kybearfuzz: (Default)
This has been an up-and-down week for me. Along with my new gym workouts, I'd scheduled a routine doctor's appointment for this week. It was 10 AM on Tuesday, which is a weird time for me, it's literally smack dab in the middle of my day. I debated on whether to go to work in the morning, then the doctor, or stay home, doctor, then work.

I elected to go to the gym in the morning, then the doctor, then work. I had to fast for the blood work, so by the time it was all over, I was ravenous. I literally was at work all of 15 minutes before we went to lunch. I needed that 1,000 calorie lunch.

Last night, while I was relaxing, I did a quick doodle online, with some obvious St. Patty's Day influence:

Grizzly & Guinness
Grizzly and Guinness

I do love drawing that man. Grizzly is the ideal, muscled superhero for me.

After work, I had every intention to hit the gym, but the weather was so nice and sunny (if not still chilly) that I decided to try an outdoor run. By the time I'd gotten home, I was wiped out, so I attempted a short nap. It lasted over three hours. I think the change in my workouts has drained me a bit more than I had thought.

I'm taking Friday off from work so I have an extended weekend. Yay!
kybearfuzz: (Default)
I had this idea during my all-day training meeting today at work.

Here is my Goth-spinster, alter-ego Bitchie Ann McSourpuss, pushing her latest money-making idea to fleece the syrupy-sweet romantic couples of the season.

Anti-Valentine 2017
Oh... Crap!
kybearfuzz: (Default)
I have only one more page to color and the interiors of Issue #21 are done. I really need to work on my shading techniques, but since I'm self-taught, I guess they don't look too bad.

As per my usual drawing/inking/coloring routine, I've been pouring through the horror movies. This week, I've watched:

  • Flight 7500 (2014)
  • Burnt Offerings (1976)
  • Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
  • Anarchy Parlor (2015)
  • SSSSSSS (1973)
  • The Sentinel (1977)
  • The Car (1977)
  • Chopping Mall (1986)
  • Motel Hell (1980)
  • Bloody Birthday (1981)
  • The Rezort (2016)

I'm sure I've left a few off the list that I've forgotten, but you can see I do love the scary stuff from the 70s and 80s for the most part. They do keep me entertained while I'm working on things.

I posted the pencils of this page a few days back. I finished the colors tonight and thought I'd post it too since it doesn't give any of the plot away.

Grizzly Awakens
kybearfuzz: (Cartoon Mark)
After posting Issue #20 of my comic in late August, the drawing well seems to have run dry for the most part. I'm not sure what it is. Every time I put pencil to paper, nothing seems to materialize. It's almost like my mind is preoccupied with other things and my imagination can't squeeze through. I'll be running tomorrow, which is usually a good time to let the noggin float a bit freely, so it might help.

The dry well couldn't come at a worse time really. I need to design my Christmas cards so I can get them printed, but again, no real ideas are coming forth. I need to draw some cartoons for some other things as well, and I would like to get started plotting Issue #21.

I have nothing specifically planned for the weekend, so I'm hoping to get some drawing done.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
It's been a recovery weekend from too much socialization. I went into hermit mode, but managed to get all 31 pages of the next issue of my comic penciled. Now I get to ink them!

With the Bear Patrol heroes in mind, I took a bit of time tonight to do a quick toon of Center for July 4th! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.

Happy July 4th
kybearfuzz: (Mark at 43)
It's been a very busy week at work, generally wearing me out so that I didn't want to do much after work, but spent a lot of it getting things ready for the next day.

  • I've been asked to join another training class for work. With my recent, permanent foray into the world of import compliance, a fellow instructor in my computer class recommended me for a national import compliance class taught in DC annually. It's a neat opportunity. I enjoy teaching and this literally goes hand-in-hand with what I do daily. To join the teaching group for this class, I have to "audition." So in June I go and teach for one hour in front of the latest class, where they will judge to see if I'm a good fit. I hope I pass the swimsuit competition. I'll have my "world peace" speech ready.

  • Wednesday night, I went running around gathering items for a co-worker's 50th birthday today. I bought helium balloons, streamers, balloons, glitter, and ping-pong balls. I spent a large chunk of the evening drawing her a 50th birthday card (I couldn't find one I liked to buy). Given the way she decorated my office for my 40th, I needed to decorate her desk. On the surface, it didn't look like much. She even jokingly commented today that she "expected more." What she didn't realize is that I booby-trapped her desk. I filled her cabinet with the ping-pong balls, so when she opened it, they spilled out. The non-helium balloons on her desk are filled with glitter, so when she pops them... The more was there, it just was delayed.

  • Another co-worker is retiring next week after 40 years at work. Her retirement party is Tuesday after work. I am spending a good chunk of this weekend drawing her retirement cartoon. While she's a really cute person, I found that drawing a close-up of her was rough and didn't turn out flattering. So I went for a more cartoonish one. I'll finish it tomorrow night.

