Bill, originally uploaded by manlyartjpc.

Here's another "Scannerized" portrait I did for Christmas. Bill's wife commissioned this for his Christmas gift.


Patton, originally uploaded by manlyartjpc.

Here's a little drawing I did of Patton Oswalt.


Grinch Sandwich

Grinch Sandwich
Grinch Sandwich, originally uploaded by manlyartjpc.

You're a three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce. Need I say more?

Happy Holidays everybody!


The Treager's Crazy Christmas

The Treager's Crazy Christmas, originally uploaded by manlyartjpc.

Here's a "Scannerized" portrait commission I just finished for some friends of mine. They're using the image for their Christmas cards this year.


Scanner Puppy...

Hank, originally uploaded by manlyartjpc.

Here's a "Scannerized" portrait commission for a friend of mine. Isn't he about the cutest thing you've ever seen?


Sloshy the Snowman...

Huns RFC 12 Bars of Christmas, originally uploaded by manlyartjpc.

Here's a t-shirt design I just finished for my rugby teams holiday pub crawl. Nothin' expresses the true meaning of Christmas like a drunk snowman.

Scrubs Charlie Brown Christmas...

This just makes me happy. I found out about this over at Ugly Hill. It's a great daily web comic by Paul Southworth. Go check it out! Now, on with the show!


Austin Sketchy 12-09-2006 Collage

I went to the Dr. Sketchy life drawing group last night. It was pretty cool.
Here's a collage of sketches I was relatively happy with. The poses range from 1 minute to 20 minutes. You can check out the individual drawings here.


Patton Oswalt...

First off... Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been moving and had a lot of life stuff going on. I should be getting back in the blogging saddle soon. But enough with me... back to the subject at hand...

I was fortunate enough to be on the guest list (along with a bunch of my friends) to see Patton Oswalt last weekend at Cap City Comedy here in Austin. It was such a blast! Since he was recording a CD that night, he was doing all new material. I about hurt myself laughing. Patton is the nicest guy. He hooked us up with free drinks and munchies and hung out with us after the show. Thanks Patton! Also, thanks to Thomas and Melly for getting everything set up. Y'all rock!

And now, a blurry picture of Patton and I...



I was at the post office today and they had these totally cool stamps. They're awesome! Go get some!



I just updated my website with the paintings from my Halloween art show. So, if you want to see them all in one location, head over to www.ManlyArt.com and go to the Original Art for Sale section. Then e-mail me and buy a painting!


Quick Update...

I just got back from Wizard World Texas. I had a great time with the crew from Austin Books & Comics. I got to see a bunch of friends and catch up with those I hadn't seen in a while. My über cool geek moment of the day was meeting Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrel) from Battlestar Galactica which, by the way, if you aren't watching, you really should. It is seriously the best show on TV, hands down. Anyway... he's a really nice, down-to-earth guy and I really enjoyed visiting with him. He hinted that the season finale is a complete jaw-dropper, but wouldn't say more. Enough said. Here's a slightly blurry photo of my geek moment...


The Ultimates...

I was recently steered towards The Ultimates. It's a great comic. I've gone through the first two trades in as many days. For those not familiar with it, it's an updated retelling of the formation of The Avengers. The art is top notch, it's a great story, and I highly recommend picking it up.

As a result, I was in the mood to draw super heroes when I was sketching with some friends last night. Nothing too terribly exciting, but here you go.

Here's a WWII era Captain America.

Can you tell I was getting punchy around the time I drew the Hulk?



I recently did some pirate-type art for Austin Books & Comics here in Austin. They're having their big sale later this month and they wanted a pirate theme. So, I came up with a pirate map of the store and their very own Jolly Roger. They're making t-shirts with the Jolly Roger and also a 5'x8' flag for the store. The flag's going to be really cool. Enough words. Here's some art!

I'm a winner!

