Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play- Page 51



So, I have now typed out most of the lettering. I did do it by hand, but it was extra trashy. I will go back over and type letter most of the story. I already re-did page 42. Man, I'm learning a lot as I go along!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Free Holiday Card!!!!! Happy Oatmeal Muffin Day!

Hey guys, tons of art stuff is happening in my life. So, there is no REGULAR page. But, I am leaving you with some art you can use on your next Oatmeal Muffin Day card! It's December 19th and Mildred the Oatmeal Muffin Fairy wants you to have a REGULAR New Year. I hope that your Oatmeal Muffin Day is filled with Friends, Family & Fiber.

Stay REGULAR!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play- Page 45



WOW! It's been 2 weeks since my last post. Dude! I was really sick with something, I probably should've went to see a doctor. Well, I spent those two weeks doing about as close to nothing as I possibly could. I did so much nothing that it was amazing. It was crazy amazing. I don't know how to describe it. No drawing, no writing, no improv. I even missed a day of work.

Anyhoo, I'm better! I'm back! And, I'll have to double up on a couple of weeks in the near future to make up for the lost time. It's good to be condimented again.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play- Page 43

Earth Weeks???????

Hey, thanks to everyone who watched me draw this thing on Periscope. One of you even stuck with me to the bitter end, what a trooper! Thanks! Thank you guys for the hearts and compliments. I do most of this work in a vacuum, so it was fun to share.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How the Draw Comics the Haldi Way- Part 4

FINAL PENCILS!!!

WOOHOO!

This is the end for me and the page we know as Page 18 of Issue 4.

So, we have seen this page grow from a thumbnail sketch, to a blue lined page, to a revised blue lined page, and now it has been officially penciled.

The final revisions were for me to change the new film crew member's hand to be pointing upward in panel 1. And, I was asked to add Greg in panel 2 and to put Tommy's hand on his shoulder. And, panel 3 received more clarity in the background.

This has been the process that all of the pages for My Big Break issue have been going through.

So, if you want to catch up on My Big Break, you can buy some issues at http://philiphaldiman.com/

It is the autobiographical comic book of Philip Haldiman's experience of playing Denny in the midnight movie classic The Room. You all need to watch that movie. Kyle Bennett is a workhorse. He has been working as the editor, inker, colorist, for the main story. And, he has been writing and illustrating his brilliant feature within the comic called "Denny Between the Scenes". He's giving this project 210% and his is a name to be on the lookout for. Skill and talent like his does not stay underground long.

http://www.fredthemustardpacket.com/2015/08/how-to-draw-comics-haldi-way-part-1.html

http://www.fredthemustardpacket.com/2015/09/how-to-draw-comics-haldi-way-part-2.html

http://www.fredthemustardpacket.com/2015/09/how-to-comics-haldi-way-part-3.html

If you want to see the other "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way" posts, check out the above links.

And, here it is, the penciled page 18 of issue 4.....


Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you all at a really geeky event soon!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Comics the Haldi Way- Part 3


The journey for a great page 18 continues. I sent in the blue lines from last time. Kyle then sent me his editorial notes. Now, the person that I originally drew as bald has changed greatly. We recently found a source that showed us exactly what this guy looks like. He has hair, facial hair, glasses, and a little more heft. So, overall, since this is an auto-biographical piece, I changed that person's look to match reality better.

In panel one, the note was to change the hand of Scott to be holding the box of candy. On my own, I changed the couch and table a tad to make myself happy and more accurate to the film.

In panel two, the note was to changes Kyle's head to three-quarters and to shrink the framed pictures on the mantle.

In panel three, the note was to stack the people in the background and to make the background itself more clear. I had fun with this one. I checked out some Silver Age Marvel Comics to see how those artists stacked people and stole some of their ideas. I threw in a few more familiar faces, a lot of the film's cast is in this panel now. I raised the wall. I also drew in the door that people walk through to get onto the roof of the building. That doorway is a very familiar sight in the film so it was fun to add it in there.

