Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jam Tomorrow Color

There's a lot that I could go into when talking about the style and color I am trying to achieve with Jam Tomorrow. Unfortunately, to tumble down that hole would take time, and time is not something that I have a surplus of these days.  With the holidays around the corner, work, and trying to meet some self-imposed deadlines I am spread a little thin.

So instead of blabbing on and on about color and whatnot, I figure why not let the drawings speak for themselves.  The image attached is a color/texture study I've made. This is the direction I'd like to go with Jam Tomorrow.  Its been steadily evolving over the last few months but this is the style I'll be finishing the comics in.  Its simple to do which is good for keeping on schedule. 

A special thanks to all the returning visitors, your support is keeping me going.  To any new people stopping by today for the first time, thanks for taking a look at my work.  I hope you'll stick around. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I've finally sorted out the tile of  my new comic.  Up until today I've been referring to it as my new comic.  Which is all well and good in the development phase, but I'm getting pretty darn close to publishing it and up until today I've had no idea what to call it.

More after the jump.

Friday, December 16, 2011

rough comic strip

When I started drawing these characters the first doodle I did was Swanson holding a skull doing the monologue from Hamlet while Vincent watched. For some reason this just cracks me up.

The two panels here are part of a full three panel strip that can stand alone as a joke but it also plays a part in a longer storyline that spans several days.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


This little guy is Vincent. He's the other character in my new comic. When I was a weee little boy, a long time ago, my Aunt Sina wanted to purchase an outfit for me.  The perfect outfit for my first day of Kindergarten. When she asked me what I wanted to wear on my first day of school I replied, "I want to wear a three piece suit."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


This guys name is Swanson, and he's from a new comic I'm putting together. I have a bunch of strips roughed out and written and a few of them inked so far. When I have about 20 inked and colored I'll start posting them here a few times a week. For now I thought It would be fun to post a few sketches and development artwork. As always I'd love some feed back in the comments. Later dudes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Watercolor Wash Illustrations

Here we have three illustrations that I did this week using the watercolor wash technique. There's an amazing resource called the ASIFA - Hollywood Animation Archive that has a post dealing with the Famous Artists School from the mid 20th century. Tons of really great stuff.

There are things I like about the these illustrations and things I don't. Some of it works and some of it does not. Its a learning process and I think I'm getting better... at least I hope. That's the whole reason I'm posting these now, so down the road I can look back and hopefully see some improvement.

As always I welcome comments. Let me know what you think, and if you've tried a hand at watercolor and you have some tips I'd love to hear what you have to say so drop me a line.

thanks for taking a look.

Ink - Watercolor - Gouache on 120lb cold press watercolor paper 6x9 inches

mossome 17

Meh... Im soooooo sleepy today, I had massive nightmares of floods, riots, and my teeth falling out. It was an all together crazy night of dreams which makes me feel as if I never slept. This is now two nights in a row.

Anyways, I've been practicing new watercolor painting techniques for the past few months on and off, but this week I really buckled down and started applying them to actual paintings. I need to get my scanner hooked up so I can post some of them.

Without further ado
I present to you
Moss, lots of moss

click image for enlarged version

Thursday, July 14, 2011

mossome 16

Sometimes, when I wake up in the morning it feels like I never slept. meh... I'm so exhausted today! I wish I could curl up on this nice bed of soft moss and sleep all day.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

mossome 14

click on the image to see it in full resolution

This giant rock covered in moss looked like it could have been straight off the set of lost.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Mossome the 13th

like a Wendy's cheeseburger this photo tastes better cause its square. I have a lot of pictures from this spot and all of them look similar because I was just snapping them off one after another.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mossome 10: poquito moss

I've recently taken on the task of updating my blog with pages that display the variety of work I do. It's a work in progress that I hope to have finished sometime this week. You can click on the page headings above to see specific things like the comics I color, my short film produced by Cartoon Network, and various other neat stuff. Not all of them are up and running yet but its a start.

I am also thinking about upgrading to a unique web domain name. Its a toss up between josephgiardina.com and tooncartoon.com. I'm not sure which one to go with... any thoughts?

anyways, here is my 10th post of awesome mossomeness.

just a little moss on a tree

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mossome 8

This isn't one of my best pictures of moss but I like it anyways. It sure is a lot of moss in one spot. It must have taken years for it to grow like that. Also, look at those little mini caves under the tree roots, I feel like there must be some kind of creature living in there. Maybe its having a tea party or something.


