Lost Cactus Rocks Inktober 2018

Here is a recap of all 31 Inktober drawings in one big collage. Tons of fun and lots of drawing and crosshatching with my weapons of choice—Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens! Some of the later pieces I added color either with watercolors or right in Photoshop using my Wacom Cintiq display. Can’t wait to do it all over again again next year! Check out my instagram to see all of them at full scale. 

Inktober 2018
Collage of all 31 Inktober 2018 posts.

In the meantime, check out the Lost Cactus Etsy Shop to purchase signed copies of Lost Cactus – The First Treasury and Lost Cactus – The Second Treasury at reduced prices for the holidays. Hurry while supplies last!

Lost Cactus Cameos – Famous and Infamous

Lost Cactus Cameos – Famous and Infamous

While reading Lost Cactus you may recognize familiar faces throughout the First and Second Treasuries. At Lost Cactus, we treat our guest stars with the utmost courtesy and respect and happily oblige their celebrity-fueled requests—no matter how extreme. Given the parodic nature of the comic strip art form and the various misadventures we put our guests through, we feel it is the least we can do.

Here is a partial list of guest stars that have graced the pages of the First and Second Lost Cactus Treasuries:

  • Bono
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Albert Einstein
  • Elvis Presley
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Scully and Mulder
  • The Marx Brothers
  • Sting
  • Giorgio Tsoukalos
  • Linus
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Steven Spielberg

How do you see all of these famous faces inside these comic strips? Buy the books! Pretty simple.

Perhaps one day you’ll discover yourself guest starring inside one of the hysterically funny Lost Cactus comics—like Scully in the picture below. Try not to look so surprised. In the case of Dana Scully from the X-Files, it was bound to happen eventually.

Scully Reading Lost Cactus

Scully makes an alarming discovery while reading Lost Cactus.

LC-00309 – This comic strip is at the finale of a storyline involving the infamously accident-prone Roswell Boys.
LC-00309 – This comic strip (from the Second Treasury) is at the finale of a storyline involving the infamously accident-prone Roswell Boys.

 

Lost Cactus – The Second Treasury showcases the continuing exploits, capers, and shenanigans of the comical cast of characters. You’ll also discover shared universe short stories, tall tales, urban myths, random brain scatterings, and intelligence deemed too explosive for public dissemination, until now. Remember, the truth is at Lost Cactus.

Sketchbook Ramblings

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?

Get to know Bentley the Bee

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.??