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Geez, I haven't posted here in forever!

by C.K. Sample III | Jan 30, 2011

Sorry, I haven't been posting here. I've been super busy. However, I hope to start posting again soon. I've been working on a new character, but he/she is sort of really rough right now. Here's a screenshot of just her/his silhouette since s/he is still in progress:

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Drawing on my iPad

by C.K. Sample III | Jun 3, 2010

Bosh colorized

So, as you may have noticed, I haven't posted here in a while. It's because I've been really busy with work, new baby son, and with a new iPad. I finally have spent some time figuring out how to draw on this darn thing and was able to produce the picture above using Sketchbook Pro for the iPad. What do you think? Should Bosh be pink?

I also worked a bit on Conrad the robot:

Conrad drawn on iPad

Whatayathink?

 

Here's me working on Bill in Sketchbook Pro for iPad:

Bill in Sketchbook Pro for iPad


Books, tools, & characters discussed in this post: Apple iPad, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for iPad, Bosh, Conrad, Bill

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Who is this? UPDATE: Okay, he's Amos and he hates change... what else?

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 21, 2010

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I sketched this guy in my Moleskine this morning. I'm not sure what he is, what his name is, or what his story is, but if you can answer any of these questions well, I'll dedicate him to you / name him after you.

 

UPDATE: @sweetums aka Eliot Phillips sent me a DM on Twitter saying: "...that guy's name is Amos and he hates change." I like it. Any more details?


Books, tools, & characters discussed in this post: Moleskine Sketchbook, Faber-Castell TK-FINE VARIO L 0.7 Mechanical Pencil

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New Character: Pan

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 17, 2010

pansketchThe other night, while I was chatting with Rus and Ryan in our hotel room at SXSW, I drew this bearded guy to the right. Rus, who lives primarily in New Zealand, was trying to get me to design a kiwi character (sketched roughly at the bottom of my Moleskine page), but then, for whatever reason, as we continued to talk, I drew this old guy's face to the right.

He's not going to be a major character, but he will be a recurring character. It's going to be the Greek god Pan, who Bosh and Bill will occasionally run into in public parks, where he spends most of his time on a park bench feeding pigeons and criticizing contemporary television, film, and theater.

To everyone else, he will appear as a homeless man that answers to the name of Patrick in honor of @ghostdirector, who initially came up with the idea of tweets about Bosh & Bill = being mentioned in the comic / becoming a character.

Also, it's a good name since today is St. Patrick's Day.

Let me know what you think of him on Twitter and if you have any additional ideas for this character.

Full size shot of the sketch after the break... (Continue reading post...)

Books, tools, & characters discussed in this post: Moleskine Sketchbook, Faber-Castell TK-FINE VARIO L 0.7 Mechanical Pencil, Pan

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New Character: Conrad, the robot

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 10, 2010

conradbotToday, while I was on the first leg of my flight to Austin for SXSW, I came up with a new character: Conrad, the robot. He's the unreliable, reluctant servant bot built by Bosh. He only works because of Bosh's ability to animate inanimate objects, so he's not technically a proper robot. Bosh has no idea how electronics work. Bosh simply built Conrad from pieces of metal and junk during WWI and then modified him during WWII in Britain. Conrad only really bothers to serve Bosh out of fear that Bosh will abandon him and outside of Bosh's presence he will eventually revert to an inanimate metal sculpture. His eyes are newer replacement traffic lights (one is red and the other is green). Bosh scratched plus and minus signs on the eyes, because he thought it looked cool. His main wheel is a motorcycle wheel. He has two training wheels from a bike.

This character is loosely based on my British friend Conrad Quilty-Harper, aka Coneee, who was one of the many people who retweeted the Bosh & Bill launch announcement post and thereby locked a mention or character to be based upon him in the comic. I'll get to all the rest of you eventually (and if any new visitors want to join in, I'll keep adding characters / mentions). Sorry I did Conrad first, but I've known him for a while, was roomies with him in Santa Monica for a while, and just thought a British reluctant-to-work robot who complains about things is a perfect fit for him. ;-)

To see a much larger version of the sketch included with this post (drawn in my Moleskine notebook with my Faber-Castell TK-FINE VARIO L 0.7 Mechanical Pencil) click on through to the permalink.

