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MUSE Volume 3

Posted on:  March 1, 2015

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This is it for a while so I put a lot of TLC on this one. The third and final installment of my little foray into female illustration. Early on drawing females scared the hell out of me. And as with any drawing challenge I charged at it head on. I’m nowhere where I want to be but it’s been fun discovering things along the way.

I’ve especially loved drawing all these flowery, avant-garde fashioned women with long flowing gowns and ruffly accents. They almost border science fiction in a way as if they’re denizens of some far off civilization.

The books have always been printed as a small batch. There will only be 300 of these so get them while you can. They will make their official debut at Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle, March 27-29, 2015. I hope to see you there. Very soon you’ll be able to purchase a copy via Stuart Ng Books, Gallery Nucleus and Center Stage Gallery. Stay tuned for details via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

LDC

Bouquet

Posted on:  February 14, 2015

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Trio

Posted on:  February 10, 2015

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Flat Brush

Posted on:  February 5, 2015

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Make It Count

Posted on:  January 24, 2015

You hear it happen around you. In the news. In other industries. But sometimes the shell lands in your fox hole.  Layoffs are pretty ugly. And when it happens it focuses on the unpleasant reality that you try and ignore. It’s the animation industry after all. It’s where we’re supposed to have fun, make jokes and draw funny pictures.

The last 48 hours have been tough. The place I’ve come to count on for stability work wise for the last seven plus years has found itself in a precarious situation. Letting go of almost a fourth of your work force and shutting an entire division (Pacific Data Images in Redwood City, California) is not just part of “regular business rhythms”. It spells trouble with a capital T.

How did it come to this? The long fall of the dominoes started many years ago. For them it was hard to see the big picture. That is, until the last few pieces fell. I can point fingers and beat my chest and rant about all the choices they’ve made. But doesn’t do anything constructive and plus, my opinion means little. Now is a time to be sensitive especially to all my colleagues and friends who have,or are in the process of losing their jobs.

The reality is this: It’s a business. We’d like to think we go in to work everyday to be creative and make cool things but it’s a business. And we are not in charge. And sometimes the people in charge will not make good decisions. It doesn’t make things easier or acceptable or even right. All we can really do is hope that lessons are learned and that the next venture reflect those lessons. It’s owed to those who have been affected to make what happened mean something.

And for those of you who have offered their support and solidarity it certainly warms the soul. It’s great to know genuine empathy still exists.

As for those people who think they know what’s going on or have even found delight in all of this, along with the ones who have smugly spoken like they were insiders and players inside the campuses at Dreamworks: You have the right to your opinion and for you to post those opinions in social media. But a day will come where you’ll find yourself in a situation where you are at the mercy of the very people you have derided. It’s a small industry after all and those seemingly innocuous posts are the difference from you getting a gig or selling Chiclets in Tijuana.

Winterized

Posted on:  January 15, 2015

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… a five minute end of day sketch

Curls

Posted on:  January 10, 2015

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Big hair, big ideas…

Ruffles

Posted on:  January 8, 2015

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First post of 2015

Bring on 2015

Posted on:  December 30, 2014

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I’m a day or so early but… Happy New Year! I’ve spent the last couple of days working in WordPress to bring some sort of newness to this place. It’s been long overdue. I try not to reflect too much on the past but it’s been an interesting year both personally and professionally. All I can say is how thankful I am for all things bitter and sweet.

As for 2015.. There are lots of things going on career wise. After 19 years in animation, there is still quite a bit of that mountain left to climb. What does year 20 bring? Who knows. I do know I’ve got 2 books to work on and two shows to attend in 2015. In March I’ll be back in Seattle, Washington for Emerald City Comic-Con and, I’m also looking to exhibit in Portland for the first time in the fall. NO COMIC-CON? Yes. No comic-con. After 9 years there I think it was time for a break and I couldn’t be happier not having to think about that show. Not to say I won’t miss it. It’s always a good time in San Diego. This year I’ll go as a spectator and fan just like the other countless thousand attendees.

It was quite timely but I re-discovered this Photoshop brush I created earlier in the year. I’ve been trying to achieve this “painted but graphic” look and this brush is showing some promise. Hope you like the new home page image as well as the one above this post. Oh and I’ve also updated the GALLERY so give it a gander.  The webcomics module is still in testing.  It’s taking a lot longer than I expected but I’m confident It will roll out in late January 2015 with STEEL NOODLES Number 1 and Number 2, followed but the first 20 pages of STEEL NOODLES Number 3.

As you contemplate 2014 and look forward to 2015, all I can say is make plans. Realistic plans. Plans that are within reach. Don’t talk about it. Keep it to yourself and go for it. It will eventually show itself in a tangible way and THAT speaks for itself more than any verbal statement you can make.  Actions not words.

Cheers,

LDC

Red Lace Wednesday

Posted on:  December 11, 2014

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