New Favorite Song: Still the Same by Bob Seger

While traveling across the USA, I picked up Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits. I already knew “Turn the Page”, having discovered it after listening to the cover by Metallica. On this cd, track number 6 is “Still the Same.” The song really moves me. In terms of storytelling, it does a brilliant job of painting visuals in your head.

Something tragic and raw about it, about the nature of life, even though it’s just about a gambler. I guess what gets me is it’s talking about the darker habits that we all stay stuck in, those patterns that make us human. I visualize that gambling character from X-men origins, Gambit, the casinos, that superficial charm that some people have and the narrator’s realization that its all a facade, that even though he considers the guy his friend he knows he’ll never break down that wall. So good.

Sketches at Bear Lake Campground

This was drawn at Bear Lake Campground in Florida, a nice place to be. Friendly people, and long walking path around the lake. The weather quickly gets cold as you travel north, so the sunshine in the Sunshine State is a thing to appreciate.

Tessa drawing in nature
Tessa drawing in nature.

A few months ago I purchased an old church bus, a 2003 Ford E450. After stripping out the seats, installing a bed, a desk, and a drawing table, I hit the road with my dog. The intention was to drive all the way to California, but about 100 miles east of Dallas, Texas, the coronavirus really took off. I reluctantly turned back and headed back home to Georgia, where the weather is still quite pleasant on most days. But it doesn’t surpass the Florida weather.

Arrowbot carries firewood. McFluff assists.
Night of the howling robot

Ergo Science Lab Maze

I’m pretty proud of this piece. Isometric mazes are pretty time-consuming to draw, but I’m glad I completed it. George’s lab is one of my favorite places to illustrate. It’s one of those locations where your imagination can just play. What does all this random technology do, I wonder? Some of the machines I’ve labeled, and have already appeared in comic strips. Others I’ve written about in the scripts for upcoming comic strips.

George Ergo Template

3/21/19: I’m gonna draw some costume designs for George. Here’s the basis template. I’m thinking astronaut George, maybe Jungle Safari George. That sort of thing. Maybe I’ll add some accessories too. Lately I’ve been exploring the concept art side of these characters more than actually drawing comics.

3/30/19:

And here we have it: Astronaut George, Survival George, and Cowboy George.

character sheet

Actually Astronaut George looks more like he’s scuba diving. Oh well.