Monday, August 17, 2009

Eyes Wide Open

16" x 24"
Graphite and color pencil.

Ebenezer Scrooge

Just a portrait I did for some fun.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

No, Not One Million! One Trillion Dollars!

One Million Dollars? by ~joshthecartoonguy on deviantART

Whew! I haven't had a chance to draw a new comic strip since I started my second semester at CU!

I was outraged, but not surprised, when I heard the enormous sum the new administration plans to spend in the coming years.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Jasmine Dragon

"The secret ingredient is love!"

I've been in a Avatar mood recently...So I did two (count 'em, two) more "Mega D" Iroh drawings for my sketchbook. They're also posted on my DeviantArt gallery. Also, check out some of my thoughts on the Christian themes in the show at Here I Stand.

As pictured here, Iroh is dressed in his tea-shop uniform from Book 2, when he opens the Jasmine Dragon.

Here I Stand

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Novel Idea

I'm working on a fiction piece for my Honors English class at Concordia. Right now, it's about ten pages. I'd love any thoughts, comments, or typo alerts! Here's the link.

Bad Monkies!

These drawings were commisioned by a friend of mine who uses the moniker "bad monkey" for his screen name. Check out his blogs: The Novel Coder, The Lesser Prince, and Deep in Clowns (last one may contain some mature content).

Friday, October 17, 2008

Obama and the Surplus Population

Draft for next comic

This is the preliminary drawing for my next comic. Just wait til you see!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Those Were the Days

"Stifle, Edith!" It's Archie Bunker! 

Batman vs. Batman!

Yet another random sample from my sketchbook:
Two different versions of Batman square off (as in square chin). Why not? 

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sweeney Todd in "Living" Color

Sorry if some of you think this illustration is just creepy. It is, but I'm just trying to stay true to the musical. Check my previous post to read more on this.
On another note, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using the computer to add color to my ink drawings! It makes for a much cleaner final product. Thanks to my big brother for giving me a computer drawing pad for Christmas! 

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd

Yesterday, I watched the Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with my family. I decided to do a creepy, stylized version of the impeccably shaved serial killer for my sketchbook. A great thing about being a Concordia art student is that I have to produce work prolifically. I'm hoping to add some color to this ink drawing on the computer and get some experience using my tablet pen.

My First Political Cartoon for Concordia

I'm having a great time at Concordia University! I'm hoping to publish this cartoon in our school newspaper, The Sower. This year, Concordia decided to stop providing students trays on Tuesdays in the school cafeteria, Janzow, in order to conserve water and money. Many students, including myself, are not happy with this decision. Despite these mixed feelings, Concordia decided to abolish trays altogether!

Regular readers will notice that Joe has grown up! Yes, Bob and Joe are now attending Concordia as freshmen. Don't worry though, it's just for my comics for CU. I'm still writing regular comics about Bob and Joe's childhood days. My professors are keeping me busy, so I'll post comics when I get free time!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Charles Dickens

This is an example from my daily sketchbook for Drawing 103. Now that I've started as a freshman at Concordia, I'm getting a chance to do lots of art, but not much time for comic strips right now. . .Don't worry, though! Comics are on the way, once I can squeeze in spare time. I might even be able to publish in our school newspaper, The Sower.

Friday, August 08, 2008

[Insert your favorite Star Wars quote here]

I'm at a Target, I see a Darth Vader action figure, I read the label: WARNING! Choking Hazard! Bingo! There's the strip. THANK YOU GOD!
One thing about a strip with regular characters is when I come up with an idea like this, it's impossible to include them. However, I liked this idea so much, I couldn't resist. Hey, maybe I'll make the guy in the second panel Joe's dad or something . . . Okay! I've decided! Introducing: Joe Edison's dad. It may be the first and last time he appears in this strip. Who knows?
By the way, when did George Lucas gain so much weight?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Fraction Faction

I haven't posted a comic in a while because I'm working on a larger project.

On the last week of high school, my calculus teacher, Mrs. Free, hit us with one last assignment. We had to do a math project and she gave us several options, such as write a poem, make a poster, or write a children's book about math. I thought about what kind of kid's book you could write about math, and the idea hit me! I turned in my rough draft and got 100%, and have been working on illustrations for the story all summer. Here are a few samples:

If you've read my Bob 'n Joe comics, you'll recognize several of the characters.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tom Waits

Here is a portrait I drew of Tom Waits as a young man. Tom Waits is a musician with the most distinctive voice you will ever hear. He has had a moderately successful career and was nominated for an Oscar for his soundtrack of the movie One from the Heart. He has also done some acting. (Trivia tidbit: he played Captain Hook on Shrek 2.)

