So I have not updated in a bit because I have been real busy trying to make ends meet in NY. But on the side I have been preparing for one of my biggest projects ever. I have done quite a few one shot/unfinished comics with my characters and the world they live in. These were very necessary, not only to practice my drawing ability, but to learn about the comics making process as well. I have also learned a lot about the economy of digital comics. So here is my plan: Below are thirty one pages of a pilot issue in LOOSE DRAFT form. Think of them as enlarged, scripted out thumbnails. I am putting them up here in case anyone wishes to peer edit the dialogue. The purpose of this comic is to introduce the world and characters of my zombie-filled apocalypse story, NEKYIA, in their most fully realized form. This 31 page issue will hopefully be accepted and displayed by the new comic platform COMIXOLOGY Submit. Based on the reader’s response (well…not really), I will release additional volumes. I will still be serializing the chapters on my website but once each chapter is put on comixology, they will be taken down. Perhaps, if people really seem to like NEKYIA I may try to run a kickstarter for printed form. SO, If you have read the comic below and think there are things that could use work DO NOT HESITATE TO COMMENT OR EMAIL ME AT ARMAX000@HOTMAIL.COM. I have been waiting to publish the best comic I can for years and I think I am finally ready, but I’d like to see what you think. Also, FYI: The pages that are longer are designed as spread pages, so read them like an open book.
So I recently moved to New York for an increased probability of inspiration and art propagation. A few months time will reveal if it was the most profitable decision. So far however, I am having a great time and getting a lot of idea’s for the next few pages of Nekyia, which will involve a dystopian super city. I’ve been up here for about 2 weeks now, and I have a lot of backed up photos that I felt I should post for anyone in Florida who actually reads this. My current living situation is pretty swell, It’s a Live/Work artists studio in Ridgewood, Queens, with some cool artsy roomates. Because I know have the space you will be seeing more actual paintings from me, as opposed to just digital comics.
As evident from the photos, I’ve visited almost every part of NYC so far. Harlem, East Harlem, Lower East Side, East Village, Union Square, Times Square, Brooklyn Heights, Bedstuy, Bushwick, Midtown,
Now that I have finally caught up on pages and am in between doing another one I figure I might as update this blog. I recently purchased the pc/tablet hybrid, Surface Pro by Microsoft. This is a big change from my old Asus G7, mostly due to the portability. I can attest how difficult it is to haul around a 17 inch laptop, a 2 pound power brick and Wacom tablet everywhere. I was pretty much using it exclusively as a desktop computer. With this new tablet I am super mobile, which hopefully means I will be blogging and posting new art more frequently. In fact
And I can draw on the screen! Its flippin cool!
So besides finally making my page deadlines there is some other news since my last blog post.
Firstly, I had my first experience selling my art at a con. Florida Supercon to be exact. Guess how much I made?
…Times zero. I made zero dollars. I did however get to do a bunch of hilarious PokeFusion drawings and got to commission a character from the works of an aspiring author.
Also, for many months I had been attempting to get a job as a store artist at the whole foods near me. They seemed very interested, with lots of contact between me and the manager and 2 interviews. Sadly they did not select me for the job. But on the Brightside, I got to keep the expensive set of Woodcraft markers they gave me for my drawing applicatio0n. Score! And I happen to be really good with them!
Below are the 2 pieces of art I had to create for WF as well as the con commish. Also included is the illustration I did for a friends wedding invite and some inking I did in Illustrator over pencils by my buddy Rob Regis, local artist and wordsmith. So much art…my phalanges hurt…
I leave you with Isan…Amber Button. So simple yet haunting.