New Tools!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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It’s the dawn of a new era! I recently bit the bullet and bought a Surface Pro 3, and loaded it with Manga Studios 5. Can I get a WOOP!? I’m pretty excited. HOWEVER – the reality of the learning curve has hit me over the past few days as I’m playing around. With every new tool we must invest hours of time learning and training in their proper use, but dang, I just want to bust some moves! I did the above sketch pretty quickly (I mean, considering I’m at the bottom of said learning curve right now) if only to have a point of reference, 6 months from now, when I can look back and chuckle at my newb-dom. The brushes used above are the ones that come straight outta the box, and I have to say, I really miss my Kyle Webster Photoshop brushes! These MS brushes are nice and blendy, and mix color on paper the way you never could with actual watercolor, which is kind of fun to mess with, but I miss the texture and true-to-life handling of Kyle’s brushes.  Of course you can customize the MS brushes to your heart’s content, but I’m looking forward to scoring some of these Frenden brushes I hear so much about. Why reinvent the wheel? Anyway, I’ll post samples along the way, and maybe even get around to drawing some more comics with this thing! Or at least some fan art… I’m overdue on some fan art. Batman!

When Zech’s Away

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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Read ‘em all. It’s Friday, you know you don’t want to do actual work!

 

New Work Available Now!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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I’ve been sitting on these for a couple months now, but I’m ready to put them out there! Now available for the first time in print – here are the first three chapters of my latest graphic novel Trespassers! This is a very limited release: there are only 12 sets available. Each set includes the first three chapters, each with a hand lettered, saddle-stitched cover. 54 pages total, black and white, all ages. $10 per set, includes domestic shipping. Thank you for your support!





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Bus Stop

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Was thinking about drawing some comics based on memories of riding the school bus as a kid. Also been playing around with Kyle Webster’s “Copier” brushes. They’re fun!

Fan Art Mania

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Well, I’ve been doing some fan art.  Partly it’s because my brother is loaning me his Cintiq, partly it’s because I snagged Kyle T. Webster’s wonderful digital watercolor brushes, and partly it’s because I saw a whole bunch of really great movies in the last few months (and the return of Portlandia) and figured it would be good practice to put my spin on those characters. I post these immediately on twitter if you want to follow along (also tumblr) although I’ll probably share them here and my illustration site in batches too. If you’re not sharing content in at least 10 places on the internet you aren’t sharing content at all!

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500

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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Folks, today is the 5 year anniversary of Easel Ain’t Easy, and this here is the 500th comic! I realize the Myers Briggs joke might be a little obscure if you’re not a nerd about personality tests, but personally I think it’s the perfect way to round out the first 500. (You can figure out your Myers Briggs with this test, then come back and this comic might be funnier.)

I’m not going to blabber on and on about how much this project has challenged me, but I will say an enormous THANK YOU to all of you who have read and shared these over the years. This comic wouldn’t be nearly as fun if I didn’t have amazing family, friends, and fans to receive my comic transmissions, so thank you for your support and participation. To those in my life who have become characters here, you are incredibly good natured and I appreciate each of you. Most especially I want to thank my husband Zech. He came into this comic around the 1 year point and it has only gotten better for all his jokes, insights, and handsome mugging. Our cat Charlie was a pretty good addition too (for the record I’d guess he’s a more tempermental ISFP.)

What’s next? Well, quite a bit hopefully. I’ll keep drawing these comics, and maybe some longer “memoir” comics. Hopefully a print version of the first 5 years will be around the corner. I continue to work on my second graphic novel (I’m three chapters into illustrating at this point). I’ve got my illustration site up and running, so feel free to throw a job my way. And I’m working on one other collaborative project that I’m excited to unveil, but not quite yet. A cartoonist has to keep a little mystery around her, after all.

For old time’s sake, here’s the comic that started it all 5 years ago. You can read the rest in the archive.

 

 

Sup Bow Sun

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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Snoozie Time

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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Cool Beans

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Shout out to Caroline for helping me develop this one… strangest comic I’ve drawn in a long time.

Old Habits

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Okay, well truthfully I haven’t gotten too hooked on this game yet, because you have to wait for your Sims to do everything in real time! In the old PC version you could have them do a 8 hour task (like sleeping) and fast forward through it. I guess they want you to pay for upgrades and all that, but really it just helps to keep me in the real world.

Also, when we were at the MOMA they had the original version of The Sims on display! As modern art! So very highbrow.