Friday, December 26, 2014

Season 2.14 Art Theft

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon tries to talk about how he's dealing with a inflamed human taint James L. Shipman II proprietor of a company named Outlaw Press who stole some of his art work.

 
 
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Season 2.13 Twitter 3

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon gets back on track with social media marketing with part three of Twitter.
Scheduling tweets using Hootsuite
Bulk scheduling tweets
Value ratio
Special formatted cells / no duplicate tweets

 
 
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Season 2.12 Twitter 2

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon gets back on track with social media marketing with part two of Twitter.
How drop the bomb on people who aren't following you back on Twitter.

 
 
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Season 2.11 Twitter 1

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon gets back on track with social media marketing with part one of Twitter.
How to get followers
Following criteria
Let your bio work for you

 
 
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Season 2.10 Podcast Philosophy

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon talks a moment to share his podcast philosophy.
  • Concept
  • Length of a show
  • Celebrity podcasting
  • End strong
  • The round table podcast
  • Equipment and quality of sound


 
 
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Season 2.9 Death in the Afternoon

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

In a companion episode Jon talks about one of Hemmingway's favorite drinks The Death in the Afternoon.

 
 
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Season 2.8 Absinthe

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon takes a minute away from the social media marketing and demystifies the ritual of prepping Absinth.

 
 
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Season 2.7 Newsletter

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon hammers out a quick talk on building a newsletter.
  • Mailchimp
  • Value ratio
  • Mailing list


 
 
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Season 2.6 The Squeeze Sheet Psychology

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon talks about how he is building a mailing list and his squeeze sheet psychology.

Opt in sheet
  • The opt-in
  • The design
  • Call to action
Squeeze sheet
  • Squeezing your content 
  • building a link funnel
Mailing list management
  • Mailchimp
  • Merge Points



 
 
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Season 2.5 The Ice Bucket Challenge

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon takes a break to do the Ice Bucket Challenge applying the Stigmata Studios "Moderation is for suckers" philosophy.

 
 
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Season 2.4 Intro to Pinterest

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon talks about starting an image campaign on the mysterious Pinterest.
  • How to "add pin" drive traffic
  • add descriptions and hashtags to pins to drive traffic

 
 
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Season 2.3 Instagram part 2

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon nervously shifts gear when and talks about marketing tricks and using images on Instagram.
  • Why to tag yourself on a post
  • Changing your blurb on your profile
  • Changing your link in your profile to drive traffic

 
 
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Season 2.2 Instagram 1

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon shifts gears a little to talk about driving web traffic with Instagram.
  • Hashtag management
  • Recycling hashtags  to renew searches
  • Building a profile that will drive traffic
  • Tagging yourself on post


 
 
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Season 2.1 Color Intro with guest Professor Lee Bradford

From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

In the first episode of season 2 Guest professor Lee Bradford from www.canniblecoalition.com to talk about coloring.

 
 
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Season 1.19. Introduction to Covers 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
Jon wraps up production of The Djinn Jihad and talks about designing and producing the cover of the book. It is important to have people around you, that you can trust make them part of your "Cover Committees"
 
This episode ends on an empty promise... sorry guys.
 
 
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Season 1.18. Drawing Vehicles

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
 Jon talks a little bit about the challenges of drawing vehicles.  
 
Items needed:
1. Toy / model
2. Gimble (Steal from work)
3. Art supplies
 
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Season 1.17. Tarot Card Writing Excersise

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
Jon Talks about writers block and how to beat the evil curse. He explains how the imagery and symbols of the tarot cards can help develop a writing exercise. It has nothing to do with any sort of magical powers of the cards.  
 
Items needed:
1. Deck of tarot cards
2. Imagination
 


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Season 1.16. Hand Grenade Explosions

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon kinda bitches about "comic book explosions" and references back to his day of throwing grenades and such as a Combat Engineer. He chit chats about this stuff while he is inking this classic frame from The Djinn Jihad!


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Season 1.15. Intro to Lettering 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
 Thru this snore-fest Jon stumbles through his method of lettering.
 
 
 
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Season 1.14. Super Speed Tutorial

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
 Jon shares a quick tutorial on a quick, fast cool way to do a super speed effect in Photoshop.
 
