15 September 2008

SVA first assignment - try 6

Another poster for my SVA graphic design class. This is my favorite of the posters thus far. Messing with the kerning like this is definitely not something I would do usually, but I thought that maybe breaking up just the simple word would give it more of a sense of rhythm in itself without repetition.

I'm really looking forward to printing this out large and seeing it.

12 September 2008

SVA first assignment - try 1

We were tasked with making an 11"x16" poster using the word "rhythm" to explore type/fonts. This is what I made first. I'll probably toss around a few more ideas before next Thursday. (I've already started another one, actually, and I have plans for maybe two more).

All done with the GIMP + some torn out letters/scans (and a lot of patience because my computer kept running out of virtual memory)

(i would suggest looking at it large or full size)

11 September 2008

SVA class


SVA class - try1
Originally uploaded by wormulus
So I'm taking this graphic design class at the School of Visual Arts and our first class was today (class is on Thursdays). Our in-class assignment was to use these sheets of Letraset rub-on letters to make a "poster" on the white side of an index card. This was my first try. All the letters used in the sun/clouds/man are letters from my name (L. Nichols).

The second try is here. On the second try, I decided that what I liked most was the little guy with the dandelion, so I tried to do a simplified version of just him using just the letters from my name (L. Nichols). I like how this one came out better, though many in the class preferred the first. What do you think?

09 September 2008

Group show opening from Sept. 5


Opening night crowd
Originally uploaded by wormulus
At the Upstate Artists Guild gallery on Lark St. in Albany, NY. I have four paintings in the Pow! show, up until Sept 25.

It was this crowded or more so all evening! I was glad so many people were there, but it was damn hot. I ended up leaving and coming back later after the sun had set. Had some yummy Thai food across the street from here.

My first show!!

08 September 2008

mommabird + me print


mommabird + me print
Originally uploaded by wormulus
A photo of a print that Stephanie and I did together as our first venture into using the Gocco press. I've framed mine in this little frame I found at a garage sale for $1. I totally sliced my finger open on the glass while cleaning it off before I put this print in.

Prints up for sale at etsy

14 August 2008

Made Up (page 1)


Made Up (page 1)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
Another one of the clown comic stories. That makeup counter was killer to draw! I'm really happy with how this page came out, though. Hooray for Ears department store!

Will be in "Funny, That" which will be debuted at SPX this October.

ink and ink wash on bristol board.

08 August 2008

batsignal obama


batsignal obama
Originally uploaded by wormulus
another illustration for 365observations.com, one of my clients.

still more experimenting with color. i'm super duper happy with how this came out. the color is marker for the most part, but then I added a bit of digital color on a transparent layer with the marker color as a layer set to multiply. I tried to get the city glow this way. the obama face is the most obviously photoshopped part. i think i'm finally getting the hang of how digital color can enhance analog stuff without making it look too digital.

marker on bristol board + a little bit of digital.

03 August 2008

ronald + mao/experiment with color


ronald + mao
Originally uploaded by wormulus
something i did for 365observations.com, a client of mine. because coloring stuff on the computer gives me bad RSI, i thought it would be fun to try using markers on a piece for him. I think it came out pretty well. i definitely learned a lot from doing it. note to self: next time just use the bristol board instead of the typing paper; it won't wrinkle so much.

01 August 2008

shark week 1


shark week 1
Originally uploaded by wormulus
in honor of shark week.
inspired by robotaday/radrobot

gouache on bristol board. some of the wash is... um... washed out (heh) in the scan.

31 July 2008

daffodils (page 1 of 2)


daffodils (page 1 of 2)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a page out of my upcoming comic "Funny, That." since i sorta got laid off ("take a long vacation and maybe we'll need you in the fall when we have more money/clients"), i have lots of time to try to get this done before SPX. so... it should be ready for then! at least, here's hoping. I still have like 20+ pages to go. certainly i can get 3-4 done per week... especially since my wife spends 2 days out of the week in the hamptons tutoring rich people's kids.

ink and ink wash on bristol board.

