The process of creating a comic strip universe involves a LOT of drawing and I have a stack of sketchbooks jam-packed with sketches bolstering that rather obvious statement.
These sketches range from barely legible scribbles of story ideas that breached my fervent imagination in the middle of the night and then sketched in a bleary-eyed early morning hurry before I forgot them, like a dream, to nicely rendered little works of Lost Cactus artwork. Most of the time you’ll find my latest sketchbook positioned beside my keyboard so I can draw in between time-consuming computer tasks or while taking breaks from the day job. These sketches are much more methodically rendered with my favorite Faber-Castell PITT artist waterproof ink pens in high-quality Moleskin-style sketchbooks. Sometimes my sketchbook ramblings morph into strange stream-of-conscious compositions like this recent example that I finished with some watercolors.
I have drawn this way for as long as I can remember and it is a great way to let the imagination fly. This one features a couple of new characters I am working on for my next Lost Cactus project. That is all I will say for now regarding that little tease other than can you find ‘The King’ in this picture?
Lost Cactus – The Second Treasury is the sequel to the first anthology which was originally published in 2016. Lost Cactus goes beyond the eponymous three-panel and Sunday comics with a diverse mix of sci-fi short stories, witty essays, poetry and original artwork blended with a plethora of trivia, artist commentary, maps, and quizzes. This framework is vividly woven together into an eye-catching, thought-provoking and entertaining book that transports the reader beyond the typical comic strip compilations found in the humor sections of bookstores and online.
Sit back and enjoy Lost Cactus – The Second Treasury and soak up all of the uncommon knowledge this anthology has to offer. Furthermore, if you feel compelled to don a tinfoil hat after reading Lost Cactus, don’t be alarmed, you won’t be the first.
The character Mabel who makes her debut in 🐝 LOST CACTUS – THE SECOND TREASURY🌵is a member of the notoriously secretive Pennywell clan like her Aunt Penny who happens to be Lost Cactus’ chief medical officer.
Here is a rough study of Mabel in her bedroom with her perplexed captives, Bentley and Cato. The series of strips that introduce Mabel are some of my favorites in the book. She is a smart, resourceful and strong character and tough to escape from as Cato and Bentley are doomed to discover.
Hopefully not to sound too much like one of those Star Trek geeks, but the venerable Doctor McCoy would often spout off in a pique of fury when confronted with an unfamiliar task, saying something like:
“I’m a doctor, not an engineer, or bridge builder, or well, you get the idea.”
So in the words of the sadly deceased Doctor, I would like to say:
“I’m an artist, not a web developer!”
And it is in that spirit that I’m embarking on my new blog, The Lab, by jumping headfirst into the WordPress pool. It’s not exactly a sink or swim proposition. WordPress seems suspiciously friendly and easy to use. And yet as I come up for air after the initial plunge to the bottom and start floating around, bobbing up and down through an endless tide of windows, options, plug-ins and googles, inevitably things will float past that I don’t like and will want to fix or change. So my dear readers, that is my metaphorical attempt at telling all of you that The Lab is a work in progress.
Bentley the Bee knows that government big-wigs, muckety-mucks, lobbyists and assorted fat-cats have large and imposing portraits hanging in the hallowed hallways, conference rooms, chambers and public spaces all over the nation’s capital–all painted at taxpayer expense, typical government boondoggle! This wasteful display inspired him to paint his own self-portrait.??