AotA2 Production Begins

Those of you who loved Advent of the Archetype will hopefully love what I am planning for the second book.  Obviously I would start running out of free rights classic tails so instead of going into the obscure and unrecognizable lore of the western world I have decided it is a much bigger world than that.  So the second book will transition from Western tales to something parallel and different.  I will take you to the long tradition of Japanese folklore and introduce you to the classic yokai.  For now I will be presenting images as they are created to supplement while I finish my graduate work as well as chapter 3 of Meteors n milk.  I won’t be posting the story bits and wiki postings for AotA like before until I have it hashed out entirely and give it to you one day at a time.  So for now since you are amazing fans I am giving you peeks as to what you will see illustration wise.  So I will leave you with this first promo teaser of a Kappa and I will see you on the next page…

Wonder Woman Art

Tomorrow local area friends and fans can see me at Star Comics Downtown for an Art of Wonder Woman exhibition.  Naturally many of you aren’t local so today I am sharing with you my piece for the show.  Saturday I will share images from the show.  So here is the piece and I will see you on the next page…

Lubbock-Con Recap Part 2

Ok so the recap for yesterday and the second half of Saturday is pretty big so feel free to share this with your friends and family whom attended or tag friends when you share it.  I had a blast and thank you again for all the friends and fans that came out.  It was incredible and wouldn’t have been nearly as great without you.  You guys truly warmed my heart so without further postponement, here we go…

Thanks again and just because the events over doesn’t mean the content ends.  Tomorrow I am revealing my wonder woman piece for a couple up coming shows and we can talk art again!  

NTX Comic Book Show Recap part 1

The cosplay really was strong for day one and the line for George Perez never saw an end. Check out some of the incredible costumes and see what the show has to offer today if you have the chance and are in Dallas-Fort Worth area.  If not here is a couple shots of me and our booth plus a long gorgeous look at all the cosplayers.

Today is Day 2 and we hope to see you there.  My coverage tomorrow morning will also cover more of the floor and a little of the comic book show experience.  Thanks for looking and I will see you on the next page tomorrow…

How to Art part 3 – behind the scenes of AotA

So first and foremost welcome to a new year and thank you for the amazing year behind us.  I look forward to bringing you even more this year with more tutorials, events, and ways for fans to interact.  Now to bring us back on track we left on this screen here where you hopefully saved…

So either load up your saved image into Pixlr or continue 8f you ate doing this all in one sitting.  The next step you want to do is click on the double circle menu like we discussed in part 1.  Remember this menu?

Okay so now you are going to select the “double exposure” button at the top right.  You should see this pop up.

Tap in the box it asks you to tap on and it will give you your standard selection options for where you would like to pull an image from your phone.  For most android users this will either be gallery or photos.  Once you have selected and approved the image you are importing it will be downsized and dropped on your image like so.

DO NOT CLICK THE CHECK BOX YET!!!! There are two important steps here. First the image is sizable, movable, and able to rotated by your standard pinch, pull, and drag finger gestures.  Once you have it filling the screen the way you like it on to the second thing you need to do before anything (again do not hit the check yet).  See all those options… normal, darken, multiply?  Start scrolling through those.

We are going to more often than not select lighten so we can see our drawing mostly with a little bit of background only.  (Still don’t touch that arrow till I tell you)  Next we are going to select that eraser toll again.

Making the brush small, erase just over the part of the image you do not want the background to bleed through.  The image above you will see that I have done as best as I could but it’s hard to tell where I mave have missed.  So now we want to swith the mode off of lighten.

By selecting color burn you will notice the dark shadows over your drawing.  Those are the spots missed in erasing.  So once again go through and erase out the shadow areas.

It is okay if you go outside your drawing because just like before you can go in a repaint with detail to get right up to the line. Remember: It is easier to paint the background back on than it is to find the edge of your drawing. 

Here you can see areas of the image still burned while other parts are being repainted up to the line.  Don’t get discouraged as this may take a while. 

Double check of an holes or windows your image should have to reveal the background.

Finally zoom out to make sure all looks good. Hit the check box for the erase tool in the upper left. You can one last time pinch, pull or drag the background to see if a different placement will work for you.

Make sure you save again and tomorrow we will bring the branch and cat to life with more depth and color accent. See you on the next page my friends…


Advent of the Archetypes ended yesterday but in the spirit of the literary tale I thought I would bring you a classic character dressed a Santa. The spirit of Santa I believe is far more important than who wears the suit or where they come from or any backstory whatseover.  In the end it is about giving to others and spreading joy to see a smile come to the faces that honestly need them most.  SO……. here is the invisible man as your favorite jolly red suited fat man.   Hey maybe that is why he is so illusive.  It makes sense doesn’t it?

