Sunday, August 08, 2021

The #AUGHOST Challenge

In my never ending search for ways to procrastinate from writing/querying my picture book manuscripts, I have once again found a time-waster worthy of my uh...time...uh...wasting. It is #AuGHOST, a drawing challenge on Twitter started by @theRealAuGhost (which appears to actually be two people). Following the prompts provided on the above mentioned Twitter account, participants create drawings on a ghostly theme. Below I will be posting my daily entries in the challenge. Enjoy!

Great, now I can't get that song out of my head!

I did two for day two for some reason. I liked both ideas I guess.

A tribute to Shirley Jackson's short story. A number of participants created images along the same theme.

The mayor of Ghoulsbergadelphia is here to officiate at the ceremony presenting you with the skeleton key to the city.

Future Fairy Ghostmother Millicent Rose levitates a pumpkin as part of her training.

It appears the lab results may have been tainted.

The Spirit of the Missed Three Pointer is destined to wander the court in an endless search for the championship-winning basket.

Can you ever trust a ghost?

Former meteorologist looking for big fluffy friend who loves long floats above the beach.

It's a bummer when your favorite box is haunted.

Using ghosts as the first line of defense during the siege of the haunted castle turned out to be a poor strategy.

While an accomplished mimic in his previous life, Charlie was not good at it in the after life. But he still enjoyed trying.

Ever since his passing, a thick juicy steak was never quite as good as Bob remembered.

The worst thing about having been a man of the cloth in his previous life was hearing the same "so I guess that makes you the Holy Ghost" joke from each new spirit he met. 

One perk Jay found in being dead was that he'd never again look like an idiot pushing the door instead of pulling it. Now he could just float right though.

The spirits of former statisticians prefer to haunt locations with tiled walls, for obvious reasons.

It was still her favorite scary story book, no matter what the others said.

The other ghosts aren't sure if Ernest is a raging pyrogeist or just a very clumsy candle cosplayer. Either way everything seems to go up in flames when he's around.

This one is inspired a bit by Eric Carle's book The Nonsense Show.

If he'd known his eternal ghostly appearance would show his mortal age, he probably would have instituted a moisturizing regimen in his youth.

It is a little known fact that the spirits of each of a cat's first eight lives follow it around, providing advice and comfort until all nine spirits can eventually be united into one. 

When asked why he liked to take the form of an ocarina to scare people when they tried to play him, Franklin always said because it is easier than taking the shape of a trumpet. 

The first day on the job was not going well for Dotty.

Frank was easily amused and enjoyed watching hikers step into his gaping mouth only to fall to the ground. 

While some looked down on Winston as a lesser wind elemental, he found the work simple and quite agreeable to his temperament.

Chomping a huge glob of peanut butter in his mouth was the extent of Otis' bag of tricks when it came to looking monstrous.

The textile factory had closed long ago so the ghosts of the child laborers didn't remember why they did it, but their favorite pastime was intertwining themselves together, over and over again.

One of the best Ivy League schools. And it isn't that hard to get into. You just float through the walls.

Day 29 of #AuGHOST was 'Past' so I figured why not post a ghost I drew in the past (at least 9 years ago).

The other guests at the Dickensian Haunted Christmas Costume Party weren't sure if Preston was trying to be funny or if he'd just never read A Christmas Carol.

The Grim Reaper always kept a supply of shrouds on hand to distribute to the future ghosts he would make. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Little Book of Stupid Questions

 I'm not sure this qualifies as a mini-comic but it is a mini-book. And it puts to rest that false chestnut that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Click on the graphic for a link to the PDF on Dropbox.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lessons From 2020

What lessons have we all learned from 2020, the year that exceeded everyone's expectations of how bad things could get. To be honest, I never thought it got so very bad, maybe because I always image how much more worse it could be.

That said, there are still life lessons that can be gleaned from this year, and I thought I'd use my current interest in kawaii to highlight what those lessons might be in comic form. Some more serious than others. I present them below for your review.

It's nice to feel needed!

Sometime things stink. And that's OK!

You can be both strong and fragile.

Sometimes life looks like a chessboard...

You rock!

Even a nut like me...

Know your rights!

A good idea...

Love is a mug of hot tea!

Are emojis up to the challenge?

No one said there would be math!

Too much perspective?

I know it is here somewhere!

Wait. We were supposed to plan?

Yay music!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Drawing Kawaii in 5 Simple Steps!

Ever since I subscribed to The Pheonix weekly comic I've been a big fan of the Squid Bits segment and its author/illustrator Jess Bradley. First off, Squid Bits is hilariously funny. But also, like many of the artists I enjoy and admire, Jess's style seems simple but belies a skill with lines that few can match.

So, of course, I figured I'd try.

One of Jess's many books is Draw Kawaii in 5 Simple Steps from Sterling Children's Books. I bought a copy and decided to try my hand at recreating the kawaii characters in the book with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, since my hand drawing is atrocious.

Below are a number of the "very serious STEM comics" I made following the examples and steps in the book. I've been posting them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and tagging them as #STEM-ish because of their dubious science content. Eventually I'll get back to doing my own doodles, but this is a fun way to connect with an illustrator whose work I admire.






Ghosts (No STEM content at all!)

Cacti & Succulents

Llama Boy

Happy 'Shroom

I like big hearts!

The price of love