Riff no. 2

My second riff on Minutemen’s Please Don’t Be Gentle With Me. More about why and for what here.

gently-02-1gently-02-2 gently-02-3 gently-02-4Trying some typography & collage for this one. Basically made up of stuff I had in my scrap drawer that I keep for the same purpose. My ancient LetraSet transfer sheets are running low on certain letters, so I had to be creative — which I usually charge for, so that’s a freebie for you all.


First of a series of riffs

So I jumped at the opportunity to do a comic for Warren Craghead’s Minutemen tribute anthology, which is going to be great no matter how bad my contribution sucks. There are a bunch of great people working on this that I know of, but I don’t think anyone has been officially announced so I’m not going to spoil the surprise here (or spread false information!).

The deadline is not until early July, so I figured I’d try out a few different approaches to the song I picked, Please Don’t Be Gentle With Me, and I’ll be posting them here as I make them. Now, these are sketches, and I’m trying some new things here, just so you know. I claim the right to post some things that may well be crap, in the spirit of creativity and process. First up, from yesterday:gently-01_1 gently-01_2


Remember the crap disclaimer from five seconds ago? Apply at your leisure :) I always allow myself to start a sketchbook with a bad drawing, to take the pressure off breaking in a blank book. Also, any drawing after that will be better! Same goes for this, I suppose (I hope!).

I’m not sure I’m really going to use the lyrics of the song in the final version (Warren advises against it) but here I liked the way it acts as graphic elements, and lets me play with repetitions. At this point I think I kind of need to lean on the lyrics to find the tone of the song, and the proper visuals to go with it. Whatever, I’m artsplaining now.

Today’s take will be up shortly! is right here >>

30 Days of Comics, Day 27

- being another catch-up post, and a potentially tedious exercise in recycling compositional elements:


So above are the basic elements I decided to work with. As I copied it, Imucked around with the copier settings, so there are certain colour changes in the following transformations:  30days2013-11-27_return04web30days2013-11-27_return02web30days2013-11-27_return03webIn hindsight, the one thing that I would have done different is to leave the words out of the original, but it wasn’t until I’d put them down that I thought of doing multiple variations. The wording (half quoted from an old Faith No More song) kind of prompted that, and since I’m running low on steam these days I’m taking any chance to cheat/inflate my output.

30 Days of Comics, Day 17

So I’ve been away from the scanner for a while and have only been posting 30 Days mobile snapshots to Twitter. I’ll have to go back and post proper scans later this week so everything is collected here. For now, here is the day’s work:


30days2013-11-17_kök-1000pxA return to form: Trying to squeeze some more images out of the objects in my kitchen :) Felt tip pen and ink wash. Got me one of those portable Pentel watercolour brush pens, and I filled it with an ink/water solution. Still getting to know it, but I like the possibilities it offers.


…And, er… also some of the spaces in the kitchen… Look, it was a slow day waking up, okay?!


This needed a bit more work than the sketchbook could bear, composited from 3 sheets (basic drawing + pencil tones and Pioneer plaque appropriations) and coloured digitally.