Reagan Lodge

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Couple more Inktober sketch pages from the weekend. Thumbnails for story work, and some more cyborg-skeleton men, because I guess that’s what I default to when I’m unsure what to fill the pages with these days.

In Afghanistan I was tasked with designing a t-shirt for my unit. We were a Personal Security Detail, so our job required driving fast… Very fast. I thought it’d be a good idea to imitate Ed Roth, who’s style gives me the West Coast nostalgia feelins. As much as I love RVA bicycling, West Coast hot rod culture has an aesthetic that I find especially groovy.

Anyway the original concept I sketched up was deemed too weird and grotesque (we often had to escort people as high up the food chain as the Secretary of Defense who might not immediately grok our foul sense of humor) so I did something else that was “safe” enough to go on the shirts… Which meant the final product wasn’t anything I was proud of. Sadly the original Hot Rod Monster Marine drawing got lost during the deployment, so here’s a sketch loosely inspired by that. Will probably try an actual logo later on.

Also I guess this qualifies as an Inktober entry?

The Natural Law is Tooth & Claw... And sometimes Panzerfaust.

Sketched in pen, then marker colored. Kind of grotesque though, there’s a lot of things I might fix in a later version.

Kali Yuga Kontra II.

Ink + marker sketch.

Ink sketch of Yukio Mishima.

Did a good swim workout after my morning class, then went over to Lamplighter for some people-drawing.

The second page didn’t go right.

My Concept Drawing professor Leslie Herman (left), and a classmate (right). I forgot her name unfortunately, so I’ll edit it in later once I get it.

Been so busy with school at VCU CommArts lately, pretty much doing nothing but drawing, eating, sleeping, working out, and biking in between it all.

Sketchbooks are filling up and I’ve got no time to scan them, but here’s some life drawings of Robert Meganck (the CommArts Department Chair) as he was speaking at a department forum today. Some great material was discussed but the clouds of bats were really distracting.

Visited Dreamworks Studios today to catch up with some old friends (Tyler Philips and Rad Sechrist, look them up!) and tour the facilities. They had a collie as a life drawing model, so I did a quick brushpen sketch of her. Collie anatomy is so hard to figure out under all that massive fluff.

I’m currently visiting my homeland of California right now, around the LA/San Diego areas. I’ll be messing around Chinatown in LA tomorrow. Message me if you wanna coffee.

This has been a good trip but I really, really need to get back to my weightroom and lap swimming. 2 weeks without a consistent workout is cruel and unusual for me.

More notes from my Civil Affairs training.

Happy Hans here helps me study.

Pretty busy this month. Here, have some important notes on disaster response logistics. You’re all in good hands, I swear.

misplacedhash:

reaganlodge:

A longtime fan in Japan requested a drawing of Wyit, who some of you might remember from the two comics I did in volumes 3 and 5 of the Flight comics anthologies edited by Kazu Kibuishi.

This was drawn without consulting any of my old images/references of the character, so it was interesting to see how things changed since 2008-2009 when I last drew anything from that story.

I don’t know if or when I’ll release Wyit as a book or some other product, since that world/story was devised when I was at a very, VERY different place in life with very different values. But at some point I would like to do a graphic novel geared towards a young-adult audience, and Wyit might be the right thing for it.

Different values how?

Mostly in how I’d like to handle a story protagonist now. When I initially started shaping Wyit’s story, he took a very Bilbo Baggins kind of archetype where a Problem happens to him, and a mixture of random chance, blind luck, and a little bit of craftiness gets him out of it.

After having been away from the story for about 5 years, and having had a lot of life changes during that time, it’s kind of hard to feel as engaged by that archetype as I used to be. At the risk of sounding like a lunkhead Marine stereotype, I’m far more energized and inspired by impossibly heroic Leonidas, Hercules, Genghis Khan, or (my favorite) Conan of Cimmeria archetypes - not in any ironic sense either, but because those tales healthily shame me by reminding me how weak I am compared to them, and inspires me to sweat, rage, and challenge myself to strive for that kind of strength. Art, myth and history were what originally inspired me to join the Marines and take up weightlifting (though I make NO claim to be excellent at either!). It wasn’t enough to merely read, write and draw about danger and toil - I had to live it to become a part of my own art.

But I know that the humble everyman/Bilbo/Luke Skywalker archetype who survives incredible adventures and peril is something that speaks well to other people, hence that theme of the likeably common “clever fool” being constant throughout human fiction over the centuries. It’s just in a different category from the brutally strong heroic-barbarian archetype that I really dig.

I think with Wyit I need to figure out how I can tell that kind of story in a way that engages me as the creator, while not also making the character into something he isn’t. I know it can be done, there’s just a lot of remapping to do along the way.

A longtime fan in Japan requested a drawing of Wyit, who some of you might remember from the two comics I did in volumes 3 and 5 of the Flight comics anthologies edited by Kazu Kibuishi.

This was drawn without consulting any of my old images/references of the character, so it was interesting to see how things changed since 2008-2009 when I last drew anything from that story.

I don’t know if or when I’ll release Wyit as a book or some other product, since that world/story was devised when I was at a very, VERY different place in life with very different priorities/values. But at some point I would like to do a graphic novel geared towards a young-adult audience, and Wyit might be the right thing for it.

Emotional pest control.

Discipline. Discipline.We need some discipline in here.