This is a short piece of animation that I animated for my church. It’s based on a strategy of explaining the gospel using 3 colours (black for sin, red for the blood of Christ, and white for our salvation). The concept was first introduced by Charles Spurgeon in the 1800s as he created “The Wordless Book” which consisted of a book with 3 pages (black, red and white). You can find out more about it at www.3colours.ca
Pages 1 through 20 are roughed out, and I’m currently inking page #3. It’s been slow going with this comic, due to a hectic year, but I’m getting back in the groove and I’m hoping I can keep going with my momentum. I’m still more excited than ever to get what’s in my head onto paper, concerning the larger story arc in this series. I’m not happy with how long it’s taking me to get an issue finished lately, but given the circumstances of life, I’m doing the best I can. Thanks to everyone who waits patiently for the next issue to come out.
Recorded live at the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo in Columbus Ohio. This episdoe of The Kitchen Bros. Comic Book Podcast, Mike Kitchen and Blair Kitchen talk to David Branstetter, the creator of Straw Man.
One of the nice things about teaching is that I can sneak into life drawing classes. I only had a chance to draw at a couple life drawing sessions, but it’s something that I will definitely try to take advantage of in the future. Here’s a couple drawings from said sessions:
Well, other than the fact that Axe Cop is super funny and Ethan Nicolle is a really nice guy, there’s also a 2 page Possum and Axe Cop cross over, written by 2 of my children (Avery – age 8 and Jacob – age 6) and drawn by me!
You can read Axe Cop online at axecop.com and you can read the Possum Axe Cop crossover here.
Here’s the first page of a 3 page comic I just finished for the 2012 SPACE Anthology, which is a collection of original comics put together by some of the independent comic artists that will be exhibiting at this year’s S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) this April 21st and 22nd, which will be taking place in Ohio. This is one of the more fun conventions to attend as an exhibitor because it’s a smaller show, with lots of socializing between the creators.
I’d love to show you the whole 3 pages, but I should really wait until after the convention, so for now, this is all you get:)
Here’s a sneak peek at something I’ve been working on for the 2012 SPACE Anthology. I’m a little late getting it in, but hopefully I’ll still make the final, final deadline. This will be a 3 page stand alone, Possum Short. I haven’t forgotten about issue #6 though, so don’t worry. My hopes are still to have issue #6 finished for later this summer, but at the moment I’m not promising anything, as I’m barely keeping my head above water with story boarding, teaching, and being a chauffeur to 3 hockey playing kids.
I’ll let you know how this turns out when I finish it (just a taste though, because you’ve got to get the SPACE anthology if you want to see the whole thing….. at least for now).
Every year, I tell myself “I’m going to make a Christmas card this year!”, and every year I’m so busy that I look up from my drawing table and realize it’s the middle of December and I haven’t even thought of an idea, thus putting an end to that year’s Christmas card aspirations. Well not this year! Behold!!!! a Possum Press Christmas card!!!!!!
Hopefully this will become a tradition, now that the first one is out of the way.
Here’s a couple more ‘in class’ animation demos I did during a couple lectures for the second year animation class I’m teaching at Seneca College. The first was done to explain the weight lift exercise to the students and try to get them to make their characters lift using the whole body, rather than just using the character’s arms.
And here’s one I did today, using good ol’ Steve Tacola, saying “Not me.” I was explaining how you can spice up your lip sync by putting in little head shakes, and showing them how to do it while keeping the character moving in a certain direction.
Both of these were done in about half an hour under a projector, on paper of course. I shot them later during the work class just for fun, and to see how they turned out. It’s kind of fun animating straight ahead and not having to go back and fix all the mistakes!