without it?

What is Going On!?!

I am doing a sketch daily as you can see if you frequent anywhere Jahhdog/Michael Wawrow and some are being done on my Slate and some on my Wacom tablet. I am still learning the Artrage Studio software and am definitely working on my colouring.

Reading Railroad:

Finished Bagges Buddy Does Jersey (I love to hate! I do!!!) read old blogs...

Read Coward from Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

Some excellent criminal fiction with expressive art

4 howls outta 5.

Baltimore. 1 : The plague ships 1st ed.

by Mignola, Michael.
Year/Format: 2011, Book, 128 p.

Yes I am a Hellboy fan and this reminds me of early Hellboy. Creepy, interesting and dark. Great art and colours just add to this story. If you are a Mignola or Hellboy fan it is a worthwhile read.

3.5 Howls outta 5

Draw Pardner!

Hey friends, artists and hangers on. Go and create something. Some recipe, some love, some joy. And I will do the same!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wolin - Sketch Daily 8

Wolin - Sketch Daily 8, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

Wolin's colour got screwed up because of the different paper choices in Artragestudio....


Saturday, September 3, 2011

WAM - What a Mess!!!

WAM - What a Mess!!!, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

Friday Sketch a Day dedicated to all Mom's afraid to open the door to their kid's rooms afraid of what they will find...


sword girl

sword girl, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

Thursday Sketch a Day is a scribble thumb nail done to get me motivated to work on COTS comic. I am still torn whether it will be a web comic or print edition...