1. 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.

  2. "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.

  3. 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! ☆

  4. 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.

  5. 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 

  6. 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.

  7. kevindart:

Temple - Layout by Sam Bosma

    kevindart:

    Temple - Layout by Sam Bosma

  8. Steven Universe - Gem Glow!

    toffany:

    kevindart:

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    The first episode of Steven Universe is up on iTunes, for FREE! GET IT HERE!

    Guys, it’s time. 

    Watch the first episode of Steven Universe FOR FREE on itunes!! 

    Check it out before it officially airs on Cartoon Network this month! 

    (^o^)

  9. New prints on my inprnt shop, by popular demand, in a variety of sizes and prices.

    http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/sbosma/

  10. THE DRAGON

My piece for Daniel Krall’s “Seance, Mystery, and the Occult,” show that opens today at the Maryland Institute College of Art. I haven’t read Dracula in a number of years, but I always loved the weirdo description of him that never quite translated to film. Pointed teeth, long white mustache, hairy palms. Just the best.

    THE DRAGON

    My piece for Daniel Krall’s “Seance, Mystery, and the Occult,” show that opens today at the Maryland Institute College of Art. I haven’t read Dracula in a number of years, but I always loved the weirdo description of him that never quite translated to film. Pointed teeth, long white mustache, hairy palms. Just the best.

  11. timecowboy:

someone sent me a fan mail thing asking me what my favourite indie comics/zines are and i figured it might be fun to draw them all tiny because one of my favourite things to do is draw tiny books. Anyways here are some words about them:
1) Fantasy Basketball - Sam Bosma: I only read this a few hours ago so it’s still very fresh in my mind but i can tell i’m going to be thinking about it for awhile. It has great pacing and humour and the art is beautiful. It reminds me of a parallel universe studio ghibli adventure with hints of dragon quest thrown in for good measure. I want/need some more adventures featuring Wiz, she was super charming! Sam is a crazy good illustrator, the worlds he creates all feel so alive. 
2 & 3) Kuš - Various: these guys put out some of my favourite comics anthologies (š!) full of comics from talented folk from all over this big weird planet. they’re also pocket sized and super cute (certainly the cutest comic anthology going around these days!). This is one of the best ways to discover new comic artists, i think, especially those from other countries. My favourite so far has been #9 which i carried around in my bag for like 7 months until it got water damaged when i got stuck in a storm, it’s still good though. Bonus Story: I was reading Kris Mukai’s comic in #9 in a laundromat in new york city and laughed out loud and an old lady gave me a weird look. 
4) Klaus - Richard Short - I think i’ve mentioned a few times in the past how much i love Klaus. This book was pretty important for inspiring me to really want to get into making comics seriously. The strips are funny, charming, honest and beautifully crafted. Short has such a dry sense of humour, which is very appealing to me and makes the comics really shine. Klaus also features one of my all time favourite characters: Lovely Horse! 
5) Internet Comics: Maré Odomo: Maré makes beautiful comics, his words are almost like poems or song lyrics or something and his illustrations make me always feel like i’m reading a dream. Internet Comics is no different, it’s great and moving and honest which is everything i want in a comic. 
6) Sunday in the Park with Boys: Jane Mai: This is one of the most honest comics i’ve ever read, it’s beautifully illustrated and Jane has such a unique voice and way of writing comics, easily one of my favourite books ever and one i recommend tracking down. Plus Jane is just great even though she’s an actual living and breathing ball of grease. True story.
Anyways i could have gone on and on and included a bunch of other equally great comics but words are hard so that’s it, thanks for reading. 

Nice words by a nice man nice company nice books nice nice nice

    timecowboy:

    someone sent me a fan mail thing asking me what my favourite indie comics/zines are and i figured it might be fun to draw them all tiny because one of my favourite things to do is draw tiny books. Anyways here are some words about them:

    1) Fantasy Basketball - Sam Bosma: I only read this a few hours ago so it’s still very fresh in my mind but i can tell i’m going to be thinking about it for awhile. It has great pacing and humour and the art is beautiful. It reminds me of a parallel universe studio ghibli adventure with hints of dragon quest thrown in for good measure. I want/need some more adventures featuring Wiz, she was super charming! Sam is a crazy good illustrator, the worlds he creates all feel so alive. 

