2016.... We reached the final moments of a year that many have deemed turbulent to say the least. That maybe, but even in the darkest of night, the densest of shadows, wonderments can always be found. I myself had ups and downs that, looking back, are part of what we can chalk up as being part of the human condition. So for this post I'll be exhibiting projects that I haven't posted about or who's futures are yet to be undetermined.... To be governed by the misers of time and fate in the coming days. I've recently been working with the guys over at CCS, designing skateboards and graphics, really a dream job for the middle school years of my life. My first board design was based off a past illustration and is now avaliable online for a really great price (go buy it). If the gods are in my favor there will be more of these to come. Fashion, had my first soiree' with that industry this year. The wonderful editorial staff over at Western Horseman Magazine set me up for some companion fashion sketches for the Spring catalogue of Western Lifestyle Retailer. It was a pretty awesome experience. Due to the status of these next projects no explanation or description will be given. Enjoy the art dump folks. There it is. Some stuff from this past year to look forward to in the next. A bunch more to talk about, but I'll save it for tomorrow. Gnar Pig
Tomorrow. From an 89' class C Coachman precariously parked at sea's edge in the humble town of Homer, Alaska to now comic shops all across North America, issue #2 of IDW's Gozilla: Rage Across Time hits the shelves! Written by Chris Mowry, colored by Jay Fotos, and the art is done by me (pointing at self). If this dropping of names and exotic locations hasn't already swayed you into aquiring this book maybe another advance preview will? By the Gods! Pick it up at your local comic shop and find out who will prevail, the atomic Hell beast that is Godzilla or the arrogant titans that rule from atop Mt. Olympus! Now go forth, into the world and follow your heart.... Gnar Pig
The one true love of my work life is, and has been, and hopefully always will be my dinosaur project with Oni Press. There I said it. Progress stalled out through the month of August with work and those basic obstacles we have the luxury of experiencing every once in a while (aka. life), but the coal burns hot in the furnace and the boat chugs deeper up the river. So... project update time. Sloppy pencils here ya' go, ya' animals. You can probably contemplate what's gonna happen next in the story... and you're right. A big ol' beach fight. It's like that scene in Point Break, but without Swayze or Keanu... or Anthony Kiedis ( yeah, that was him). Also no Gary Busey watching from a far with binoculars. Man, I need to watch that movie again, so good. Gnar (the prickly) Pig
Oh, man. It's been a crazy summer. I closed my eyes for two seconds and it's already fall. Not that I'm complaining, soon old man winter will roll into town and start puking his snowy guts all over the Cascades. Snowboard season ya' fools. If you're in the Portland area and want to do some night riding up on Hood, DM me. The lone rider game gets old after a while. Even if you suck I'll drop into the lower gears and cruise some green with ya for a bit. ANYWAYS. To the comics. Did a couple of conventions this summer. Two weeks ago I was out at the Boise, Idaho Public Library Convention and this past week I was slinging at Rose City Comic Con here in Portland. If you say me at either one you may know that we just wrapped up issue numero dos of Godzilla: Rage Across Time a couple of weeks ago. It was written by Chris Mowry, colors were provided by Jay Fotos, and art was by me. If you've seen any of the covers floating around you know its pretty much Godzilla taking on the Greek Gods. It was a pretty awesome gig and hopefully there will be more of this in the future. I guess I should give you a preview. Such a great experience. This was one of those gigs that if you would have walked into Mrs. Clark's first grade class way back in 91' and said "Excuse me, tiny Galusha person? 25 years from now you will draw a comic book and it will be for Godzilla." I probably would have thought you were insane. Everyone would have, cause it's weird. But here we are. The issue should drop in the next couple weeks, so hopefully all the G fans and comic readers enjoy it. Oh yeah, remember "Star Trucker"#1? You might and hopefully so if you backed it on Kickstater. Well, it's finished and at the printers being... well... printed I guess. But yeah, isn't that great. I should probably post something after such bombastic claims. The action, the romance, the sweat flavored perfume drenching every moment in masculinity. All the things that we love and adore about long-haul truck stops elegantly presented in a customized, just for you, sci-fi comic book. If you missed the Kickstarter, don't worry! We'll have your buns covered here in the coming months with for sale PDFs and probably physical printings too. More info to come. Gawd dang, its been awhile since I posted anything. There is just so many things to blab about and show you guys, but it will have to wait. I've been told it's poor "blogger" etiquette to just take a massive art dumb all over the place, so... you'll just have to wait a couple of days for more stuff. And before I forget The Backwoods is rolling again with new pages every Monday, just posted #54 a couple of hours ago. Lisa finally showed up and shits' about to get all domestic and stuff. But the Patreon is almost done along with a "Red Bubble" store for Backwood's shirt designs. Chapter/Season 2 is gonna get so crazy. More things are coming, "spare no expense." Gnar, the color blinded, pig!
