Thursday, November 15, 2012

24 hour comic posted up

hey all, i just posted my 24 hour comic from this year to be seen in all its weirdness. check it out on the righthand "pages" section. Here's a snippet preview of the first few pages.

Also, if you wanna see some work by the only artist that stuck it through to the bitter end, check out some Luke Howard, awww yeah





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Figure Drawing, aka NEKKID PEOPLES!!!i've

Well I'm going back to figure drawing again this semester (more like crashing it) and I figured I'd share a sampling of studies and sketches from it.


it's pretty simplistic but i really liked how these top two came out when i used chunky graphite

read the side notes for a peek into what my brain is doing most of the time

used a very dry brush along with my pen for this one... interesting results

i've really been focused on planes and capturing dimension lately, leading to a lot of framework looking sketches
At first I was gonna space them out, but then I thought screw it, so here's all the ones I scanned recently.

I'll try to be better about sharing stuff from my sketchbook in the future.

Monday, October 15, 2012

New York Comic Con!

Well, NYCC is over and where to begin? Short answer: it was awesome; full of frenzied drawing and meeting wonderful people, some of whom may be reading this post right now. 

If so, first pop over to Rare Earth Comics where you can see other great works by my partners in inks.  But also, while you're here, take a gander at some of my other, older works off to the righthand side in the "pages" section
only my biggest fans get the free hugs

to the right, sitting Chewbacca, is the unstoppable Dave Robles, who knows to smile for pictures

Also, if you want to reach out, you should know most comic artists (myself included) are, despite being super busy, also super approachable.  So leave a comment or shoot me an email (carlmeff@gmail.com) and let me know what you think of my work or ask any questions you may have. 


Russ Braun
Russ' work

Speaking of super approachable, and in this case, wonderful, comic artists, I got a couple of great portfolio critiques from Russ Braun and Daniel Krall, they were both wise, generous with their time and amazingly talented.  At the risk of turning new readers onto much better artists, go check out their work. 
Daniel Krall
Daniel's work
here's me again, hiding behind comics.. oh the metaphors
That's all I have to say for now.  Pictures from the con abound on REC's facebook page, here it is again! Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who bought a drawing or is reading our work.  Giving your precious time and money in such a chaotically competitive environment is the greatest flattery to our art. Til next time...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

JoyRiders promotion flyer (1st draft)

I've wrapped up the first version of my JoyRiders promotion flyer for the NYCC (New York Comic Con)
it's meant to draw in new readers through sheer intrigue without sounding like a straight-up pitch.
this is a double-sided 11x17 flyer, left-hand has one side, right-hand has the other.

It's also supposed to connect with an object from the story itself, which I thought was kinda cool...
look at the last panel

Anyways, I'd welcome any input anyone has towards making this a better tool for getting more eyes on my webcomic.  Needless to say, I'll be printing a ton, so if you want one, just ask.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A word to you MICE-kateers...

NOT my art, you can tell because a loving hand clearly made it.
...Since Saturday is going to be full of handing out business cards to other fantastic comic creators in the New England area, I wanted to give you all the 411 on what I've got for you to see:

                             "Doctor Atlantis"
 
This series is a collaborative labor of love between myself and writer Ian Ally-Seals, head of Rare Earth Comics (also the presenters of my JoyRiders webcomic)
from the first issue!!! where do we go from here?!

It's a high seas, steampunk adventure full of sea monsters, fantastical ships, cutthroat cannibals and british imperialists.  It was distributed nation-wide last June and has gotten some great reviews already from Kastor's Corner and the Stumptown Trade Review, as well as a loverly write-up from a loverly lady, Jen Vaughn.
things get real
You can find some previews of the first few issues on my blog, but if you want to read the whole thing (and you really should) you should order the first volume (collecting issues 1-3) from your local brick and mortar comic store. 

I'm already hard at work on the art for issue 6, which when finished will be followed by the release of volume 2 (issues 4-6).

                                  "JoyRiders"
This series follows a Breakfast Club-esque group of teens from a dead end town as they discover a ship that can take them beyond what they thoughts was possible.

This is a once a week series, full color and 39 pages in so far.  It's a slow boil series, but it will be going in some amazing directions, some of which even I couldn't guess!
spoiler alert: stuff happens
The pages can be seen on my blog, but they come out each week FIRST at Rare Earth Comics, so bookmark it up!
my rarely seen "hiatus" page, and i'm now off hiatus!
*phew*! Shameless self-promotion is hard work! Anyways, I hope these more recent works, and my older stuff will keep you entertained and perhaps even hooked on works to come.  And if all that isn't enough, I've also got some of my other work on display on my digital portfolio at Carbon Made
Feel free to follow, comment, or email me anything you feel like saying or asking.

After all.... we all make comics, how awesome is that?

old picture, I'm now about one beard lighter.

Friday, September 28, 2012

JoyRiders page 39

 check out JoyRider updates FIRST at Rare Earth Comics

(side note: after coloring in RGB like an idiot for all the previous pages, I've finally switched over to using CMYK and saving as PNG starting with this one.  Fun fact for you art nerds, meaningless for your normal folk)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

sketchbook page, Tartakovsky studies

I looooove Gennedy Tartakovsky (though I still probably spell his name wrong).  Here's some studies of this drawing style from the Star Wars Clone Wars shorts.... if you haven't seen them, fix that.

Monday, September 17, 2012

sketchbook page, mary dancing

So as it does, a completely obvious idea hit me a few days back: I sketch all the time, why don't I just post some of  *those* pages? So here's the first of MANY, and of greatly varying neatness (they get messier than this!) and scale.  It's a quick sketch I did of one of the characters from JoyRiders, Mary, just grooving out.  I'm trying to do more drawings of my characters acting they way they would naturally, to get more in their skin.