Photoshop Crashed Semi Fixed

May 31, 2013 0 Comments

Test image i was doodling to test out various photoshop run settings. Settings I began tweaking on in photoshop and on the exe as far as the compatibility mode windows runs it on. Got a few tips via googling the problem of the screen flickering as I'm working with onscreen elements like the pen tool lasso tool or just dragging objects around. A weird hiccup on the screen refresh. On newer (CS6) photoshops with similar problem seems easy fix of tweaking the openGL/ graphic accelerator settings but that does not exist on what I use which is photoshop 6.0. So anyway out of ideas. The tweaks I made did seem to have upped the overall performance but still get an annoying screen flicker. Unrelated to the crash though. I dunno what caused that but have cleaned up the computer a bit. Should help... night!

TnC - New Webcomic Launched

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Promotional image of the two main characters and the series title, by Eryck Webb

Check out the new webcomic, TnC by Cory Matthews and myself, launched this morning over at https://www.facebook.com/TNCComics . I did the promotional art/ logo and overall character design, and I draw/letter the strips. Cory writes/ colors/ posts/ manages them. The permise of the series makes for fun time drawing them and hopefully a fun time reading them for the audience!. Marital comedy with comic geekdom worked in!

Posts every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month (every two Fridays) over at:
https://www.facebook.com/TNCComics

TnC, a new webcomic all set to launch

May 30, 2013 0 Comments

Happy to say all materials and rough edges of designing and illustrating the new webcomic series "TnC' are complete. Will be more strips to draw but the launch materials, including look feel/ character/ brand design and the first strips are complete. Go Like the Facebook page as it'll be the main platform for this webcomic, and see you Friday (5/31) for the launch! Come back every 2nd/ and last Friday of the month for more! Written/Colored by Cory Matthews and Drawn/Designed by Eryck Webb of EryckWebbGraphics (mwa)

https://www.facebook.com/TNCComics

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - EWG Live Wed

May 29, 2013 0 Comments


Heres the finished art of a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse commission I wrapped up on this week's 'EWG Live Wednesday' on Livestream. Was a LOTTA fun and I enjoyed trying out a few new things. Like the more rendered background based on the shows environments, the approach to the lineart and the overall execusion. I'm pretty satisfied with it! I am still waiting for final OK from client on this piece of her granddaughter hanging with her favorite clubhouse friends. But its pretty much a done deal. I diggin it. This ones out the door. Next!

Enjoy the Livestream of the inks/ colors on this piece below

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Post Memorial Day Report - Several Topics Covered

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An overall update on this steamy Wednesday to all the EWG keeper-uppers out there. Today is a crazy day with lots of little points to be made. But heres the short version in a couple highlighted notes a-la this note section of the site.

Had a wonderful Memorial Day... threw a last minute cookout with me the wife and her mom and dad. Got her Grandma over for a burger as well. I hadn't grilled in a year so the first time I got them all still kinda raw so i took them back out and got them cooked up better. Now I know what I did wrong and will have it figured out the next grilling session. We ate up great cookout food and then played several fun rounds of Flinch. If you haven't played that. Play it. Was a much needed 'time off' session even if I did work half the day. Hope you all had good Memorial Days too. Heres to a great summer.

Jumping Boy saw a new addition over at the webcomic's website in the form of a profile section that will grow over time featuring a look at the form and details of all the major players in this unfolding story. Kicking off this section naturaly is Jumping boy himself. Hop over and check it out.

Happy to report EWG's production spool is all caught up and anybody still waiting will see their orders or proofs coming at them this week and next week and EWG will again be launching its pricelist and accepting more work officially. (Was accepting work before if approached but wasn't actively seeking it out). Maybe re-launch the order status chart.

Ungrounded is getting all caught up this week and the production continues with 20 or so pages under the belt already! The stories been a lot of fun to work on so I'm hoping that translates into more fun for the readers at the end result. I don't see why it wouldn't!

Tonight will be the weekly EWG Live Wednesday, featuring a large commission that I have a lotta love for, a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed piece for the client's granddaughter whose likeness is also featured in the pice. Will have a simple background styled directly from the show as well. Will be a lotta fun. I invite all art makers, comic art collectors and process stalkers to come out, hang, talk in the chat and listen to some tunes. Will kick off at 7pmEST and go until finished! As always I try to converse in reply to anything directed at me or catching my interest in the chat but if I don't its just cause I zoned into the art.