The script just arrived and it has begun. It's time to bring the carnage with the biggest, baddest, monster in issue #2 of IDW's "Godzilla: Rage Across Time"! Yup, scratch another one off the bucket list, I'm illustrating a full issue of Godzilla, that's set to drop this September. Writer Chris Mowry has crafted up an awesome story for me that pits the arrogant elemental gods of Greek mythology we love to... love and curse against the greatest creature the world has ever known. Don't worry, you can expect sneak peaks in the coming weeks. Also out this week from IDW is the awesome weekly released mini series written by my buddies Ben Bates and Dustin Weaver, a couple of 1, 2, badasses in the comics game, Bebop & Rocksteady: Destroy Everything! Anyway, check it out its got a whole slew of super talented artist working on it, I was even able to make a contribution. Rocksteady was always my favorite so... YES PLEASE. Check it out, there is a nice little preview over at CBR. I highly recomend picking up the entire series not only because there is a boat load of talent working on this, but Dustin and Ben are literally two the most talented and hard working people working in the industry today. If you asked me: "hey, Tadd, I want to get into comics, who working today should I look to as an example?" I would probably say: "Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates.... mother @#$%in' badasses over there!" So yeah, drop some change on the piece of pop. It's more than worth your love and devotion. Well that's all folks. What else....? I'm forgetting something.... Oh yeah, I'm currently setting something up for Backwoods T-shirts, if thats something that strikes a fancy. I've got a couple new shirt designs in the works for chapter 2 as well as the "Mule Deer" design that will be offered. It should be pretty cool. Last thing concerning The Backwoods - I'm setting up a Patreon account (I have been for a while now), but I'm almost there, just hashing out all the goals and rewards. I want to really offer significant rewards to patrons, as well as be completely transparent and precise with where contributions are being invested. The Backwoods is a project designed not only for me to improve as an artist and storyteller, but for everyone and myself to have fun. 'Cause thats what its all about in life, having a a good ol' time. Gnar the jolly pig.
Hey, it's father's day today. So if you're lucky enough to have a good relationship, memories, or whatever go out and celebrate the old man and all that he bestowed upon you. My dad was the best. Even though his general hardness and truthfulness (completely crushing the artistic works of my youth by exposing their general lacking and basic structural inaccuracies of composition, purportion, perspective, and lighting/shadow) was difficult to comprehend, but it completely prepared me in becoming the artist that I am today. Rhino skin, a comic artist's greatest armor. Ok, that's enough emoting for one day if you're reading this blog, it's for the art previews not the personal reflections of 31 year old guy talking about his old man. To the goods! Due to the fact that I have bills, so therefore have to make money to pay those damn bills, I haven't been able to necesarily pour my labors into my love (that sounded way more gross in my head) that is my Oni Press project, but progress has steadily trudged forward even though it's not at the mass speed I'd prefer. And for those of you who are like: "What!? You're doing an Oni book too?" Yes. Yes, I am. I'm doing a dinosaur graphic novel and if you're into dinosaurs.... "it's right up your alley." As you can see from these pages there is the potential for a drag down, all out, crazy, tyrannosaur throwdown to occur in this book. But I'm not the type of guy to give out spoilers, so.... keep yo peepers in line. There you go. Some father's day dinosaur action. It's been emotional.
