Sunday, January 29, 2012

...FINALLY Space Station Orbiter is HERE!

This little project took longer to come to fruition than I ever expected, but It's here now ready for anyone to enjoy. A lot has happened over the years while this little story was in development. Most of which wasn't good.

Everyone knows what happened towards the end of 2008. Yes OBAMA got elected. Unfortunately along with him making it into the oval office the beginning of the great recession ushered into existence as well. Many of us are STILL feeling the effects of that recession. Myself very much included.

I was one of the lucky ones. I kept my job, but many in my immediate and extended family along with friends and acquaintances weren't so lucky. Sometimes I didn't feel fortunate at all. Like many of us, I was forced to work longer hours, cut back on all sorts of luxuries, move just to save on rent. The list goes on...

It was a very humbling experience, and quite frankly this experience continues to humble. I was never a religious person, but considered myself a spiritual person. GOD, the universe, karma, whatever you want to call it DID answer my prayers. It kept me healthy enough to work the longer hours I had to endure to keep my family above water. I THANK GOD EVERYDAY. I help those closest to me and sometimes those not so close to honor his grace. I thank my partner, my family and my friends for helping me in all kinds of ways. I couldn't stay strong without them.

But everything comes with a price. Many of the grandiose plans I had in my head pertaining to creating, drawing, publishing fell to the wayside. It was a struggle just to draw regularly. But there's a really beautiful thing about adversity. It makes you stronger. It gives you character. And perhaps most importantly, it makes you SMARTER. Being smart means recognizing new limitations and not letting it stop you. My "real" job workload HASN'T gotten any lighter. If anything the weight of it has increased. But that doesn't mean I can't continue to follow my dreams as best I can.

Which brings me back full circle to ORBITER. Wasn't my intent to present this story in black and white. In fact many of the pages were fully colored. Wasn't my intent to digitally ink the pencils instead of true inks... but here you have it. Wasn't my intent to even just post it online for FREE [at least for now]. But here I am doing just that. All that matters to me now is just doing the work AND TELLING THE STORIES.

And here's where I get brutally honest. There isn't going to be a consistent schedule for uploading pages. But when I have new work to upload rest assured I will. And when I do, for those following me on DeviantArt will know, those that are friends on FACEBOOK, as well as other comic related social media will know as well. And when I'm not uploading pages here rest assured I'll be posting pages on my MARK NEMESIS blog. And when I'm not uploading there rest assured I'll be posting recent COMMISSIONS and personal gems on my DeviantArt pages.

I intend to make these bad times THE BEST TIMES. Join me won't you?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year-- NEW BLOG!

Shhhh... Don't tell anybody but I've quietly and with little fan fare decided to launch a sister blog/web comic called Mark Nemesis: Warlock. Check it out!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Panel Tease 1

Another hint to what I'm working on... And the beginning of my new PANEL TEASE series. What's panel tease? Simple, I take my favorite panel on whatever page I'm working on and I tease you with it. Silly, I know... but I gotta keep myself amused here.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Old to me... NEW to you

I've haven't updated recently, but not to fret. In between working 50hr shifts at my "real job" gig I HAVE been drawing. And in the midst of that drawing I decided to make a change. Discovering Deviant art [about 50 years after everyone else!] I decided to create a profile there and post all my non-related Orbiter artwork.

And there's a lot of it.

So moving forward, folks who are so inclined now have two places to view my work. But before delving back into all things Orbiter I intend to post here a few pages that in some ways truly influenced my futuristic world view. Here's a preview...  

In the interim, go check out my DeviantArt page... Here!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Peacock?!! What the--?!

I know, I know right? Not exactly the normal fair for this blog. Oh well a commission IS a commission. Enjoy the progress while I get this monkey... er peacock off my back!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

This is Vector...

Needless to say, Vector is a super speedster. But he's not the only member of Sanction 7 that possesses incredible speed...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pieces of the puzzle

I don't normally work this way but I was thinking of a excuse to use my Manga University I.C Background Collection Workbook. [That's quite a title isn't it?] Anyhoo, Space Station Orbiter is about more than a space station, more than paranormals with amazing powers. It also involves giant mechas called "Dreadnaughts". I've said it before, but it bears repeating Orbiter is my love letter to science-fiction space opera, super-heroes and giant robots. I've shown the station, the aliens, members of the Sanction 7 team but I'm overdue in illustrating the mecha aspect solely by itself. So here's the first of several illos focusing on the scale and the threats these robots will be facing. Enjoy!