Oct 30, 2013

post #50

 I think my numbering is off somewhere, but I think this is #50...

Art for "Turkey Trot 5k" t-shirt and "Halloween 5k" (unfinished.)

Oct 28, 2013

Staedtler Brush Pen Tip

I saw in comments where some guy talked about extending the life of his Staedtler Mars Graphic Duo 2000 brush pen ("The brush pen with more names than any other") by removing the plain tip with a pliers and somehow switching the ink supplies. He gave no details so I wasn't sure how that would work. But I pulled of the plain tip end (the pens have a plain tip on one end and a brush tip on the other) with pliers and, indeed, it had a little foam ink supply, fat and juicy with ink.

The brush tip end pulled off easily as well, and it was bone dry of course since that's mainly all I use. It's a simple matter then to switch the foam stick things. And re-insert the tips. It worked brilliantly, the brush tip was instantly back in fine fettle. What a boon this will be to humanity (or at least cartoonists.)

ps. Chris Garrison (who writes/draws "Our Heroes" on dummcomics.com) put me onto these great pens, that you can't buy in your local art store, for the most part, at least if you live where I do.

Oct 2, 2013

"Slob-oids" (now with color)

I wasn't going to color this, but then my pal DMS suggested we make it into a "book & record" style comic, with an audio soundtrack and camera pans from panel to panel (the way some book & record comics are presented on YouTube.)

I still wasn't going to color it even then, because we have many ambitious plans that don't all come to fruition. However, now, it looks like this one may actually happen since we're at least 90-95% done with the audio. (And it sounds really good! Mr. Smith has done a fantastic job mixing the voices, music and sound effects together.)

So, with all that going on, I felt it should definitely be in color to make a better presentation. Some of the b&w panels were a bit muddy, so hopefully the color helps clarify things somewhat.