Happy gald to be rid of them Day!

For those of you that don't know, I'm not just an amateur moss photographer. I also spend a majority of my time each week as a professional comics colorist. One of the 10 features I work on each week is called Reality Check by Dave Whamond. This week Dave is doing a tribute to Calvin and Hobbes and Each daily will feature a comic drawn in homage to Bill Watterson. I had a fantastic time coloring these comics.

July 4th 2011 Reality Check

All the comics that I color each week can be viewed daily over at gocomics

here's the list of comics I color:
Reality Check
Moderately Confused
Scary Gary
Dog Eat Doug
Rip Haywire
On a Clair Day
The Buckets
Freshly Squeezed
Cow and Boy

You can click on each one and it will take you directly to the comics page over at gocomics dot com

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mossome 7

One full week of posting mossome pictures of moss has come to an end. I have about nine million more pictures that I can post. If you like these pictures of moss then you should leave a comment or something.

In the future I will continue to upload other random doodles and drawings on this blog as well but, for now I feel it is my duty as a budding amateur moss photographer to unleash the power of moss on the world. Check back tomorrow for a new picture of moss taken by yours truly, or, if you want these pictures sent directly to your email daily you can sign up at the bottom of this page.

I gotta go make some pancakes and bacon and then eat it.

stay mossome er'body.

Friday, July 1, 2011

mossome 5

Why am I doing this you might ask? Its simple really, I like moss a lot and I noticed that the ratio of pictures of moss to people that use the internet is slightly off. There isn't enough cool pictures of moss out there. So I said to myself, hey, I got a lot of pictures of moss that I could show people.

I like the the ratio of moss to mushrooms in this picture.

oh, by the way, I made the trip to Maine yesterday and I'm posting this from the cottage deck overlooking the water. I've already spotted a few cool moss covered rocks that I am excited to take pictures of.

later mosshunters, and stay Mossome!

mossome 4 : Revenge of The Moss

I am so excited to be posting this picture today, look at all of those triangle shapes the tree and the shadows cast on all that moss. There's so much negative space and stuff. Simple shapes are cool, but, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that a huge moss covered rock with a tree that is leaning a little sideways is cooler. But that's easy for me to say... right?! about as easy as falling off a log. What!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mossome 3

Wowzers, man alive! Look at that moss defying gravity. Somebody should write a song about this or something. What else can hang onto a wet rock at 90 degrees like that? Spiderman, that's the only other thing that comes to my mind, spiderman and moss. I think I smell a new superhero brewing.

MOSSMAN! with the superhuman power to cling to the shady side of buildings.

On a completely different note, but yet, on the same page. I'm going on a trip to Frye Island which is smack dab in the middle of Sebago Lake in Maine. I can only hope that like my trip to the Adirondacks last month, this one will yield a plentiful bounty of moss pictures.

check back tomorrow for Mossome 4 ; Revenge of the Moss

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mossome 2

look at that moss! look at it !!!! climbing all over that tree and stuff. there's a few leaves in there and a little mushroom... Mossome!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mossome 1

I have what I can only hope is a healthy obsession with moss. I grow it in my garden, I look for it whenever I'm in the woods, and I love to take photos of it. I've taken about 300 photos of moss so far this summer and I'd like to start posting some of them here. I'm going to try to put up one a day under the heading "moss blog". These five photos were taken in the Adirondack High Peaks Region about 500 feet from the summit of Phelps Mountain. These were all taken in the same location, it was this amazing masive rock covered with tons of different kinds of moss.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

cleanup and color

Below is a Jim Smith drawing of John Wayne that I inked in Illustrator, The rough drawing was posted by The Amazing John K a few days ago. He offered it up to anyone that might be interested in practicing cleanup. It's been a few years since my cleanup days at Cartoon Network and I thought what the heck. I had so much fun inking Jims Drawing of John Wayne that I decided to cleanup and color one of my sketches (of Tom Hanks) from a previous post. Mine is... meh.. okay I guess. If I recall correctly I was inspired to draw the original sketch (of Tom Hanks) and all the other models from reading one of John K's blog posts a few months back.

the final ink and color

this is the rough on top of my ink and color to show accuracy

This is an image of just the fill colors.

This is just the cleanup lines

This is the original rough by Jim Smith

Tom Hanks cleanup and color

Tom Hanks rough