Getting Some Artistic "Tackling Fuel"... Yet Another Work In Progress Post!

in comics •  7 months ago

What does a struggling artist do to keep a small modicum of visibility on his social media of choice... Steem? Keep making WiP (Work in Progress) posts, naturally!

I had a pretty good few hours of art time, during which I was also doing several things.

  1. Listening to episodes of Comic Book Men in the background. (I still need to make a post sometime about my brief background cameo on the show... get my geek cred up!)

  2. Humming "Runnin' Down A Dream" by Tom Petty... it's crept into my head as the theme music that seems to accompany the illustration I'm working on.

  3. Musing a bit about just what I'm doing right now... which led me to The Waterboy.

Yeah, my mind's a mess. So what am I doing right now?


Right now I feel like I'm visualizing as I get ready to attack.

Seeing this cover image come to life is actually getting pretty fun. I've often heard the advice when pursuing a goal or dream to really visualize that desired outcome, make it real in your mind to help you move forward toward it.

This image is just the cover. It's the tip of the iceberg. There's so much more to be done. That's what needs attacking. However the cover is the first visual that anyone sees of a book. It helps define it, and in my case, make it real. I can really start to imagine the completed comic book in my hands. When I finish this piece, I think I'll take it one step further and print it out, just as an actual comic cover would be and wrap it around an existing comic. (I've still got plenty of copies of my first self published work "Seer" that'll do the trick!) Then I can hold it in my hands, put it in a rack, and completely visualize the fun and accomplishment of having an issue completed and printed once again.

So here's where I'm leaving off work for the night. If you've been following along you may notice increased rendering on the car and Julie, me continuing to play with the "trade dress" elements, and some color tweaks as I play with some adjustment layers to make the overall image more harmonious.


As always I'm interested in comments whether good (stroke my ego!) or bad (constructively please!).

What projects are you all working on and how do you use visualization techniques for motivation?

-Bryan Imhoff

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Ohhhhh man, that is looking so sweet with the title on the cover.

What episode of Comic Book Men? I watch that show fairly religiously yet I dislike myself for it and I don't know why. Oh wait, I do...cheesy jokes, way over produced, I hate so many things about it yet I do love the show.

How many copies of Seer do you have?

"Bobby, deh ever catch dat gorilla that busted outa da zoo and punched you in da eye?"

"No Mama, the search continues."


Glad you’re diggin’ it! I’m planning on a strip along the bottom with arc title, part 1 info too. I like that sorta old school stuff.

Comic Book Men isn’t that guilty of a pleasure for me! Other than some of the over scripted segments, I enjoy their sense of humor. Since they’re definitely not good actors, I think there are fairly frequent ad libs & legit crack ups. And it’s nice seeing some of the artists and celebs no matter how staged.

I went to the Yoga Hosers premiere in Red Bank, so I’m the bald dude grinning in the background in that episode when Jay & Bratzi Ming are interacting outside the theater.

I probably have about 1500 copies of Seer still lingering, I’ll get around to selling them one day (or giving them away!)

OT: no resteems at Steem-comic-con anymore?

I understand it can be lots of work but it also was an awesome discovery vault.


I’ve gotta get back to the SCC! Thanks for the nudge and letting me know it has some value! I’ve got a few ideas brewing... perhaps I can get started in the next couple days. I appreciate the support!

I know my cartoons look like doodles because I don't use perspective and shading. But I do preliminary sketches. I'll draw in pencil, then move around characters and dialog balloons until I get the composition right.

Talking about layouts, the YouTube channel Strip Panel Naked recently had a show about 3-4 panel gag strips!


I’ll check that channel out, thanks for the link. Can’t get much better than using Calvin & Hobbes for instructional purposes!

Love the car scene and you are right... WIP is a good approach!

The cover is very important, is the one that hooks us or just makes us turn around, your cover I love and no matter that I've seen it many times hehehehe but in the same way I'm not bored to see it, I love every step you make.

The other pages are missing and here I will continue to see them when they are ready. 💕💕💕


I am happy I haven’t bored you yet! The real struggle of all those inside pages is yet to come!


I do not think you make me bored ever, I assure you.

Well I hope you win that epic battle that is coming ;)

We like to see the progress of your work, and how complicated and different this is... I love it!

i like your this line

"Right now I feel like I'm visualizing as I get ready to attack." its only my personal opinion..

Hello @bryan-imhoff, thank you for sharing this creative work! We just stopped by to say that you've been upvoted by the @creativecrypto magazine. The Creative Crypto is all about art on the blockchain and learning from creatives like you. Looking forward to crossing paths again soon. Steem on!

I wanna work on my villain mix but I can't get motivated to buy that mouse. Haha. I still use a mouse to work on a computer. :P

Wait whut? You're working on your comics right? Good luck!