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I teased the completion of a new project a couple of days ago, and promised to give you guys a look at what I’ve been working on yesterday, and then completely forgot to post anything because I was all caught up in birthday shenanigans (IE – freelance work).

Oops.

So my good friend and former roommate, Kev, is turning thirty soon, and he and his wife wanted me to design the invitations for his party. They asked for The Muppet’s Statler and Waldorf to be on the front of the invitations, as Kev is to be roasted at the party, and who better represents heckling than those two?

Anyway, I can’t show you the information side, obviously, but here the the front that I drew.

The original is 6″ x 9″ on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper (later shrunk down to 4″ x 6″), inked with my trusty Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, colored in Photoshop, and lettered in Illustrator.

Come back in a few days and I’ll show you the one page comic I’m working on today for an anthology!

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2011 was a weird year for me. Granted, most of my years on this planet have been “weird” for the most part; this one was just… different.

2011 was the first year I had lived in my hometown in a decade. Although, I did some freelancing and lived off of what I made, I was technically unemployed — for the first time since I was sixteen years old — the entire year. I knew very few people in town who I wasn’t related to. I lived mostly as a hermit, emerging from my secluded home only for sustenance, out-of-town comic conventions, and, occasionally, for short bursts of human contact.

That said, 2011 also held a lot of big moments for me, as well.

I made more art in the past year than I have in all the years since I dropped out of art school. Some of it got used, some of it didn’t. Some of it I even got paid for.

In 2011, the Amazing David Brame and I stepped into the world of webcomics, with the February debut of Punch-Up.net.

2011 also marked my first time as a paid comic book writer as well as a paid comic book letterer (that book was only just completed and I have not been able to share pages from it as of yet).

And I’ve received shout outs from both Warren Ellis, for a book cover I designed, and Joe Hill, who had start reading my webcomic. I may not be a famous comic book creator, but famous comic book creators are becoming aware that I — or, at least, my work — exists. Hopefully, in a good way.

At the time of this writing, we are nearly through the first day of 2012 and I honestly cannot predict what this new year will bring nor how it will change me. I’m another year older and, hopefully, a little wiser and, with any luck, I’ll be able to say the same this time next year.

Best to you and yours in the coming year. Cheers.

Been a bit busy with freelance assignments; haven’t had a lot of time to work personal stuff — like this blog — in a while.

Sorry about that.

I’m going to try and get back in the habit of blogging on a semi-regular basis again. Just, y’know, be patient with me.

In the meantime, here’s a dorky dancing Punch-Up gif:

Hey kids,

Long time, no blog. Amirite?

Sorry I’ve been so uncharacteristically quiet lately. I’ve been hiding out in the Fortress of Frankitude, working my way through new comic ideas and a steady pile of freelance work. I’ve got a TON of new things in the works and I can’t wait until I can share them with you!

(Unfortunately, I can’t show most of it to you yet. Be patient!)

But fear not!

I’m not going to tease you with the promise of new arty farty goodness and not show you anything.

This is a stipple I was commissioned to do by my friend Sam as a gift for his lady.


It’s a 5″ x 7″ stipple, done on watercolor paper with a Micron Pen and took roughly 30 hours to complete.

As a bonus gift, I also drew up something that Sam’s been after me for years to do for him; a portrait of one of his favorite musicians, The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.


This piece is roughly 7″ x  7″, done on watercolor paper with a light black watercolor wash and inked with — my favorite new toy — a Pentel Brush Pen, and was completed in under three hours.

Sam’s kind of lucky that he’s been asking for this piece for a while, because I was pretty happy with the way it turned out and had a hard time parting with it.

Anyway, keep your eyes here for more updates and new arts. And, as always, if you’d like to commission me, just drop me a line.

Frankie

 

 


I wanna chase that feeling.

Frankie

…I designed some artwork for my friend Scott Carelli’s new music podcast, Geekshow Sound Check, which debuted yesterday.

You can listen to Geekshow Sound Check here or subscribe on iTunes! And be sure to check out the rest of  Scott’s site for more awesome geeky goodness.

More to come.

Frankie