    2 & 3) Kuš - Various: these guys put out some of my favourite comics anthologies (š!) full of comics from talented folk from all over this big weird planet. they’re also pocket sized and super cute (certainly the cutest comic anthology going around these days!). This is one of the best ways to discover new comic artists, i think, especially those from other countries. My favourite so far has been #9 which i carried around in my bag for like 7 months until it got water damaged when i got stuck in a storm, it’s still good though. Bonus Story: I was reading Kris Mukai’s comic in #9 in a laundromat in new york city and laughed out loud and an old lady gave me a weird look. 

    4) Klaus - Richard Short - I think i’ve mentioned a few times in the past how much i love Klaus. This book was pretty important for inspiring me to really want to get into making comics seriously. The strips are funny, charming, honest and beautifully crafted. Short has such a dry sense of humour, which is very appealing to me and makes the comics really shine. Klaus also features one of my all time favourite characters: Lovely Horse! 

    5) Internet Comics: Maré Odomo: Maré makes beautiful comics, his words are almost like poems or song lyrics or something and his illustrations make me always feel like i’m reading a dream. Internet Comics is no different, it’s great and moving and honest which is everything i want in a comic. 

    6) Sunday in the Park with Boys: Jane Mai: This is one of the most honest comics i’ve ever read, it’s beautifully illustrated and Jane has such a unique voice and way of writing comics, easily one of my favourite books ever and one i recommend tracking down. Plus Jane is just great even though she’s an actual living and breathing ball of grease. True story.

    Anyways i could have gone on and on and included a bunch of other equally great comics but words are hard so that’s it, thanks for reading. 

    Nice words by a nice man nice company nice books nice nice nice

  12. aidosaur said: Hey Sam! I downloaded your low res work file and noticed the line art has a low opacity dark outer glow on it. Is that just to strengthen the line? Or give the line a different quality? It was great to see this, thank you so much for sharing!

    Hey, Yuko! Oh yeah! That’s there for a couple reasons. First, because the brush that I use for linework isn’t 100% opaque. The outer glow effect kind of fills in those not-quite-black areas and gives me a more uniform line.

    The second is like you said — to make sure the line was heavy enough to not get lost when viewed at actual size. That’s one of the dangers of drawing digitally — too much light detail!

  13. One of the later pages of FANTASY BASKETBALL!, going from script to final page. This page is a little spoilery, but it’s also one of my favorites.

    As you can see from the text, this page was basically done on-the-fly in the layout stage. Most of the action scenes (the best parts of the book), were written out loosely like that, and I had to figure out what the page needed to fit in with the flow of the story. I knew there were a couple visual gags or specific basketball plays that I wanted to work in, and this was a good chance for that.

    I had a vague concept of what players each of my characters would resemble, so I had a pretty good idea of how they would play basketball. Wiz Kid is modeled after some of my favorite Point Guards and smaller Shooting Guards. She has floppy socks because Pistol Pete Maravich had floppy socks. I knew I wanted her to bounce the ball between Steps’s (the villain) legs (the soccer term for that is “nutmeg,” and that’s carried over to basketball), so there was my chance. She shoots a floater in panel five because that’s one of the most important shots for little guards to have — the ability to arc the ball high, rather than in the regular shooting form limits the chances of it getting blocked (a problem that Mug faced several times earlier on in the story). Figuring out which basketball players I wanted each character to play like made it a lot easier to find good photo or video reference.

    Wiz’s FSH teleport mimics a something Steps does earlier, and is one of the several Dragon Ball references in the book. I wanted to have both her and Steps teleporting around the court, but that was too difficult to work out over a single page and so I simplified that for readability.

