Monday, March 15, 2010

Pages and Dog Heads

Here's a couple sketched pages, pending a couple small revisions--for instance, the other day I realized I drafted the door frame differently in a couple panels. Goes to show it's best to work one scene completely through without jumping around. ;]

Pages 12 &14:

Also, in an effort to get back into the art-groove after travel, I spent some time warming up sketching dogs and various other things. Most of the dogs are referenced from photos I took at this year's Iditarod Start last week in Alaska.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Last Great Race

Here I am, just returned from a somewhat impromptu trip to Alaska for the Iditarod dog sled race. The Iditarod is a 1,100 mile dogsled race that begins just north of Anchorage, AK, and ends in Nome. The race route is modeled after the famous "serum run," run by the equally famous lead dog, Balto.

Just to give an idea of scale, the Iditarod route is equal the distance of Tijuana to Portland or Minneapolis to New York. It's no easy task for the serious competitors and their teams. The average time to run it is 9-10 days--we're just now into the 7th day of the race, so it's getting down to the wire!

And now, fresh from real snow, ice and bitter cold and onto the blues and splattered white paint of the page.
I'm back to work on the comic this morning, fresh pot of coffee in one hand and a pencil in the other.
I've got a few things to post over the next couple days, so keep an eye out!

Stay warm!