I am so happy the weekend is here...
kybearfuzz: (Party)
Happy Birthday and Happy Hump Day [ profile] champdaddy! I hope it's spectacular!

Spanking Ginger
kybearfuzz: (Me_2ndGrade)
It is that time of year again. While I never remember the exact day, I know it was mid-January of 2003 that I looking into a mirror and finally admitted to myself that I was gay. I'm surprised that I don't recall the exact day. You'd think something so monumental would have branded itself in my mind. So, I'm thirteen years gay, I guess.

326 - BracesThere are days I look back on things and I often wonder how my parents or my siblings didn't figure it out first. I wasn't great at hiding it, as evident from the teasing I encountered in junior high and high school. Often I wonder if I wasn't the invisible kid in my own house, the teenage antics of my sister and twin brother, both good and bad, garnering so much of parents' attention that they didn't have to spend much on me.

There were many instances of my admiring the hairy and/or bearded in TV shows and movies. I sometimes drew such men, but made sure to rip up and discard them before anyone else saw them. If anyone paid close attention they could have figured it out. I tried hard not to make any public demonstrations of my desire for these guys, but there was one good instance I recall where I slipped up.

I was the 5th grade and my mom and sister loved to read horrible rags like "The National Inquirer" and their ilk. I admit that I enjoyed reading them at times too. One such "issue" had a story about a pencil drawing that was being circulated publicly of Tom Selleck, that he supposedly didn't want seen. He was in all of his shirtless glory, chest hair for days, and that wonderfully wry smile front and center. From an artistic perspective, it was absolutely spot on (I tried to find it online and couldn't... drat). I used to stare at the drawing with the intensity of a stalker, admiring every curve, every shading, every nuance, getting a pre-puberty boner in the process every time.

Pride 2015 - Final DesignOne day in class, our substitute teacher was giving us a biology lesson. It basically was talking about how animals tend to have fur, which thickens in the winter time and thins in the summer. She was explaining how the fur helped keep the animal warm in the winter time. In the midst of the discussion, the teacher had said this didn't happen in people.

As if on cue, I raised my hand, asking "What about Tom Selleck? He's pretty furry!"

I felt it was on honest question, but I recall wishing I hadn't asked it almost immediately. The class turned and looked at me with this "WTF" stare and the teacher stammered that she didn't think it was the same thing. I clearly caught her off-guard. It seriously embarrassed me, which is why I remember it so vividly.

At least now, I can openly admire such furry beauty and make these comments without worry for the most part. And obviously, I draw what I like and post them publicly.

It's a good place to be.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
From the Golden Age to the Bronze Age of comic books, every superhero had a collection of villains who took turns irritating their heroic foe. I think the Flash has the largest group, but really each one of them has a stable of super villains to fight, otherwise it would look like Spy vs. Spy all the time.

Some of the villains are pretty cool, while others come across as though the writers didn't give them much thought. Some of them border on the ridiculous. Even some that are respected now were a little silly if you give them a bit of thought. Could someone really create the Penguin these days and take him seriously (and I mean how he looks stereotypically in history)? What about Egg Fu, the egg-shaped Asian foe of Wonder Woman? I often wonder if the writers, under deadline, didn't just create a throw-away villain in some stories. Admittedly, if the comic was a bit campy, a campy villain would be fun.

Madame Banana
Madame Banana

Sitting in front of the TV the other night, this character came to mind. I thought the name was so silly, but funny. I drew a rough sketch that made me laugh too. I can't imagine she'd be taken seriously as a villain. Tonight, I sat down and drew her out as a serious villain. It helps, but it's still just too weird. The big black banana behind her didn't help. I may use her as a distraction villain in my comic, the side story to move things along while the real story takes place.

Can you imagine her powers? Maybe she could make people slip and fall. Or maybe she's has an arsenal of banana-themed gadgets, like the banana ray (they could look like half-peeled bananas), the banana copter, etc. Perhaps she turned to a life of crime after being rejected for the Fruit-of-the-Loom commercials.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly Growl)
After a quick trip to the grocery store tonight, I decided to stay in and be lazy. Netflix provided some cheesy entertainment in the form of "Two Thousand Maniacs!", which was pretty gory for a 1964 movie. It's not the best written flick, but it provided a good backdrop to do some drawing.

Grizzly Unchained

The chain-breaking superhero pose isn't new, but I think this might be the first with a shirtless hero. Or at least I like to think so.
kybearfuzz: (Purple Tie 2014)
A few years back, there was a "meme" of sorts going around, where users would take a photo of themselves every day for a year. Quite a number of handsome fellers did this and it was fun to watch.