    Steps is wearing a pair of Converse All-stars, which is what a lot of basketball players wore in the 60’s and 70’s, before more supportive shoes were introduced. They contributed to a lot of foot and ankle injuries due to this lack of support (FORESHADOWING). Steps’s pair has an upside-down pentagram instead of the classic star.

    Panels three, four, and five are directly referenced from basketball clips that I’ve watched. I watch a lot.

    For the whole time I was making the book, I was trying to fit in a specific joke that referenced one of my favorite color commentators, but I couldn’t figure it out. After the thing was printed, I realized it would’ve been perfect in the last panel of this page. I’m an idiot.

    Changes from the layouts to the final:

    1. Steps gets pushed pretty far out of frame in panel 3. I realized that I didn’t actually need him in the shot, I only needed his presence as a framing device to highlight Wiz’s breakaway.

    2. A more major change — the hoop gets mirrored in panel 6. This could’ve gone either way without a major change in readability. In the end, I changed it for a couple of reasons — first, so that the direction of Wiz’s shot is the same as in the previous panel, and second, so there would be a slight beat between the hoop and between the reveal of the score. 

    3. The score in the text reads “9-8,” while in the final it’s “18-16.” Originally I was going to have the game go to 11, with 1’s and 2’s (as is pretty common in street ball), but switched it to the general, better known 2’s and 3’s used in organized basketball. Easier to understand on the fly.

    Technical stuff:

    This, like all of the pages in FANTASY BASKETBALL!, was laid out in Manga Studio, which I like a lot for the early stages of production. The panel system in that program is invaluable. The final drawing was done in Photoshop, at print size (5.5x8.5”), at 350dpi. The brush that I used was a modified version of Kyle T Webster’s ballpoint pen brush and is my main brush for linework. 

    For the texture, I very roughly blocked in where I wanted my tones, on one layer, with two slightly different levels of gray (somewhere around 35% gray and one closer to 60%). I set that layer to Multiply. I pulled a blotchy painted texture from my texture library (I think this one done in Acrylic paint), and, using a clipping mask, clipped it to my tone layer. I set this new layer to Overlay and adjusted the opacity. That’s it. The steps after the line drawing is complete are very minor.

    I hand lettered the whole thing, which was fun. Everything was done on a Cintiq 22HD. It was fun.

    -You can find a low-res layered file of this page here: DOWNLOAD

    -You can buy a physical copy of FANTASY BASKETBALL in my SHOP

    -Or you can buy a digital version on my GUMROAD

    Anywayyyy

  14. Our intrepid burglar.

    Our intrepid burglar.

  15. sageeinarsen said: Hi Sam, love your work! You recently posted about going all-digital for Fantasy Basketball, and I had a question on that count. I've worked digitally from time to time on a tablet, but have found that it slows me way down—most strokes take several tries and Undos to get right—and having to work that slowly/methodically takes a lot of the life out of my lines. I was wondering if you've faced any similar problems, and if so, how you've gotten around it. Thank you, -Sage

    Hey Sage!

    Yeah, actually, I have that problem every once in awhile. The thing about drawing all digitally is that you DO have unlimited chances to get everything perfect. You have a safety net. That can be crippling! It can make you push every stroke until it’s the exact one that you want. That happens with every medium, but it’s definitely highlighted by drawing digitally. The ability to zoom all the way or undo a thousand steps just amplifies it.

    From my experience, you have to deliberately and consciously give that up. Slowing down makes your drawings more precise, but it can sometimes remove the life, the character, the flaws or accidents. You want those.

    The tablet/cintiq/whatever is just a tool, and there’s not a 1:1 transition between drawing with a pen and drawing on the screen. It takes awhile for your hands to understand how the stylus works. Took me forever, but now I’m comfortable here.

    Find a way to draw in a way that is pleasing. Just the act of drawing, not the end piece itself. Find your natural drawing speed. I like to draw fast, and I’m a lot happier with my drawings since I stopped caring as much about how perfect they were. Results follow process. Trust your process.