Comic Book Tattoo and Digital Watercolors

Here’s a character design for a story I did with writer Sara Ryan. The comic was part of the Comic Book Tattoo anthology that came out a couple years ago. I’ve always liked rough watercolor fills- I’m doing my best to replicate them in a digital process.

A while back I had a job for the Addams Family Broadway Musical where I needed to precisely emulate a Charles Addams cartoon in a digital, multi-layered format. In the process, I discovered the wonderful Nagel series brushes for Photoshop… They do a good job of emulating natural watercolor washes. Here’s one of the more splattery examples:

…And here’s the original Addams cartoon, plus my hi-res, all-digital copy. The original here isn’t the copy I worked off of, so the contrast levels differ, but it’s still fairly close:

So there’s my first counterfeit job, approved by the Charles Addams estate itself!

Definitely give the Nagel series brushes a spin if you’re looking to emulate real world watercolor effects. They’re free, there’s lots of them to try out, and it saves you the time of engineering your own brushes from scratch (which is admittedly fun too).

Hotlanta Goes to New Zealand

We’re well into our time here in the lower half of the earth, and tempers are riding high. Just kidding. The Kiwis are, of course, as delightful as you’ve heard. Hotlanta agrees. He decided he needed to tag along on this trip, and everyone’s been having a better vacation as a result, I’d say. Here he is with our new friend Luke, who, incredibly enough, knew everyone’s favorite acorn-headed warrior on sight. That was a thrill. Luke spent some time introducing the big H to his lambs, one of many kooky adventures caught on video for the next installment of Acorn Minutes… in fact, there are enough kooky adventures being had that we may just need multiple installments for this one. We’ll see.