Primum non nocere

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Just waiting for the world to end like everybody else.

In the mean time I finished a project my sister requested.  She's been student teaching and she asked if I could draw some frogs for the teacher she's been working with

 So this is what I came up with.  I realize I needed more black space in the drawing, but I couldn't decided how to do it so I just said screw it and sent it off with my nephews and niece's Christmas cash.  Not too bad for never really drawing frogs before.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Some watercolor.

I've finally buckled down and started working on some long over due wedding presents for people I owe them too and a couple for some up coming. Here's the first one I've finished.

Here we have the sketch and start to the painting.  I had two odd ball frames measuring 8x24 so I thought what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to paint one picture and make two out of it.  The sheet measures 24x16, but I didn't realize till after I finished and framed that the full measurement of the paper is to the end of the sheet including the perforations at the top.

  I was inspired by some art I had seen at a friends house and thought I might try my own take on sockeye spawning in the river.

Here we have the first layer of the fish and starting on the water.

A little bit more water and the rocks.

I forgot to get a picture of the finished sheet before I cut it up. But here is the preframed result.

And here we have the finished product.  Not too shabby. Now just two more to go and I think I'm done.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Keep Calm it's over.

Been awhile since I had something to post or say here.  With my 3 followers.  The election is over.  For the most part.

Everybody this morning is either elated or ready to revolt. And no matter what happened I'm sure that would be the same just reversed.  I'm just happy I don't have to listen to anymore political commercials or throw away anymore political flyers.  I feel drained.  I live in a state with only 3 electoral votes and that barely was noticed last night as the polls closes.  Not only for only have 3 electoral votes, but being swept into the Romney win column even before the election.

And all I have to say is if you want real change, stop buying Chinese and start investing in your country and your countrymen.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I was digging through some stacks of old drawings and came out with these two gems.

I was a North Pacific Ground Fish Observer for over 11 years.  Pretty much that means I go out on fishing boats and collect biological data for the National Marine Fisheries Service.  The APO is an organization that focuses on observers around the country and the world.  I was asked a while back to try and come up with some new logos and designs for the association.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Fett

I entered a contest over at the Writer's Journey.  For an extra entry you have to do something creative, so I did a quick sketch of Boba Fett.

I know I haven't posted in a few days, but I'm working on larger projects and nothing was completed to show, but I'm still trying to set aside at least an hour a day to draw or paint or doodle, or whatever.

Here's the Boba Fett sketch.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The beginning. MORE!!! I guess.

I made a resolution to myself to start drawing again.  After pretty much taking all of 2011 off from my creative side I decided I needed to push myself to get back into it.  I really blame Facebook, well Facebook games, anyways for my slacking.  So I'm trying to set aside at least an hour a day to draw,  doodle, whatever.

One of my favorite underground artists, Carrie McNinch, you may have heard of her, or not.  She's behind such classics as the Assassin and the Whiner, You Don't get there from here, and her own graphic novel, I Want Everything to Be Alright.

It's this graphic novel that really inspired me to do what I'm planning on doing.  I read it a while back, but Carrie pretty much took a year off from drawing and then to get back into it she forced herself to put out a page a day. She's one of the pioneers of the autobiographical comic, and while there not all gems, it's a pretty interesting read.  Plus Carrie is a great artist.  Well worth the read.

So that's my goal to draw something, anything, everyday.  And I plan on posting it here.  Will it be gold?  Most decidedly not, but I'm hoping it starts me in the right direction.

cb out

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nuclear Chocolate Issue #1

Back in 1996 and 1997 my two Senior years of college I was hanging out with a group that called itself the Comic Art Society.  It was one of those student organizations and I'm sure when they set it up it was meant to promote comic art, artist and the medium in general.  It ended up turning into a Wednesday night meeting of a few us to draw, discuss comics and bitch.  Of the original group I know a few are still drawing and one actually has had some professional work published.  When I was younger I dreamed of being a comic book artist.  I thought that would be the greatest.  I came to realize that I really didn't want to put the effort into getting good enough to conform to the drawing styles used by the major comic book publishers and after taking some sage advice from my guidance counselor, not to make something I love to do something I have to do, I decided I'd go for my second love which is science.  Never the less.  In the summer of 1997 the group of us formed a loose confederation and publishing house known as Crushing Press and  four of us put out a few self-published comics and headed on down to Comic Con in Chicago.  1997 was the first year Wizard took over the comic con and it was a fun time.  I sold exactly 2 books, but got to meet a ton of professionals.  The best being Terry Moore of Strangers in Paradise and Echo fame. Super nice guy.  I also got Frank Miller to sign a first printing of The Dark Knight Returns #2 and Kurt Busiek to sign my Marvels comics.  And I also got to meet a ton of independent artists and writers.

I found one of my old comics sitting in a box not to long ago and I've wanted to put it up here for some time.  After rereading it and cringing I laugh at how bad I was and how far I've come.  I was still using drafting pens to ink with, which at the time I thought were awesome, now that I've mastered the pen and brush I laugh at that too.

So enough with the rambling here is my one and only published comic book.  And in 1997 the price tag was a little lofty too.

Click on a picture to get a little closer. I scanned them fairly large.

Ung the cover.  I included 3 tales in what I figured if I kept it up would be an anthology of what ever I was drawing. Maybe serialize some of it.

Yeah my college nickname was Barq, don't ask, I still have a few college buddies who call me that from time to time.  This was all put together by photocopying and cutting and pasting.

I drank a lot in college and of course like any late teen, early twenties male thought it was cool.  I've also done a few one page stories with these guys.  I still love'em even though I haven't drawn them in years.
Still hadn't mastered the background or the lettering.

Gotta have some cheese pick up lines, right?
I'll be honest I really like Evan Dorkin's Milk and Cheese. I think if you've ever read any you will see the influence here and in my last story.

Next we have the start of Radioactive Jellybeans, which became just Beans later.  I actually have over 24 pages of Beans which ran in the school news paper for awhile.  The biggest complaint was that no one knew what was going on. So if you go and read my Samurai Mushroom comics you'll notice I was writing those as a weekly serial.  Sadly the first 4 original pages you see here got ruined when I was being them up from Wisconsin years ago, along with a few bottles of Dr. McGillicuddy's Peppermint Schnapps when one of bottles broke in my checked bag.  I will say that the pages smelled nice though. At least they got published before they got ruined.
It's in this strip that I really tried to experiment with style, page design and format.  Not so much in these first 4 pages but later on as I got better at drawing the characters.

Lastly we have a take on a bad pun and I like drawing anthropomorphic food.

And the back page.  Of the titles listed only 4 were ever produced.  Becky the one who actually works in comics still puts out Aegis and Sam comics with her husband.  Sadly the Crushing Press imprint is no more, but I know that all of use still love to draw.