The wife is in for her 2nd to last chemo treatment as of this morning, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers! She did so good last time she came home a day early, lets hope for that again this time :)

Its a hot one out but I've got the soup-wave licked by keeping the house closed up, syphoning air from the cold basement up with a couuple fans and having my fan on in my workspace here. Its staying dry and I'm not sweating too much so whats not to like. We'lls ee how it holds up tomorrow and Friday haha. Come on cold front!

Alright thats it... plugging away! And as always thanks for your support wherever you follow EWG's exploits and thanks in advance for your continued support and feedback. Have a great rest of the week and see you tonight right here (by clicking EWG Livestream on the featured menu at right) for some live art!

This week's Jumping Boy up early

May 27, 2013 0 Comments


For no particular reason except maybe had a little extra time on Memorial Day weekend to get some personal work done, this week's Jumping Boy is up a few days early for a change!
Enjoy, as always would love to hear your thoughts/ comments/ critiques on the JB site

I also lastnight got the outline for the next three chapters mapped out. Now to break it down into pages and launch Chapter 4! 

That being said I've decided that for the time being its just a webcomic, and have no plans to do print versions for at least the rest of the year. Just keeping it fun, and relaxed and telling my story. Not trying to make money off of it. Enjoy, read on and who knows maybe it'll grow a fan or two in the process.

See you next Wed for the next JB episode! And thank you VERY MUCH for reading. 

This week's Wednesday Night Livestream

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Will be refining and finishing production on this illustration on this week's EWG Live Wednesday

Wed 5/29 7pmEST 
EWG Live Wednesday Featuring Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 11x17 full color piece with 4 characters and background. Come out and watch the Demo live! Starts an hour early and goes until done! Will be a good time. Also always available for questions related to what I'm doing at any Livestream broadcast and commission inquiries! Hope to see you out there!
To join in just come back to this site and click the 'EWG Livestream' button on the right or keep an eye on Twitter or Facebook for when I post the link.

Thanks!

Where The Buffalo Roam

May 26, 2013 0 Comments


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Mac Gearwind Caster - Cool Down Sketch

May 25, 2013 0 Comments

Heres a sketch I did over the course of 15-20 minutes, just playin around freestyling it I think it ended up having a lotta power to it. A sketch of Mac Gearwind working some casting action with some crazy symbol and power ... who knows! Pretty cool 'cool down' for the day. Time for bed! Goodnight

Livestreaming all day Saturday

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Will be working on Ungrounded page production all day today (Saturday 5/25). Will be in and out of studio at various times but mostly here working. Feel free to stop by the EWG Livestream chat, which has been newly repaired/ recoded and is working nice and smooth. Hangout a while or just peak in. Whatever you want! Will be on all day. (Click EWG Livestream on the Featured at right) http://www.eryckwebbgraphics.com/2013/02/ewg-on-livestream.html

Livestream fixed - Re-Coded n Re-Go

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Alright, this morning I took a few to repair the code for this site's Livestream and chat windows. Hopefully it'll work better for people! It seemed to be starting to get problematic last-night when I was trying to stream some proofs with a client or two and several people mentioned issues. I'm sure in one hand it could be there end, but it was giving me problems as well. Perhaps it just needed updating. I've run it through a couple laps and seems to be driving good. Feedback encouraged for anybody wanna try it out report their end (comments can be made below or on the Livestream page)

Thanks! See you all for EWG Live Wednesday this week! Also Sunday will be doing this week's Jumping Boy live as well, stay tuned to EWG Twitter or Facebook for notice of when that's going live. Will be late afternoon Sunday most likely.

Check'er out - http://www.eryckwebbgraphics.com/2013/02/ewg-on-livestream.html

The Coolest

May 24, 2013 1 Comments


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Strobe Character Art

May 23, 2013 0 Comments


Updating with the final version here! Final, superior to the previous! 'We're up all night to get lucky' 'We're up all night to get lucky' 'We're up all night to get lucky' 'We're up all night to get lucky' 'We're up all night to get lucky' 'We're up all night to get lucky' (this pics epic glowage and shinyness inspired by the new Daft Punk album. Retro electronica epicness. Loving it.
Original post/ version below.

