Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Years everybody

I made this gif for you:

Bravest Warriors!

Yo, have you guys watched Bravest Warriors yet? I painted this the other day:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Ragnor & the yeti.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Magical Monster People: Reverse Mermaid & Antler Lady

Reverse mermaid is doing her stretches and Antler lady has excellent posture.

Monday, November 11, 2013

When I Dream

About a year ago I had a dream that I made this comic. In my dream, I sat down, wrote, and painted the first page of the comic. When I awoke the next morning I could still picture the comic vividly in my mind and decided that I needed to make the comic in real life. Since then I have been working on it in my free time. It has gone through a couple of revisions, but the first page is pretty much what I dreamed. Since the initial page idea, it grew into a comic about the things we can not control in life.

Buy a Framed Original Page

Around the time that I was finishing When I Dream, a family member was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had already been considering selling some of the original artwork, but this spurred me to use all of the profit from any artwork I sell from this comic to donate to the American Cancer Society. I currently have six of the pages framed and ready to hang. Including the frame, the dimensions of the artwork measure 16.5" x 19" and have a wire on the back.

I have a store for ordering the artwork set up here. Or you can just order it through email. At the moment I can only send the art to the continental United States. Or if you are in Los Angeles I could probably just hand it to you.

If there is a page that you are interested in that is not listed in the store, please email me.

A huge thank you to Nick Avallone and Nyssa Shaw for reading drafts of the comic and providing feedback. Another big thanks to Melissa Cell who patiently posed for several of the panels and lent her web site making skills to the store.

When I Dream was painted with Winsor & Newton Artist's Watercolors and inked with Faber-Castell Artist pens, Staedtler Pigment Liners, and Copic Markers.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

RAGNOR | a 24 hour comics day comic

Every year on the first weekend of October artists, writers, and anyone with an interest in comics is challenged to make a 24 page comic in 24 hours. Originally developed by Scott Mcloud, this day has taken on a life of its own. Around the world comic shops, libraries, and individuals hold events where the 24 hour comicers gather to make comics together. This is the third year that I've been a part of the annual event and also the third year I've gone to The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach. They have tables for 30-40 people as well as a constant stream of food and coffee for their participants, all for free. Creating comics or art in general is often a solitary and lonely activity that is quite anti-social. This event turns that around and creates a fun and exciting atmosphere. The hours are tough and I've never stayed the full 24 hours. I haven't needed to stay the full time the past two years. With last years comic, Mr. Mouse, and now this comic I've been able to make a complete story in roughly 18 hours. Staying up until 7 am is about as good as I can do these days. The results are weird but I hope you enjoy:

Magical Monster People: Bird Girl and the Dryad

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Magical Monster People: Reverse Mermaid & Bug Girl

Every time the model gets in a side laying down position the only creature I can think of to turn him or her into is a mermaid. Sometimes they are reverse mermaids.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Magical Monster People: Dragon Lady & Mermaid

I've been thinking a lot about how long do I want to keep up the Magical Monster People. I have been going to figure drawing on and off for about 10 years now and I am not about to stop for good any time soon. However, The body switching is a relatively new thing. It adds a fun twist to something that I would do anyway. I started it as a way to break out of the routine of drawing a model but it has become its own routine. I'm noticing repetition in my characters, many of them are starting to look alike. The sketchbook that I have been working in is about to be complete and perhaps I will decide that with the end of the sketchbook that will be the end of the Magical Monster People. Maybe I can change it enough to reinvigorate the concept. Either way I will keep going to figure drawing, whether or not the people have fur, feathers, or fins.

Monday, September 16, 2013

31 Days of Cowboys

I've begun research for a graphic novel set in 1910 southern California that I will be writing and drawing. Part of my research has been looking for photo reference of what people wore in that time period and geographical location. I found a set of photographs from the Library of Congress and began drawing some characters from it. Its interesting what assumptions I had about people from that time period that were incorrect. My favorite clothing detail that I learned was that most men wore suspenders instead of belts. In the roughly 30 pictures of men I only saw one or two belts.

For the month of August I drew a character either from that reference or my head. I played around with style and techniques. These are a few of my favorites: