Post # 50, that is. My goal was to reach 100 this year, but that's looking like it might be a little out of range. Still, who'd'a thunk I'd make it to 50? Not I.

I've started a new job. I now work in the News Graphics department of the Contra Costa Times, and I'm still slightly dazzled by all the new routines I have to learn. Although it's technically the same type of job I had before, it requires a broader knowledge of more programs and operating systems, and the server set-up is more complicated than I'm used to. I know it's simply a matter of time until it becomes routine but I'm in "new-guy" mode, so my brain is slightly panicky.

The old job worked me extra hard right up until the end and the new one is really occupying my days and my thoughts here at the beginning, so I haven't had much time for personal work. And the commute! I'm losing one-and-a-half to two-hours to travel time, so far. That pretty much crushes what used to be my personal drawing time. I'll find a way to get it back eventually-- drawing on breaks, getting up an hour or so earlier, whatever.

Onward and upward, right? Onward, at least!

Today's post: Some quick doodles done late at night before I started the new job-- the only drawing I've done outside of work this past month. Pencil and pen on plain old paper. Colored in P-shop.

The End.


  1. Congrats on the new gig. This has to be one of my faves. great linework , and spot on coloring . 'Finhead' is awesome.

  2. WOW!! So many beautfiul sketches and drawings!! HAve to take time and go through all of these new goodies. :) Thank you for visiting and enjoy my blog.

  3. ooo Congratz on the job!! I've never read that paper before but I ride the Contra Costa bus a lot (i take a class at DVC) If I ever see the paper I'll check it out!!
    I love the classic style of the superhero comic above - but I've always wondered; how do you get that awesome texture in the background?? the grainy effect? is it some photoshop pattern? Hope you don't mind the questions,

  4. Thanks folks!

    Paul: In photoshop, underneath the "filter" menu is the "pixelate" sub-menu. In that menu is the "color halftone" filter. You can play with those settings (although you should write down the original settings first as it can get really nasty when you experiment and it might be hard to find your way back) and apply it to the layer with the color on it-- keep it away from your linework! Unless you dig that.

    You should be able to fuss around and find a pretty good semblance of old-school comic book coloring. That being said, I went about coloring this page a bit differently– I was doing some experimenting myself here. If, after your investigations, you want to know what I did, I could post a step-by-step thing for you a week or two down the road.