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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.


Mad Paul Goes Trollin'

Nothing like a teacher stalking you - just ask my student, Chan. A couple weeks ago, I popped in on one of her live streaming video sketch sessions (just to see what the kids are up to these days). She enjoyed so much me peeking over her virtual shoulder as she drew, I'm sure, and bristled when I gave her some crap about her lack of backgrounds on some pages. Just what she wanted to hear!

So she answered with these quick sketches, which I screencapped, just before she erased them:




Maybe I'll pay her another visit soon...?


Primal Screech

A couple more Primal Scream sketches, these taking a cue from the long digits of Schiele.



I take 5-7 minutes for these, quick, with a pencil, in an effort to exorcise twisted images from my psyche. Not sure it's working...


The Batman

The Batman

Convention drawing, SpringCon, MN, 2013.


Primal Scrawls

More from my Primal Scream series: primal_scream_02

Primal Scrawl


Primal Screech