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I have decided that I am not updating my blog nearly enough, so from now on, I hope to upload little snippets of what I have been up to at the day job. Here is a screencap of my desktop as I work on a little something! Hope you like! g
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17 April 2012, 2:11 pmUpdate Reminders!
7 February 2012, 8:19 am
Being that I don't get to post here as much as I'd like to, I wanted to remind you: if you want "up to the minute" updates on what I'm up to, please be sure to follow my twitter account @adultbraces From there, you have the ability to be up to date on everything I'm working on. Everyday sketches and photos that won't make a blog post at this location are posted, as well as crops and sneak peeks of stuff that I can't formally post :)
There's lots of dumb conversation involved as well!
9 December 2011, 7:47 am
Thanks Kerry Callen!
(via Kerry Callen)
19 November 2011, 1:00 pm
Announcing the Grand Opening of the GuyAllenCreative Shop!
With the help of my good friend Asif, the shop is finally open for business! Just click on the SHOP button located in the header of the website! From there you will find original art and sketchbooks as well as other projects and rarities that I have worked on. Some of this stuff is pretty hard to find, so be sure to snap it up before it's too late!
I am hoping to add more original pages and products to the shop, so please check back often. Many items are in low quantity so don't hesitate.
18 November 2011, 11:07 am
Ok, so some of my friends have been giving me grief for not making any blog posts in, like, forever; so here's one now.
The reason I haven't been posting in so long is because I'm on an amazing project and I'm really not allowed to show any of the art yet. Now before you roll your eyes, know this: I hate it when people write posts about art that they can't show you (Yes, I know, I'm doing that now. Thanks.) It's the worst and it's super annoying, so I decided just not to blog at all. However, with the help of some friends, I have come to the realization that not posting causes people to forget you even exist. Therefore, new blog post!
So, what's been going on in my life since my last post?
Welp, the first and pretty much the biggest thing to ever happen to me was the birth of my son, Brady. He showed up in July and that pretty much rocked my universe. All of the planning that we did ahead of time just wasn't enough! I realize now that you can never be prepared for something like this. It's hard work, but man, he's so awesome! Fatherhood really is the greatest thing ever.
Concerning the big secret project, all I can say is that it's an eight issue story arc and that I am doing interior pencils/inks and covers. Also, it's VERY cool! I feel so lucky to have landed it, as it's afforded me the opportunity to grow as an artist. It involves a whole new universe unlike anything that's out there, so the project has really tested my skills as far as world building and concepting. Every little aspect of this book had been designed. It's super exciting. Not to mention that the people I am working with are an exceptional bunch and are all super talented!
I can't wait until this thing is out in the public, as it has been an all consuming factor in my life. It's tough to come home from a full time job and bust out a respectable amount of pages per week. The only reason I do it is because I love it, and when it's out, hopefully you'll love it too!
In September, I decided to do something that I've never done before… I actually went to a con as an artist and not as an attendee! That was crazy but super fun! Detroit Fanfare was just the place for me to do my first con… not too big, not too small. Even though the attendance was pretty abysmal, the con was a great time & 'm really glad I did it. I got to make a little cash, hang with some friends and meet some new ones as well. Got to do some sketches too! For some reason, I only took pictures of the Captain Marvel sketches that I did. I don't get it.
In the meantime, I just keep drawing and try to be with my family as much as possible. I couldn't do any of this without my wife and child at my side. They are the best!
UPDATE: Kind of funny that this happened the same day that I spent all of my time writing this stinkin' blog post, but just out is a sneak peek of the project I was describing above! And it's on Boing Boing, so that's cool!
Also, I'll be posting more about Virga very soon!
15 September 2011, 7:26 pm
MATINEE ECLECTICA NOW ON SALE!
Hey everybody! Just wanted to let people know I'm going to have a table for Detroit Fanfare at Cobo Hall on September 24th and 25th.
Among the items I'll have for sale is my new 44 page sketchbook entitled "Adult Braces Volume 1". It's a high quality, limited edition run of 50 and it's only $10, so be sure to stop by and get yours!
Other items available will be:
Matinee Eclectica (52 pg) $5
Matinee Eclectica Variant cover (52 pg) $10
Gutters Omnibus Vol. 1 Hardcover (128 pg) $40
Yeti vs Robot Giclee on canvas $30
Full body sketches are $50 while busts are only $20!
Hope to see you there!
PS_ If you can't make it out to the show but want to get a sketchbook, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do!
3 June 2011, 8:07 am
Matinee Eclectica is now on sale over at IndyPlanet!
I encourage everyone to head on over and support the cause. It's a fantastic book with great writing, art & production value. Did I mention that this thing is huge? 52 pages of quality content, well worth the cover price. You won't be disappointed!
My contributions to Matinee Eclectica include a 3 page short story called "When Animals Attack,' and the variant cover!
12 May 2011, 8:16 am
Today I am pleased to announce the launch of my official website GuyAllenCreative.com It was a daunting task to get the site built, but for all of the struggle there was more pleasure and reward. This site would never have been possible without the hard work and effort of my friend Asif Gill. He basically did all of the heavy lifting when it came to building this thing, so please give him a visit here and here. Also please go check out his web comic 48 in Tokyo!
I invite you all to check out the website and feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions. One cool feature that the site has is the ability to see the "line art version" of most of my comic work. Simply go to the bottom right corner of any image and if there is a button that says "LINE ART" give it a click and you can see the inks. Click the "COLOR" button to go back to color. If you really like the piece, click zoom on the bottom left to see a bigger version! Under the "About" section, you will find links to follow me in all areas of social media as well as an RSS feed so you'll have up to date info on my goings on.
I really hope you all like it!