On a different page, I was listening to a podcast last year that said that creative people (people who write, draw, whatever) should engage in their creativity every day, even if it's something small or quick.

Last year, I decided to combine both ideas into a meme of my own. I decided to challenge myself to draw something... anything... at least once a day, every day, for 2015. It took a lot of effort to remember to do it every day, but as of last night, I finished the last drawing for the set. You can find the whole set here on my Flickr account or click on any of the big image behind the cut.

365 Toons Part 01365 Toons Part 02365 Toons Part 03365 Toons Part 04365 Toons Part 05365 Toons Part 06365 Toons Part 07365 Toons Part 08365 Toons Part 09365 Toons Part 10365 Toons Part 11365 Toons Part 12

It's been an interesting little experiment. I didn't want to skip a day if I could avoid it. So on weeks or weekends I traveled, I had to make sure to set aside a few moments to draw something. I carried a small pad of paper with me, but also drew on napkins, scratch paper, even wooden blocks when needed. One morning I did forget to intentionally draw something, but luckily, I recalled doodling on the blotter on my desk at work when on a conference call the previous day (see Day 167 - Calendar Scribbles). Some of the cartoons were elaborate, others not so much, and some were pencils, inks, and colored pages of the Bear Patrol comic.

Keeping track of the numbers seemed to cause me issues too. I've had to re-number the set twice because I skipped a number, but not a day.

The most fun of the set is looking back and seeing reflections of my mood, of life events, of different stresses that played out during the year. It's all there really. So it's been like having a second journal of sorts.

Now that 2016 is here, I'm not going to try to make it a point to do it every day, but I'm sure I'll be drawing nearly the same amount anyway. Still, I'm glad I put myself through it. It was fun and I enjoyed the outcome.
kybearfuzz: (Santa Naughty)
I haven't posted much in the last week because I was out in my hometown for the holidays. While I have internet access on my phone, it's not easy to make LJ entries on it.

My best friend Brian and I went on Monday night to see the new Star Wars movie, which was a wonderful mix of nostalgia and newness. The story was captivating and mirrored a lot of what I recall from the original Star Wars Episode IV film. No spoilers, but I was incredibly entertained and am already looking forward to the next installment.

I had a pretty good time back home, spending time with friends and family. What surprised me the most was the weather, which was ridiculously warm. Christmas Eve was 73 degrees F and sunny all day. It certainly didn't feel like Christmas-time.

As usual, I did need a bit of "me time," so I snuck off a couple of times to the local coffee shop to get myself a bit centered and do a bit of cartooning.

357 - Checking It Twice 358 - Showtime

Obviously, I had Santa on the brain. I enjoyed doing these and the coffee shop was a great respite from the holiday craziness.

Last night, my family unwrapped Christmas gifts as we usually do. I bought my 9-year-old nephew the game Simon. He continued to unwrap toy after toy, including a go-cart, and he kept coming back to the Simon game, as did my other nephew... and my brother... and my brother-in-law. It was ironic to see this kid get so much for Christmas and ignore the expensive for a relatively cheap game.

After breakfast with family, I headed home today. It felt good to get home.

Merry Christmas everyone!
kybearfuzz: (Old Lady Shades 2)
Drawing has always been one of my big stress relievers. It's escapism at its finest really, a brief jaunt to a world totally in my control. A trend I noted early on is that the more stressed I tend to be, the more elaborate the artwork. The details are there, though I admit my shading can be a bit frenetic.

Work has been a bit crazy of late and I have a lot to get done before I am off for the holidays, so the toon I drew tonight reflects the stress I think.

351 - Terror

I'll draw that horror comic sometime. A new challenge maybe.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
After publishing the comic last week, I've been in a bit of a malaise. [ profile] prisoncitybear coined the term "post-artum depression," the little bit of sadness after finishing an art project and the excitement dies down. That and some work stresses have left me feeling a bit out of sorts.

Today, I went out for a coffee and planned to do a bit of drawing. On the way, I stopped off at a local comic book shop and picked up a few titles. The shop guy and I started having a discussion after he asked me if I had seen this book or that book.

I told him that a lot of the current titles out didn't appeal to me anymore. The characters were the same in name, but, thanks to all the rebooting (which seems to happen twice a year or so), that's all that was familiar to me. For example, I told him that I wasn't an overall fan of the New 52 when it started. I told him that I lamented the loss of continuity and comic book history. Wonder Woman was particularly rough. She had gone from the "fight the war with love" character to being a vicious, almost callous, warrior. And she wasn't the only one. The clerk told me that the most recent "reboot" has Black Canary as the singer in a band with a mysterious history. No longer the wig-wearing wonder in fishnets, I was saddened by this desperate attempt to appeal to a new audience. Why can't DC just create new characters with new names and history? I'm sure the familiar name sells, but it seems to be a temporary boost in sales.