Finished up this Character Art Commission of 'Strobe', a customers original character from city of heroes or champions online (something like that). Played with some diff stuff with this one that I don't normaly do. Check it out on Deviant Art as well. Alright, much more to do today! - 

EWG Live Wednesday Tutorial Session Concluded

May 22, 2013 1 Comments


Thanks to all who came out to this week's EWG Live Wednesday, featuring a tutorial Q&A session this time. Thanks to Cory for coming out and taking advantage of my willingness to walkthrough steps and techniques for what I do in photoshop. Hope it gave some insight into the ol' world of using photoshop for coloring! And hope others followed along or took notes or observed even if they weren't doing it right along side or asking questions.

This was a live broadcast but I did not record. Come back next Wednesday for another Live session which may feature a fundraiser art request session. We'll see, heres the piece I demo'd with tonight. Used it for various colors and pentool lasso tool and layering techniques but finaly ended up with this at the end of the night.

Goodnight and see everyone out next Wednesday for another EWG Live Wednesday!

Also, Jumping Boy will update soon as possible. Just so busy this week. I even got a great little strip written/ storyboarded for this week just haven't had a chance or time to do it. Will get it out soon!

EWG Live Wed Q&A / Tutorial Session Tonight

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Tonight's 'EWG Live Wednesday' will feature 8pm-10pm ET Q&A / Tutorial Session in photoshop. Come out, ask questions about layer setups and how to reset palettes you've messed up, tool settings and any other things that you want to know. I'll tell you what I use, show you how and you can figure out what works for you on your end. Tonights session will be 8pm-10pm and I will be doing an original drawing to demonstrate with tonight. Hope to see you out there. If you want to follow along with your program whilst interacting make sure to have a wacom tablet or something of that sort. Mouse will work too though for learning purposes.

See you tonight.

Hot Out - Summer Already?

May 20, 2013 1 Comments

Happy Monday - boy is it hot out. Truck says '90' on the mirror thingy. Wow, and its pure saturation. I even rinsed out the bed of the truck yesterday after picking up sticks/ cleaning up the yard a bit and water is still back there even as hot as it is. That means there just ain't room for evaporation the air is saturated. Well, I'm employing a new technique to stay ahead of the weather, starting early in the morning, getting to work as the sun comes up and working till it just gets too miserable. Stopping till maybe night when it cools down. For now the afternoon is still tolerable but will be probably doing other business related things during that time when its just too hot to draw or even ink cause i'm sticking to my work surface lol. Anywyaz, thats what I'm dealing with this week. Heres to the rain on Wednesday ... come oonnn cool down. The pressure is on and the lid needs to open soon! What do others do to keep art production going in the heat for those who dont have AC

New Jumping Boy strip has Posted!

May 16, 2013 0 Comments

Happy to say the new Jumping Boy has posted. First in a series of post-chapter-3 strips that will come out each week whilest chapter 4 gets fleshed out and scripted up. 
Enjoy and thanks for everyones patience as I didn't get a chance to finish it yesterday.


Voltage - EWG Live Wednesday

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Just tossing up the results of tonight's EWG Live Wednesday, featuring one of the three slot specials I'm doing this week. Below is the approval sketch sent this morning, giving the customer all day to approve or make changes. 

 Next was at the 8pmEST-12amEST session, starting with refining the character above and rendering out final pencils. A few changes like width of the legs and so forth were made upon request. Client got the finished digital pencils below in 11x17 300dpi goodness.

Then came the finished inks, I utilized a new technique or two that I've done in small parts before but never for an entire rendering. That is, stroking pen tool lines for the lineart. Resulting in super crisp smooth lines but not 'brush' style line variation. I like it though. I think if the rendering etc is dynamic enough you don't risk the flat effect uniform lines can create. And also black fills and accenting the mass with black fills and the shape the lines go in helps a lot too. I ink/rendered the background based on the original sketch but completely on the fly in this inking stage. Then inked the character overtop on a seperate group.

Heres the finished colors, with the background, the character and the electricity effects on 3 different groups of layers. 

