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INKTOBER Starts Tomorrow!

inktoberTomorrow marks the start of Inktober! It’s an internet challenge thang created by Jake Parker to improve his skills and get himself drawing. The challenge is to create an ink drawing everyday for a month. There’s nothing I need more than another set of deadlines (o_0) but it sounds like too much fun to pass up. I’ll post my daily disasters right here on the blog. You don’t have to be an artist to join in so check out Jake’s Inktober guidelines

Let the drawing begin…release the hounds!

Paint ‘n’ Paddling on Georgian Bay

Kayak1Last week I went for a few days of kayaking on Georgian Bay with the good folks at White Squall. They run a Painting and Paddling trip each year and since it has been a long time since I’ve been on any art trips…I signed up. I’ve never been a great painter (my background is more sculpture and drawing) so it was a good chance to give it another try…or at least take in the fantastic scenery… Continue reading

It’s That Time of Year…

RelicWoodIt’s Fall so that means it’s firewood stacking season again (for being a retriever, Relic didn’t bring one stick of wood over to help me stack. You can see how he helps by sitting right on the path to the woodpile…) Every year I get my firewood from my buddy Bill and this year I had an 8 yard bin ordered to transport it. Instead of multiple trips back and forth we loaded once and a short time later it was dumped in the driveway (we even had time for doughnuts!) Here’s a sketch I did while waiting for the truck to arrive…

JackSketch…been drawing a lot of pumpkins lately…

8 Years!

8yearsThis week marks the 8th anniversary of Bleeker starting online. I launched the comic (then called Hoover the Rechargeable Dog) the last week of July, 2006. I loaded it everyday and thought I’d give it six months and see how it…and I…did. Continue reading

Bleeker In The Wild

MtrlGazetteIt’s always a blast to walk into a news stand, pick up the paper, flip to the comics and see your strip there on the page. Many thanks to the Montreal Gazette for running Bleeker!

Summer Kicks Off

RelicPosingSummer has begun finally and I have to say the new Cintiq Companion is perfect for working outside (bugs permitting) Here’s Relic posing for me as I draw Karl having a laugh (actually this Sunday comic is for the last weekend of August…so Summer is already over in the comic…boo-hoo)

The Companion has been very handy and being able to work anywhere has been great. The small screen size does limit you a bit but that’s a fair trade off for the mobility. I know many people have complained about the battery life but once again I feel it’s not bad considering…also, usually it’s not hard to find a plug-in.

Fox SnakeFox Snake…and it wouldn’t be Summer without critters! Here’s a good sized Fox Snake which flat out refused to get off the road. Such attitude! Geez, you try and help some people!

Wacom Cintiq Companion

CintiqCThis new Wacom Cintiq Companion arrived today! I hate to add another screen to my life but I also hate getting stuck inside with the desktop(especially during the Summer) My friend Mike Cope picked up one and says it’s fantastic.

I’m still setting it up but I’ll let you know how it goes once I’ve had a chance to play around with it. So far I like the size and it seems quick. I haven’t used Windows since XP so that’s the hardest part right now…oh boy. If any of you have used one, let me know what you think and share some Windows tips 😉

More to come…

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