Thursday, September 30, 2010


In the middle of all the crazy stuff going on...I still have to produce art! Here's a piece that we did for our neighbor and pizza supplier for our comic themed classes, New England Pizza! MMM mmm...makes me hungry just thinking about it! The next step for me on this job is a kids menu that kids can color! Should be fun!

Almost done with I, SHERMAN...that means you'll be seeing partial pages REAL SOON! Next week?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

24 Hour Comic Day approaches...

Hello fellow 24 Hour warriors! As this great event approaches, I found one creator's tips for a successful 24 hour experience. Kevin Cannon's 1st four chapters of his book, Far Arden were 24 hour comics. Sage advice.


Obviously there's no one way to draw, but here are Mr Cannon's tips:

- Have your paper ready and, if possible, pre-ruled.

- Come prepared with drawing materials.

- Bring a lamp and extension cord for direct light.

- Pace yourself. You have to carve out time for meals and bathroom breaks.

- Try doing a page every fifty minutes. That gives you 240 minutes to rest and recoup and eat.

- If you're chatty, you're shooting yourself in the foot. Don't be surprised when you end up with only 20-30 minutes to draw each page.

- Some people like to pencil the whole book and THEN ink. I HIGHLY discourage this. Try to COMPLETE a full page every hour. This lets you accurately budget your time.

- Do as little penciling as possible. Nobody's going to win an Eisner with these books, so why not jump into the inks right away?

- Bring comfort items: extra clothes, an iPod, a cushion, etc. Better to bring too much stuff on your first time.

- On the flipside, don't bring a bunch of unnecessary crap.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Granby Artists Association Open Studio Tour

Got a copy of the Open Studio Tour map in the mail! Yay! This is where a bunch of the Granby Artists Association opens their doors to the public to show what's going on where they work. We will be participating again this year with some new changes! I'll be doing caricatures and commissions, selling original art, comics and prints. Be sure to come by!

If by chance you did not get in the mail like me (which you most likely did not) here's a link for a pdf version to download. Click on "maps and locations".

Free Lunch at Sarge's!


Sunday, September 26th 1pm-5pm Free Lunch Studios will be teaching a 4-hour Cartoon Anatomy workshop for creating comics. Please sign up early as space is limited.

Cliff's got a show on Sunday!

Hey there, everyone! Cliff's got a show on Sunday! (September 26th)
(and sport card shows are on the 3rd Saturday of every month.) All of these shows run at the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM.


I'll be there a little bit with Free Lunch Comics own, Steve Kanaras, creator and writer of Only in Whispers, Pork and Beans, Beyond the Kuiper Belt and upcoming Hostile Universe will be there to do portfolio reviews, talk about the Comic Book Shuffle, 24 Hour comic day and discuss scriptwriting. Classes at Free Lunch Studios will restart in mid -October!

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.

Busy times!

I know...I have not been around...if you follow this blog, you know it happens here from time to time. Here's what's up:

Spoke with the creator of I, Sherman, I will be teasing art from that book starting soon! Wonder Woman Day V is coming up and Free Lunch Studios will be sending our group package soon. We're an official host for the 24 Hour Comic challenge October 2nd-3rd and we've already got quite a few players. The Granby Open Studios Tour is coming up the 2nd weekend in October and everyone's invited.
We're hosting a movie themed gallery in November.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Step One

We're hosting a gallery event dedicated to classic movie posters at Free Lunch Studios in October. Our pal, Elyse is running it! I'm trying to prepare two pieces for the event, one for Jaws, the other will be my secret! The Jaws one will be a multimedia challenge for me...but being the fan that I am...I'm up for it! Here's a warm up sketch for the project...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Yow! Couple days make a big difference!

Summer is indeed over and my test truly begins! As we speak (type) I've just put The 'Bug down for a nap, started some laundry, scanned some Junk Foods, folded some laundry and zipped the Junk Foods. Sheesh. I want to sit and work on "The Sherman Project" too.

I've got two classes starting this weekend, Mad Science Cartooning and Cartoon Anatomy. If you want to enroll, go to or

Here I've given you a Partial Page of one of the Junk Foods....enjoy!