(I could make the same argument for the new "Jem and the Holograms" movie, but that's a separate post in itself.)

The clerk said something that made perfect sense in a way. He says that each title that comes out has a shelf-life of its own. He told me that most titles are lucky to make it to two years before the comic book company revamps or restarts it. It seems that the younger, modern-day reader has a short attention span when it comes to comics and maintaining their interest is nearly impossible. Per the clerk, a lot of new comics are automatically limited series.

I had recognized this phenomenon myself actually, but didn't realize it was so wide-spread. Most comic books are on-going stories, almost like serials, where the tales are continuous. Missing an issue means missing out on the continuity and getting lost. I told him that most of the comics I had bought were one-shot comics, or comics with short tales in them. When I started reading comics, stories were distinct from issue to issue (except for two or three-parters). If you missed an issue, the next issue was a separate story or adventure. My web-comic is like that too for the most part. Interest didn't seem like it waned so easily.

Where will comic books go from here? Who knows. I just wonder if this new business model has made me outgrow comic books for the most part.

After purchasing my comics, I made it to the bookstore for coffee and did some drawing of my own. With Halloween approaching, a lot of my drawings have been horror/sci-fi related. This one came to mind today and I put a bit of humor in it. I called it "Probe."

297 - Probe
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
Last Saturday, I did an interview with the Brazilian bear-centric web page Bear Nerd. It was odd to do a web interview like that. They asked questions about "The Crime Fighter Inquiry," the Kickstarter for the possible publishing of the comic, and then asked me about "Grizzly and the Bear Patrol." Both of the interviewers, James Figueiredo and Marco ByM Veloso, are big fans of my comic. Marco especially enjoys the Grizzly costume (or lack of it).

So as a thank you, I drew a Grizzly toon for them. My toon is below:

278 - Grizzly Chest
Grizzly Caresses the Chest

This morning, Marco posted this fan art pic of Grizzly and it is FANTASTIC! Grizzly looks FIERCE and the backdrop has the faces of the major villains of the comic. What impressed me the most was the facial expressions on the villains, as he captured the personalities of them perfectly! It's the first piece of fan art I've received. I'm very flattered that they like it that much.

Fan Art MarcoBymVeloso
Grizzly by Marco ByM Veloso

I still have eight pages to color for Issue #18 of "Grizzly and the Bear Patrol." I should have it done next week.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly Growl)
I took this week off. I have weeks of vacation that need to be burned through before the end of the year. The summer's acting branch director job didn't lend itself to taking vacation. One of the things I've been doing this week is *finally* drawing issue #18 of "Grizzly and The Bear Patrol."

At this point, I'm about half-way through the penciling of the issue, which is further than I had expected. Between penciling the pages, I have taken a few moments to draw some extra cartoons.

Here's a few of them. I put them behind the spoiler cut to save space.

248 - Expo
Page 4 pencils - Center, Arctica, and Echo - in regular clothes

250 - Grizzly Growl
Grizzly's Sonic Growl

252 - Red Beard
Full-Color/Inked Red Beard

kybearfuzz: (2011 Pride Shirt)
I've been struggling to get a Pride shirt design together this year. I'm not sure why, but I've tried repeatedly to get an idea together and it just never looked right. Yesterday, before I met up with the Cincinnati MovieBears for a viewing of "Jurassic World," I sat in Barnes & Noble with a coffee and worked up a couple of ideas.

And I was just "meh" about them.

Strangely, pressure and inspiration often go hand-in-hand. Today, while mowing the yard, an idea hit me to try. So while watching TV tonight, I put this one together and I actually liked the end result. I was feeling a 1970s kind of vibe with the water and I'll put a bit of that into the coloring later.

172 - 2015 Pride
kybearfuzz: (Cartoon Mark)
I was going to type out some cathartic stuff about my whatever day, but I thought I'd just draw something instead. This was a quick 5-minute toon using an inkbrush pen that my buddy John bought me years ago as a birthday present. I guess it could double for a cartooned FYFF. :)

170 - Bearish Profile
Beard in Profile
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
So I finished up inking the pages of the next "Grizzly & The Bear Patrol" issue. People often have asked me what super power I'd like. Flight, telekinesis, telepathy -- all are good, but there are times I wish I had the ability to duplicate myself. Even on a small scale, like Duo Damsel, being able to split into two identical bodies would be helpful. Then one of me could do the inking while the other pencils the pages, or one of me could go to work while the other me stayed home to color the comic pages during the day.

I did manage to take a few moments over the weekend to draw the following cartoon. I'm thinking of using the image for a "letters page" idea I may add to the next comic.

109 - Grizzly Bursting Out
kybearfuzz: (Elvis)
Nothing much to report here. Work, workout, and TV. I did manage to get a quickie toon done.

091 - April Fool
Happy April Fool's Day


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