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I just received this picture from my friend Ryan. He apparently made these for me tonight. 

I’mma die of joy.

I just received this picture from my friend Ryan. He apparently made these for me tonight.

I’mma die of joy.

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Boss-level grilled cheese battle…begin!

Results: he’s insanely picky, but he’s actually eating. Victory!

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I know this sounds weird, but I’m nannying for a while to help a friend out. Definitely cuts down on the drawing time, and I’m super tired. 5 year olds have sooooo much energy!

So, today I found this Rusty toy, and it made me happy. Big Guy and Rusty by Geof Darrow is one of those amazing things from my youth. It’s nice to see another generation enjoying it!

I know this sounds weird, but I’m nannying for a while to help a friend out. Definitely cuts down on the drawing time, and I’m super tired. 5 year olds have sooooo much energy!

So, today I found this Rusty toy, and it made me happy. Big Guy and Rusty by Geof Darrow is one of those amazing things from my youth. It’s nice to see another generation enjoying it!

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Pencil poops!

Pencil poops!

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Yesterday I put up an old drawing I made when I was a little kid. A bunch of people told me to do a modern version, so here you go!

I inked this while talking to chrisdibari on Skype. Then my friend rocketdinosaur suggested some colors!

I had a ton of fun! Everyone should give this exercise a try!

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jakeekiss:

My cousin Rob Thomson is a bit of an upcoming film maker. A few years back he did a short based on a comic pitch Luan and I put together called “Light Bulb”. Now he’s working on a second such short, this time based on a story called “Floater” that I wrote and which was originally illustrated by Evan Bryce for the Space-Gun Synesthetic anthology.

The story is heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury and the short Kaleidoscope in particular, though Floater has a bit more of a sarcastic, humorous tone. The fellow you see here suiting up as “astronaut Rob” (not named for my cousin, but a funny coincidence) is actor extraordinaire Brandon Sterret. He worked with us on the Light Bulb short and it’s great to have him for this one as well.

You can check out some of the storyboards and concept design I did for this short from earlier tumblr posts, and I’ll upload more set photos tomorrow. 

Huh? It’s weird to flip through your Tumblr feed and say, “Hey, that looks eerily familiar?” Then realize it’s something you drew years ago being turned into a short film.

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I thought I should post some of these up. I ran across some old sketchbooks from varying times of my youth. I’ll post more later. But I wanted to show that it has taken a ridiculous amount of work to get to the point I’m at. I struggled with style, proportion, everything!

When people ask me how to get better and I say to draw a lot, they probably think it’s a cop out. I’m not hiding some secret trick, I have insane amounts of sketchbooks filled with this stuff. I just loved to draw, and kept trying to learn from my mistakes.

Am I embarrassed by these? No, they lead to where I am now artistically.

When I taught art, I had students that threw away their old art. It made me sad. I feel it’s really important to see what you used to do. When you’re down on your art, or stuck in a rut, it’s great to look at old art and realize how much you’ve grown! When we’re looking at only current work, we put on blinders that hold us back from appreciating how much we grow.

When people say ‘I give up’ after seeing a fantastic work of art, it makes me think of little Evan. If he was making these drawings, and gave up, he would have missed out on so much! I’ve done things that my younger self never thought was possible. Sometimes it really pays to push forward even when you, or other people don’t believe in your abilities.

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I don’t really throw out pens, usually there is a way to get them back to a semi working fashion. As long as the nib isn’t ruined, and you can at least gain access to the ink reservoir without majorly damaging it, you can get a few extra miles out of a ‘disposable’ brush pen, micron, whatever. Why spend $2-5 when you can use the equivalent of a few pennies of ink?

In this case, I couldn’t gain access to the ink cartridge. The nib was removable. So I took a fine eye dropper and put in a few drops of Dr PH Martin’s Black Star. So far, it’s working pretty well. Since this pen has been dry (could still make some faint marks, not completely dry) for at least 3 years, it lost a bit of fine detail. It still has good control and increased speed. Plus, the added bonus of waterproof ink. It’s great to do this for convention pens, because they take a beating.

I don’t really throw out pens, usually there is a way to get them back to a semi working fashion. As long as the nib isn’t ruined, and you can at least gain access to the ink reservoir without majorly damaging it, you can get a few extra miles out of a ‘disposable’ brush pen, micron, whatever. Why spend $2-5 when you can use the equivalent of a few pennies of ink?

In this case, I couldn’t gain access to the ink cartridge. The nib was removable. So I took a fine eye dropper and put in a few drops of Dr PH Martin’s Black Star. So far, it’s working pretty well. Since this pen has been dry (could still make some faint marks, not completely dry) for at least 3 years, it lost a bit of fine detail. It still has good control and increased speed. Plus, the added bonus of waterproof ink. It’s great to do this for convention pens, because they take a beating.

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After multiple people told me to try it, I attempted drawing with an ink brush in my beard.

After multiple people told me to try it, I attempted drawing with an ink brush in my beard.

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Quick sketch and ink practice while watching Bates Motel.