See the bigger version of the sketch... (Continue reading post...)

Books, tools, & characters discussed in this post: Moleskine Sketchbook, Faber-Castell TK-FINE VARIO L 0.7 Mechanical Pencil, Conrad, Bosh

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Rough Character: Bearcat

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 7, 2010

bearcatHe's half-cat and half-bear. He's a bearcat and he's HUGE. Since he's part cat, he is, of course, evil. What's his name? What's his story? How do Bosh and Bill meet up with him. What do you think? 

Right now, he's just a very rough doodle. Let's breathe some life into him. Feel free to critique the drawing and ask for parts of him to be changed.

UPDATE: @mwsmedia aka Matthew Selznick notes:

"@cksample re: Rough Character: Bearcat How about some kitty fangs and some claws on those feet so he doesn't look like he's wearing boots?"

Good suggestions, but what about the character himself?

What's the story of a bearcat?

Tweet me your thoughts and we'll see where it takes us.

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Note to self: Never pull a Simmons

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 4, 2010

incarnateWow. Check this craziness out (from Nick Simmons Apologizes for 'Homage' - ComicMix news):

"It seems penciler/writer/creator Nick Simmons (you might know his dad, Gene, from the Dr. Pepper commercials...) has paid a little bit to much homage to various Manga series. Covered extensively on Livejournal's 'Bleachness', and reported on by iCv2, the New York Times, as well as Geeks of Doom and numerous others around the web, Simmons' Incarnate has been under the microscope for a little under a week now. The series (only a 3 issue mini-series) shows uncanny similarities between it and the Manga series Bleach, as well as (to a lesser extent) Hellsing."

Talk about taking plagiarism to all new levels. The side-by-side comparisons on Livejournal's 'Bleachness' post are particularly damning. I say we refer to this as "Pulling a Simmons" from now on.

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Issue 5 of Stay Tooned! Magazine just arrived!

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 2, 2010

Stay Tooned postageVery cool arrival in the mail today: Issue 5 of Stay Tooned! I'll start reading this while I'm on the train into the city this afternoon for NYTech Meetup, where Crowd Fusion (the company I work for and platform on which I run this site) will be presenting and we'll even be showing off Bosh and Bill's CMS as an example of the platform.

Eventually, I'll have a review of the full issue up. Right now, my initial impression is that it's quite a substantial publication. 88 pages assembled from what appear to be 22 large format pages printed front and back in black and white and folded in half with a full color front and back cover. Here's a shot inside the first page:

inside stay tooned


Books, tools, & characters discussed in this post: Stay Tooned! Magazine

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Take the motion and animation out of stop motion animation and you have...

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 2, 2010

Lair of Atrox...The Lair of the Dreaded Atrox. It's another one of my favorite online comics. I've always had this idea of becoming a stop-motion animator, as my background is both drawing and sculpture, and I love building things.

However, I always found that my ideas for stop motion were always too big for the physical space in which I live. Stop motion requires a set space that will not be moved for your set for a long time. Sure, The Lair of the Dreaded Atrox isn't dependent upon 12 frames per second and that careful placement of the camera and clay, but it's still something that takes up more space than my computer and drawer full of drawing supplies.

After I spend 5 years teaching myself to produce a comic here, maybe eventually I'll have the space to create a studio and launch into Bosh and Bill: The Stop Motion Epic adventure.

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I really like Chris Grine's lines

by C.K. Sample III | Mar 2, 2010

2010-03-02-hang_backCheck out today's installment of Chickenhare. It's a great comic and Chris Grine is serializing the latest volume online as he works on it. If you're not already subscribed to Chickenhare, you should add it to your list of sites to check out regularly.

I just wanted to share, because I really like the lines in these panels. Very clean.

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