Fun stuff! Thanks to sir EZ of the voltage for his commission! Was fun and I appreciate the support. Will be doing another one on Friday in this style, with approval sketch in morning, and finishing pencils, inks colors at night. See people then on another livestream!
~Eryck

Commute

May 15, 2013 2 Comments


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Wednesday Webcomic and Watch EWG Live

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Heres a preview of this week's Jumping Boy - will come out later today

Well, its Wednesday, the ol' hump-dee-hump of the week. Also a big day weekly in EWG land. This morning I was working on JumpingBoy before work but did not get it done. Will finish it up later this afternoon after getting my to-dos done today. Will also be looking forward to tonight's Livestream session, starting at 8pm featuring a full body character art with full background and full color depiction of a very cool super hero original character that's right up my alley. His look/ etc is somewhere along the lines of Generator Rex and Jumping Boy so I'm excited to be commissioned to work on it. Today I will be doing pencils on Ungrounded pages and hopefully inks finished up as well. Thursday will be finishing up lingering comic jobs all day and inks on a GoBabylon poster, then Friday coloring and finishing like a madman all current Ungrounded to-do's  Busy busy but whittling down that list. I take new orders ahead of time so anybody looking for character art, design or tshirt graphics let me know, will hook you up. The pricelist and order tracking is under construction. Look for more improved designs on those soon and in the meantime can just email me for any quotes or ordering. Thank you!

As a side note, my Livestream sessions have seen everything from hiphop, rock, metal to electronica and everything in between. What do regular viewers like the most during the sessions? Willing to consider all input on this. I ultimately play whatever helps set the mood/ inspiration on a given night but also would like to know what may appeal more to the audience when I'm trying to pick those sorts of playlists.

Nose To The Grind Stone

May 14, 2013 0 Comments

Good morning, just a quick notebook entry that I am working everyday and I thank all the customers out there for their patience. I'm morbidly behind right now but if I can keep my nose to the grind stone and maintain my current work schedule/ pace I will be contemporary by end of next week. Heres shooting for that goal like Mario pouncing on a Koopa and if customers can just hangout another week I will be all caught up for you soon! Medical stuff or care-taking duties with the wife come along and other things you just can't control and sometimes you end up losing a few days. Then, long story short, in an effort to keep the business churning and the income steady you take on more work than your able to get out quickly enough and where we're at right now happens. But its nothing that can't be dug out from under and customers WILL get their work. Just might take an extra week or two. Thank you in advance for your patience. One man show grindin the ol' stone fast as possible and as quality as possible.

Monday Night Livestream Wrapped!

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Was fond of the gray shaded version of the finished inks, so included a snippet of that for now. Will post the final piece and process later on. 

Great Livestream tonight! Thanks to the (average) dozen people who stopped in or hungout during the duration. Great having you. Hope people also appreciated me having all the palettes on the screen and what not as if anybody gets any inspiration or new techniques for their art from anything I'm doing thats always really cool. Hey works for me, I watch youtube videos and what not of other artists and pick up things all the time. 

Well, thanks again for coming out. Hope you'll come back Wed and Fri for more! Will be doing simlar style (full figure, full color, full background) pieces each night again. This special offer has been fun but is a monster! But people I hope feel they are getting a lot for their money, as I (my little secret) sneak in a 300dpi of the original approval sketch the customer gets in the morning, and they get a fully rendered 300dpi of the character art pencils, and then a 300dpi of the finished inks and a 300dpi of the finished full color art. Whats not to like? Customers are easily saving 15-30 bucks in the end. And its 11x17 which is double the size I usualy work at. SO, anyways hope the 3 customers who got in on this weekly special are loving it. 

Thanks again for the purchases! Will post up the finished piece later on. Maybe with the various steps (sketch, pencils, inks) as well. But for now, its bed time. Lots to do tomorrow! Goodnight!

This Week's Slot Commissions on Livestream

May 13, 2013 0 Comments

Heres an 11x17 approval sketch sent to client this morning. They have all day to make corrections/ approve it. Then its finished tonight regardless. If they sit in on the Livestream session they have the opportunity to make changes in real time.

Theres a change in this week's Slot Commissions. The work schedule has been adjusted to allow the most jobs to get done this week, but one plus to that is each night, the slot commish will be fully penciled/ inked and colored on livestream! Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week at 8pmEST! See you then (Click EWG Livestream on the right side of this site) or click this link.

See you then!

Mac Gearwind - Warmup Sketch

May 12, 2013 0 Comments


Heres a 30 min sketch I did up in Photoshop before getting back to work this afternoon, of my OC 'Mac Gearwind' the handy man with a plan, and appointed parental unit of Billy Hopson, AKA JumpingBoy. Don't underestimate this dude... when the need arises, he can be scrappy in ways you not even aware of yet.