To make this drawing, I used white prismacolor pencil on black construction paper. I freehanded it from a photograph on the internet. This drawing was a Christmas gift for my older brother, Casey, a huge Tom Waits fan. Though Casey now works as a law librarian, he took art classes in high school and college, which inspired me to pursue the arts.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

In Living Color!

Just for fun, I added some color to my Barack Obama cartoon.

Too Much TV for Bob

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Just for Saint Patrick's day, here's a drawing of a four-leaf clover!

Ireland is a country in which the probable never happens and the impossible
always does.

— Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

Ireland is a small but insuppressible island half an hour nearer the sunset
than Great Britain.

— Thomas Kettle “On Crossing the Irish Sea”

Cast your mind on other days
That we in coming days may be
Still the indomitable Irishry.

— W.B. Yeats

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Short, Short Story

(Note: I wrote this story while on a high school field trip to Wesleyan Writer's Workshop. We were all asked to write a story based on someone we had met. Austen Getner and I were both black belts in the same ATA martial arts academy. He was very short for his age, but never let it bother him, and he had an infectious personality.)

It was the long-dreaded first day of school, which as far as a twelve-year-old is concerned is a euphemism for doomsday. A life sentence after a glorious summer of adventure. The students who were most unhappy with having to come back darted to the desks in the back of the room, as though willing themselves as far away as possible from the center of learning. Near the front were the outcasts: the loners, nerds, freaks, and a boy who was noticeably shorter than anyone else in the room, with short blond hair and bright eyes. He seemed less devastated to have to be back than some of the others and actually wore a slight smile, which vanished when he felt a stabbing pain in the back of his head. He turned around furiously and saw on the floor the sharp pen which had been used as the missile, and near the back of the room, the student who had thrown it. “Hey guys, why do you think little Austen Gimpner always sits at the front? Is it just so he can be as close to the teacher as possible, or is it that he can’t see over anyone’s head?”

“No one can see past your swelled head, Boris.” said Austen. This won a hearty laugh from the nerds. Last year, Austen had been the only one with the spunk to stand up to Boris and his cronies. They were glad to see that Austen hadn’t changed.

“All right, class, that’s enough,” said a gruff voice. Everyone stopped talking. The teacher had been in the room the whole time, hidden from view by his large swivel chair which he turned around to face the class. “I’m Mr. Atlas. Welcome to the fifth grade.” As Mr. Atlas dropped from his chair, there was an audible gasp. He was barely four feet tall. “Let’s not waste any time. Grab a science text book and turn to chapter one,” he said reaching as high as he could to write on the chalkboard. “Oh, Boris is it?” he asked. “Try to keep your comments on Austen’s height to yourself, can you?”

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Pride and Prejudice

For Valentine's Day, here is a sketch of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen's classic caustic couple.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Monday, February 04, 2008

Charcoal Self-Portrait

I did this during my Junior year. The assignment was to draw ourselves but not to show our faces. I used black and white charcoal and grey chalk. Capturing my leather jacket was a challenge, but I liked how it turned out.

Jesus Shirt

I did this in my sophmore year in Mrs. Wilson's high school art class. It earned a silver medal at Nebraska State Visual Arts Competition. I did it in ink and used pointillism (thousands of tiny dots). I especially like it because I'm wearing one of my favorite T-shirts.


This is a scratchboard portrait of my dog, Quincy. A scratchboard is a white board covered in black ink. By using special tools, you scratch away the ink revealing the white underneath, so it's like drawing in reverse. It's a difficult medium because it is almost impossible to correct mistakes. I love how doleful Quincy looks in this picture. He is a great dog.

Good and Faithful Servant: Michael Reagan

This is the most recent in a series of ink drawings I did for my school newspaper. The illustrations were for articles about the lives of great Christian thinkers.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Dragon of the West

Uncle Iroh is my favorite character on the Nickelodeon show Avatar. He is kind, wise, and possesses a wry wit. I've drawn him here in an anime style called "Mega D." I believe the Japanese call ridiculously small and cute characters "chibis." So this is "Chibi Iroh!"

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

In a public school . . .

