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 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.

30 Days of comics 2013: Day 2

Picking up straight out of bed, having my morning coffee while drawing:


Your koan of the day, coloured pencil and charcoal pencil:

30days2013-11-02_1It’s not

A watercolour interpretation of the Danish poster for the 1953 War of the Worlds movie, spiced with a mangled Schwarzenegger quote. Don’t ask me what It’s supposed to be about, I just work here!

30days2013-11-02_2.2I’m really enjoying playing around with these water soluble coloured pencils, but I’ll spare you some of my less fortunate experiments (yes, this is one of the better ones, thank you!).

In the throes of the unexpected

30days2013-11-02_3Felt tip pen, charcoal pencil, digital colours+edits.

This describes quite well how I feel most mornings. Otherwise, no comments.

30 days of comics 2013: Day 1

On the heels of Halloween, it’s time for another round of 30 days of comics. I drew the first doodles in my sketchbook driving home from the art school where I’ve been teaching, and I couldn’t scan them until tody. So, sorry about that.

The first one is an attempt at using coloured lines, inspired by Andrew White‘s work (but don’t blame him, he’s a good ‘un). Since I was drawing on the road, there’s a scatterbrained quality that snuck into the comic. I mean more than usual:

Caught in the corner

30days2013-11-01_1Missed funeral

This one is a backhanded tribute to a Danish cartoonist who inspired and influenced me when I was a teenager. Rune T Kidde‘s irreverent and visually crude comics was a needed wake-up call to a kid reared on fidgetily drawn superhero fare and French/Belgian adventure comics. Earlier this year I helped publish a musical collaboration between Rune and multi-musician Morten “Umpff” Langkilde, and so had a chance to meet a life-long inspiration.

30days2013-11-01_2Rune died on 21 October, and I realised on Wednesday the 30th that I’d missed attending his funeral. I feel like a huge idiot for that lapse, and it struck me again while my train ran through his home town of Roskilde. I was on the fence about adding a big fat sadfaced emoticon to the text, but I hope these lines explain the poorly-formulated context. So, :(

Day 27 – #30dayscomics

Today’s entry is in reply to a Twitter conversation I had yesterday with @FrauLizling. She got so frustrated with her work that she deleted the majority of her blog posts and burned her sketchbooks:

@ Everyone says to keep working, but that shit is hard! xD How the bloody hell do you do it?
Lizling Claire

My reply was rather glib (“It’s all I know how to do”) but sitting down with my sketchbook this morning, the question was still churning in my mind. How do you keep working and improving yourself, especially when the world seems to be struggling against you? My answer:

Day 23 – #30dayscomics

This is something different from my previous 30 Days of Comics posts in that I was able to collect a 36-page book of yesterday’s sketchbook comics; and in that everything is drawn from visuals in the TV show Lost.

It is also entirely same-old, same-old in the abstractions, the panel grids. Just a bit more rushed, as I didn’t want to cheat and freeze frames!