Goldilocks (AotA 21)

Hansel and Gretel took us through a greater part of the woods until another cottage came into view.  There stood before us a lady with the brightest locks of golden hair you would ever see.  Gretel stated that this girl was the key to getting us home as she has a sort of magic to her.  It was then that it became clear there were no other paths away from the cottage.  Somehow my journey was not to be continued by foot not make any sense to fly.  So what is it? 

Goldilocks originating from Goldilocks and the three  bears or even more accurately The Three Bears was first published and brought to noteriety in 1837 by Robert Southey.  The original story was vastly different being that of a ugly old woman stumbling upon the home of 3 bachelor bears.  Maybe there was magic in that porridge that made her into that cute girl and a family of bears.  Truth be told it was actually Joseph Cundell 12 years after the initial publication that would, with permission, retell the story replacing the old lady with the innocent little girl.  Thus Goldilocks was born albeit she had to go through several nane changes from Silver Hair to her now resting name.  Speaking of rest I guess we are taking one as we await the finally days of Advent of the Architypes  so till tomorrow we will see you on the next page…

Hansel and Gretel (AotA 20) 

Peter Pan carried us through the clouds as we danced with the stars.  Over tree tops it becomes clear how vast and varying the landscape is. We finally made our decent through an open clearing in the dense forest.  A small cottage could be seen with two figures coming into view. We touched down with the figures greeting us right away.  It was Hansel and Gretel.  They explained that we must travel through denser parts of the forest that can’t be flown into so once again we were traveling through the forest.  

Hansel and Gretel out smarted their first cannibalistic witch in 1812 as recorded by the Brothers Grimm. This German folk tale original had the children’s biological mother be the wife of the woodcutter.  The story is much more involved than the short version we know today.  The origins seems to point to the Great Famine dating 1315-1321.  This is crucial to understanding the story as this was a period of extreme desperation that led to many families abandoning their children.  If you want to truly fill your afternoon with an evolving tale that brings so much history and depth to character representation and development dive in and begin to pick apart all the amazing layers this story has to offer.  Peeling back the layers of a new page we shall see you on the next one.  

Peter Pan (AotA 19)

Kneeling before King Arthur the favor had been requested.  It was time to return home.  Arthur called upon one of the greatest travelers he knew that knows virtually every land there is including the never kind.  With a gleam of light Peter Pan appeared before us. “Time to get you heading on the path home my friend.”

Peter Pan, contrary to popular knowledge, did not first appear in his own book but actually in a different story titled The Little White Bird.  This was an adult novel published in 1902 where only a few chapters contained Peter Pan initially as a baby.  The novel became popular and in 1906 the chapters containing Peter Pan were extracted and republished as a separate story titled Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, which is very different that what we know of the flying boy.  1904 is truly when J.M. Barrie’s character really began to fly though because it was in this year he wrote the play that would become the story we recognize today.  It would be published in novel form in 1911 as Peter and Wendy and became the story we hold dear to our hearts.  One of my favorite series is actually an adaptation of Peter Pan written by Dave Berry titled Peter and the Starcatchers. Well we shall see where Peter Pan takes as we will see you on the next page…

King Arthur ( AotA 18 )

Once the 3 Musketeers apprehended the monster known as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde we were brought forth to the king.  The king wanted to express gratitude for our assistance in tracking down the terror of the streets.  As the light poured down upon the king in his thrown and the adorning tapestry it was then it could be recognized who this king was.  It was the pure and noble King Arthur!  He offered to grant a request for deeds done and in heart the answer was starting to become clear.  The adventure is great but home is seemingly becoming further out of reach. Can he helps find our way home?

King Arthur (Pendragon) is one of the most debated characters in history as it is unclear whether or not he truly existed.  Historians of the subject point to evidence for both arguments although it seems more point to the idea that he existed but lore got seriously out of hand.  If he did exist he notably led the charge against the invading Saxons in late 5th and early 6th century protecting England.  The story was passed through generations and embellishment before starting to appear in recorded form in early 12th century.  It is understandable how a 500 year game of telephone can skew details and embellishments a bit. Regardless he has stood as a model of chivalry and humility for several hundred years.  Truly inspiring but can his character get us home?  We will see where the adventure takes us next as we see you on the next page….

Good Vs. Evil (AotA 16)

Sherlock deduced there was more to the appearances and sudden disappearances of the monster that witnesses were missing.  Various accounts started to pick up on something piculuar and consistent. The more he chaises down the trail the more we could tell he knew exactly what or even who the monster was.  Down an ordinary cobblestone road we walked as people passed by. Without warning Sherlock forcefully grasp the upper arm of a gentleman in a top hat.  “Your terrorizing is over old chap.” Confused our party rushes to ask why and what was going on but before a word could be said the top hatred man begins to twist and shake bouncing between the seemingly innocent man and a monstrous creature with fire in its eye.  Sherlock turns towards our humble grouping and exclaims, “Let me formally introduce you to Dr. Jeckyll and…. errr. Not so formally to one Mr. Hyde.”