 
 
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Season 1.13. Bleeding Light Tutorial

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
Jon shares a quick tutorial on a quick, fast cool way to make lightning in Photoshop.
 
 
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Season 1.12. Minefield Breach

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon takes a second to liven things up a little bit by talking about a topic near and dear to his heart. The proper way to breach a minefield.

Things needed:
1. M113A3 Armored Personnel Carrier (combat load)
2. A squad of Combat Engineers (combat load)
3. Bangalore Torpedos
4. C4 demo charges
5. Det Cord
6. Time fuse
7. M5 Fuse Igniters
8. Grappling Hook




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Season 1.11. Frames and Trapping Color

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
 Jon shares his method of getting his comic pages into his computer. Sizing, templates, cleaning up the frames, How he creates frames and gutters, and a little bit about file management.
 
Runner up to the most boring video of the lot! Jon stumble through a bunch of technical jargon like; "I'm gonna stroke" and "We just stoked around the frames!"


http://www.amazon.com/Djinn-Jihad-The-Books-Apocrypha/dp/0692290559/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Season 1.10. Post Processing Art 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon talks about the dull business of processing your art between the drawing board and scanning it into the computer. This episode is the most boring thing on Youtube. However there is some good stuff in there... I guess.

1. Eraser
2. Patience
3. Scanner
4. White Out

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Season 1.9. Intro to Inking 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
 Jon takes a step back and talks about his inking weapons and inking technique a little. NOT TOO much, just a little.
 
The most important part: TAPE UP for safety!
Weapons:
1. Sharpies
2. Micron Pens
3. Brief discussion of line weight
4. White outs
5. Athletic Tape / First aid tape
6. How to carry all of your shit around (find a Combat Lifesaver Bag)
 
Chit chat and technique:
1. Jon Explains his camera rig.
2. Jon drops a bomb regarding one of his speed secrets allowing him to produce over 200 pages a year. It's all a risk decision.
3. be mindful and strategize about your POV; close up, mid, long range
4. Use the technique of guys you look up to, while developing your own style.
5. Put your gawd dammed phone down!
6. Building a rhythm with your line weights
7. A hint about the code of the frames.

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Season 1.8. What is a Red Horse Anyway?

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
Against the wishes of Edgar, this is the best sacred data point Jon will ever share. The mother's milk, an ancient secret formula rediscovered and know to only a few. Jon shares how to mix the now infamous drink and weapon of mass destruction, THE RED HORSE!
 
You will need :
1. Booze (whiskey)
2. A Mason jar
3. A mixer
 
 

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Season 1.7. Intro to Penciling 2

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
In this companion episode to Intro to Penciling Jon inks the page you just watched him pencil using his super speed powers. Watch his explode ink from his veins and mind onto these classic frames of The Djinn Jihad The Archangel Metatron vs The Djinn!
 
The song set to this furious inking is the instrumental version of a song called Red Horse Rising written and performed by X-Proph3t. This kick ass song is written about Jon, his comics, the Red Horse Radio podcast and Indie Pro-wrestling. Check out the version with vocals on their Reverbnation page. 
 
 
 
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Season 1.6. Intro to Penciling 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
 Jon talks about his weapons of choice for penciling and an intro to his technique.
1. Non-photo Blue lead holder
2. Lead sharpener
3. Eraser
4. Triangle
 
Remember to tape up for safety! 
 
If you pay attention Jon gives away a secret or two about his production speed. And how he produced 200 pages last year.
 
 


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Season 1. 5. Demo of Frame Layout

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
 Jumping ahead a little in the process Jon quickly demonstrates how the Golden Ratio is encoded into the layout of pages of The Djinn Jihad.
 

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Season 1. 4. The Script 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

Jon talks about his "finalized" script for The Djinn Jihad and the benefit of writing and doing the art for a project. He yaks a bit about general thumbnails and what the next step is.

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Season 1.3. Psychology of Story Telling 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.

In this video Jon shares his method of theory, psychology, story beats,structure and real estate to construct the emotional rollercoaster.


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Season 1. 2. Research 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.
 
In this video Jon talks about The Age of Derivation and the importance of becoming an expert at your topic / story elements. It is important to research, and embrace the nerdiness of researching.
 
