Monday, December 21, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's always during the holidays when bad and good fall all at once . . .

It seems like a lot has happened since I last posted. Two holidays have passed, I've gone to Space Camp and visited my in-laws (who I like a lot, thank you very much).

Now time to put up the lights and pack on the pounds for this month! The best Christmas present we got came early: my mother has successfully defeated breast cancer after a year's worth of therapy and surgery! She's amazing as she's stayed so positive throughout it, and I have to give a big shoutout to neighbors, church members, and friends who helped her pull through this ordeal. I know I'm not the only one who's telling her she should write a book about her battle. I think it'd be very inspirational.

We've hit some rough patches here. Our car keeps coming up with new things to fix (our latest problem has been the headlight assembly), and my computer just got hit by some sort of virus, and of course now the business at the restaurant we work at is slowing down.

But we'll make it. My wife and I are very supportive of each other, and I feel like I can get through just about anything as long as she's with me. Don't mean to go all sappy, but maybe that's just the holiday spirit flowing in me. It's when the times are tough, all you can do is look up and go forward.

Made this for a holiday art exchange. For those not in the know, the characters done in the Flinstone look are from Half Life 2. Fred/Gordon is shouting, "BARNEY! MY REBELS!!"

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hmmm . . .

I turned another year since the last post: the big two-three. Okay, so it's not that eventful, and my birthday didn't go so well (our car broke down twice, ultimately costing us near $1300 to repair) but I've been working on designing a coworker's webpage.

Looking for work in general as of now, and trying to keep away from my new birthday present -- an awesome Xbox 360 that my wife and our parents chipped in for!

I'm sorry there isn't much else to say here, but not a whole lot has happened in the past month. Thanks for all those (especially Dad) who visit this blog!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Some disappointments come with new opportunities

Well, it turns out we won't be able to push the book out before SPX. It will still be available to purchase online once the layout is finished. But at least all the artwork is finished. And I'm looking to sell the comic independently, or at the very least, a finished portfolio piece that I can whip up a cover for.

Also, I just survived a harrowing virus that crippled my computer. But thanks to my wife and some awesome computer whizzes, I was able to counteract the virus and now my PC's working better than it has in the past few months.

I don't have much at the moment, but here's a quickie I did for the upcoming Thor movie.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Zoey & Milly Break Out

Here it is, my Break Anthology submission. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's almost here . . .

Unfortunately, I'm not going to tease you with any new pages of the comic, but rest assured, most of it is done. I don't want to put any more pages up until it has all been inked, scanned, edited, and smacked with dialogue.

I will say this: you will not have to wait longer than a week to see the full 14 pages of "Zoey & Milly Break Out!"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Preview of things to come . . .

Some inked pages from the anthology I'm working on. The story is called, "Zoey & Milly Break Out." It's about two siblings who break out of house arrest and discover that an action movie is being filmed outside their home! How exciting! Unfortunately, the crazy film makers decided they're going to perform the film's biggest and most dangerous stunt right in Zoey and Milly's house! The girls have to stop the film makers from destroying their house as well as getting back home before their parents find out they've escaped!

This will be just one of many of the exciting submissions for the Break Anthology, due to premiere at the Small Press Expo this September! Be sure to order a copy next month!

Monday, July 6, 2009

New job, daily sketches

First off! I know the main reason you all visit is to see the art! Well, I'm going to dump a lot here.

Currently, I'm working as a host and a dishwasher at a restaurant here in Hilton Head. Applying for jobs as well! Now that I'm in a job with coworkers my age, me and my wife have been able to hang out with people outside of work! Only took 3 or so years to do! All of our coworkers (Nikki and I work at the same restaurant) are wonderful people and two in particular play at a local bar on Friday nights. We try to frequent when we can to requests songs and have a good time!

There's one job in particular I'm hoping to grab that I'm applying for so wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Return from NYC

Back from MoCCA Fest '09 and what a convention it was! It was my second convention, and I by far prefer this one over the NY Comic Con. Not to say the NYC Con was run poorly, but MoCCA seemed a lot more open to emerging artists such as myself. I'm still learning Convention Etiquette 101, so I was friendly to as many people as I could be, but I don't think I quite grasped that people traded minis. It's all so new to me!

Sketches from my "Movie Sketchbook" to come up soon! In the meantime, I have exciting news!

1. I got a job! I basically have the same job as my wife (at the same restuarant). I don't know how we're going to work out transportation, but I have a lot more to worry about! Namely loans and car insurance!

