I was strongly persuaded by loved ones to post this, sooo..
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A loooong time ago, I posted how I’m totally using digital means to create most of my work. The biggest challenge was in replicating my inking. I’m a fan of smooth, broad strokes, going from thin to thick to thin, and I wasn’t about to settle for less. Thankfully, there’s someone else in this world who thinks the same way, and is willing to do the hard work for all us digital comic converts.. Mr. Ray Frenden! Not only does he produce some of the best digital cartooning I’ve ever seen, not only does he write the most honest reviews for digital art tools with the budget conscious in mind, he also finds the time to make the most outstanding brushes for Photoshop and Manga Studio! And they’re darn cheap for what you can create with them. !Muchisimas Gracias, Mr. Frenden!
Frenden’s Layout Red Sketch Pencil.
Frenden’s Simple Round Brush (used for both inking and coloring).
Amazing how time flies between posts! I’ve been working on a quite a few projects since releasing the first issue of Cabeza. Hopefully, the following should answer a few questions..
Whatever happened to Cabeza #2?
Producing the first issue entirely on my own was a real mind-bender. While I had an idea of what it would entail, nothing can really prepare for the huge amounts of focus and discipline required to produce a 28 page comic entirely on one’s own. Couple this with maintaining a steady 9 to 5 and.. Well.. You get the idea. By the time I was finished, I was physically and emotionally wrecked! That didn’t stop me from starting art on issue 2 (preliminary art was shown on a previous post).
While pimping the first issue at the 2012 NYC Comicon, I took notice of a few things. While the attendance had grown immensely, few peeps were actually looking at and purchasing comics. The majority of attendees were there for everything else but comics. This forced me to look at the medium of comics differently. I was actually scared that this medium which I love so much may actually be at it’s end! In conversation with fellow comic-heads, I found differing opinions. The consensus among those asked is that the medium is not dying, just changing shape. Just as the internet has changed the way we can access movies and music, so has it changed the way we view comics. I realized, with both sadness as well as excitement, that I must change the way I define and produce comics.
With this in mind, I’ve decided that the best way to get my work out to the masses is in the form of a web comic. This entails totally re-formatting the first issue so that visually it will sit comfortably on your monitor. I’ve broken down the first issue into 6-8 page episodes, which allows me to edit and even expand upon the art and script. Way cooler is the option of adding color. As much as I love black and white comics, the main reason I had the first issue printed in grayscale was to cut printing costs.
I hope to be done re-formatting the first issue by summer 2014, which should give me time to work on what would have been issue two for winter of this year. For those who absolutely must have a tangible copy, I’ll still print individual issues to be sold at whatever cons I’m able to attend next year. So.. there ya’ have it. For the five or so people who actually give a crap as to my whereabouts, now you know.
So Whatcha’ Been Doin’ in the Meantime?
As much as I love creating the world of Cabeza and it’s cast, the story does lean towards the dark side. Getting inside some of the character’s heads, especially the not-so-nice ones such as Manny and the Clown, can really mess with my head. Fortunately, my compadres over at Mas Media Studios offered the opportunity to contribute a very short story to an all ages anthology that should be out in the Fall of 2014. The result is.. The Titanik 3!
It was great fun coming up with a concept suitable for everyone. While the story is simple (only so much you can do in four pages), I think I did a decent job of setting up a premise for future super-kiddie adventures. Below is the first page. I will post an exact publication date as soon as I hear from the Mas Media mad men.
That’s It!? That’s Not Enough! What Else Ya’ Got?
Anyone who knows me would also know my main Artistic Stain Chevez, of Hart of Sanchez Prod. While we’ve loosely collaborated in the past, we’ve always entertained the idea of truly creating something we can both sink our choppers into. And, lo.. The time is finally right! We have begun work on an adult themed activity book named POTCO. (I believe the name is self-explanatory). It will include all sorts of haze-themed goodies, including my favorite part, a free flip book mini-comic containing two new stories! My part of the comic is named “Tales of the Haunted Projects”. I hope my bro’ Chev won’t mind if I allow the two (maybe three?) peeps out there who are actually reading this a peek at the cover..
I’m having a blast creating stories for this thing! Recently, I’ve been a huuuuge fan of the classic EC Comics library. And, I’ve only recently discovered the brilliant cheesiness that is the line of DC horror comics from the bronze age, for which this cover format pays homage to. I don’t expect us to be done with this project anytime soon (again, we have jobs, familia, etc), but I promise to post updates as we crank it out.
So! There it is. As always, I have a ton of other projects I need to get a start on, including the second chapter in the Cabeza Trilogy, “Nana”, and a line of Subway themed trading cards (more on that later), but I’m writing this from my day job, and I’m sure I have work waiting for my arse. Until the next one. Thanks for shopping Cabeza.
Ever since obtaining an Ipad Mini last December, I’ve been experimenting with a few paint apps to see which one would best suit my drawing-on-the-subway-on-the-way-to-work needs. So far, I’ve been enjoying Adobe Ideas greatly. It’s interface is way simple and easy to figure out from the start. And I can even save art in vector format for further embellishing in Illustrator. !Nice!
This pic was done entirely in Adobe Ideas, using a PenGo stylus.
In the interest of working faster, I’ve decided to go totally digital for the second issue of Cabeza. This means I’ll be producing all of the art on my Mac from start to finish. It’s taking some getting used to, but I’m happy with the results so far. Here’s a sample of pencils and inks from the second issue.
Thanks to all of the peeps who stopped at our table this year! The first issue of Cabeza debuted and the response was inspiring, to say the least. Chev, Junior and I had the pleasure of meeting so many talented people from all over the country. I’m most definitely super-psyched to start on the second issue!
Lord have mercy! After much blood, sweat and tears, the first issue of “CABEZA” will finally be available at this year’s MoCCA Fest! This Deluxe Convention Edition is magazine sized for extra viewing pleasure! Only a very limited supply of the Deluxe Edition will be available at the convention! The first issue won’t be available again for another two months, which will be in a traditional comic book size, which will be just as pretty, just smaller. Also available, “!QUE! The Jun Nunez Sketchbook”, a cute collection of random doodles and such. I think I’ll have prints for sale as well. Joining me at Table K-22 will be talented father and son crew Chev “Hart of Sanchez” and his son Junior. For details, hit the MoCCA ad below. See ya’ there, fools!