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Mad Paul III: With a Vengeance

A new semester of my Intro to Comics class at MCAD begins today. In just a few short hours, I'll unleash the Hounds of Comics on a room full of unsuspecting students, and my Reign of Terror will begin. Comics is not all fun and games, oh, no. It's Hard Work. If they didn't know that already, they will soon, as they slog through my new syllabus for a Comics Boot Camp.

I'll either break them, or they'll break my syllabus, or...we'll all be fine.

Aw, it'll be OK. It's Comics! What could go wrong?


Mad Paul cartoon by former student, Chan Chau


C'mon and Shine On with the Holy Rocka Rollaz!

Just released is a new album from The Holy Rocka Rollaz, and it sounds great! I did the art and design for the entire CD package, a six-panel fold out affair, which houses some fine '50s-style pop/rock inspired by the music of Buddy Holly, and others. It also features a couple hilarious novelty numbers, One Ball Daddy and Cindy Lee is a 38D (I'm working now on art for a music video for the latter - more on that at this blog, later).

Listen to song samples and order C'mon and Shine On from CD Baby, and check out the art, below. I'll post tomorrow about my creative process on this project.


Front cover


Lift the CD from the case, and see...


Four panels from the interior comic book-style liner notes (sans text), which chronicles the origins and evolution of the band and album:






The full cover spread

Rip the plastic wrap and it all looks like this:


Click image for short instagram video




Caveman sketches. 30 minutes. Manga Studio. Nice way to spend a small portion of a Sunday morning.


TothPix: Sandman

Toth's tribute to Bert Christman's Golden Age Sandman:


I cropped and rotated the above image, from Toth's original drawing, which I find busy, due to the background pattern. This piece was scanned from the rare book, Toth: Black & White (1999).



Music Video Art: Creative Process

Here's one way I create my art and comics:

HRR_CLee_garage_process For this series, I did all the roughs and layouts in Photoshop. I move those into Manga Studio, where I tighten the pencils (if need be - this one didn't) and jump into the line art. Inking in Manga Studio allows me to work quickly and loosely - I just undo strokes I don't like, and try again. I export the line to Illustrator, Live Trace it and color away! Doing the final art as vector allows me to re-size as needed without any loss in resolution - if I want to do a large poster of any of these at a later date, it'll be no sweat.

Maybe that seems like a lot of bouncing around from program to program, but many times I'll pencil in Manga Studio, and color in Photoshop. Whatever the needs of the project, I'll do, and this process is still much faster than the time consumimg process I've used for traditional pencils and inks.

This one of about fifty pieces needed for a music video I'm working on. Some frames are less involved, some more. I'm more than half-way through, and I can't wait for you to watch the video!

In the meantime, check out song samples, or maybe pick up the Holy Rocka Rollaz CD pack - C'mon And Shine On!


R.I.P. Dutch

Elmore Leonard

Mr. Leonard’s Writing Advice:

• Never open a book with weather • Avoid prologues • Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue • Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” • Keep your exclamation points ­under control • Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose” • Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly • Avoid detailed descriptions of characters • Don’t go into great detail describing places and things • Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip

In his name, go forth and write.


TothPix: Foxes!


Yes, lets! Here's some of Toth's take on The Fox, the hero first drawn by Irwin Hasen.

These first few are panels from the comics Toth drew for Red Circle in 1983.






And a few small sketches of Toth's revamped Fox...



Let us conclude, wot?


Primal Scream 6

primal_scream_06 Another in my Primal Scream series. This one - done with brush pen, dry marker, grease pencil, white pencil.


Clean Old Man

Clean Old Man sketch


Drawing Superman

For a sketch group I belong to, an image popped into my head for Superman. I sketched it up and did the line work in Manga Studio, coloring in Photoshop. The whole thing took less than an hour.


Rather than a heroic pose or action scene, what came to me was the hometown boy returning to the farmstead where he was raised. I'd been drawing during the same period images of a friend visiting the crash site of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, so melancholy fields were on my mind.