Comic Book Art Tutorial

 

 

I just finished Issue #2 of a promotional comic series for Consol Alliance, a shipping company in Australia. Here’s a step-by-step look into the complicated process of how I create comic book art.

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Illustrated Amusement Park Map by Brian Allen

New Jersey FunPlex Maps

These are two maps I created for the two FunPlex parks in New Jersey. It was a fun challenge to create a useable map for a place I had never been before. The maps are printed as tri-folds and distributed at the park, and are also mounted in several areas around the park, I believe. Illustrated Amusement Park Map by Brian Allen

Illustrated Amusement Park Map by Brian Allen

Penn State Ornament design featuring the CATA bus

Easter Seals Ornament

Penn State Ornament design featuring the CATA bus
I designed the Easter Seals holiday ornaments this year, and they are on sale now at:

http://centralpa.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=PACN_2012_Holiday_Ornament

They are really cool looking – they feature the CATA bus in front of the gates at Old Main.

It was a fun challenge to design for a die-cut ornament like this.

Please order one and support Easter Seals (and indirectly, me!).

A Day In Rehoboth Beach Pop-Up Book

Our Pop-Up Book has SOLD OUT!!

A Day In Rehoboth Beach has sold out!In July 2012, my brother and grandmother (also artists) created a Pop-Up Book about Rehoboth Beach Delaware.

Well, I’m pleased to announce that we sold out of all 2000 copies of the book in just two months!

We are in the process of placing a bigger order – 5000.  They will be available in many stores in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and also from our website in April/May 2013.

Thanks to everyone who bought one!

You can check out the book in detail here:  www.bythebaybooks.com

Photos of the Flyland Designs studio

I spend a lot of time in here, so I had a photographer take some shots of the studio.  Let me know what you think!

Photographer:  Ben Kimble, GoSchoolPhoto.com

 

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FFMafia-Angel-of-Death digital painting

Digital Painting of the Angel of Death

Digital painting for splash page of apparel company’s website.  Check it out here:  FF Mafia Apparel.

 

Digital painting of the grim reaper

Digital painting of the grim reaper

wacom cintiq 24hd review

Wacom Cintiq 24HD Reivew

I purchased the Wacom Cintiq 24HD three months ago for $2600 from Wacom.com, and I am absolutely thrilled with it. Keep in mind though, that anyone who spends $2600 on ANYTHING will say just about anything to defend their purchase! But I truly believe it’s already paid for itself. Here is my detailed review: Read more

Dragon Boy Art Print

“Discovery” digital painting

Digital painting I created in Photoshop of a surprised boy and his new pet dragon.

Here’s a digital painting I did recently using techniques I’m learning in Bobby Chiu’s digital painting class on Schoolism.com. I highly recommend it!

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3 Tools Every Freelancer should use

Here are 3 extremely useful pieces of software I use every day.

1.  GoodSync

This is without a doubt the best software for syncing two hard drives. I use it to sync my portable hard drive with my computer. You can set it to sync as soon as you open the program. It’s so fast: it can sink gigs of data in just a couple of minutes – way faster than dragging all the files over. It will even tell you if there are conflicts, and lets you choose which direction to sync the files. I’ve used for over a year, daily, and it’s never caused any issues.

2. Invoice Bubble

I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect invoicing program. Never found it! So I settled for the free one! This was the only free one I found that also allows you to send estimates. Very easy to use, and it’s fully integrated with PayPal, so when your client pays you with PayPal, it automatically maks the invoice as paid.

3. Toggl.com

This is a great free online time-tracking tool. It’s simple, and easy to use. It even has a desktop app.

Wacom Cintiq 12wx Review

Wacom Cintiq 12WX Review

 

Wacom Cintiq 12 WX Review

I purchased the Cintiq 12WX in July 2011, and thought I should share my review.  I beat my head against a wall for months trying to decide if the $1000 price tag was really worth it or not.  The verdict:  Oh yeah.

WHAT I USE IT FOR:  Digital painting, comic book “inking,” sketching, graphic design, photo manipulation.

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