Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gertie and Dutch

My Aunt Gertie sent me a letter telling a story of life on the farm.  She would ride a horse down to the pasture and collect the cows returning them back to the barn.  One day a neighbors bull got out and chased her home.  After getting home safe the horse stopped so quickly it sent Aunt Gertie into the watering tub.
Here is the scene as she races home yelling for "Daddy"...great stories from the farm.

Friday, March 22, 2013


      Thanks for the comments, I used "Manga Studio" Software. It is a great program for line work and layout of multiple pages. The  pen sensitivity is better than "Photoshop" or "Sketch Book Pro" but "Painter" is still good for color and line. . although I got away from Painter because of glitches in the software. I do a lot of drawing on the couch with my "Motion Computing Tablet". .. an e-bay purchase a few months ago.  Otherwise I use a Cintiq Display.   Below are some process shots.... I hope they make sense. I use separate layers for line, thicker line and large dark areas. I use standard Manga brushes, but am starting to experiment with custom brushes.
     Again, thanks for the interest.... Let me know how  your story is coming along.... I still have to send my finished Mini Comic in!.. . . just a few tweaks left... . follow me here or on Google plus. . .

Saturday, March 16, 2013


 here is another work in progress.. . . . I hope to have a finished Piece up in a few days. . . . Also, went to a one day Mini Comic Event, today will share results soon!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dear Aunt Gertie

I have a wonderful older Aunt Gertie on mom's Side. She is a country girl through and through ...She is in her 90's now and tells wonderful stories about life on the farm. For years she wrote letters to the  local paper as Gertie, your "Country Cousin". As kids we would visit the farm. It was always an adventure, open spaces, the horses and cows.... and itching for days because of my allergies to hay! . . .But playing in the barn was worth it.... Recently she wrote mom about an old story of raising a runt pig as a young girl. So I thought I would do a sketch to thank her for the Story.... I hope she likes it.... will give an update when I can. Everyone should have an Aunt Gertie "Country Cousin"!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hold still

Here is a panel with the kids meeting the animals from the woods.  The raccoon and friends meet the children as they sit still in the in the forest.....I did this in Manga studio on my motion computing tablet, mostly at bed word balloons....should have figured all the dialog first.  Now I am doing a great deal of writing and formatting because I got to far along with the drawings not enough planning in and learn.

Monday, March 11, 2013

the road to Evergreen

Started a new story about a couple kids, the woods and a Troll.... here is page No. 1
Wondering which Cover To go with. ...any Constructive opinions welcome.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monsters again

 Been Looking At "Creaturebox" for inspiration those guys are great!

Great Tutorials and fun stuff!