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was originally published as a novella in 1886 by the famous Robert Louis Stevenson. Interesting fact about this story is that the concept for the story being someone whom would change personalities based on the situation was an ideal Stevenson had been working on for a few years but it wasn’t till one fateful night while dreaming that the story came to life.  His wife was quoted as stating, “In the small hours of one morning,[…]I was awakened by cries of horror from Louis. Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him. He said angrily: “Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.” I had awakened him at the first transformation scene.” So in the end the horror was a true nightmare and the fabrication of a fantastic work of fiction was based in a subjective reality of experience even though it didn’t happen. At what point is the dream more of a effective reality than what we perceive as reality?  Till the ink reveals itself on the next page stay dreaming my friends…

AotA Day 15

Thumbelina explained about the monster she had come into contact with.  We had no idea how  to track down the monster, where it might show up next or much of anything to go off of.  We needed clues….. better yet we needed him… A few hours later he appeared on the streets.  The one and only detective Sherlock Holmes!  He will help us solve the mystery.  

Sherlock Holmes arrived in the world in 1887.  The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story first appeared in A Study in Scarlet but became so popular it expanded to include 4 novels and an astonishing 56 short stories.  So instead of binge watching a show you don’t really care for maybe try binge reading some Sherlock short stories.  Till then my inquisitive friends we will see you on the next page….

AotA Day 14

Standing before the hunchback we hear a scream of a tiny female voice.  It is clear she is in distress and heading this way!  The rain letting up some we begin to see something scurrying frantically on the cobblestones beneath our feet some twenty feet away.  The rodent runs straight from us and the screaming seems to be coming from it…. no…. wait…not from it… rather on it!! It is clear it is the adventurous Thumbelina! 

Thumbelina was first published on December 16 in 1835 written by the now infamous Hans Christian Andersen.  This original story is actually rather bizarre as while it is intended for children Thumbelina spends the majority of the time having all sorts of creatures throwing themselves at her to convince e her to marry them but in the end she denies them all and quickly falls in love with the fairy prince whom looks like a man and is her size.  I am sure there is some positive spin to a moral somewhere in it but in this day in age of multinational multicultural mixing pot and marriage for love instead of status it is no wonder that the story has changed so dramatically to take from other stories like Ariety to make there be more credibility and depth to the tale.  So what was she screaming about anyway? See you on the next page to find out!

AotA Day 11

The mysterious Bo Peep smiled the whole way but said very little.  She did said that the heart of gold feline would get us entry to the citadel.  We approached a figure with a sword drawn, looking like they were about to pounce on any foe.  Drawing closer I heard the soft purr and the guard was dropped.  This Puss in Boots introduced itself and gentle waving left the mysterious Bo Peep behind.

Puss  in Boots, also originally known as Master Cat in Italian or The Booted Cat in French, has its earliest recorded history as being written by Giovanni Francesco Straparoia.   It was a part of a work entitled The Facetious Nights of Straparoia dating between 1550 and 1553.  It would later become one the collected stories of what we now call Mother Goose Tales. With being as old as that cat is no wonder it would have some connection to the mysterious Bo Peep.  As the mystery continues we will see you on the next page…

AotA Dat 6

Jim Hawkins has guided us into the jungle but states we will need another guide to take us safely through.  Jim gives a certain sort of howl call and in moments a body drops from the trees and lands in front of me. Wolves quickly catch up to the body which is know raising it’s head to look straight at me.  With a sly grin he speaks. “Hi I Mowgli, I guide you.”  The adventure continues…

Mowgli first appeared in literature in a short story titled In the Rukh in 1893.  The following year 1894 it would be collected with other parables into what we now know as the Jungle Book.  Did you know the book is actually a series of short fables meant to teach moral lessons and is not intended to be read as one continuous story? United States is also the only country that pronounce the name as Moe-glee. The author stated the name was to pronounced such that the Mow would rhyme with cow.  Every where else this is how his name is pronounced with respect to the author. See you on the next page adventurers ….

WAIT!!!!   For those of you with older European traditional backgrounds have a happy St. Nicholas Day.  He was the real person on which the ideal of Santa Claus was derived and tradition was formed. Did you know the reason why it is celebrated on December 6th is because that is when he passed away and hence was deemed a Saint? It has been a ritual to carry on his Legacy once a year since his passing in the year 343! 

Fan Art Friday

A good friend of mine and fellow comic creator is having his birthday today and for that I did this little whip up of some of his cast for his series Legends of Streaming.  Check out what comic I am talking about by clicking this word  Here While you are there give it a like for his birthday.  Anyways here is the sketch I did for him.  Have a great weekend everyone and see you on the next page…