So if you've happened to stumble into your local comic shop this past week you might have been lucky enough to snag my variant cover for Godzilla: Oblivion #3 and if you did purchase it with your hard earned money I am much appreciated! I've recently been fortunate enough to get my shot at doing some narrative work for the big G and will be illustrating issue #2 (I think) of his up and coming series "Rage Against Time." It's similiar to the "Godzilla: In Hell" series, where each issue is sort of a stand-alone with a new creative team while staying congruent to the over all theme of the series. So for R.A.T. each story will have the big guy emerge in a different timeline of civilized history. SPOILER: the timeline that I'll be illustrating will pit Godzilla against the Greeks and due to the insurmountable odds their civilization is faceing look to the gods for assistance. That's all I'm saying! Nope, sorry, I've already said too much. I've recently finished the cover and will start production here in mid June. I'm very excited, now the question remains... are you? Now if you're like me you're probably really into classic monsters to the point where they had way to much of an impact on you as a child. Thus, ultimately sculpting your perspective of the world into a bizarre outlook that at times alienates from our fellow human beings and their superficial social constructs (damn social media and the lies it perpetuates). Anyway, I was lucky enough to be able to contribute my skills to the widely anticipated Kong of Skull Island series coming out through Boom Studios and written by the uber talented James Asmus. As much as I love Godzilla, Kong will always be my first. So when I caught wind of the his project I pushed hard, really hard, to be apart of it. Luckily they said yes and graciously assigned me a cover. So I can say in the past couple months I've gotten to work on two of my all time favorite classic monsters! Now I just need to land Creature from the Black Lagoon and Jurassic Park (it's a new classic) and I'm set on childhood favorites. Well, it's past noon, and I've got mountains of work to get through today. Gnar the nostalgic wrapped pig.
Hey.... Hey... Hey, guess what? There's a kickstarter going, right now, for a comic series that I'm illustrating. Yeah, I know, isn't that great! Are you sick and tired of your big-brand comics letting you down week after week and would would like something a bit more personal? "I just want it to feel like they care! - a loyal consumer" Maybe a certain heroic captain let you down yesterday by joining the bad guys after decades of honey dicking the American people. Maybe as the savey comics connoisseur that you are, you're looking for something a bit more unique? Well... maybe, just maybe, I know of something for you: Jackson Rahl, has a kickstarter campaign running and it's in the home strectch and it's pretty damn close to hitting the goal. He's offering a ton of cool swag like hats, shirts, and art prints all designed/illustrated by me (physically points at self while sitting in an empty dark room). Here's a preview and if you feel like contributing to our project it will be greatly appreciated no matter the amount. Behold the majesty that is the "PLANATEE," probably the number 1 vacation cruiseline of the future. I'd go. WWWHHHOOOO Doggie! Wasn't that fun?!So there's a preview of what you can expect. A bit of action, a bit of humor, a bit of science fiction... manatees...rrrrrrrrooomance possibly. I'm currently wrapping up the colors on the issue and between you and me the line-art for issue two is finished and on deck for colors. So there you go, if you haven't already clicked on the link above and watched the fantastic video shot and produced by the amazing folks over at Escaped From LA Films, go and watch it. It's not your typical kickstarter video, it's pretty cool, no..., really cool. Support the indie market because it's the future of the industry! The majority of the best storytellers working today had to start somewhere and that place is in places like here:
Oh man, it's late night and I'm very, very tired, but I just drank like a gallon of coffee so I'm gonna post some cover/illustration work from the last few days for you beautiful owls. So here ya go. I don't know if I can post this "beast" (pun) yet, so I'm gonna go for it. You can probably guess what franchise this is for and if you can't I advise you to check out a little film from 1933 by Merian C. Cooper. And if you like it you'll go "ape" (pun) over a comic series coming soon from Boom! Studios. In about a week or so a Kickstarter campaign is going to... "kick"... off (pun). If you happened to checkout some of the previous posts you may have seen some pages from a couple issues of an indie project called Star Trucker. Big guy, driving a big rig, with a big dog, in OUTER SPACE, there's a planetee (thats a manatee that's also a planet)! It's pretty, "far out" (pun). Anywho, here's the cover art. I really had to go into "overdrive" (pun) to get it done today. Digital pencils, normally I'm not a huge fan, but it just felt right today. Might have to keep exploring this way of working.... I don't know. Anyway, then magic, poof, and it was done. I've got some more illustration work coming down the pike so stay tuned. Oh, and are you a boarder of some kind? Snow/skate/wake or whatever is your stick, if you happen to be in the Portland area drop by Daddies boardshop and pickup the sticker of the month. May's is the Squatch Rodd, illustrated by me! You can also get one if you make a purchase from their store online. Behold the sticker for your stick. I'm doing another one in August. It's gonna be pretty sick, you'll see. Damn, I'm tired and tired of puns. Off to slumber land. The Backwoods may be a tadd (last pun) late because I have a script that I need to finish writing tomorrow morning, but no later than Tuesday. And I'll post a preview at the very least. And dinosaurs this week, lots of dinosaurs are coming. Gnar the sleepy pig
The time is long over due for a progress report on the dinosaur project. I'm going to add a disclaimer for this post, you will see a Tyrannosaurus peeing on something in a matter of moments. Hey man, it's natural, so enjoy the damn preview. Yup. Just pissed all over that dead pleisiosaur. The project is really coming along nicely. There is still a lot of work to be done, so much work still left.... Oh and here are some colors on another prehistoric project that I'm wroking on. You can almost taste it, the sweet delicious mammoth meat. Mmm, yeah.... Well, that it all and if you neeed me come Monday I will be in the mountains. So unreachable till Tuesday, because snowboarding (the winter king of sports). Gnar the giant prehistoric pig.