29 July 2008

Illustration Friday - Enough

A drawing for Illustration Friday last week. The word was "enough." This is what popped into my head, so I drew it.

Marker in my moleskine. Yet more experimentation with color.

21 July 2008

color experiment (pages 1&2)

pages 3&4 can be found here

playing around with markers and colors in my moleskine. colors scanned a little weird (i.e. the pink/magenta is not as bright as it is in real life.)

I figured I deserved to play/experiment a bit since I finished the inside of the next issue of "jumbly junkery" a month and a half early! I'll send those to the printer in the next week or so and then gocco the covers in august. i can hardly wait!

The Sad Truth [part 3] (page 1 of 3)

Page two can be found here
and page three here

I always wonder what these men are thinking when they say such things. What makes them? These are just the more memorable quotes from the guys in my neighborhood over the past year. I wish I could say I made them up, but I didn't. Luckily(?) my life seems to write itself.

16 July 2008

moleskine0033


moleskine0033
Originally uploaded by wormulus
i drew this on the subway today as sort of an experimentation in color. it's much easier to draw on the subway with markers than with pen, so i'm trying to figure out how to optimize my commute productivity.

11 July 2008

sour grapes


sour grapes
Originally uploaded by wormulus
an illustration for illustration friday. the word this week was "sour"

10 July 2008

The Boy's Girl


The Boy's Girl
Originally uploaded by wormulus
Page one of a two page comic. This is one of the comics that will be going into "Funny, That", a new mini comic I hope to have done by October. I'm halfway through it now!

"Funny, That" will be a collection of comics about this clown family. They're all somewhat melancholy. More of the comic can be seen in the "Funny, That" flickr set if you're interested.

09 July 2008

sleeps so still


sleeps so still
Originally uploaded by wormulus

flatbush (pages 1 & 2)


flatbush (pages 1 & 2)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
the first 2 pages of a 5 page comic that will be included in the newest installment of jumbly junkery (my mini comic). jumbly junkery 5 should be done by mid august, so keep your eyes peeled! i know you're all waiting with baited breath. (ha)

ink and watercolor wash in my moleskine.

08 July 2008

confessions - hassle


confessions - hassle
Originally uploaded by wormulus
at least i'm always convinced.

01 July 2008

Scars (Pages 1)


Scars (Pages 1)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
A new stream of consciousness comic. 3 pages total. In my moleskine. If you look at the bottom panel on the first page, you can see water damage from my sketchbook soaking up rain from this past saturday when I marched in the dyke march from 42nd st to 14th st. At 14th st, it finally stopped raining enough that I could check my sketchbook in my backpack and see how it was. I was horrified and miserable and nearly went into a total panic. Luckily I think i've salvaged it all pretty well.

Scars (Pages 2 & 3)


Scars (Pages 2 & 3)
Originally uploaded by wormulus

26 June 2008

23 June 2008

push (page 4 of 4)


push (page 4 of 4)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a poem-comic, i guess.
will be in "jumbly junkery" #5 in september.

push (page 3 of 4)


push (page 3 of 4)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a poem-comic, i guess.
will be in "jumbly junkery" #5 in september.

push (page 2 of 4)


push (page 2 of 4)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a poem-comic, i guess.
will be in "jumbly junkery" #5 in september.

push (page 1 of 4)


push (page 1 of 4)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a poem-comic, i guess.
will be in "jumbly junkery" #5 in september.

20 June 2008

small lives (page 1)


small lives (page 1)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
Page one of a 5 or 6 page comic I'm working on. Probably to appear in my next mini comic in September.

Ink and ink wash on bristol board.

14 June 2008

Jumbly Junkery 4 up for sale on Etsy

For anyone who's interested in getting one of my mini comics, Jumbly Junkery 4 is now up for sale on my etsy store. Covers are printed on a gocco press (thanks to mommabird!!!!!!!!!! who has my eternal gratitude). First edition, numbered prints. Only 250 printed.