Just a thought: if you believe that God had an active role in the creation process, why is it so hard to believe he could produce miracles? Which is harder: to create matter out of nothing or to change water to wine? It all boils down to what you believe about creation.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov was a Russian writer in the late nineteenth century. He is most famous for his plays and numerous short stories. Popular playwrite Niel Simon based his hilarious play, The Good Doctor, on these short stories.
When my high school chose The Good Doctor for our one-act play, I was asked to draw an ink portrait of Chekhov for posters, programs, and other publicity. Notice the intensity in Chekhov's face.
(p.s. I actually got to play Chekhov in that play!)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Friday, October 05, 2007

The Scarlet Pimpernel

"We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? Is he in hell?
That demmed elusive Pimpernel."
(Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel, "Chapter 12" )

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Two New Characters!

Meet Rachel's Family! On the left is her older, tweenage sister, Rudy. On the right is her little sister, Ruby.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Bard

So I was thinking, why is it that the old artists never gave Shakepeare a smile? I'm sure the man who wrote As You Like It, A Midsimmer Night's Dream, and The Comedy of Errors didn't walk around looking glum all the time. . .
. . . So here is Shakespeare smiling! :)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

LCS - Mandatory Volunteerism

At LCS students are required to perform 30 hours of volunteer service. I love how Bob is scratching his desk.

Good and Faithful Servant: G.K. Chesterton

Answer Came There None

I doubt there is any character in literature more fun to caricature than Horace Rumpole. Rumpole is a frumpy British barrister, and the central figure of John Mortimer's Rumpole short stories. Rumpole is old, weathered, skilled at cross-examination, enjoys the occasional cheroot and bottle of Pommeroy's plonk, and is fond of reminicing about his greatest success: the Penge Bulgalow Murders, which he won "alone and without a leader!" The Rumpole stories are a must-read for those interested in the legal profession, or for anyone who loves a good mystery, especially Sherlock Holmes. Or you might check out the television series, with the great Leo McKern as Rumpole.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Kill Bill

One of my first attempts at political cartooning. Man she looks irate!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Are You Looking at my Nose?

One of those wild swashbucklers in a masque -
Hat with three plumes, and doublet with six points -
His cloak behind him over his long sword
Cocked, like the tail of a strutting Chanticleer -
Prouder than all the swaggering Tamburlaines
Hatched out of Gascony. And to complete
This Punchinello figure - such a nose! -
My lords, there is no such nose as that nose -
(Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Brian Hooker
Translation, Act I)

This is the second installment in my new series of portraits of memorable literary characters. And who is more memorable or more of a character than Cyrano?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Good and Faithful Servant: Peter Kreeft

I have never met Peter Kreeft, but I feel as though he's in the same room talking to me every time I open one of his books.

Those who have been inspired by C.S.Lewis will relish the writings of Peter Kreeft. Lewis is actually a main character in Kreeft's fictional dialogue Between Heaven and Hell, and Kreeft pays homage to Lewis' famous work, The Screwtape Letters, with his hilarious piece, The Snakebite Letters. However, what sets apart Peter Kreeft from any other author is how he uses Socrates to defend Christian beliefs. That’s right, Socrates! What would happen if the greatest philosopher returned to life in modern times? What would Socrates think of the teachings of Jesus or issues like abortion? Kreeft explores these questions in his series of books starring Socrates. The most dynamic of these is The Unaborted Socrates, in which Socrates defends the rights of the unborn child, and his pro-abortion opponents find his logic unanswerable.

This book should be required reading for anyone struggling with this issue or for those who want to defend their pro-life views. From Socrates, we can learn to spot the flawed logic used to justify abortion and how to convince people that an unborn child deserves life. Once you have a taste of Peter Kreeft’s powerful writing, you will definitely be hungry for more. In addition to The Unaborted Socrates, there are several other Socratic dialogues by Kreeft which can be read in any order. However, if you only read one book about abortion in your whole life, make it The Unaborted Socrates. It will make you think!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Constant Vigilance!

. . .it was a face unlike any Harry had ever seen. It looked as though it had been carved out of weathered wood by someone who had only the vaguest idea of what human faces are supposed to look like, and was none to skilled with a chisel. Every inch of skin seemed to be scarred. The mouth looked like a diagonal gash, and a large chunk of the nose was missing. But it was the man's eyes that made him frightening.

One of them was small, dark, and beady. The other was large, round as a coin, and a vivid, electric blue. (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 184-185)

My interpretation of Mad-Eye Moody, from the Harry Potter series. Bye bye, Mad-Eye. . .

Friday, July 13, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Still-life in Yellow and Purple

I painted this in junior-high. The assignment was to only use the colors yellow and purple, which creates a neat effect.