Tee design for 2014’s Tokyo in Tulsa anime con.
They said it was the first year they sold out of the con shirts. Makes me happy. :)

Tee design for 2014’s Tokyo in Tulsa anime con.

They said it was the first year they sold out of the con shirts. Makes me happy. :)

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Contest Entry over at Empire Magazine.
I stinking can’t help myself from entering these contests…..

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Contest Entry over at Empire Magazine.

I stinking can’t help myself from entering these contests…..

WeLoveFine is having a HUGE TMNT contest! If you would kindly go to the link and give my design a ‘5’ rating, it could become licensed wear! Thanks! (You can share this, too, if ya want.) https://contest.welovefine.com/vote.php?id_contest=69&id_submit=33263#.U6G0R_ldXIc

WeLoveFine is having a HUGE TMNT contest! If you would kindly go to the link and give my design a ‘5’ rating, it could become licensed wear! Thanks! 

(You can share this, too, if ya want.) 

https://contest.welovefine.com/vote.php?id_contest=69&id_submit=33263#.U6G0R_ldXIc

The Captains Inkblot Series - Digital using Manga Studio and Photoshop

Finally got around to coloring this.

Finally got around to coloring this.

Huge Birthday Bash for PopUpTee! $9.99 shirts with FREE SHIPPING!
"Dwarvish Manga" is one of the featured and will be available for FOUR DAYS!
http://popuptee.com/collections/bday/products/dwarvish-manga

Huge Birthday Bash for PopUpTee! $9.99 shirts with FREE SHIPPING!

"Dwarvish Manga" is one of the featured and will be available for FOUR DAYS!

http://popuptee.com/collections/bday/products/dwarvish-manga

Writing (And Drawing) Process Blog Hop

Sonia Gensler, author of The Revenant (which is amazing!) and The Dark Between (which I need to read!), graciously invited me to take part in an ongoing blog tour, where creators answer questions about their process. It’s an honor to be asked by such a talent as Sonia.

Onto the questions:

What are you working on? 
                I’m a multi-tasker, so I’m learning and trying to write a graphic novel, create some pieces to sell as prints at the comic-cons I’m heading off to this summer, and drawing a short story, written by author Jeff Provine, for a Comics-in-Class project to help raise awareness and funds for art in elementary schools, which is on a major decline, sad to say. I’ve posted four images outlining, in the quickest terms, from that short story the process of creating a comic page, from script to completed art minus the lettering.

How does your work differ from other of its genre? 
                I’m honestly not sure mine differs much, except in style. I like to think I can capture expressions in people/creatures/aliens, whether it’s through faces or through their body gestures.

Why do you write/draw what you do?
                I love to tell stories. I love to draw emotions on characters faces, and in turn ‘draw’ emotions out of the readers, and have them be moved by those facets. I love bringing awesome stories to life. I someday want to be the artist who gets to adapt “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins. It’s begging to be a graphic novel!

How does your writing/drawing process work? 
                Since I’m still in the middle of learning the craft of writing, I’ll focus on the drawing side, talking about the process pics I’ve posted. I should say in advance I created this all digitally. So, when I say I penciled something, it was a digital pencil from Manga Studio 5 drawn on a Wacom Cintiq surface.

                I take the script and figure out where the panels will go and how big each one should be, which depends on story points and emotions to be conveyed.

                I then go to work penciling images in the panels, with ideas already in mind what will be in each one. I usually draw and redraw layouts in order to get the best story-telling aspects of the composition. Maybe one panel needs establishment details to help the reader understand the setting better. Maybe a panel needs a close-up of a character’s facial expression, to realize the frustration they are going through?

                Once I’m happy with the pencils, I go to inking them. I will say that my pencils aren’t as clean as they should be, especially if someone else were to ink them, but since I am inking my own work, I’m never quite clean, because I like to have more freedom in the inking phase, maybe coming up with some contrasting details I hadn’t thought of in the penciling phase. The inking, for me, does need to be a lot cleaner, and needs to clearly and consistently visualize what is happening in the story, or I’ve failed.

                I also like to add color, even if it’s a minor shade to give more atmosphere and character to everything. This story will most likely be self-published on a budget, so I imagine this blue will become grey, but until then, I’m keeping that blue. :)

 

                This is not an exhaustive process demo, so if you have questions, feel free to ask!

Godzilla - Digital

Godzilla - Digital

ACKBAR LIVES FOREVER!Get ‘It’s a TRAP!’ for $11.00 at www.othertees.com for the next 48 hours! With several shirt colors to choose from!
Another contest is going on at www.facebook.com/TheJerryBennett, as well! Enough shares will have original art up for grabs!

ACKBAR LIVES FOREVER!
Get ‘It’s a TRAP!’ for $11.00 at www.othertees.com for the next 48 hours! With several shirt colors to choose from!

Another contest is going on at www.facebook.com/TheJerryBennett, as well! Enough shares will have original art up for grabs!

Spider-Man

Spider-Man