2. Not only am I an official South Carolinian resident now, but both me and my wife are now officially Curé Williams (Curé is my wife's maiden name, and it has an interesting backstory that's only two generations old, so I decided to preserve it!) Both of our last names have meanings that are very dear to us, and it seems a shame that one of us would have to give up one of ours. Luckily, marriage is about compromise so we kept both!

3. I am now part of a wonderful group of recent sequential art grads from SCAD (some are still currently students) that have decided to start up an anthology. We're calling it "Break" on account of the theme. You can view the website here.

Here's my promotional postcard for the anthology.

So big MoCCA shoutout to all the wonderful people I met:
- Brendan Burford (a really nice guy our friend Tea introduced me to)
- John Kerschbaum (just became a new fan of his talented work)
- Doug Bratton (quite possibly the new Gary Larson)
- Box Brown (wonderfully nice guy who also had his comics printed on newsprint. Mmm!)
- Allan Norico (amazing artist straight from NYC)
- Miriam Libicki (superb painting talent)
- Ryan North
- Megan Baehr
- Colin Tedford
- Offshore Comix
- The Bazaarium
- Last, but certainly not least is me and my wife's mutual friend, Tea, who was very generous in letting us stay at her place that weekend. You can check out her website here.

People I am deeply sad I missed:
Kate Beaton (my new favorite webcomic that I discovered after just about everyone else did)
Randall Munroe (great comic for programmers)

If there is anyone I missed who came across this blog or got one of my Movie Sketches, please comment and I'll add a link to your website!

Also: Nikki and I saw Wicked on Broadway! It was amazing! Loved the woman who played Glinda the Good, as well as the voice of the guy who played Elphaba's father.

Edit: Did I mention I got to see freaking Al Jaffee!? Because that made my day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Not much to say other than . . .

I'm still job hunting! Luckily, Nikki is now a hostess at a local restaurant.

Also, my friend Jamie's wedding is this weekend! Woohoo! I'll also be back home in NC as well!

Oh, and my good friend Jeff just got engaged! Congrats dude! Here's his blog. He's an amazing computer artist, so check him out!

Finally finished coloring Cammy! Did some tweaks as well. Less than a month till I return to NYC for the MoCCA festival!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Ahh . . . the Married Life!

Both the wedding and honeymoon are now over, and it's time to pick up the career search again!
Nikki and I had a blast in California! We spent three days at Disneyland, two at Universal, and even took an amazing tour at WB studios! (My favorite part was being an inch away from the Dark Knight suit!)

You can see our wedding photos here: ----> photos

Got to draw some things while looking though.

I think you can tell what movie I was watching while doing these:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Not much to say

. . . Other than I got less than a month now before the big wedding. Unfortunately, my bride-to-be has been laid off, so we're in a tight spot at the moment. I know we'll find something, but it's scary jumping into the abyss, so to speak. I'll be in a new home with new responsibilities, looking for a new job.

Don't have much to post here other than I colored the MODOK.

I need more RAM for my computer. :(

Actually, scratch that. I need a new computer. lol

Saturday, March 14, 2009

It's March already?

Gosh, so much has happened within two months. I apologize about not posting here more often!

I've been to two conventions in the past month, one in Savannah, one in New York. Met some wonderful people, discovered new job prospects, etc. I'm thankful I was able to make it to these places with someone who has the know-how as to what to do and say there. I basically showed up with my portfolio and business cards and hoped for the best!

We've also ran into a somewhat dire family medical situation, and it's a bit taxing on us all. We'll pull through together, and our friends have never been more supportive! We're truly blessed being within driving distance of some of the most generous and kind people (as well as Duke Medical Center) I know. My sister turns 16 this month, and is scouting colleges for good dance programs. She's very passionate about ballet and musicals, so I hope she finds the right school.

Well, in the art department, things have been sluggish. I have no finished projects to show, but quite a few that I'm working on.

Yeah, that last one threw you off, didn't it?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Left 4 Dead - Boomer

I've been playing this new game Left 4 Dead by Valve recently. I love all of the stuff they put out, and this is no exception.

Zombies are always fun to draw, and the "special infected" were no exception. Here's the first of many that I hope to finish.

He's obviously the most grotesque of the bunch, throwing up on the survivors, which I suppose contains some sort of pheromones because after the player is drenched in zombie vomit, a huge horde of zombies seem to show up.