New Studio!

August 6, 2011

Outside of the Indoor Rooftop Studio building.

Last month I moved my workspace from a spare room in my South Philadelphia home to a shared space in North Philly called Indoor Rooftop Studio. I’m sharing a space with awesome comicer and illustrator Christine Larsen, whom I’ve collaborated with on several comics. Christine approached me with the idea roughly 2 months ago and when I finally decided to do it we started the search with Christine scouting out lots of areas in the city.  It was a decision that made me a bit nervous since it meant adding a commute, second rent and losing constant access to my work, but I hoped added productivity and a saner home life would be the trade off. So far so good!

Christine installs our desk with help from Intern James!


There was a good deal of work done when we finally found a place. Our room was painted dark grey on 3 walls with the 4th a bright, alarming orange-yellow. There was some minimal construction as well. Christine had the great idea of building a wall to wall desk for our digital stations which involved using a large flat file, sanding/coating 2×4’s and mounting them into the wall.

I spend fewer hours working overall, but mainly because the ability to focus on that work is so much better. Now I can’t get frustrated with work and go do the dishes, hang out with the cats or watch an episode (or two) of Dr. Who in my living room. Instead, I’m jumping from one project to another when I hit a wall with a piece and doing more spontaneous sketching as well.

Looking forward to working in the new digs.


Dead and Dreaming, sketch

August 3, 2011

I’ll be participating in the next PCS show later this year called Dead and Dreaming. The theme is Lovecraft’s stories and curator Sam Heimer is doing a great job of setting up and managing the show. He’s also putting together a book of all the artists’ pieces to have for the opening.

I chose “The Tomb” for my story and the above image is my final sketch. Looking forward to getting to work on this one.

Drawn to Letters, the final

August 2, 2011

U is for Utmost, 7x11", graphite

The above piece is my entry for the Drawn to Letters show at Brave New Worlds in Old City. The show hangs tomorrow night, and the opening is Friday August 5th from 6-9PM. The piece will be available for $75.

Henry VIII, morning warm up

July 30, 2011

Drawn to Letters 2

July 29, 2011

Here’s another unused concept for the upcoming Drawn to Letters show, opening at Brave New Worlds in Old City one week from now (gasp!).

Drawn to Letters 1

July 22, 2011

I’ll be participating in the Drawn to Letters show at Brave New Worlds later in the summer and got to sketching on my train ride yesterday. There was a long list of “U” words – my assigned letter – that I wrote to get started. One of them was “Understanding,” the above image is a fleshed out version of the initial sketch. It’s a pretty commonly used device here, so I won’t be running with it in the end, but I wanted to play around with texture here.

The show is being put together by the awesome art-show-curating team Chris Patchell and Concetta Barbera. Other awesome folk like Christine Larsen, Sam Heimer and Alex Eckman-Lawn will be in the show with awesome stuff.

The Cards have arrived…

July 20, 2011

This year, starting in summer, I’m making a big push to promote myself more. Last year, I sent out a total of 250-300 postcards to magazines and book publishers. That number is abysmally small and what’s worse is that I’ve fallen behind in updating contact info for my tiny, hand picked list of art directors.

To combat this and push forward my business I’ve invested in ADBASE, a database of art directors, art buyers and editors, to make sure that my cards are going to the right place. My minimum goal is sending out 4000 cards this year, and the above case is the first 1000 going out. The image is one I have a soft spot for and accompanied a short story called The Ship, part 1 written by my friend Mike Taggart.

Here’s hoping for good results.

Colin Meloy

July 12, 2011

Just a quick little sketch of the singer from the Decemberists.

Those Bright Eyes

June 28, 2011

After some experimentation, I decided what will be going on the back of my new promo card.

City of Glass

June 21, 2011

I read Paul Auster’s City of Glass on my home from Alaska last month and was struck by all of the different elements he writes about like mysticism, the nature of fiction and fluidity of identity. One of the most stimulating passages is when the main character, under the guise of a hard private detective, enters the home of his mysterious client. The book really starts here for me, feeling like the protagonist was entering a new world that he himself was not a part of.

I hope to flesh this out into a full piece soon.