Wednesday, February 25, 2009

color sketch

some more color sketching - playing with photoshop. not really sure what I'm going for, and I don't know how well this sketchy, textured style works with the drawing. but it's fun to play. katt is wearing a shirt in support of THIS WEBSITE which does an excellent job of highlighting local twin cities music.


Came across this amazing animated comic by Vincent Giard that does a good job of getting at the feeling of being just a *little* too drunk. Lots of good comics and drawings there.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009



an interesting article about the color magenta, and how we process color in general.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

lines and waves

Thursday, February 19, 2009


given how shaky I was with lettering my comics in the beginning, drawing letterforms is something I've really come to appreciate and enjoy. I've always had fun designing the various logos I've made - and often wished I had reason to do more. I've gotten back to polishing my pitch for the Cuffs graphic novel and planning on making up some posters to send along with it. these are some sketches for the band name on the poster(s). I've been thinking lately it would be neat to start a 3rd career as a type designer...

Monday, February 16, 2009

love for the comic

I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon with this very nice and well-written review of Nothing Better. Totally made my day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

messing around

trying to mess around more with digital inking and painting. I don't know that this image is totally "finished" but it was at a good place to stop without knowing what else I was going to do with it. but I'm getting a better hang of the various paintbrushes in photoshop that I've neglected for a long time. just trying to have some fun!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I happened to catch sight of a periodic table a few weeks back and got the idea to do this. I thought it was pretty clever - a name/profile as an element on the periodic table.

Friday, February 6, 2009

i thought this old post appropriate as I've been feeling the same way lately - which is not a bad thing. I like having lots to do. but it *would* be great to have a truly relaxing day or two. hmm - what does past-tyler have to say?
(originally posted 3/30/04)
So many projects, so little time. (I wrote this one line right after I got to work yesterday and didn't get any farther. ugh.)

In the grand scheme of things, I suppose it's not so bad, but there is just such a long list of things I'm trying to work on. As usual, the difficulty is that I generate more good ideas than I'm physically capable of working on. Up until the last few months I've allowed myself to focus solely on Stylish Vittles, but I've found that doing a little other stuff here and there helps keep me interested in that as well as purge that backlist of projects.

It's one of those situations where I get some really good ideas for stories or projects, good enough to say, "hey, I want to work something up," and add it to my list. Trouble is that by the time I cross off one thing on that list, 5-10 more things have been added.

I've got my focus narrowed down to just a few now, though: there's Stylish Vittles Book 3 of course, and then the Jane Fisher story; also, Ride to Work, Le Tour, Alloy, A Cori Story, and bringing up the rear is a Girlfriends story.

What I'm planning on doing is adding a 'Projects' list to The Tyler Page, both for myself and anyone else interested in my work, as a reminder of what's going on - my obsession for the last several months is simply getting more work out on a regular basis. Now that I've published 2 graphic novels, with a third on the way, I'm finding that there is something lacking in coming out with a book with such long spans of time in between. While I am still enjoying that work, there is a frustration that, for example, here I am getting ready to head to SPACE this weekend, the first convention of the season, with no real new work. I will have Mini Vittles with me, put together for the express purpose of having something sort of 'new,' but how much nicer it would be to have a new issue of something to talk to people about, etc.

So I've spent a lot of time just turning that problem over in my head: what can I do, which stories can I tell that would lend themselves to publishing more often?... Hopefully, the Jane Fisher story will be the first of that. I've got it mostly written and I'm starting to lay it out. It shouldn't take me more than a couple of months to get drawn. Along with the Ride to Work story, it should give me enough material to maybe put out an SV Special late in the summer.

We'll see. I have work to do.


I don't remember what some of those other projects are, but Jane Fisher turned into Nothing Better and that's been updating regularly online for two years now! and I started page-a-day last fall and that's working well. I've got work coming out my ears!

starting over

I have had a blogger account since 2001 when I started 'the tyler page,' but I stopped updating when I started using livejournal. the last post I made to 'the tyler page' was back in 2005! I started other blogs for my and nothing better news updates. but i know a lot more people using blogger now so I thought it was time to start up again - probably just cross-posting here and livejournal if you care. I saved and imported all of those old blog entries and I'm thinking it might be fun to re-post one here once in a while. you'll just have to wait and see!