After mulling over my last toon I posted (featuring Harold the whale who hates being called Moby Dick), I decided that he needed a better tail and a little friend.
It’s summer and the water is wonderful. But not everyone is happy. Right, Harold?
This poster features a special jungle reptile…the green basilisk.I decided he looked better in white! What makes him so special? His nickname is the Jesus Christ lizard. Why? He’s the little guy with the ability to run over water surfaces up to 60 feet.
Just taking a little time out from directing Tour Package to draw a new toon. Looks like he’s taking a little break too.
I wrote Tour Package, an adventure comedy play, in the first three months of the year. It has a great cast and we are in the middle of rehearsals. I strongly believe that everyone needs a laugh and this show will deliver lots of chuckles. The logo for the show (the tour bus) is another of my toons. Behind the scenes information about this wacky play between now and the premiere (videos, interviews, stories, photos, etc.) will be posted here.
Frank needs to make some lifestyle changes.
And so we head back in time to the Old West. As Bat Masterson said, “Never run a bluff with a six shooter.” That can be a tough lesson to learn…especially for a cityslicker.
There are times when you need a little inspiration. I came across a website called artprompts.org. With a single click, artprompts will spit out a random idea from a category of your choosing (character, object, situation, etc.). The prompts are only words, a single phrase with no images. I clicked around a few times until one suggestion hit home: feral child. And, with that, Amanda was born. This little girl deserved her own page.
Well, now that the both exhausting and exhilarating Studio Tour in Loudoun County is behind @leannefinkart and me, it’s time for another sketchy toon story page. Goat Boy takes centerstage…a would-be superhero who has no powers, but disguised as Joe Schmo. he is a nerd who lives in his parent’s basement. And that’s pretty much the end of his story. The rest of the toons showed up after I grew bored with Goat Boy (which didn’t take long). On this page I’m playing around with spot coloring (the frog). Sure, I could call this an artistic technique but, in reality. it may just be creative laziness.
I like drawing cartoons, although you would never know it. I’ve taken a hiatus from drawing for the last few months. Instead, writing, nonprofit work and, of course, household chores took its place. The most ambitious project during this period was writing a new adventure comedy play, Tour Package. More on that in a future post.
The attached mishmash of cartoons was the last stuff I drew this year. The images are sketchy as hell and the captions were added later so each toon has its own story…or the beginning of one. I’ve looked at this page many times over the last few months. This pairing of unfinished art with half-told stories gnawed at me. So, I’m returning to this format for a while.