Woohoo! I actually won a little contest. And for caption writing, no less. Who'd a thunk it? Go on over to Michael Cho's blog and check it out. He's a really talented Canadian artist. be sure to check out his other stuff while you're there.

Oh, and he's also got a really entertaining Iron Man blog here... Tony Stark: Your go to guy.


SuperRad Foo Dog...

I commissioned my friend Melly to make me one of her famous Foo Dogs. I got it today. It is all kinds of awesome! This bad boy is just shy of 4 feet long from paw to tail. Feel free to drool.


Crazy Bug...

Apparently its a Sweat Bee. Kinda cool, huh. Thanks to Webwawa for sleuthing it out.

Check this thing out. It was on my driver-side window this morning. At first, I thought it was a fly, but it has a body more like a bee. It also doesn't have a fly's suction mouth thingy. It had things more like pincers. Any guesses? I haven't seen anything quite like it.


Scanner Baby...

My buddy Josh is having me do portraits of his family. Here's and in-progress shot of his 2 year old daughter Jenny. Enjoy!


Halloween Closing...

Well, Christopher and I had our show closing party Sunday night. It was fun. Some people dressed up, some ice cream was eaten, and a good time was had by all. Here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure...

From left to right are: Me and Christopher as Brock Sampson and The Sherrif, Steve, Anne & Bill as Tigger, Party Girl & a REALLY Ugly Nun :), Joe as a Spooky Dead Gentleman, and Melly as the scurvey, yet lovely, Dredd Redd.



I was at Starbucks tonight drawing with some friends. My buddy Joe was drawing zombies and inspired me to do the same. So, here's my 15 minute zombie. He's a little worse for wear. Eating brains is a lot harder when you're missing your lower jaw. Bone Apetite!



I can post this! For those of you who are Fables fans, I got to do a print for Austin Books & Comics to help celebrate Remembrance Day. Bill Willingham (creator fo Fables) and Matt Sturges (writer of Jack of Fables) were on hand to sign comics and prints.

I got to spend a little time with them over the past couple of days. They're really great guys and I really enjoyed getting to know them a little. So, without further ado, here's the art I did for the print...

Austin Books still has some prints available signed by Bill, Matt & myself. Go get one!



Sorry I haven't posted for a few days. I'm working on a cool project for Austin Books. Bill Willingham and two of the artists of Fables are coming into town for a signing. Brad's commissioned me to do a Fables-esque print for the event. I'm really excited. If you're a Fables fan, you should definitely go to this event. It's Saturday the 21st from 7:30-11:30. If you don't know about Fables, run out and pick up the first trade. It's great. I'll post art for this after the event. Brad asked me to keep the art under wraps until the night of. You can get more info here: http://www.austinbooks.com



Oh, hell yes!


I'm so tired...

Well, I made a pretty valiant effort, but I'm done. I gotta get some sleep. Here are another 3 pages. I'll definitely finish this comic. I'll post stuff later this week as I get it done. Here you go...


Here's 3 more pages...



OK, I'm pretty behind right. I had a change of plan on how I was doing my comic, but now I'm back on course. Here are the first three pages...


Time is going by waaaay to fast. I got my thumbnails and text done, now I get to actually draw this stuff out. Fun. Fun. Fun. More later.
Oh, by the way... I hate Thomas. He's already got like 7 pages inked. Bastard!


Well, I got a story line. I've downloaded most of my reference photos, so I'm feeling pretty good. It's a WWII story set in the South Pacific. I'll elaborate more later. Gotta get back to work. I should start having some images in the next couple of posts.

It has begun...

OK, 24 hour comic book has begun... and I'm posting about it online intead of getting started. Aaaaaaaaah! Must get to work....


What was I thinkin'?

Well, I'll be joining the comic book lemmings this year and jumping off the cliff of no sleep. That's right! I'm attempting to do 24 hour Comic Book Day at Austin books and Comics tomorrow. Wish me luck! I'll have my laptop with me, so I'll try and make a couple of posts if I get a chance. Feel free to drop by if you're in the area.

