For Stan and Sharon

From Comic Book Resources:

Dark Horse will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo with the release in July of the oversized hardcover benefit book The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo.” All proceeds will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai.

Sharon Sakai suffers from a debilitating illness that required an extended hospital stay and convalescence, and while she’s now back home, she requires 24-hour care and medications that exceed their insurance coverage. The Comic Art Professional Society, which spearheaded an earlier fundraiser for the Sakais, is working in conjunction with Dark Horse to produce the book.

I got to do a piece for The Sakai Project, which is a real honor. My original art is up for auction right now, and all of the proceeds from the auction will go to Stan and Sharon as well. Check out the auction HERE. The auction ends April 27th, but don’t delay–bid early, bid often, and spread the word! It’s for a good cause!

Here’s a look at my original art:

 
And here’s the colored version that will go in the book:

 

Happy New Year = More Unicorns + Gore

If you’ll recall, I posted a couple of unicorns + gore a few months ago. Well, I’ve been steadily drawing more since then, so here are 8 more to ring in the New Year. Click for larger views of each piece:




These were drawn in marker at various sizes, just based on whatever random cardboard scraps were lying around (the smallest is 3×3″ and the largest is 12×12″). The unicorn in the second row, on the left, is an exception–it was drawn on normal paper and colored digitally.

I hate to let a good piece of cardboard go to waste. That aside, I don’t really know what’s motivated me to draw these… but I have more cardboard, and I can feel more unicorns looming. Appropriate for the impending Year of the Horse, perhaps?

Work smarter, not harder!

 
This was drawn as a gift for my pal Josh, but I wanted to try something a little different from what I usually do. I don’t ink with a brush pen all that often, and I almost never draw profile views or stick strictly to black & white/gray tones. The pose and posh attitude are, of course, influenced by the New Yorker’s mascot. Overall, I think it works?

(The title of this post is my and Josh’s favorite Scrooge quote from Ducktales. It’s a pretty good piece of advice too!)

Baller!

On very rare occasions, I can be coaxed into providing artistic favors! It helps if it’s something I want to draw!

 
I have probably seen every episode of I Love Lucy… at least 5 times? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was closer to 10. *FLEX*

Finn the Prime and Jake the ‘Bee!

My twitter pal (and talented wordsmith) @DelilahSDawson asked for my help coming up with a Christmas present for her husband (also my twitter pal & fellow Transformer fanatic) @DocKrog. When she told me the concept, ADVENTURE PRIME, I was all, “WHAAAAAT”

Here’s what I came up with:

 

This was such a fun concept to flesh out, and a surprisingly fitting mash-up. Plus I got to try out the new WHITE pen I bought at the J-market/stationary store. I used it for the highlights on Jake’s arm/hand and for the Autobot symbol on Finn’s arm.

Fun fact: I no longer know how to end blog posts.

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Draw… SOMETHING (X-mas edition)

click above for larger view

 
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! This is my final Draw Something post… unless I start playing again.

But don’t bail on me just yet! I’ll be posting plenty of ROBUST drawings over the next two-plus weeks. Expect a ‘real’ Christmas post early next week, more UNICORNS (like these), plus other assorted nerdery, as you might expect from me.

Draw… SOMETHING (my favorite edition)

Of the many Draw Somethings I produced, this is my favorite.

 
BY THE WAY, for those who care, I am well aware that these Draw Something frivolities are, at best, ‘lite’ content. More robust posts are on the way! And by “on the way” I mean, like, actually finished and scanned! Stay tuned!