Friday, December 15, 2006

Holiday Greeting from the boys

This is one of the coolest cards I could hope to get! Thanks guys!

We'll see everyone again next year, same coffee house, same coffee time!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Last Dance of 2006

Hey sketchers

Just wanted to give you all a heads up that this upcoming Thursday will be the final Thursday for our sketch session for 2006. I hope you will all be able to make it, considering most of you will just be finishing up final assignments and getting ready to pack it up and head home. I'll be a festive, joyous session, as we celebrate the end of nice phat year, and look forward to another, rewarding 2007! I'll bring some drawing games, and issue on 1 hour challenge. We'll drink cider and hot chocolate and have a good ol' bash!

Hope you all could make it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Zombie Battle

As you recall, this was a challenge issued from a few weeks ago, just before Halloween. The challenge was to create a zombie. The twist was that each zombie had to be vegatable based. At the end of the two weeks, each zombie was to be pitted aganst eachother... in mortal combat. To the loser... a tragic death the the Thanksgiving dinner table. The winner... also Thanksgiving dinner... oh well.

The Zombie Battle is on, four Zombies enter... only one emerges victorious. Here are the four combatants. Starting from the top left corner and moving clockwise, we have a TOMATO ZOMBIE, CORN ZOMBIE, POTATO ZOMBIE, and LETTUCE ZOMBIE. Good luck to all of you.

Our zombies have been posted to the DRAWING BOARD for votes, some crits and comments. Click here to place your votes!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Final Drawing session before Thanksgiving.. and more...

Hey Sketchers... as we wind down the season, I want to give a heads up on what the next couple of weeks will bring.

• This week, we will meet on November the 16th at the Starbucks on Woodward and 13 Mile, at 7:45 PM.
• If you want to show up at Starbucks the next week on the 23rd, please feel free. I, however, will be at home eating Thanksgiving dinner and probably cursing the Lions.
• The last day of November, the 30th, we will meet once again at the Starbucks on Woodward and 13 Mile. I know this is going to be a crunch if you are currently in school, so feel free to bring out any projects or sketchbooks to work on while we are there.

We'll discuss the month of December, because the semester will end on the 15th. See you soon!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Comics and Childrens books update

OH, SNAP! A DAY FOR COMICS: Illustrated books festival features Michigan authors
November 3, 2006

In "Heir to Fire," Ryan Morales gets invited to a cute girl's pool party and battles to save his town from a giant mutant spider.
It's a creepy-cool adventure from Actionopolis, a new line of illustrated novels for young readers that's spun a web of Michigan connections.
Brain-stinging spiders are just the ticket for drawing in kids who'd rather be immersed in video games than books, says Rob Worley, 42, of Madison Heights, author of "Heir to Fire" (Actionopolis/Komikwerks, $12.95).

Read the rest of the article here.

SNAP! The Comic Arts Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.
Al Matta Hall 5121 Oakman Blvd., Dearborn!.htm

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Deadline has been extended. Submit your stuff to me by Thursday 11/9/06. Same guidelines apply.

Also, the new location rocks. I think we will try it out again next week. So on Thursday, November 11th, we'll meet once again at the Starbucks Coffee on Woodward and 13 mile. E-mail me if you need directions!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Official SUCKA BATTLE #1

Those of you who were present at the Sketch Session tonight know of the latest challenge. The deadline for that challenge is a week from tonight: Thursday, November 2. The size is 6" wide by 9 " tall (or in proportion to). When you scan them in, please scan them in as RBG and at 200 dpi. Email these to me.

Once again, tight sketches are cool, but feel free to add ink washes, marker, ketchup, etc. Explore different styles, and different techniques. Lookin' forward to some cool art.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sketches from a hat

Its been a long time coming, but finally I have scanned these in and posted them up. Basically, its a game where we randomly select phrases from a hat, and draw the first thing that comes to mind. Enjoy!

Friday, September 15, 2006

New faces, new sketches, new schedule

Hey all, it was good to see you again. I have to admit, it feels good to be back behind a sketchbook again, to much work and not enough free time has made Joe a dull boy. There were some solid sketches being kicked around this past Thursday!

Here is the rundown of what is to come for the rest of September:
9/17/06 - Opening Day Saturday Drawing Clinic at CCS... I won't be there, damn this Unforgiven PPV!
9/20/06 - Wednesday sketch session at Caribou Coffee... barring any crazy emergencies, I'll be there. Plus, this is the return of the world famous "Sketches from a Hat" game.
9/23/06 - Saturday Drawing Clinic at CCS... I would love to make it, but the day may be busy... I'll keep you all posted.
9/28/06 - Thursday Sketch Session at Caribou Coffee... once again, I plan to be there.
9/30/06 - Saturday Drawing Clinic at CCS... I'll try to make this one too.

Thats a loose schedule for the rest of the month. If anyone has any scans they would like to post, please email them to me! So until next time...

Sunday, August 20, 2006

A little sampling from our friend, Bobby

I am a little late in posting this, but here are a few sketches from Bobby. Send me some sketches from our sessions if you want them posted!

This is just a small sampling! More to come!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

8/24/06 sketch session! Where did the summer go?

Hey everyone! It was a great time yesterday night and I think we all got some good drawing in.

Lets make the plan for next week! I think I liked the Wednesday session (comfy chairs are nice!), but just for one week, lets go back to our Thursday drawing time. Lets say 8 PM at Caribou Coffee... they have some great strawberry banana smoothies! I' thinking that on Thursday, we'll introduce our new game... SKETCHES FROM A HAT!

Hope to see y'all there!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Moji's thus far

Just wanted to post up some Moji's from Bobby and Miker. Miker's got the yella ones, and Bobby did the bottom one. And Finally, I included mine at the very bottom! Check them out at!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

New Challenge & Next Sketch Session

Wassabi! So far, we are thinking about Wednesday (8/9) or Thursday (8/10) to meet for another sketch session deep in the heart of Royal Oak. I would say we would be starting around 8 PM in Carribou Coffee. As always, bring sketchbooks, pens, pencils, paints, markers, whatever you can transport easily. I'll be looking for sketches to scan in and post on this blog, so be sure to email me some scans! (Email me the times that are best for you, I'll announce the date and time in a few days.)

As far as a first challenge, I came across this great site. There is a link to it on the side of this page. There are some fun characters in here, and I would like to make this our first official challenge.

Here are the guidelines: DUE DATE: Friday 8/11/06 by 11:00 PM. Upload one Moji (character) onto Here are the specifics from the site: A moji ( Character ) should be on a white background. Your character should not have distracting backgrounds, enclosures or borders. Image Size - 500 x 500 Pixels at 150 dpi Image Type - .jpg, .gif, .png Note: JPEG’s cannot be accepted in CMYK. These images will not appear in the browser. Please convert to RGB.

Upload your moji, and send a copy of it to my email address. I'll post these up in a future blog!