Friday, May 30, 2008

Moment of Silence - Harvey Korman

One of the most brilliant comedians AND actors that ever lived passed away yesterday. Harvey Korman brought us some of the great villainies in Mel Brooks' films as well as helped birth sketch comedy in its modern incarnation via the Carol Burnett show. He will be missed.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

So I found out about Dynamo 5

Well after going back over what I could have done to screw up Dynamo 5 so much I finally looked at my e-mails to Jay Faerber and my big screwup...I totally sent him the wrong files and dear lord I feel dumb. I sent him RGB JPG's and anyone who's worked in printed medium knows that pretty much anything JPG is a dumb idea and RGB is just a flat out no no.

So anyone who bought the Dynamo 5 Annual, please don't judge the whole book by my 8 pages of Oops. Here's a couple pages to satiate the concept of what the colors SHOULD have looked like if I wasn't a dimwit.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Another Not Art Post. OMG...

I really need to cut back on projects. What kills me the most is that I've been incredibly busy since early 2007. Almost non-stop. Yet the projects I keep taking on are small little things that I'm probably not getting paid for. Which is fine I guess since I do have my animation day job which I love.

It's just...I look out and I see that I have one book on shelves this week. Another one next month. Two the following month, and one more in August.

And so far, none of it is stuff I'm really proud of. Why you ask? Because My dayjob has semi-flexible hours. I work at least 8 hours a day doing my animation/web job in an office environment.

Then I come home to work on the comic but also work on little things here and there that are projects just piled up. A company here wants 6 concepts done for a project they don't tell me about. Don't care, I'm getting paid. Right? Ugh. But those 6 concepts are matched by other commissioned work on top of the day job. On top of the comic, on top of the anthology, on top of the annual, on top of the trading cards...and in the end...

you wind up with half assed work and I HATE THAT! I hate that all this work I've done over the last year really doesn't reflect what I can do. It reflects what I can do under pressure, but not really the quality I want to deliver.

So I keep telling people that I'm not taking any more freelance work, but I think that's overstating. I'm just not taking on lil projects. If it's a writer I know and respect or a publisher I know and respect I'll work something out. But these little cards, concepts, covers, pinups and whatnot...I gotta step away from it and just keep saying I dun' have zee time.

Cuz my brain is turning into mush.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I wonder if this ever happens to Travis Charest...

You know...I'm beginning to question if anyone will ever know who I am in the comics world. lol it's a silly thing I know, but in pretty much every promotional piece done where my name is included, I get misspelled.

Mathew Humphries is pretty much the most common spelling I come across.

My name is Matthew Humphreys. Two T's and an EYS on the end. It'll be hilarious one day when some kid is going to look back and wonder "Hmmm who was that guy that drew that thing one time." And they'll look it up based on my name on the cover Matthew Humphreys, but they won't find anything because all materials relating to me will be with an IES...guh.