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...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

coloured marvelous

coloured marvelous, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Usually do my own characters but saw Ms Marvel and had to update previous "sketch a day". Coloured in Artrage with airbrush and water colour tool... Besides previous sketch is topless...


blondeoctober, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Technical pen and water colour in Artrage studio sketch a day

Sunday, October 2, 2011


politicians, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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Sketch daily - motivated to learn more Manga Studio and motivated by upcoming Provincial election...

colour zombie

colour zombie, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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coloured flatted in Manga Studio ...

zombie suit

zombie suit, originally uploaded by jahhdog.

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sketch daily - zombies wander the streets of every city's financial district...