13 April 2011, 7:49 am
This is a limited edition variant cover for Matinee Eclectica, an anthology written by Ryan L. Schrodt and containing art from various artists. It is a project that I am very proud to be a part of. Not only did I do this cover, but I also have a 3 page short story in the book called "When Animals Attack." The cover art is a play on the fact that so many people read the title as "Manatee Electrica."
All lines and color by me!
13 April 2011, 7:42 amL8r 2k10. I hate you. ~ Hi 2k11! I love you.
21 January 2011, 11:44 am
Been a while, y'all.
The end of 2k10 has kinda kicked my ass. Been sick 3 times in the last 6 months. Working too late at night. 15-16 hr. days non stop. Too hard for my own good. No breaks. Blah, blah, blah. Boohoo.
But it's all good.
Happy to work.
Still riding the chillwave.
Did some Gutters work, some sample pages for SEVERAL different properties (Can't say/show. Lame, I know.) and am trying to write my own comic. Not to mention my normal day job has been busy as heck.
Got on some peep's radars in 2k10, so that's cool.
Really looking forward to some major progress in 2k11 and for some "things" to finally be seen. I guarantee that 2k11 will be one of the greatest years of my life. I just know it!
In the meantime, below are some things that I CAN show you!
The first is a short story written by up and coming writer Ryan L. Schrodt It was done as a submission for Clint Magazine's Space Odditites. You can check that out right.. aboooouut..... here. This was a super fun story to illustrate.
I was recently asked to do samples for some possible upcoming Godzilla work. This is what I did. Again, super fun to work on. I hate doing pages for free, but on a job like this you can't say no!
That reminds me: My 2k11 resolution is to try and stay away from doing free art. Oops! Too bad I broke that resolution, like, 2 days into the new year. Oh well. It's being reinstated from here on out! I'm serious!
Happy New Year
22 September 2010, 7:42 am
I've been crazy busy lately working on things and trying to make some other stuff happen (some of which I'll hopefully be able to share here in the future!). I swear I'll make a concerted effort to start posting more sketches, etc. on the blog again:) In the meantime, here's another Gutters page! Head on over to the site and check it out! This was a fun one to work on!!!
In between now and the last time I posted, I have done several Gutter pages for Ryan & The Blind Ferret crew, so I want to say thanks again to Ryan Sohmer, Ed Ryzowski & Lar deSouza for the opportunity and for taking it all to the next level!!!! They made the page sing! Also, big thanks to Paolo at Cadence Comic Art for finding the work & being an all-around cool dude!
Here's a look at some of the line work from this page:
Until next time!
18 June 2010, 10:12 am
I just did an installment of Gutters written by Mr. Ryan Sohmer. It's a spoof called "11 Tips to Write like Garth Ennis." If you've got a second, I encourage you to go and check it out. The strip is pretty fantastic and is a great way to discover new artists (like myself).
Check it out HERE
PS_Also want to give a shout to Ed Ryzowski & Lar Desouza for helping to make my art look way better than it should! Thanks!
2 June 2010, 9:35 am
Hey everyone! Here's a real quick update cuz I have no time right now for a good one! I want to apologize for the infrequency of posts lately, but I want everyone to know that I haven't fallen off. I've just been super busy. I've been working on wrapping up Barbaric (with Dennis Hopeless) as well as moving houses, all the while trying to stuff in a freelance job and doing my regular 9-5. Then my relatives from CA decided to come and visit! As of right now we're living with my in-laws and are between residences, so every aspect of my life is kinda hectic and up in the air. Thank goodness I have amazing friends and family who have been helping through all of this.
On the future front: I have received several offers from writers on upcoming projects, which is very exciting. Two of them are kinda high-profile jobs (for me at least :) ), but I don't know for sure which one is going to happen or what is coming up next. Super optimistic though!!!! I will tell you more about these as things develop.
In the meantime, I just wanted to say hi and let you all know what I've been up to. Sadly, no major images to post, just a couple snippets of some random things. Can't really show anything else right now. Here's a good idea though: While you're waiting for me to post something else, go and visit Kevin Douglas' blog here. Kevin's got all of the comic insight you'll ever need, and he's local, so that's awesome!
Talk to ya soon!
28 April 2010, 9:16 amScarab Club 2/18/09
19 February 2010, 8:00 am
More sketches from another night at the Scarab Club! Wasn't really feeling it tonight and ended up leaving early. Don't know what was up, but whatever. Sketches turned out ok. Still need a lot of work!
The last image was done last night right before I went to bed. It was drawn from a book about Florence, my favorite city on earth.
5 February 2010, 8:35 am
Scarab Club 1/21/09
Scarab Number 6
Sketch from a session at the Scarab Club.
25 min. pose. That's my reflection in the mirror!
22 January 2010, 1:34 pm
Here are some more sketches done last night at the Scarab Club. I really enjoyed this model. I would much rather draw old joints and wrinkled skin than that smooth skin any day!
These were all quick poses anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
18 January 2010, 10:28 am
I recently started to go back to the Scarab Club for some life drawing sessions. It can't hurt, right? I feel the need to always become a better draftsmen and I feel that drawing from a model is always the best way to do this. Sometimes, we pick up bad habits along the way, while we draw. Drawing from a model is a great way to clear that up.
Here is a drawing I did last saturday morning. It's very rusty, but I'm hoping to knock off the cobwebs and get them feeling fresh again, real soon.
14 January 2010, 8:48 am
Initially, when I started the blog, my intentions were to only post finished art, or at least stuff that was close to finished. However, in an effort to keep the blog feeling fresh (and to help myself feel like I'm a productive person) I have decided to start posting more sketches and unfinished work. That's cool, right? Besides, if you want to see only finished work, you could always download my portfolio by clicking that button over there on the right side of the page. I hope that's cool with YOU!
Here are some sketches I did last night. They are head sketches from that book about sketching all those heads.