June: A Month of Art

This month I have set a personal challenge. Draw, sketch, doodle at least once a day. Doesn’t matter what it is, doesn’t matter how I do it or who sees it, I am going to create something every single day this month.


This month is also the new NanoMango, and I will be attempting to sketch, ink, and color, ten full-pages of comics for The Family Menagerie. The comic has been dead for too long and I shall revive it! So as you can see, this month will hopefully be one full of art. I have a few things I need to catch up on as well, so this is a good excuse to chain myself to my drawing table and go for it. Wish me luck!

Art Post: Don’t Stop Believing

I’ve still been working on the comic even though I haven’t been posting it online. Yesterday I started my first sort-of color test on an illustration I did before beginning the comic, and today I finished it. I actually really like how it turned out so I figured I’d post it to give you a preview of what the comics will look like when finished.


Ash wants to play the drums, and I’m a somewhat horrible guitar player (the guitar is based on my own, so it actually turned out better than the drum set did). Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more illustrations churned out soon. It definitely makes me feel like an artist again. So what do you think?

Thanksgiving Not-A-Turkey Bird!

I’m almost entirely caught up with NanoMangO, but posting them will have to wait until we get back home to Texas and my scanner. Currently, Ash and I (along with the two dogs and two of our rats who need medication) are in Tennessee spending the Thanskgiving holiday with Ash’s mom’s side of the family. It’s been a really nice time, I surprised her grandparents (her Gramma literally screamed when she saw me she was so excited), and I got some design work done while I was here.

Anyway, I was finishing up some of the things that I had left in my WIP folder and I thought I’d share this little bird that I had created as a mock-up for a client. She ended up going with a different version I drafted, but I still like it so I figured why not post it.


I failed (sort of) at NaBloPoMo, but I’ll make up for it when I go and back-date my comics to the right dates. It’ll look like I won… Hey, that works right? In any case, enjoy the bird. I’ll be back in Texas on Sunday.

NanoMangO Day 16

You know, according to these comics, we yell at our kids a lot. We don’t. I assure you. We love them all very much. It just happens that we have a lot of very frustrating moments that we laugh at afterward. And you get the product of that laughter: a comic!

The Family Menagerie - Eraser Thief

This happens a lot. If it’s not one cat, it’s another.

NanoMangO Day 15 and CatchUp

Because our week was so hectic with Morgan, work, and a few days of chaos (and Wii Fit Plus), I didn’t get a chance to catch up on NanoMangO until tonight. I churned out six comics pretty much in one sitting, which gives me a whole lot of hope, not only for the rest of the month, but also for future comics. They’re pretty sketchy, but the ideas are there. I’ve backdated them to the days they are supposed to be on (cheater) so I’ll give you a run down right now on how far we’re at (half-way, baby!).  First though, today’s comic:

The Family Menagerie - Meet the Pups

Simple because I’m boring like that (no, not really – I just thought it was cute). Here’s the count as it stands:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15

Until tomorrow! Ah Monday, you come too soon.

NanoMangO Day Fourteen

I kid you not, this is a true story. Akima is our Princess. She’s dainty, and hates to get litter between her toes (seriously, when we force her into the box, she spends a good twenty minutes scraping her paws on the side of the litter box trying to get it off). So what does she do? She goes next to the litter box and then attempts to hide the evidence.

The Family Menagerie - Pooper Scooper

While I admire the thought she puts into it, I don’t think she quite understands the concept of a panty liner.

NanoMango Day Thirteen

Okay, so I understand boxes. Boxes are cool. I’d hide in a box. In face, freshman year of college I had a TV box in my dorm room that I hid in occasionally. No joke. I had a light in there and I’d read. Don’t ask. I don’t know why I didn’t have that many friends back then. I always invited them to sit in my box but all I got were weird looks.

The Family Menagerie - Cat-In-A-Box

Boxes are cool. But the garbage? Satsuki is a smelly cat. Zane on the other hand always smells clean.

NanoMango Day Twelve

Now see, I love our cats. But they have this really nasty habit of being nocturnal. And while this was good and all in college when I just didn’t sleep, I’m an adult now you see (uh-huh, shut up) and I need my beauty rest. Zane, of course, thinks differently.

The Family Menagerie - Wake Up Call

I need a new alarm clock. This one is broken.

NanoMango Day Eleven

Figured it was about time to introduce you to our three oldest cats.

The Family Menagerie - Meet the Cats

Merlin has other nicknames too, but they’re slightly less appropriate. This is a family comic after all.

NanoMangO Day Ten

Spunky is a big baby. People get scared of him if they don’t know him because he’s somewhat wolf-like (he’s a husky, shephard, chow mix), but you will never find a more well-behaved, sweetheart of a dog. This not only includes people, but every living creature. Including all the other kids.

The Family Menagerie - Spunky the Lover

It’s even better because he’s really soft. ^_^