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Whatsup everyone!

Here's another panel from the opening scene of the comic DEADLESS, as Joseph Montgomery decides to make his confession a little more intimate.

Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon,

- D

 
 
 
 
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Whatsup everybody!

This is a panel done for a series of prospective pages from the comic DEADLESS, written by Matt O'Keefe.


The story opens with an honest priest doing his solemn duty within the small confines of a confessional.  Though unfortunately the subject of this confession is that of one Joseph Montgomery, the 300 year old man who continues to age, yet cannot die.

Their conversation?  The faustian pact between Mr. Montgomery and that of a devil by the name of Azil.  So desperate to move on from his ill-fated immortality that he's now charged with the obedience of his captor's every whim.  Which in this case pertains to the existence of this particular church and this particular priest.

"He offered me the chance to live forever, and I took it.  Who wouldn't?  But the cost, Father, the cost..."

Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon,

- D

 
 
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Here are a few more designs of Bo, a character for an upcoming comic strip I'll be illustrating.  I will say the story is based on actual events with characters created around real people.  So it'll be as funny as, well, you might assume it to be.

Have a great weekend & I'll talk with you next week!

-D



 
 
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Here's a few character designs I've been working on for an upcoming comic strip.  This entertaining fellow goes by the handle of Bo.

I'll keep you posted on further developments, but the meantime I'll let you in on a small secret - those may not be his real teeth.

Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!

- D


 
 
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Whatsup everybody, here's another panel from the proposed comic, HARD RAIN.

This shot here is a tasty mix of 1/4 high-speed chase, 3 quarters spitting gunfire, a pair of blown Goodyears and a sharp jerk of the wheel.  Drop in a handful of cherry demons, shake well and serve chilled.

Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon,

- D




 
 
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Whatsup everyone,

This is a panel for the proposed comic, HARD RAIN, from Mr. Matt O'Keefe (writer/creator of Deadless).

Now, with this comic I did something a little unusual from most comics artists.  And that's that I illustrated each panel individually on it's own separate piece of paper, as opposed to drawing the entire comics page on one sheet.

After drawing & inking all the panels for the page I then scan them, import them into photoshop and piece them all together in the lovely sequential format we call "comics".

This panel here, a chase scene of a very dangerous group of rebellious demons, is in reality about 17 x 11 inches - roughly the same size as the average original artwork for a comics page.

Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!

- D

 
 
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Whatsup everyone, this is the cover I illustrated for issue #1 of DEADLESS, from the masterful mind of Mr. Matt O'Keefe.

For me personally the goal of this cover wasn't just to illustrate a particular scene in the story but to convey a strong sense of contrast.  In one of the more apparent ways I wanted to push the contrast of light and dark with regard to rendering the forms; utilizing the brightness of the bristol board with the darkness of the india ink (Dr. Martins Bombay Black if you're curious).  Then there's the main character, Joseph Montgomery.  Born in the 18th century but still alive because of a deal made with a demon named Azil.  He continues to live yet continues to age.  An "old" man in every sense of the word.  Paired against a character of great significance, a young baby girl.

Joseph, who's life is never in danger of ending looking down upon one whose life is very much just that.  The peace one may feel from their religion versus the fear released by a violent attack.  Even the comfort of a small crib lined in soft cotton against the rough texture a splintering wooden floor.

These are a few ideas that were going through my head while designing the cover that I was hoping to communicate. There's a couple more but, well, I'll step down from the podium and see if they'll speak for themselves.

Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!

- D


 
 
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In the mood for some jaw-dropping Friday the 13th knowledge?  But of course you are!

  • "According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history."
  • "One author, noting that references [to Friday the 13th] are all but nonexistent before 1907 but frequently seen thereafter, has argued that its popularity derives from the publication that year of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel 'Friday, the Thirteenth', in which an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th."
  • "The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen)"
  • "Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's 'The Canterbury Tales', and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects."
  • "Black Sabbath's eponymous debut album was released in the UK on Friday, February 13, 1970."

Happy Friday the Thirteenth and I'll talk with you on Monday!

- D

NOTE: My wonderful grandparents Bill and Mary Draper celebrated their 53th anniversary today.  Happy Anniversary to them!

 
 
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Whatsup everyone, today we have a special THURSDAY post.  Over the last few weeks I've been keeping a regular schedule of Monday, Wednesday & Friday and plan to do so well into the future (so please feel free to keep stopping by.  It's most appreciated).

However, today deserves some attention.  Why?  Well, today the final page of LAST CARESS as been posted on Split Lip Comics website!  That's right, it's all up there.  1 through 24.

So if you've been patiently waiting to check out the comic from day one onto it's conclusion... Now. Is. Your. Time. Just click HERE and you can read all 24 pages of Last Caress beginning to end.

For those who have been following the comic I just want to say thanks.  As you may know after 6 years of continuous tales of horror, Last Caress is the final comic from Split Lip - making today the final page to be posted.  It was a big decision for Sam but don't fret, he's currently hard at work on a new tale (told of course in the comics medium) so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for it.  It's guaranteed to leave you with more than a few chills up your spine.

As for me, it was an absolute pleasure to work with Sam and I'm honored to have been a part of the Split Lip family.  6 years, 37 stories and 550 plus pages of comics is a hell of an accomplishment.  Congrats on a job well done, sir.  All the best and I can't wait to check out what's brewing next.

- D