 
 
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Season 1.1. Writing 1

 
From September 2013 to September 2014 Jon produced The Djinn Jihad, a 194 page graphic novel in under a year from pitching the story to Post Mortem Press to it being published by them. He documented the seemingly Jacobian task.


Jon shares a little about his writing process.
1. Inspiration, look at it from a point of view
2. Outline and unpack
3. Real Estate, what your format?
4.Find your ending, again it's all about real estate
5. Draft, draft, draft and throw it all away and draft again.
6. Beta Readers... USE THEM.
7. Edit, edit, edit and edit some more.





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The Devil's Playground DVD Cover

Mike Smith from Smitten Productions got a hold of me to do a cover for his short horror film called The Devil’s Playground. The first thing I did was to view the film.
Mike really wanted an old grind house poster or an old exploitation film poster feel to it. So I went and got some iconic images from the movie. I did a lot of research on old posters to look for layouts and ideas.  

 Those old posters were all about sex and violence. So it was right up my alley.  Here is the rough I did. In the film this guy gets knifed in the mouth so I used that as the main image for the cover.
 I used this feeding chick zombie from the film as one of the three smaller components. The main character walks into the film as a loner on these train tracks and at the climax he is running through this hallway. So I used these two images as well. The only problem is I have the tracks and the hallway flipped around. So in the final I knew I would have to change it around. I sent the rough to Mike to see what he thought. He liked it and gave me the big old green light to continue.
 A few years ago I built a light box. I found the lightbox in my studio however it didn’t have the glass. I do not know what happened to it. Instead of re-penciling I was really looking forward to using the lightbox. So I took this piece of plastic and a light bulb and combat engineered my way of re-pencilling.
 Here is a detail of the tracks and the crawling zombie chick.
 Here is the inks of the whole cover.
 I scanned it in and adjusted the balance to darken the ink. Another thing with those old posters is the black and white with a splash of the other color. I used this blood red splash of color.

 Here it is with Mike’s typography. It was a fun project.





Weirdo Gnostic Symbolisim for Upcoming Project


In issue one of the upcoming TNA: Brigade book there are four full color pages. One of the characters is having a bout of premature enlightment. Some of the truth of the human condition is being realized in a dream state. So I had to design these four pages of symbolic visions using bits of the characters history and personal mythology and also symbols that can be found in the Jungian collective conscious vernacular.
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 I did some rough thumbnails first, I was bouncing anywhere between 2 of four pages to spend on this little tangent idea. But I got some of the themes right away. The first piece was inspired by a sketch from Davinci’s sketchbook, it is a drawing of a baby the womb, but it is like this cross section thing. It is sort of like a pod person or something. Which strangely works in the over all gist.


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I got really inspired by Alex Grey and Paul Romano going through this process. I dusted off my old watercolor series (or what was left of it and started to go back through my notes. Then I busted out my Joseph Campbell books and got started right away. This is the sketch for piece 1.



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Here is the actual piece with the basic color placed into it. The blasted sky is thematic to the book this is going to appear in. I reused a lot of the imagery from my water color series gallery show called ”Gnosis of the Pilgrim” essentially these are just an extension of the series. Just as the series is actually a sort of companion piece to the books. The gallery show was just a little a head of the books, since I had a few books to get through before I was able to get to this part of the story.


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Here is some detail work.


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This is the sketch for piece


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This introduces the whale. And continues the anchor and the apple.


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Here is piece 2 with some basic color laid into it.  I used all thin line for this. So the line work (however much will survive into the final) will be set aside from the line work I use in the book.


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Here is a little detail, I am going in to enhance and complicate the color using a pointillism sort of idea. 


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The whole thing with a bit of the pointillism done.


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Here is an older draft of the sketch for piece 3.


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 This is piece 3 with the basic color laid into it.


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And here it is after a tough of the pointillism treatment. I should have gotten a detail of this one. I went in and worked on the halos a little bit, and touched up the gold rings.


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Here is the sketch for piece 4.


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Here is piece 4 with the basic color laid in. I like the concept for this one the best I think. However I have
a lot of work to do on it. it fell pretty short to what I wanted in my head.


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I started darkening up the whole scene and will continue to do so with pointillism technique.


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These have a lot of work to go on them still. But I still have time and I am on schedule