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Science Fiction Art Inspiration November 2012

23 Nov

All of the preceding art is by the Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten.  I love his art, but have yet to read any of his work.  Some of his best known works in English are Nogegon, and Carapaces.  The French word for comics is bande desinee, and Francois Schuiten, along with Moebius (Jean Giraud), Philippe Druillet, Caza, Enki Bilal, and Jean-Claude Mezieres, defined the look of science fiction for the European (Franco-Belgian) comics market.


Some Fonts I’ve Had My Eye On – November 2012

18 Nov

This post serves no other purpose but to help me remember some wonderful typefaces that I do not own, but do I think are really great.

First up is Polygraph from Pintassilgo Prints (foundry) available for sale at  I think this font is absolutely beautiful, and it reminds me of the hand lettering and sound effects of comic book artist Paul Grist.

Here are some other fonts.
This next one is Quimby Mayoral from Chank Diesel (

and here are some more.  These are both available on

illo friday – refreshing

25 Jul
illo friday - refreshing by m23jeske
illo friday – refreshing, a photo by m23jeske on Flickr.

This is my drawing for the illustration for refreshing. I’ve been pretty busy, so I didn’t complete the coloring until after the quote-unquote deadline.

Five Free Fonts (for the day after) Friday

16 Jun

Five Free Fonts for Friday is my effort to provide information on well designed fonts that are offered as a legitimate free downloads by their designers/type foundries.  Welcome to the first installment!

1) Bender from Jovanny Lemonad type foundry, designed by Ivan Gladkikh and Oleg Zhuravlev.

Bender is a great typeface in 4 weights with matching italics for each.  It’s great for something that needs a mechanical, industrial, masculine, science fiction, or futuristic feel.  It also has a full set of Cyrillic characters, so you can use it if you need to type something in Russian.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

2) Kirimiomi Swash by the Wordshape type foundry, designed by Ian Lynam

Kirimomi swash is a great true-italic typeface with swash capitals.  It’s useful for things that need an elegant, graceful, vintage, 1880s or old-timey feel.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

3) Black Jack by Typadelic type foundry, designed by Ronna Penner

Black Jack font, hand lettering casual script font free

Black Jack is a great casual script.  It is a good font if you need a breezy, care-free, light and decorative feel, or if you just want to pretend you have beautiful hand lettering skills.  Its the kind of font that is useful for food packaging.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

4) XXII Dont Mess With Vikings Hardcore -from Doubletwo Studios type foundry

XXII Dont Mess With Vikings Hardcore is a handy bold, angular all-caps font.   It projects a strong, bold, industrial, military air of superiority, and its similar in tone to the font machine, but feels a little less clunky and trite.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

5) Codename Coder 4F from 4th february type foundry, designed by Sergiy Tkachenko

Codename coder 4F type specimen free font
Codename coder 4F type specimen free font

Codename Coder 4F is a monospace typeface, which means all the character are the same width, and  they will all line up vertically when you type on different lines.  This is useful for programmers typing out a program in a text editor, but it has design possibilities as well.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

DISCLAIMER:  I try to make sure all of these fonts are provided free from their designers/IP owners, and are available for commercial use.  Please check for yourself to make sure that is true before using.  If that is not true, please let me know.

Illustration Friday -Highlight

5 Jan

This is a drawing I did for the illustration friday word “highlight.”

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby -Pt. 2

28 Aug The Cover to Fantastic Four #3 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Today is the day Jack Kirby was born in 1917.  If he was still with us, he would be 94.  Jack is one my favorite artists, and he had a tremendous work ethic, drawing up to four comic books a month, (an unmatched achievement…) while also being a great originator.  He created or co-created Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Galactus, Silver Surfer, The Avengers, The Mighty Thor, Kamandi, The Demon, The New Gods, Mister Miracle, The Inhumans, and the Boy Commandos!  (plus too many more to name)  Here’s a sampling of his genius in pictorial form.

Captain America number one, page 1

Doctor Doom Versus Silver Surfer by Jack Kirby

The Cover to Fantastic Four #3 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

"jack kirby at his drawing desk"

young romance comic book cover

The cover Boys Ranch number 6 by Jack Kirby

Illustration Friday -Imperfect

11 Aug

Here is my entry for the Illustration Friday word ‘imperfect.’  My first drawing with a new technique! (Not that you can really, tell… )  I used a light blue col-erase pencil for the pencilling stage, and some of my normal pens for the inking stage.  Kind of a quickie coloring attempt here, but I think it works okay.