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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
12:41 pm


just getting it started.
may take a few weeks to get a new
travel computer that can handle the Internet.
Powerbook G4 is a good DVD player.
That is almost all.
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
2:00 am
Cutting Glass

Eyes are nervous these days as there is
powdered glass littering the studio.

Cutting glass is very frustrating. I am wasting
many sheets due to inexperience and random breakage,
but I'm getting a hand for it.

The studio has been a huge mess and I've put comics
on hold to try to get comfortable at the framing craft.

One good thing is that the studio gets more
and more back to normal and less cluttered
with every frame I get up onto the wall.

I'll post a photo of the middle room of the house
in a few days. The walls in there are covered in hexagons.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
6:30 pm
Out of the Doldrums
Eliot and Evan are getting back into completing
the music on the Dreams.... album!

A lot of D.I.C.F. projects on MY back-burner will be
getting their heat adjusted as we get closer to a release date.
Here's one of the production company logos I figured out this week:

The FRAMES I've been working on are now taking the back seat as
I try to catch up on some Optomo comics work and a new comics project
with my Sci-Fi writer friend Barry Greenstein.
The Framing was taking over BOTH of our livingrooms.

Everyone is happy now that they don't have to eat in their rooms.
Before getting back to comics I figured out a banner for a local band's website.

Go to www.snagwing.com to see the completed color version.

As far as Optomo comics go, I'm excited to post progress photos of
the different stages of our process in the upcoming weeks.
Right now, you can compare THIS sketch to the super rough sketch
shown in the post before this one:

Everyone is always curious about the work split between Mike Tudor
and myself. As you can already see, it's not merely a words vs. pictures split.

More "Poo" and "Crap" next time!
Monday, April 28th, 2014
6:39 pm

That's a glasses joke.
Serious now.
I'm pretty far along in making some frames for when a "Dreams in Cryogenic Fugue" show happens.
They're piling up in my living room's corners.

I'm getting glass tomorrow and matboard delivered in a few days.
Soon enough I'll have a post on THAT process.
Now I'm back on comics.

Mike Tudor came over a few weeks ago
and we detailed some pages that I'd laid out
just before starting the DICF project.

They've been on the wall for a bit now
and I'm trying to write the end to this
story we fried up quite randomly.

I've got about 9 new pages laid out.
I need to letter them and visit Mike soon
to get ink on this last stretch.

We'll have a 64 page story finished in about a month.
It's in 3 parts and I'm trying to get folks to
read the first 2 to see if it makes sense and reads well.

These latest pages are the best yet. We've improved greatly in working with each others styles over the past 50 pages.
Check back. Hopefully I'll be posting more. Just found Rachel's old camera, so posting may pick up in frequency.
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
6:33 pm
Out of Cryogenic Fugue
Working on comic stuff and random things.

This is a detail of a poster for a coffee party.
It's good to have some color after months of black and white.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
8:39 pm
What is this for?

This was a drawing some months ago that I turned into "A REAL THING!!!"
But what is it? I don't know... It's not the poster, I'm WorKing on the poster.
mmm... I'll figure out something to do.
It was nice to work in color for a change. When I cut this drawing off the board I'll give it a nice scan and see if I can get a decent sized, "color-correct" reproduction online. This will have to do for now. I still have to look at it for a few days to decide if there's anything wrong with it.
Sunday, January 26th, 2014
4:35 pm
Now what?...
It's been a wild ride on the ink tsunami it took to splash these pages together.

I've got the book laid out and am tweaking tiny things while we wait to hear from the printers. Eliot just posted a new finished track on the Kickstarter page. You can get there through the www.dreamsincryogenicfugue.com site. This spread is the one in the book that will go with that piece of the album.