Now I'm going to take a nap and try and charge up for tomorrow.


Small World...

I'm watching the Hisory Channel, and lo-and-behold Marsh Mokhtari, a guy I played rugby with in Santa Monica, is hosting this show called Death Road. Really random. Maybe playing for the Santa Monica Dolphins is good karma or something. Heck, a year-and-a-half after I played for them I got my gig as an animater on A Scanner Darkly. Other players that did well are Billy Campbell (The Rocketeer) and Johnny Lee Miller (Hackers, Trainspotting). They weren't playing by the time I joined the team though. Small world. Wierd. Just thought I'd share.

The Bride...

Holy Crap! I finally finished The Bride of Frankenstein pin-up late last night. Now I just have to go hang it at Amy's and I'll be done hanging my show. Hope y'all like it.



My buddy Ben, who works at Disney, is having a photography art show. If you are in LA and can actually gain access to the Disney Feature Animation Gallery, you can see it in all it's glory. If you're a mere mortal with no contacts, you can see some of the shots here... ToyCamera.com.

He took all these shots with a Holga. They're really cool. Go check it out!



I sold the Headless Horseman painting last night! Woohoo! Thanks Steve, you rock!



Woohoooooo! The show has been hung. I just have to finish up the Bride of Frankenstein, and I'll be completely done. I think the show came out nice. The difference in Christopher's style from mine works really well. I'm really excited. If you're in Austin, go by and check it out after Wednesday. I should have my last painting up by then.

Here's one of the final pieces for the show. It's my disco BoogieMan. He's kind of cute in a hideous, awkward kind of way.


Here's the front and back of the postcard for my show. It gives all the info you need. Swing by and check it out if you get a chance.
Must... sleep...

btw- For those that don't know us, Christopher's the one in glasses, I'm the one getting dragged out of the booth. Altering photos is fun.

Beginning Bride...

Well, I got a decent start on the Bride of Frankenstein pin-up. The face is always the hardest part. I'll probably have to hang this one a day late.:( I hate having to do that. I'll post another pic tomorrow or Monday.


Werewolf? There. There wolf...

Woohoo! I finished the samurai werewolf. I think it came out pretty cool. I think I like the werefox better, but they should look good together. I included a close-up so you could check out some of the detail. There'll be more stuff coming this weekend.



Here's an in-progress shot of the samurai werewolf. The kanji character on his chest says (appropriately enough) "moon". I'm gonna try and finish this tomorrow. I've got so much work to do before Sunday. I hope I can get it all done.


Creature from the Black Lagoon

Another painting down! WooHoo! Hope you like it. This one's 12"x24". Oil on a GessoBoard Cradle.


The Illusionist...

So, my buddy Josh and I went out to dinner at Houstons last night and then went and saw The Illusionist. That movie is freaking fantastic! I really enjoyed it. It's simple, well made and well acted. Edward Norton is very good, but Paul Giamatti(sp?) was exceptional as the chief of police. Another thing that was subtle, but very well done, was the overall look of the movie. The colors were slightly desaturated, and the edges of the screen were slightly blurred and darkened. It really gave the feel of watching something from a completely different time.

Go see it!

Better Pics

Here are some better pics of 2 of my Halloween pieces. I should have some new stuff showing up in the next few days.


Foxy! Finished!

I finished the werefox. I'm really happy with how it came out. The lighting on the photos is horrible. I'll post better ones once I do a proper photo shoot for the show. The piece is 15"x20", Prismacolor markers on Strathmore art board. I also included a close up of some of the kimono patterns for those who might find that sort of thing interesting.



Here's an in-progress of the werefox. I'll hopefully have this done sometime tomorrow. Hope you like it!


Gettin' There...

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I went to Dallas last weekend and I've had to do some paying work this week. I should be wrapping this up in the next day or two. Gotta let the paint dry a little. Hopefully I'll have some progress to show on one of the 'were-'paintings next.