1. I don’t really do warm-ups or anything, though I probably should. I’m always loathe to spend my time doing that stuff when I should be working, though it would probably increase my productivity level overall. I mostly just worry that time would get away from me.

I usually listen to podcasts and audiobooks and stuff…I almost always start my day with a basketball podcast (like I’m sure all of you do). My favorite albums of last year were Anamanaguchi’s Endless Fantasy, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, CHVRCHES’ The Bones of What You Believe, Yeezus, that Haim record, that kinda stuff. I’m really looking forward to the new Future Islands album.

    I don’t really do warm-ups or anything, though I probably should. I’m always loathe to spend my time doing that stuff when I should be working, though it would probably increase my productivity level overall. I mostly just worry that time would get away from me.

    I usually listen to podcasts and audiobooks and stuff…I almost always start my day with a basketball podcast (like I’m sure all of you do). My favorite albums of last year were Anamanaguchi’s Endless Fantasy, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, CHVRCHES’ The Bones of What You Believe, Yeezus, that Haim record, that kinda stuff. I’m really looking forward to the new Future Islands album.

  2. alkarinque said: ooh! how many thumbnails, typically, do you go through before you find one that feels right for the image?

    I used to go through like, 20-40 discreet thumbs before hitting on something I like, but because I’m sketching digitally these days, it’s sort of hard to tell. If I’m working on my own stuff, it’s less like thumbnailing and more like revising different iterations of the same image until I land on what I want. If I’m doing client work, then it’s typically 2-3 sketches, usually with a few false-starts. I’m less methodical with my process than I used to be.

  3. I’m drawing all night but I am DOWN for some Q’s (if ya got em).

  4. thestitchboy said: You've probably been asked this question before, but do you leave your line work on tracing paper or mylar?

    I used to use a lot of translucent papers — duralar, marker comp paper, drafting vellum, tracing paper, that sort of thing. I occasionally still do, though I’m not too picky these days. Mostly I draw digitally. 

    *Either. I use a lightbox if I’m doing lines on something like watercolor paper (to paint over), but mostly it would be on translucent paper.

  5. joshtierney:

The two-page spread from Sam Bosma’s Spera: Vol. 3 chapter

Feels like I drew this story a million years ago (It was one year ago, really).

    joshtierney:

    The two-page spread from Sam Bosma’s Spera: Vol. 3 chapter

    Feels like I drew this story a million years ago (It was one year ago, really).

  6. amandawinterstein:

    hey guys! Steven Universe is back for the new year! Here are some paints I did for this weeks episode, Serious Steven. The continuously awesome Sam Bosma did the layout for this episode! 

    Hey! I drew most of these! All except for the top one. I haven’t seen this episode yet, but as far as I know it’s about triangles and strawberries (a great shape and a great fruit). Shoutout to Amanda for her bonkers colors, as usual.

  7. Some miscellaneous pieces from the past year than I never posted for one reason or another. They’re not doing me any good just sitting on the ol’ HDD, though, right? I’m probably forgetting a few things.

    1. A spread for Entertainment Weekly about a series of set visits in London. Featuring Brad Pitt, Chris Hemmsworth, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Lily James, Nicole Kidman, Ron Howard, Paddington Bear, and the writer, Clarke Collis.

    2. The back cover for Winger, by Andrew Smith, from Simon and Schuster. I did some interior comics as well. The cover is a photographic version of this, based on a sketch that I did. Very strange.

    3. Private Network, for Network World magazine. About businesses building their own proprietary networks rather than relying completely on the cloud. This is the last cover for the print magazine, which went fully digital immediately after. Turns out the shark in the water was a bit of a premonition.

    4. A piece for The New Republic about what Michael Bloomberg is going to do now that he’s no longer Mayor. Word is that he’s going to be headed back to work at his newspaper, The Bloomberg View, which is a little strange.

    5. Lastly, another poster for Streetlight Manifesto featuring the same cast of characters from the previous one. I think this went unused.

    I felt like I didn’t do a ton of work this year, just taking into account the single, finished pieces I completed. Have to remind myself that I also wrote and drew and self-published a 40 page comic and drew around 120 backgrounds for Steven Universe.

  8. Both, actually. These were a sort of digital composite version of all those inkwash/ebony pencil drawings I did way back when. I wanted some more control over values and how the final scan looked, which sorta led to this method. 

    The line drawing came first, in ebony pencil. That was thrown onto the lightbox with a sheet of watecolor paper over it, onto which went some really loose ink tones. Enough that I wouldn’t really have to render much digitally, just enhance the values.

    After that I put in some gray tones in there to flesh out the structure and start to build whatever atmosphere I could. The tone on the wings is from a separate ink wash texture that I had previously scanned and filed away in my texture folder. The last image is everything fitted together. Very easy.

    Anyway, this is another monster from Scare Scape. He’s sort of a demon/dragon? The wing on the left there is all goofy since that’d get cropped off about midway through. I don’t actually think the author liked this one very much (can’t win ‘em all).

  9. usedtailwhip-deactivated2014043 said: Hi there! I ordered a copy of fantasy basketball a little bit back and it said it was supposed to ship late october early november but I haven't gotten it and I was just hoping you could update me on the order and stuff if indeed all of that junk is run through you! Thank you very much, you rock all of the socks off

    Hey! They should ship in the next week. I’ve had a bunch of delays recently, work related and otherwise. Every one is put together by hand (my hands, to be specific), which, as you can imagine, means it’s a pretty slow process from the start. That said, they’re all put together, finally, just have to trim them down and pack/ship. Sorry about all the delays. Nobody wants these things shipped out more than I do.

  10. "Expert Treasure Hunters."

A new drawing based on a scene from The Hobbit, for Gallery Nucleus’s upcoming “Out of the Shire” exhibit. 

I like the dwarves a lot. Part of the reason is that they are, most of the time, woefully unprepared for this huge quest they’re on.

    "Expert Treasure Hunters."

    A new drawing based on a scene from The Hobbit, for Gallery Nucleus’s upcoming “Out of the Shire” exhibit. 

    I like the dwarves a lot. Part of the reason is that they are, most of the time, woefully unprepared for this huge quest they’re on.

  11. kalidraws:

    HEY BOSTON!

    Sam & I are giving a talk at Lesley University College of Art & Design on Thursday @ 6pm!

    THERE WILL BE SNACKS!
    OPEN TO EVERYONE!

    ☆ Learn how to be cool, learn the secrets of the cosmos! ☆

  12. I did a ton of illustrations for the recent middle-grade novel, Scare Scape, by Sam Fisher. It’s a really fun book that reminded me a lot of the stuff I would’ve been really into in late elementary school, like Goosebumps, Spooksville, etc. Lots of fun monsters. Doing the huge cover was a, shall we say, harrowing experience.

    I think there are about twenty of these black and white drawings in the book, that accompany a little Monster-Manual-ish description. I really like working in black and white.

    You can check the book out on Amazon.

  13. stevencrewniverse:

    A selection of backgrounds from the Steven Universe episode: "Together Breakfast"

    Direction: Kevin Dart

    Design: Sam Bosma, Emily Walus

    Paint: Jasmin Lai, Elle Michalka

    Hello I drew some cool dungeons and crystals 

  14. stevencrewniverse:

    A selection of backgrounds from the Steven Universe episode: "Gem Glow"

    Direction: Kevin Dart

    Design: Steven Sugar, Emily Walus, Sam Bosma

    Paint: Elle Michalka, Amanda Winterstein

    Lookin’ good, team.

  15. kevindart:

Temple - Layout by Sam Bosma

    kevindart:

    Temple - Layout by Sam Bosma