What's up, guys. So it's been awhile since the last post, cause I have been slammed with work. Thank the gods. All those sacrifical animals are finally starting to pay off. Unfortunately due to the overload "The Backwoods" isn't airing this week, but it will be back up and rolling deep come Monday, so here's a preview of the up and coming page 48 for your kind eyes. Ulysses just can't win, that's why you stay in your lane when it comes to weight classes. Trust me.... Now I'm just going to post some of the stuff I've been working on the last couple weeks and there will be much more to come. Fist up to bat is a couple of commercial gigs. Pro Tip: If you can get the right clients, your job never has to feel like a job because you're too busy designing fun shit. I also just finished up the line art for issue dos of Mr. Jackson Rahl's "Star Trucker." If you like Truckers, space, and coffee, keep those eyes on the road because Mr. Rahl might be preparing to launch a kickass Kickstarter. ... and yes those astroid fields were a pain in the buns, but look how cool they look! I was going to post more, but I think I'm going to hold off... Well, OK. One more preview. I won't say what it is, but it's a ton of fun to work on. One of my favorite artists is this Italian illustrator, Sergio Toppi. This guy was a master, right up there with Moebius, Kubert, and Frazetta. (If you don't know any of those names I strongley suggest you do a google image search and have your eyes explode all over your monitor from the sheer awesomeness of their line.) Anyway, when this project came across my table I thought this would be a great chance to try and work in master Toppi's stylings. Challenging the ol' comfort zone, but I'm pleased with the results so far. Still a ways to go, but inevitably there is no such thing as satisfaction as an artist. And if there is, well, let's just say it's not good. More mammoths! That's all for now. Expect an update on the dinosaur project here in a couple days. Oh, before I forget. It was just brought to my attention that the store is all messed up and unable to process orders, so we're working on getting that fixed.(Let's be honest, my wife is working on fixing it. I'm usless.) So if there is a print that you just got to have, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you what you need. Gnar the mammoth pig.
This month marks the start of a new godzilla series, Godzilla: Oblivion, being published by IDW. I was lucky enough to get my name on the short list for variant covers, so unless you read the article over at Scifi Japan last week, here is a process breakdown for issue three's variant. When given the assignment I really had no clue as to details concerning the story, so I did a series of layouts that I thought might make for interesting visuals (well I guess that's kind of the whole point, right). I always struggle with being decisive when it comes to laying out or designing a single image. And for something like Godzilla, I know that I'm going to want to have some over the top, meandering, monster violence, so tried to keep that in mind as much as possible. I ended up submitting six different concepts to the editor. I personally felt that layout 4 was the most fun and editorial had similiar thoughts, so we moved forward with that one. I pretty much jumped right into the line-art. The pencils felt like something was missing, so in the inks I added a Tokyo Tower and its surounding sprawl. After the line art was approved, then craziness with the colors commenced. Well there you go. Hopefully you like it enough to go and pick it up in May when if graces the shelves of your local comic shop. Gnar the atomic swoll' pig!