There is 1 spread like that for each of the 14 songs on the album. Hopefully my next post will be a photo of a box of beautiful books.
Monday, December 30th, 2013
2:38 pm
Endless nights of scanning

I have an image of this one posted below but it's a bad photo.
The scanning is going a lot smoother than the last time. I only have about 8 more to do.
Eliot's been missing for the past 2 weeks. He's in a basement in west Philly with Evan Levine sitting around a bucket with all the tracks in there. They've got a big pile of rags of varying dirtiness and they're polishing. Every few days a singer comes over with a rag of their own and a chair to sit in and help. I think, this week, a drummer is coming with special oils.
Saturday, December 28th, 2013
6:27 am
Scanning again

I'm back at the computer scanning these big pages and stitching them together. I've run out of inking work and now we're in the last stages of organizing the computer information into a book. I still have some work to do on the credits page but there are still musicians that may get added so I have to keep big spaces of the page blank for now. Stay tuned for upcoming crisp scanned images instead of the grainy laptop photos I've been posting.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
9:36 pm
One more "REAL" page
This is the last mandala for the book!!!:

Aside from finishing this, I have to do a little more work on the cover, and lay out the title page and that's it.

After all the above mentioned work I'll post some sketch pages alongside some of the finished scans and news of the printing schedule. Check Back!
Monday, November 25th, 2013
5:16 am
Monster Reversey Faces

This page ends up having a quality that this early sketch was drawn to have:

It's a drawing that I spent some time on and photocopied and cut up and made better and then realized that it was fun, but doesn't have much to do with the project.

There are coiling snakes and whatever, but it really ends up not fitting in.
The piece from my last post has these bug eyes in it so it has the same monster face reversey symptom.

The whole book was designed (at first) to be looked at upside down and normal (the mandalas anyway) but convention won out although some of them still look good when you're standing on your head.
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
1:42 am
Through the Abyss
Nine-ish months ago, on the third page of my "Dreams in Cryogenic Fugue" sketchbook, there is this drawing:

It illustrates the track in the album when the main character lets its body get assimilated into it's spaceship and disintegrate into uhh.... Eliot says it better:

"And now we gotta break it down if we want to survive the singularity crown............
We'll take it first to the nano-scale, then those bots are gonna burst
into subatomic particles but that's still not enough.
We've got to decay into radiation waves,
Organic energy encoded into patterns falling through"

I traced it and photocopied it larger and framed it in black paper
and then did 28 other pages and left this one on the back burner.

Now, with the book almost complete and over 80 pages of Dreams "work" in the sketchbook I'm finally getting to the actual page that will go in the book. It's a lot different, and I'm sad so see some of the elements of the sketch get dropped, but when it's finished it will meld well into the whole of the book.
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
2:31 pm
Working Under Horrible Lighting Conditions
Check out my new LAMP!

I added a lamp to my set up because I was getting summer blindness whenever I stepped back from a bright white page. It feels cozier in here.

Some uncommonly known facts about the lamp photo above:

That's all the work I have to do!!! That's it! 2 pages and whatever's on my desk.

This is what's on my desk currently. I'm taking my time with it. THE COVER!!!
Taped to the wall is a tracing paper overlay to my sketch with gold marker markings.

The image will be inset. (There will be a white (the paper) border around the image)
I'm happy with how it's coming out

Here's just a taste of what the cover will look like when screen-printed.
Imagine the yellow as metallic shiny-osity.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
3:24 pm
Cutting up my finished art
The wings in this one piece were too dark. I needed to lighten them up to draw more attention to the center of the image. White paint wasn't going to work, so I decided to try to scratch some of the ink off with a razor.

It was quicker than laying on paint would have been, and since the wing is an organic pattern the less controllable scratches work on it. When I get the whole thing scanned and converted to strict black and white it will look more like this:

It's a little dirty, but it kind of looks like I just laid a white dot pattern over it. It looks good on the actual piece, and I'm confident it will look just fine on the large printed album page.

