I’m happy to announce that the Doctor Magnifico mini-collection “Like No One is Watching” is available! You can get them signed or unsigned, directly from my Etsy store (I’ll be able to ship them beginning DEC 10, 2014) or you can get them more quickly – but unsigned – from Amazon if you prefer. Enjoy!
To all who serve and have served: thank you.
In 2006, I made an animated film called “Flakes” (with a little help from my friends). We rendered it at 720 pixels wide, which in those days seemed like a nice, reasonable resolution. These days, 720 wide looks like a postage stamp. So, I’m re-rendering it at 1920×1080 (“HD” resolution currently). While I’m at it, I decided to mess with the lighting, the shadows, and I decided to add some details to the mountains and clouds in the background. Although I liked their devil-may-care simplicity when we first made the short, they looked hilariously unfinished to me in the new HD rendering. So I made the change.
So, a Work in Progress, above. 2006, top; 2014, bottom. Spent the weekend getting shot 1 to look good. Soon, I’ll show you the whole short.
Oh – should have mentioned – the comics are in color at Doctor Magnifico now. I’m going through and coloring the archive, and all the new strips are color going forward. Cuz, it’s a colorful world, baby, and so should the comics be!
What’s that? You’re not reading Doctor Magnifico!? Get over there and read, already! It’s free. And you will like it.
Oh, did I mention it’s free?
Kao Jai Coffee, Round Two: my friends at Kao Jai will soon be carrying a dark roast. Here is a glimpse of the new label we made together.
The new Kao Jai label features one of the Thai farmers that grow and harvest the coffee. You may have seen this drawing under construction at my Facebook page, (if you haven’t already done so, you should “LIKE” the page so you can keep up with the latest and greatest Steve Ogden Art) and you can see the drawing pretty far along, above.
Below, this is how it came out, and how I used it in the design.
Medium label for the Medium roast, dark label for the dark roast. The client REALLY wanted black in this one, and I so didn’t, because I know there’s an even darker roast coming eventually, and where do you go after this? But I’m glad they pushed for black, because I think it says “Dark Roast” in a way that my deep browns weren’t cutting it. And as for what to do for the next, darker roast? Meh. We shall set fire to that span once we reach it!
This whole project has been – and continues to be – a great collaboration with some very fine people.
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You know that old movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles? Well, this is like that, except… yeah, different. Fun little illustrations I got to do for Bully! Entertainment. We recently used them in an infographic about Augmented Reality, a pretty neat-o technology we work with. Want to learn more about it, click the icon to the left (or this LINK)…
The idea was, what would a five minute comic look like if I drew it? Well… this. *shrug*
Oh, also… it amuses me.
Big news in newspaper comic circles this week, as Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson came out of retirement (sort of) to draw a few panels of Stephen Pastis’ Pearls Before Swine. (Details about the guest spots and links to the strips themselves at Pastis’ site). As I’ve sort of seen Doctor Magnifico as Calvin-meets-Pearls, I thought a drawing was in order. So, there you have it!
OK, a little story with this piece of art. I go on a service trip to Appalachia every year – repairing houses with my sons in the south eastern US through the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). One year, I almost blew us all up using a wrecking bar on what we all though was a particularly stubborn rock in a hole we were digging for some footers. One of the youth leaders, Kyle Ducharme, stopped in mid conversation as he heard me smashing away at this “rock” and said, “WHOA WHOA WHOA! That’s metal on metal!” Sure enough, there was a very large metal conduit for gas running through the yard. Kyle saved my life, and I’ve been somewhat fond of him ever since.
Flash forward. Kyle and his fiance Megan went off to Thailand on a mission trip last year, helping teach English, and helping out a poor village in simple ways. You know, fixing huts, befriending people. Starting a coffee company with them. Oh, what’s that last thing? Yeah. They’ve started Kao Jai Coffee, a very people-based company that supports service projects like ASP here in the US, as well as funding startups in poor villages in Thailand (all while paying MORE than Fair Trade Pricing, what Megan and Kyle call “Farmer Satisfied Price”).
I designed a little label for their coffee bags last week because, as I told them, I can’t go off to Thailand for a year like they did. Going to Appalachia a week each year is about all I can manage. So, I can’t do that. But I can do this. I can draw their friends’ hut, and I can design a label. Sort of the very least I can do, but we all have a part to play, and this was mine.
I designed it last week, and this week, they already have the labels printed and are packing the coffee up in bags! Amazing! Now, go check out their amazing coffee!