A Good Start

Sketches and thoughts of a cartoonist and animator

Five Things I Talked About at Indiana Comic Con

chrisandgin:

Hi to everyone who stopped by my table at Indiana Comic Con! I had a lot of great conversations this weekend and met a lot of artists and writers from around the Indianapolis area. I will do my best to remember your name (and I will fail).

If you talked to me, I probably mentioned one of these…

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Cosmovitral: Mexico’s Amazing Stained Glass Botanical Garden

Stained glass is invariably associated with place of worship.  Yet the lucky residents of the Mexican city of Toluca have a wonderful botanical garden replete with a host of incredibly stained glass windows.  As well as being a superb display of plants and art together, it is a tour de force in what to do with a building once it outlives its original purpose.

No one ever said this couldn’t be a place of worship or contemplation. It’s gorgeous.

(Source: asylum-art, via bonkalore)

New Site: ChrisAndGin.com

Gin and I have built a new website for ourselves: chrisandgin.com. It’a palce for people to keep track of all our various projects in one location. 

You’ll get project updates, behind the scenes artwork, event announcements and the occasional article covering what we’re learning. I’ll continue posting art here, but I’ll also repost it at chrisandgin.com as well.

24 Hour Comic Day Pencils

So I didn’t finish my comic in 24 hours. Didn’t even come close. But I DID script a full story, design three characters, lay out 24 pages and pencil six of them. That’s more comics than I generally do in a week let alone a day.

I would recommend this event to any cartoonist. Having the time limit really forces you to dig into what your existing knowledge and skills, and you don’t have time to do a lot of second-guessing. Interesting combinations start to arise. 

I really like the story I came up with, so expect to see a finished version sometime next year. For now, here are the penciled pages I finished.

5.5x8.5 Minicomic Spread Layout

This weekend is the official 2013 24 Hour Comics Challenge weekend. It’s my first year to participate (yay!), and I made this handy tool to help me. I’ve made it available here for anyone else who might find it useful.

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The template is designed for a comic who’s final size is 8.5” x 5.5”. The solid lines divide the page into quarters and the dotted lines divide it into thirds. The hashes are provided to make creating boxes and gutters along those lines easy.

The working area of each page is 5.1392” x 8.125”. Why the weird width? I needed it to print out on a Brother HL-2170W and that’s as large as I could get it.  

The file is PDF. It will open in Adobe Acrobat, and should also open in Illustrator if you want to edit it. It’s got layers and everything! 

Good luck!

Today is 24 Hour Comic Day. Draw a comic about the television show 24 in one hour or less.
I’ve seen about five episodes total of this show and three of them were playing at a bar last night. From what I’ve seen this scenario is 100% plausible.

Today is 24 Hour Comic Day. Draw a comic about the television show 24 in one hour or less.

I’ve seen about five episodes total of this show and three of them were playing at a bar last night. From what I’ve seen this scenario is 100% plausible.

Happy Valentines from “The Brothers Grant.”

Happy Valentines from “The Brothers Grant.”