I can count how many pages I need to do on one hand. Stay tuned. It's going to get exciting.
Friday, November 1st, 2013
7:14 pm
Making Frames
I've never made a frame before from scratch.
Some of the circular images I'm making I would love to see framed in hexagons.
I couldn't find a 60 degree miter box so I had to make one. It was the most difficult part of the whole frame making process.

With the box finished, and a few tests under my belt, AND with multiple phone conversations with my good friend and former frame-shop worker Logan, I figured out how to bang one of these hex frames together. If you pay close attention to the measurements during gluing it will come out very close to perfect. This one was made with the parts of 2 large identical square frames bought at a thrift shop.

I am very happy with this test frame. In the next few days I experiment with hand-cutting glass.
Sunday, October 27th, 2013
1:19 pm
Good week
This week I got 2 pieces polished up.
Here's an example of the kind of thing that will be in the sketchbook pamphlet I'm photocopying for some of the Kickstarter contributors. The sketch for this silhouetted figure took about 2 minutes to do and I like it a lot more than the figure that ends up in the finished piece which took a lot more toil than 2 minutes.

Also the piece that is hinted at below fills me with excitement. I keep making pages that I think are the best yet. It is good that I jump around the book a lot in working or else you'd be able to see a progression from page 1 to 32.

I took a razor blade to one of the pages that has been on the wall for a month. I'll scan that soon to see what it looks like. Comics artists have been using razors to scratch out a white pattern in a patch of black for decades and I never noticed or understood it until recently. I still don't quite get it but I'll show you my attempt at it in a few days.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
1:11 pm
Of Black Holes and Turning Your Body into a Spaceship
20 days since the last post.
Everything is up on the wall. I don't mean everything is done, but everything is out of sketchbooks and out of my head and taped to my studio wall. There are no stray ideas hiding in corners. It's all been cleaned up and laid out. All I need to do is finish everything up. Easy.

Here's another studio shot of an almost finished ink drawing and another of the sketches that needs to be enlarged and rendered soon.

The last sketch to be figured out is one of the first ones to be scribbled in my sketchbook. It is a part in the story when the main character lets his body be absorbed into his spaceship and then devolve even further into waves of sound and energy so he/she/it can travel the universe easier.

AND since I last posted, I finally applied ink to the sketch I was excited about 2 or 3 posts ago:

AAAANNND I did a finished "to size" cover drawing with a gold ink overlay AND talked to my friend Drew a little about the mechanics of screen-printing onto the cover after it's been printed. I could show you a photo but that would be giving away too much. Trust me; I have a strong reason to believe that this book is going to look very very cool.
Friday, September 27th, 2013
8:14 am
Just finished a double page spread (2 pages, 1 image) for the last page in the book/album.
This is a little clip from it:

It's the last page of the book, but not the last page I have to do.
The last page I do will be the first page of the book with all the credits
and information on it. I'm on a pretty good inking streak and hope to finish
2 more pages with a quickness.
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
8:51 am
Kickstarter Win
The Kickstarter ran successfully, and without a webpage to check every few hours, the weight of the remaining work is very real. One hundred and twenty-three people donated to our project. This makes me very happy happy. Something like 85 of those want physical books and I am eager to get those into their 170 hands (pairs).

I haven't done much ink work in the past few days. I've been figuring out parts of drawings that have been too gray in my mind for too long. Below is an example of some human forms that have been cartoon-blob-silhouettes on the wall for a month.

I have 5 penciled pages on the wall this morning and it's time to get out the ink and brushes. The pencils are a little tighter than usual, so hopefully the inking will go quickly and I can check a big chunk of my work-load off the list at the end of the week.

Here's what my list looks like.
Monday, September 16th, 2013
6:25 pm
Man on a Slab
One of the characters rides naked on a slab through a few tracks in the album.
Here's the text page for the image I'm working on today.

This image is going to have a lot of stretched proportions. Below is an Idea that got kept through the many different sketches of this track. I like the bewildered character with his "friend"'s shadow looming over him.
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