Now, I just wrote this thing as if people are in the know. If you do not know what this is about, now you'll know. This is me chronicling the journey that we take creating a page for an issue of My Big Break. Philip Haldiman is the writer and it is his comic book auto-biography of his experience in Hollywood filming the cult-classic-so-bad-it's-good-film The Room. If you didn't know already, Phil played Denny.

For these features, I'm setting aside the main Fred the Mustard Packet story to tell the story of page 18 of issue 4 of My Big Break. It makes YOU want to draw a real life story comic book, now doesn't it???!?!??? I hope you will learn something.

http://www.fredthemustardpacket.com/2015/08/how-to-draw-comics-haldi-way-part-1.html

http://www.fredthemustardpacket.com/2015/09/how-to-draw-comics-haldi-way-part-2.html

The above links will send you to the other installments of "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way".

PS- Boy my Rob Liefeld cartoon from two years back sure shot up in views. Holy Moses on a Pig Farm! My friends on Twitter know about it.

Thanks, and take it easy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way- Part 2

So, this week instead of another Fred page we are going to return to "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way".

In this installment, I'm showing you the first pass at blue line pencils. This part of the process requires the page to be drawn in Non-Photo Blue Pencil. This makes for easy corrections and easier pencil work down the line. The lines and marks made by a Non-Photo Blue Pencil will not be scanned by a copier or scanner if it is set to work with pure black and white. However, it can be seen when photographed or copied when the machine is set to color.

This allows for me to do less erasing down the line. There is less smearing and smudging with the actual graphite pencils, because I probably will not use the eraser much or at all by the time I do the graphite pencils. The blue lines erase nicer and the stray blue lines can stay on the page with the graphite lines, because the scanners will only read the graphite art.

This is where I layout the page on a larger surface. Kyle tells me to focus on the three P's: Perspective, Proportion, and Personality. I take the layout ideas from the thumbnail, slightly improve them if I can, and draw out what I think the final page should look like. It should be noted that the blue line art will have a little less detail than the final pencils because I want to save time. No doubt there will be things that need to be fixed, it's only a first pass.

So, here is the blue line work for page 18 of issue 4 of My Big Break.


A lot of the guess work was already taken out of the equation in the thumbnail process. It is still a 3 panel page. Panels 2 and 3 are mostly the way they are in the thumbnail. I did a perspective shift in panel 1 though. I just felt that "flipping the camera" would tell the story with better clarity. Also, the thumbnail did not have much of a background in panel 3. So, in that panel, I placed them on the roof of the condo complex. I made a little note off to the side for Kyle telling him that I envision a green screen set up to be a part of the background. I made that note because it is hard to communicate something like that without color.

This and another blue lined page were emailed to Kyle. He will then write me back with either revisions to make or with the green light to bring the page to the final pencils.

Let's see how it goes. Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out http://philiphaldiman.com/ to order your My Big Break comics.

http://www.fredthemustardpacket.com/2015/08/how-to-draw-comics-haldi-way-part-1.html

Also, the above link is for anyone who may have missed the first "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way" installment. In that one I went over the thumbnail process. And, yes, we will make page 18 the focus throughout this feature.

Thank you all for supporting My Big Break and Fred the Mustard Packet.

All the best,

Tommy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way- Part 1

Woh! Wednesday went wooshing by without me even noticing!

Well, in between regular pages of the Scottish Play story, I'm going to be posting "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way" features. And, hey... This is the first one!

I've learned a ton about comics this past year and I'd like to pass some of that on to the world.

Kyle Bennett is mentoring me through the process of illustrating issue 4 of "My Big Break" and he's been sensational so far. Hire him for your art & design needs. Pay him money. Thanks for the hard work that you're doing, Kyle!

That aside, here's how we create an issue of "My Big Break". Philip "Denny from The Room" Haldiman writes an outline of what he wants to cover of his story in the issue. Story beats and a lot of narration are then hammered out in the writing meeting in which Phil writes in the presence of an artist or two.

Then, Kyle and I thumbnail the issue. Each thumbnail is the size of an eighth of a sheet of copy paper and each one represents the layout of a whole page.

I've chosen to have these posts to feature the creation and life of Page 18 of Issue 4 of "My Big Break". I chose this particular page because I believe it has familiar visuals without any spoilers.

