Friday, 30 November 2007

What a Difference a Nose Makes!

When thinking about character design, the nose is one of, if not the most important elements. Think about The Flintstones (which loosely informs this picture). Fred's big honker as opposed to Barney's slender pointer. What personality traits show up in a nose? Think about celebrities who get nose jobs. It used to be very small, pointy styles. Then streamlined, upturned poo-sniffers. Now cute button noses are actually "in vogue."

Think about your favorite cartoon character... what does their nose look like? Is it miniscule like Garfield's? Baguette-like as per Wiley E. Coyote? Perhaps it's the only real feature, as in Peter Bagge's Buddy? Ren or Stimpy? Perhaps there is no nose... Marvin the Martian, or duck characters (to some extent! They have a bill...). Or maybe a weird bump like Casper? Villians love pointy noses or super-curly nostrils that they can wrinkly in disgust.

The nose is important because it's the feature that will remain constant with your character. The eyes scrunch, widen and close, the mouth contorts more than any other, the ears are usually visible one-at-a-time or covered by hair, but the nose is the center, visible in profile as much as symmetrical views. For a more realistic approach, look at Pedro Almodovar's women. They all have unique, interesting noses and their personalities are often reflected in different ways because of it. I can't make this stuff up, folks!

Anyways... here's a quick sketch simply based on size. I took away the "Homer" shadow just to make the second nose appear even smaller. Easily father and son (big nose=age?) as much as plastic surgery:

Thursday, 29 November 2007


So as a thank you to everybody for supporting Toppled Idols... I'm putting up the first fully finished page from Invisible Empire!!!

November has been the most successful month... and the HALF YEAR ANNIVERSARY is coming up!!! Great things are in the works, so sit tight and be prepared for awesomeness to come!

And keep checking the skies!!! Or Toppled Idols, whichever's closer.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE! I couldn't do it without your support!

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Tuesday, 27 November 2007


One of my all-time favorite movies. If anybody knows the artist that did the original poster, please let me know.

Chip Kidd, Eat Your Heart Out

At first I was trying to do a Peter Lorre type guy, but ended up with this. Ron Serling, or Dragnet shyster... I dunno, I just post here!

Monday, 26 November 2007

Fake Punk Flyer

This is a fake flyer for a fake band I did for a piece I'm writing. It might appear in the next BAClog; Bushwick Area Consortium publication. But it might not! In which case... I'll reprint it here! The band is called Latexx Venjenz.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Pretty on the Outside

A nod to Dave Sims, for some reason. I think my drawing skills are improving, because even with "conventional" pens, I think my crosshatching looks better than it did, say, a year ago. It's my stick-to-itiveness. Or stuff.

Yay! Giant head monster!

Friday, 23 November 2007

Music Makes the Bourgeoisie and the Rebel

Madonna has some crummy lyrics...

This is a mix CD insert for my pal Oliver. Rather than some other stuff I drew today, I thought this was kind of cool 'cause it was the music I was listening to while I was drawing. Plus, you have to click on it to get a closer look... so it's, uh, interactive... yeah.

AND if you're on, you should add me!!!

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Guitar Hero 3

I played Guitar Hero for the first time. It's pretty fun, but difficult if you are a musician because you want to PLAY THE SONG instead of push 5 buttons. But it's cute.

Here's an illustration (I haven't put any color pictures up in a long time!). God bless Photoshop.

Time to Change the Filter

One from the sketchbooks... It don't get better than mutant frogs!

Monday, 19 November 2007

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Flyer for Spike Hill Show

Well, I didn't draw it, but here's a flyer I designed for a Sunday show at Spike Hill. I don't know Rick Snyder, but Soft Black, Elizabeth Devlin and M Lamar are all amazing. So you should come! (click on it to see it big... I love film grain!)


Friday, 16 November 2007

It's Bristol, Bitch! + Nib MADNESS

So I just got BRISTOL BOARD, which I should've started using eons ago. The ink just rolls off the pen into perfect pictures... unique yet familiar.

On another note, if anybody has any tips on using these crazy nib pens (I think they're used for lettering?) PLEASE let me know. I tried to use it for lettering and it turned out looking, uh, less than great. But it does make a great border! Here's a picture:

What are these KRAZY pens for??? I've got a couple that will rust if I can't use them!


Thursday, 15 November 2007

The Tables Have Turned

I love how bored the bulldog looks while the hydrant sprays him... I think I should redo this and make it clear what's actually going on... it's a little cramped?

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Cute Scary Things

After "Cute, Sad Things" I'll open another store called "Cute Scary Things" full of recalled kid's toys. I'll make another killing (no pun intended!).

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Monday, 12 November 2007

I Love Ink

a lot a lot

Big Head

Big heads are usually associated with pride, ego and brashness...

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Me Being Interviewed

I got asked a few questions at the event... unfortunately lost forever to a system malfunction (sci-fi speak for fuck-up). It was cool hanging out with indie comics people. Indie Spinner Rack; thank you. And special thanks to Julia Wertz, who I didn't really get to talk to because she was bartending, but makes really awesome comics and just moved to NY from SF (like me! kind of)

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Indie Spinner Rack 100th episode

That's right. And not only is it the 100th episode, it's being recorded LIVE at Duck Duck at 5. If you live in NYC, it's off Montrose on the L train. I'll be there, and hopefully you will be too!

If you haven't bought your copy of Awesome, you should.

And if you've never heard Indie Spinner Rack, well sir, you should.

I Love New York

and here's proof:

it really has it all

Friday, 9 November 2007

For Those About to Draw

We Salute You!!!

Buttons for Blog Bookmarking

Sorry about the random post. These are buttons that should make it easier to bookmark and hopefully make this blog blow up. If you have any of these, please add them and pass the word (picture?) along.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

The Wind and the Sea

Two old souls. Inspired by the movie Nausicaa; Valley of the Wind

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Brown Baggin' It

I can't get enough of these caricatures on index cards. I think I might do a bunch of them until I get a few I like and then do some big versions of them. If you spot one you like, definitely let me know...


And hello to all the new people checking out Toppled Idols! Thanks for checking out my stuff!

Friday, 2 November 2007

The Heat is On!!!

The heat is on in my place... because it's getting cha-cah-chilly out there! Here's some more caricatures I did on index cards (my new-found favorite medium).

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Unsavory Characters, Tasty Bacon

Five unsavory characters, two strips of bacon and eggs over easy

Thanks for checking it out!

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