IRONWOOD: Main Cast

Happy Friday! I’ve been teasing the reveal of some new characters on social media, and, well, here they are. They’re still a little rough around the edges, but I just couldn’t wait to share them with you.

Ironwood is an animated series I want to produce someday. If you’re a longtime reader, you might recognize a couple of these guys from concept art that I have worked on since mid-2015. Well, you can ignore all that now. I’ve revised the character designs and settled on a style that I feel is distinct, appealing, and simple enough for animation.

Here’s the main cast: Christie, Ted, Tommy, Vincent, Indigo, Liberty, and Guzman. These seven characters are caught up in a thrilling drama set in the town of Ironwood, Nevada. I hope to tell a realistic story that audiences can relate to, while exploring themes of hope and redemption. There’ll be plenty of action too!

More on this project as it develops!

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Confidence

Well friends, it’s been a while. I got my hopes up when I posted Santa, believing that I could and would get back on top of things, even with a new comic. However, I’ve run into difficulties with OneNote on my iPad and I’m currently learning to adapt my style to Adobe Sketch. We’ll see how that goes.

Utah hasn’t been what I expected… and that’s a good thing! Things have definitely changed. There’s still snow down here, even with track about to start; I have some form of a social life now, even if classes aren’t much easier. That leaves less time to draw, but more time to reflect–especially on what I need and don’t need in my life. Dustlander Productions’ second birthday passed on the 17th, and I did nothing to commemorate it. So you could say I’ve decided I need drawing and comics and shenanigans back in my life again–but I don’t know when I’ll have time for them.

Today’s the two-year anniversary of the second comic “2. Homecoming”–one of my favorites. Guys, here’s the truth. I’m not always confident. If you’re confident 24/7, there’s something wrong with you. But where we lack confidence, we can have faith–hoping for something better and then doing everything in our power to make it happen. I do know that is possible. So don’t look down like Art here–there are better days ahead!

Video

TIME-LAPSE: “8. Faith”

There’s just no way getting around this first part: I’m on YouTube!

That’s right–the most famous video-sharing site on Earth couldn’t hide from me forever. Part of the reason “8. Faith” took so long to make, really, is because I was recording the whole time! Hopefully this lets y’all know how much time and effort goes into each and every panel. (Look at the clock in the lower right-hand corner… yikes.)

Of course such a cool, albeit shaky, video wouldn’t be complete with some rad beats. And thus Cal got involved. He seriously busted a gut getting this song done in time for the release, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Thanks so much, bud! In return, I’ll redirect my readers straight to your SoundCloud.

In the meantime, I wouldn’t count on a new comic before 2015 is out. If I get one done, it’ll be pretty close… I’m pretty backed up on work right now, mostly because the caricatures have become a huge hit! Thanks for all of your commissions, pageviews, likes, etc. throughout the year–I really couldn’t have done it without you guys, even if there are only a few of you. Oh well. And with that, I’m off!