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Jul 19, 2017

Wanderlust

Wanderlust [won-der-luhst]: (n)
     1. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.
     2. a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

Stumbled across this word awhile back, and it got me thinking about an old character of mine...

Jul 8, 2017

RETAILiation Comic Book #1, Pt. 3

As previously chronicled, after college I revisited my RETAILiation characters, this time in comic book form. It was never completely finished, so you'll see pages in various stages of the process, from totally rough to cleaned-up backgrounds to finished black and whites. With over a decade of retail experience myself, I have a lot of stories left to tell in this world. Perhaps some day I shall return to this well, but until then I am happy to share this taste with you.

For the first time ever, I present to you the final pages of RETAILiation, Issue 1, Pages 15-22...




Jun 28, 2017

RETAILiation Comic Book #1, Pt. 2

As previously chronicled, after college I revisited my RETAILiation characters, this time in comic book form. It was never completely finished, so you'll see pages in various stages of the process, from totally rough to cleaned-up backgrounds to finished black and whites. With over a decade of retail experience myself, I have a lot of stories left to tell in this world. Perhaps some day I shall return to this well, but until then, I am happy to share this taste with you.

For the first time ever, I present to you RETAILiation, Issue 1, Pages 8-14...




Jun 21, 2017

A Couple of Elves

Who says elves aren't in season this time of year? We're half way to Christmas already!


Jun 14, 2017

RETAILiation Comic Book #1, Pt. 1

As previously chronicled, after college I revisited my RETAILiation characters, this time in comic book form. It was never completely finished, so you'll see pages in various stages of the process, from totally rough to cleaned-up backgrounds to finished black and whites. With over a decade of retail experience myself, I have a lot of stories left to tell in this world. Perhaps some day I shall return to this well, but until then I am happy to share this taste with you.

For the first time ever, I present to you RETAILiation, Issue 1, Pages 1-7...


Jun 8, 2017

Noah's Ark

Awhile back, I was playing around with the idea of expanding my old Academy of Art illustration into a short story of some sort. The illustration (posted below and at this link) was based on the Biblical tale of Noah and his animal-filled Ark. I liked the idea that all the animals we consider extinct were just left behind when the floods came.

Then I realized that I had subconsciously lifted the idea from the Fantasia 2000 sequence with Donald Duck. So that was that.

But here are some new character design explorations:
And here's the original illustration from school way back in 2011:

May 31, 2017

RETAILiation Preview Comic


This post and a few more upcoming posts required some cobweb dusting. Back in grad school at The Academy of Art University, I developed RETAILiation, the story of three friends who all work retail jobs at the mall and the misadventures they have. Having a decade of retail experience myself, there was a lot of story content to draw from! For school, I developed the story as if it were a traditionally animated television show, and ended up with some character designs and a storyboard sequence (see original Post here). For me, it was barely scratching the surface.

After graduation I really wanted to continue the story of these three and the rich supporting cast I had developed in my head. So I attempted a comic book!

Well, first I tested the waters with a short, seven-page "preview comic". None of it was ever cleaned up, but I think it's still pretty clear what's going on. Enjoy!



Up next: the First Issue...


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