Help me pay my bills/pay for the next issue.

(those are my two cats, by the way)

13 June 2008

Red Eye (pages 12 & 13)


Red Eye (pages 12 & 13)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a new comic exploring both coloring techniques as well as non-standard storytelling. 13 pages drawn in 6 days. whew!

Red Eye (pages 10 & 11)


Red Eye (pages 10 & 11)
Originally uploaded by wormulus

Red Eye (pages 8 & 9)


Red Eye (pages 8 & 9)
Originally uploaded by wormulus

Red Eye (pages 6 & 7)


Red Eye (pages 6 & 7)
Originally uploaded by wormulus

Red Eye (pages 4 & 5)


Red Eye (pages 4 & 5)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a new comic exploring both coloring techniques as well as non-standard storytelling. 13 pages drawn in 6 days. whew!

Red Eye (pages 2 & 3)


Red Eye (pages 2 & 3)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a new comic exploring both coloring techniques as well as non-standard storytelling. 13 pages drawn in 6 days. whew!

Red Eye (page 1)


Red Eye (page 1)
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a new comic exploring both coloring techniques as well as non-standard storytelling. 13 pages drawn in 6 days. whew!

01 May 2008

civil war 365


civil war 365
Originally uploaded by wormulus
another illustration for 365observations.com

for an explanation: obama is winning the south and hillary is winning the north as far as which states they've won. i'm not really sure what dylan plans on writing about on 365observations, but this is what he asked for -- obama and clinton in a standoff with rifles. obama in a confederate uniform and clinton in a union one.

i'm really happy with how the image itself came out, regardless of what it's supposed to be about. I used one of those pigma graphic 1mm pens to draw it instead of my usual brush/ink or rapidographs. I like the chunkiness of the lines and the washed out colors i used. i think i might try some future illustrations with this same method in the future. especially since i can carry this pen with me easier than i can brush/ink.

30 April 2008

confessions - helicopters


confessions - helicopters
Originally uploaded by wormulus
confessions of a more paranoid sort. i particularly like how the third panel came out.

guard cat in adventure land


guard cat in adventure land
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a new one in the guard cat series

24 April 2008

guard cat


guard cat
Originally uploaded by wormulus

22 April 2008

dandy lions


dandy lions
Originally uploaded by wormulus
oh, those bad puns that just pop into your head while you're walking along.

i penciled this while, no joke, standing in a crowded subway car to and from work today. inked it when i got home.

21 April 2008

confusion


confusion
Originally uploaded by wormulus

20 April 2008

dysphoria


dysphoria
Originally uploaded by wormulus

19 April 2008

confessions


confessions
Originally uploaded by wormulus

15 April 2008

subway confessions


subway confessions
Originally uploaded by wormulus
i'm not really malicious... i just have a bad imagination; i'm often imagining horrible things happening.

ink and watercolor wash in my moleskine sketchbook.

13 April 2008

an observation


an observation
Originally uploaded by wormulus
spring makes all the difference.

06 April 2008

dreams of flying & falling (page 2)

this is the second page of the dream. i think ~6 pages to go.

02 April 2008

dreams of flying & falling (page 1)

i started comic artist rehab. this is the first page of it. more to come soon.

11 March 2008

spring has sprung


spring has sprung
Originally uploaded by wormulus
i hate allergies.

10 March 2008

discover!


discover!
Originally uploaded by wormulus
look around you. there are many things to see!

i used to LOVE david the gnome as a kid. it was truly a toss-up between it and inspector gadget as to which was my favorite. the other night, i realized... the internet is an amazing place... CERTAINLY david the gnome can be found on it somewhere. sure enough!!

Adventures!!


Adventures!!
Originally uploaded by wormulus
a silly comic. my wife uses the phrase "willy nilly" a lot, and... well... i guess you can see what i think of when she says that.