Whoa there guys. It's turtle time, but not of the mutant variety. It's time once again for another preview of my dinosaur project with Oni Press. This week we're checking out a little night time sub-plot featuring the Archelon. Sounds like some kind of Harryhausen monster. Anyway, this dude or dudette, was the largest sea turtles to have ever lived, tipping the scales at an estimated 5000 lbs. So it's a turtle the size of your dad's truck. Makes me look at snorkeling in Hawaii in a whole different light. In the preview we'll see this big gal come to shore and lay some eggs, similiar to modern day sea turtles. It's one of the quieter scenes that serves as a bit of a prelude to the more intense scenes to come in the later half of the book. Feast your eyes and behold the Archelon! Once it's gone through the coloring process that tranquil feeling of an Oregon coast night walk will really come through. If you've never spent a week on the beautiful coasts of the Northwest, I highly recommend it. Mrs. Galusha's B-day is approaching and we're hoping we can slip away to the wild beaches of southern Washington for a spell or two. We might even camp, which I don't recommend is for everybody. It's a bid desolate and frigid out there, but the experience is pretty unreal. If you can, just go... now. Gnar the egg laying sea pig
A while back, I may have made a subtle proclamation about doing a weekly post from the dinosaur project that I'm, not so secretly, currently doing with Oni Press. Well, I'm finally following through with the idea. This current batch that you're about to gander at doesn't actually have any dinosaurs in it. Funny, right? These animals are usually lumped in with Dinosauria, but are actually ancient reptiles of the giant variety. Quetzalcoatlus northropi is the main animal/character in this batch of pages. In terms of story structure we'll see a conclusion to one of the many transitional subplots from the book. Quetzalcoatlus, as far as what's known from current fossils was one of the largest flying reptiles, and animals, to have ever existed. The animals wing-span is estimated to be 10-11 meters, which is crazy if you think about it. I really suggest that if you have any interest in ancient animals or just the bizarre, read up on this critter. It's pretty damn cool. Another couple of animals that are featured in this conclusionary sequence are the Mosasaurus and the Cretoxyrhina mantelli. If you saw "Jurassic World" you may remember the Mosasaurus as one of "Blue's" and the T-rex's tag-team partners (spoiler!). This monstrous marine reptile wasn't quite as huge as depicted in the movie (actually, not even close), but it was definitley muy gigante' coming in at about, a whopping, 18 meters in length. That's just shy of 60ft, people.... Think about that, just roll that around for a moment or two. "Swimming? NAHHHH, I'm good. I'm sticking to the beach, brother!" The other animal, the one that wants nothing to do with the Mosasaurus, is the ancient shark, Cretoxyrhina mantelli. Also referred to as the Ginsu Shark because it's scientific name is a mouthful. I like to think of the Ginsu Shark as a roided up Great White. I'm probably a little bit off base with that assessment, but that's what I picture. It was 20+ feet in length, I've read some estimates that place it in the 30ft range, but it's hard to be exact when only working from fossilized teeth. Apparently there was a, well preserved, specimen found in 1891, that was housed in Munich, Germany. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in the bombings during WW2. Anyway, it's another monster of the deep that I have no desire to resurrect and take a late night swim with. More like late-night snack, if you know what I mean. We've all seen "Jaws." Again, I'm chill on the beach, dude. Just so everybody knows. I am in no way a paleontologist and am not claiming to be one. I'm just a comic artist who's always had an interest in dinosaurs and their associated megafuana and friends, who also happens to be creating a book with them. So feel free to correct me in the comments or just express your love for comics and/or ancient animals . Either would be most appreciated. I'm gonna try and make this type of post a regular thing, probably toward the end of the work week. So cap off your week by checking in for more dinosaur and comic ridiculousness. Gnar the ancient sea pig
It's been a busy month. Lots of stuff floating across the work table. If I'm being honest right now, I'm kind of tired and not feeling too talkative, so lets jump my verbal wanderings and get to the work. I'm not sure at which stage I can show, so for now lets just stick with pencils. A preview for an alternate cover, for you can probably guess what book... that is all I will say for now. And... some pages in progress from my Oni Press project. I should really start posting about this once a week, so you beautiful dinosaur enthusiast can get an idea about the type of book we're building. Hmmm, yeah, I'm gonna start trying to do that. Not every page, but at least with a good chunk of them. Imagine how good the new Jurassic Park movie would be with no park, no people, just dinos doing what they do best! Building that dream and it's the best feeling in the world. "Strong" with the Tyrannosaurs, so strong. OK, I originally was only going to do this for supporters of the, eventual, "Backwoods" patreon, but I thought: nah! I need to keep that shit free, not everybody has loose change to throw around. So I thought it would be cool to do a process post showing all the sloppy stages that go into creating the (most of the time) weekly pages. Here it is, if you like it, awesome. If not tell what I could do to make it more palatable. I'm like a fine chef of camp' and lowbrow storytellings. That's it for today. Missus Galusha (Sorry ladies, I'm off the market. I know, I know. Dry your starry eyed tears.) is yelling at me for eating most of her cooking cheese. Thus, I must go purchase more; she's making lasagna. Gnar the cheese pig!