Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Clues to Find

A game of "hide and seek" has Theo mouse leaving clues all over town for Roger mouse to find.  Here is one left on the hand of a clock in the town Library.

I did this in Manga Studio. Roger's backpack is a mix of different found scraps sewn together. His hat will be one of Roger's inventions that help him defend himself against cats!  Still working on more sketches of key scenes before I attempt to get into a full script.  Trying not to fall behind with my timeline...but know I most likely will.....

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

jumping the train

After a game of hide and seek on the train.  Theo (Scamper) jumps train with Roger's (Mousey) backpack with his untested "secret" tool to protect against cats.  He needs to find him before he runs into the form of Marley the cat.
Still working on scene sketches and the script due in a few weeks.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Drawn To the Night-Arabian Nights

The went to the monthly life drawing class at the Art Council down the street.. .this is a great chance to draw with others and get a sense of community.  They recently opened it up to kids.  . . a lot of fun! These are quick studies about 15 min to 30 min sessions. Models are in costume based on the theme of the night.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Swoop and the Mouse

Still adding some characters to my story...went camping for the last few days internet, no a few sketches done at night.
Swoop, the hawk, meets my main guy...the little mouse.  They will become best of friends, but the first meeting is filled with anxiety for the little you can imagine.  As Swoop is sizing him up, "mousey" (as Natalie calls him) looks to defend himself with his sewing needle...more to come

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mouse Tales characters

Here are a few more character designs.... I am so frustrated with this so far.:(
Roger is a older mouse who is looking for calm after being threatened by cats most of his life.  He is very resourceful and can do anything with his trusted needle and thread and a backpack filled with gadgets.

     Theo is a younger mouse, untested, but filled with optimism.  He lives on the train where he was born and raised with his small family.  One day, while exploring the different cars of the train, he stumbles upon Roger and his workshop.  In Roger,  he finds a friend and mentor.  Always on the sidelines, he is confident and eager to test out his feet.  He is sure he can stay one step ahead of Roger in his favorite game, "hide and seek!"

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Full Mini Comic Day 2014

Went to a Mini Comic day in Ann Arbor with Lorene and the kids....
The task was to come up with a 8 page short story and sketch it out quickly in just a few hours.  I didn't make them stay for the entire time...just to help with the initial concepts....
Natalie had some ideas, but Ethan had a little I sketched the sketching ...the process.
This is the result.  These comics are fun, but they are also making me think more about the whole writing process, plus the value of getting something done fast even if it is not "perfect".  I can't tell you how often this has helped in my day job...sketching not just how something looks, while in a meeting, but sketching the scene that puts product or ideas in context.  Plus its just fun....

Still trying to figure out more ways to engage the kids in the classroom...I go in next month for another session....keep sketching!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mini Comics Day Inking

Staying up way to late tonight.  Watching "Bull Durham"and reflecting....anyway ..."Oh my goodness, we got ourselves a natural disaster here!"....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

U of M comic day

Its been a while since posting.  Went down to Ann Arbor for a Comic Day and started a little comic with Natalie and Ethan...Here is a work in progress TBD....

Stay tuned for revisions and a final coming soon....