Aesthetically I just love drawing him... he oozes bad ass from a bygone era. Alrighty, onto client work today. Got lots more pages to work on today!

This piece uses a 25% black background layer with a calligraphic (angled) brush tool in black and white at various points with the opacity and size settings set to 'stylus'. So how hard I pressed created how opaque or how transparent it was, as well as the size of the stroke. Fun sketching like this. Guess I've done quite a few in this style at this point. Always free-form and fun.

Don't forget a brand new Jumping Boy post on Wednesday at http://jumpingboycomic.blogspot.com - also if you LIKE JumpingBoy on facebook, you'll get behind the scenes concept sketches, factoids and announcements of new posts and releases. Anywho! Fun warmup sketch. Back to work! Got lots of work to do before the work week begins!

Notes For The Weekend

May 10, 2013 1 Comments

Will be finishing colors on all current Ungrounded pages in production tomorrow. Will be finishing an album art job tonight.
All other jobs have been pushed back to next week and so forth. I'm a one man show, and have taken on way more work than I responsibly should have, but am whittling away at it a day at a time. Thanks to those patient souls waiting for their art, will get it to you soon.
Also let me remind you that my wife and I are in a constant battle with our living situation and her cancer situation. Some days its just too much of a toll on emotions and energy to get anything done. But I gotta keep this locomotive chugging along so everyday I make sure to keep shoveling the coal into that boiler. Will get everything done, I just unfortunately can say that none of my previously intended deadlines are possible at this point. But I am working to take care of all customer's orders as soon as possible. Thanks again for your patience and for your continued support.
Every day's a new challenge. Anybody not okay with the wait, contact me via email and I'll return your order to you right away, otherwise I thank you for sticking with me and hope you look forward to your art. Even if it takes me longer to get it to you. It WILL get done.
Just state of things right now.
Really hard to get going on work sometimes, much-less chuck this whole business into the river. Other days its the greatest thing in the world.
But thems the the way it is I guess. Well guess this is a pretty depressing note to go out on but thats what this notebook is. A daily log of this self-employed journey called EryckWebbGraphics. Some days your cruising like a magic wizard riding a wilder-beast through the sky and other days your just the doormat of the world.
What can ya do? What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...

Have a good weekend.

Morning Warmup - Happy Friday

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Well, its Friday again. Got lots of commissions to get done per usual but wanted to take a quick second to do a warmup sketch today before getting to work. Thanks to all pending orders for your business, I will get them to you as soon as possible. Will be working extra on the weekend to try and catch up a bit. But today I am doing Ungrounded page production all day. Thanks for everyones patience as this one man show chugs on.

The warmup was an attempt at taking a chevy colorado and rat rodding it out. the grill has been altered/ fenders/ hood removed, everything lowered roof chopped mirrors replaced and bed changed out and etc etc. Fun stuff. I like the way the front looks like that actualy but 1, the drawing is poor and 2, the back needs a little more work/ thought.
Ah well works for a warmup. Onto coloring a stack of pages all day/evening.

Have a great Friday and even better weekend. Things will probably start changing in the coming weeks in EWG land.

X Files Mulder and Scully Process Video

May 9, 2013 0 Comments


The finished piece

Check out this Livestream video recorded from last-night's EWG Livestream Wednesday. Was fun and I tried a couple things outside my usual work flow which made it take twice as long but I had fun working on it. Brought back lots of memories from back in the days of Xfiles and the awesomeness that it was.

This video was the 3rd or 4th attempt after some router/ connection issues and misplacing my wacom pen and then when i sat down with it realized it didn't have its button on it so had to go find that. All is well now and the video worked and the session was great.

What you'll see is the initial sketch, trying for a ground up angle, somehow I lost that in the actual pencils and ended up with a straight on view which was boring to me, so I hashed out some details and then re-penciled a final version over-top from a top down angle which became the version that got finished. Was a lot of fun, and from the time I got it I had planned to do some 'x' alien spot light lighting in the background.

The masking tape references the show, and scully is the one with the gun cause she was always the serious cautious one while mulder was more curious than careful.

For those who don't know, Mulder used masking tape to make an X on his apartment window when he needed to speak to Mr. X.

Good stuff, I think it came out good. Pulled off my best mulder and scully impersonations while not getting caught up in toooo much realism.

See you next Wednesday night for another EWG Livestream Wednesday

Jumping Boy - 2.4 - Dont Jump

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