Anyway, here is that thumbnail.


It's a quick sketch that gives us an easy way to see the basic layout. Here you see we are planning on this page to have three panels. Kyle and I made notes on it to change the angles a bit, but overall we are happy with how this page will move the story forward. It gives us a sense of where the characters are, what the mood of the page is, and who is in each panel. 

This is just the beginning. On later dates, I'll show the blue lined page, edits, revisions, and the final pencils. WoooooWooooooo! Get on the comic book train! Yeehaw!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I have to put the story on hold for one week, but hey, here's some other art that I've made.

Sorry, friends, I've lagged a touch on My Big Break, so I need this extra day to catch up.

Anyway, I designed the below flyer for a super cool show that I was a part of at Funny World. I got to perform with Dain Quentin Gore, Arturo Ruiz, Rick Larsen, AND the Slow Poisoner!!!!! What a thrill! The Slow Poisoner is seriously the best of anything happening in music anywhere. He's also a painter, a comic book artist, a novelist, and a columnist. Look up Slow Poisoner or Andrew Goldfarb to learn more.

If you're a Phoenician and you've never been to a Funny World show, you need to check it out. It's crazy cool and crazy weird at the same time!

I think I want to make comics with the cat that I drew. I named him Weirdo the Cat. He has a tentacle tail, and I've decided that he eats his food with a frog-like tongue. He might be a good character to explore post-My Big Break.

That aside, issue 4 of MMB is well underway. Thanks again to Kyle Bennett for steering this ship of fools. He's a workhorse. Also, when we are post-MMB, you need to hire him for all of your visual media projects. He's amazing.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play- Page 35 + Announcement


Hi, everyone, just letting you all know that Fred is going back to a weekly schedule. The plan is to update every Wednesday. Hey, it's Wednesday right now!

The reason why is that we are in full swing in production of issue 4 of Philip Haldiman's My Big Break. If you don't know, Phil is a friend of mine and he happened to play Denny in the cult, midnight movie classic The Room! Well, we gave issue 3 its debut during the Phoenix Comicon and it proved to be a success, both in sales and in improved quality. With that in mind, we are looking to up the quality even more. Long story longer, I am going to be giving Phil's comic more attention for a while. It has been awesome so far. Kyle Bennett is a master illustrator, graphic designer, and editor. He has done a lot to improve my art game. I hope he is getting at least half as much out of this experience as I am.

Look up both Phil and Kyle, they are both doing fascinating things. And, stay tuned here. Stank you for the support.

Hearts,

Tommy

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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And.... within the space of two panels, the Ghost of William Shakespeare has suddenly become the funniest character in the book!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play- Page 21


So, Terri the Teriyaki Sauce Packet makes her debut, and the idea of a one-packet play has arrived. Big time page, people, big time page!

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Raise your hand, how many of you really wish that you could just rip an arm off of one of those inflate-o people?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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And, we are back in action! Sorry for the hiatus, but work is heating up on Philip Haldiman's My Big Break. Issue 3 is being released soon. In fact, you can get it before the official release at this year's Phoenix Comic Con! Visit me, the amazing Kyle Bennett, and Phil "The Room's Denny" Haldiman there. We will sign your crap and take photos with you if you can track us down cheetah style. Also, I've been doing some gag cartoons/ caricatures for Failure of the Free Press's The Ben Matlock Review. Headed up by Rick Larsen, it is the world's only Matlock centered fan zine... as it should be.

http://philiphaldiman.com/

Anyhoo, you can buy Phil's book at the above link.

http://www.failureofthefreepress.com/

And, you can check out Failure of the Free Press at the link above this.

Thanks everyone!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Plums + Mummies = Plummies



From my World Famous "Fiber Frights" series.

On hiatus for a couple of weeks.

It's nothing bad.... in fact it's about something GREAT!

More details as they are allowed to be released.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play- Page 14



So, this page took me 7,592 years to complete and it is the worst drawing I have ever seen. This is doo doo. But, hey, maybe the terrible nature of this drawing will give the story an extra sense of evil as Fred's worst nightmare come to life before right before his eyes.