Thursday, September 30, 2010

Inking in Flash

. . . still improving . . .

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Inking in Flash

Since I got my Cintiq, I've been trying to take a little time to dabble in digital inking. I figured I'd start by working in Flash, because I think that's what a lot of other cartoonists do. By watching a few online tutorials and practicing the craft, I think I've managed to achieve a non-horrible level of ability. Check these out:

The challenge is figuring out how to avoid getting those ugly, Flashy-looking lines, that do all kinds of things a computer would do, but real ink would never do. If you click on these and look closely, you can definitely find the tell-tale signs. I think if I tried hard enough, I could get rid of most of those, but the process would take ten times as long. So no wonder so many people allow a certain amount of Flashy-ness in their inking.

After I spend some more time with Flash, I plan to move on and try my hand at inking in Illustrator, and maybe a few other programs.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Hey-o, Kermit the Frog here! (No, no, no... it's just Fason. Happy Birthday to Jim Henson today!) If you're on my Facebook, you may already know that HERO HAPPY HOUR, a comic that I co-created w/ writer Dan Taylor has been reborn as a webcomic. The first storyline, "Cease & Desist", is drawn by Grant Perkins and I will be taking over regular art chores after Grant's run is complete. In the meantime, Dan and I have created a couple new anti-heroes for First City that also hang around at the Hideout Bar and wax philosophical about being heroes. This will be a supplemental comic to the main HHH webcomic. I'm not sure when it will begin to run, but it will run on days that HHH does not (currently HHH updates Tuesdays and Thursdays). Anyways, here's a sneak peek at Double Shot and Chaser, our new mercenary and bounty hunter anti-heroes:

Be sure to check out regularly for comics and other shenanigans.

Friday, September 17, 2010

new gadget-tron

My Cintiq arrived, and I got it all hooked up. I can draw right on the screen now!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Salty 'Ham Slam 9

The ninth edition of the Salty 'Ham Slam has been scheduled! The exact date, time, and location are a secret, reserved for our official members and close associates only. If you haven't yet received the details by email, contact me and I will send them forthwith: cgarrison[at]

More info HERE.

Recent Sketches

Hey, everybody. Here are some recent sketches I just scanned:

Click here to see 5 more pages worth, or here to see all the stuff on my sketch blog. Want an assignment? Color one o' these ... or clean it up and ink it and color it ... and post it here. I'll be interested to see what you do with it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Artwalk tonight and tomorrow

Several Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas will be displaying their work this weekend at Birmingham Artwalk (Sep. 10th & 11th, 2010), including:

. . . and maybe some more SHC's, too, but I'm not sure. Stephen Smith and John Lytle Wilson have shown there in the past, so maybe they're showing again this year. Come and find out!

Delaine Derry Green

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Crazy-Quilt

A while back, I made this crazy-quilt image, to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of SHC --

I just made a new version, because we can now fill up 60 squares, instead of just 40 (there's a square for each member) --

If you'd prefer a different image in your square, just email it to me, and I'll change it out. cgarrison[at] Please make it 2" x 2", RGB, at 72 dpi.

new category

You know how, when you click on The Cartooneestas, over at, you see these categories?:

Well, I just added a new category:

Game designers (4)

If you're a Salty 'Ham Cartooneesta, and you're into designing video games, and you're not already on this short list, let me know so I can add you on that page.


When you look at the All the Cartooneestas page, you'll now see SIXTY entries. That's on account of the addition of our newest recruit, Perry Sessions. Check out his SHC page, HERE.