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Monkey Mod! Fan Art

Monkey Mod! Fan Art

Summary: After seeing some fan art in a comic book, I decide to do some of my own of the Kevin Cross’ character Monkey Mod.

Just before the holidays I was re-reading my collection of Usagi Yojimbo comics, and was struck by the fan art in the back of the comics. I’ve seen many different variations on this idea, sometimes the backs of comics will have sketchbook drawings or a gallery of fan art. This got me to thinking about doing some of my own fan art for fun.

Kevin Cross is a Portland based illustrator. I’ve loosely followed his work online since hearing him on the now defunct Art and Story podcast. Kevin shares a lot of his process and goals on his youtube channel. He also talks about his goal of moving his career forward in a self directed way. Part of this is getting his comic Monkey Mod and Friends off the ground. This really resonates with me as I’m making big efforts to do the same sort of thing in my own career. It was this connection that lead me to taking some time over the holidays to do a watercolor painting as a gift for him.

One of Kevin’s big goals is to get his Monkey Mod and Friends comics off the ground. While I’m not in a place where I can contribute to his Patreon page, I thought, ” I can contribute a little moral support via art work!”

Rock on Kevin!

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I really enjoyed some of the details in this piece. One aspect is the text. I rarely include text, but this was pretty fun. I may have been channeling a little Peter Bagge.

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… and rock right the heck on!

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Freaking Freddie the Fish takes it on the chin.

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Comic Book Workshop | Feb. 7&8

Comic Book Workshop | Feb. 7&8

Summary: Up coming comic book workshop in Santa Cruz I’m really excited to start the year off with a workshop at the Santa Cruz Art League! The workshop is called Micro-Comics, Maximum Fun! and you can sign up through the SCAL.org website. (scroll down to the workshop title and register from there!) Here is the quick pitchContinue Reading

Feeling Good While Giving It Away

I first heard the term “Citizen Designer” while I was in college. I didn’t think much of it then, but recently I was given a wonderful opportunity to discover what that term really means. And in the process I was able to crawl out from under the weight of my own present life situation, take a broader view of the world and was able to give back in my own way, and for me that way is through Art and drawing.Continue Reading

Rush Job

Rush Job

Yippee! 2010 is starting off wonderfully. A good client of mine contacted me for a rush job to spruce up their product information page. I had about 1 day to work on it. Everything went very smoothly, and I was especially grateful for the new brush pen that my sister gave to me for ChristmasContinue Reading

Orbital Debris: Zeta Thief

Orbital Debris: Zeta Thief

While waiting in a Doctor’s office, some people read magazines while others knit. This comic page was waiting for me while I waited. It’s a self directed comic, I was surprise to watch it emerge from my sketchbook. I didn’t know it was in there, but here it is. Comics are a great way toContinue Reading

Comic Book Finals

Comic Book Finals

Ok, fun only begins to describe this project. Originally I was contacted by a really great company, Shinteki, who do games and puzzles for corporations as well as private events. Defiantly check out their website, it’s amazing! So their latest challenge involved creating several faux comic book covers, that’s where I come in. The puzzleContinue Reading

Comic Book Gold

Comic Book Gold

This newest project is turning out to be quite a lot of fun. Recently I was approached by a company (who’s name will be revealed at a later post) to do some faux comic book covers. They had a series of seven specific characters in mind from the start and have given me a roughContinue Reading

Watercolor Process