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Simi Valley, CA
Veteran animation guy, creator of Darkwing Duck, still working. Represented by Ellen Ann Mersereau Esq. (323)4613316
Interests: sketching, podcasts, writing, comics, the paranormal, radio drama, his family and the creative process.
Recent Activity
I rarely update this blog. I continue to pay for it so the hellboy animated blog can be accessed since it's a log of the creation of two animated videos. But meanwhile, I continue to appear at conventions and, at this time of year, hold art auctions for charity. If by some weird chance you follow me here and nowhere else. The first auction is almost over. I'll do a few other pieces soon. Info on how to bid is on my Facebook page and Twitter account. Just search for my name. -- Tad Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Just a Tad
While waiting to be served lunch at an outdoor restaurant, I tried a lineup of different body shapes. What's important is not so much what I put down on the page as it is what is going through my mind. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Just a Tad
I guess I've been trained to state my opinions/observations about the creative process to tweet-sized bits or Facebook comments. But in the meantime, I'll post some sketchbook scans. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Just a Tad
I doubt I will ever get into the habit of posting regularly. But here's a piece for the convention's auction. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Just a Tad
I intend this to be a comedy adventure book similar to my DARKWING DUCK TV Series with more continuity or DUCKTALES with more Carl Barks. That gives me lots of liberty when it comes to science, designs, and depictions of alien biology. But my gut tells me that if the world is a little more grounded, the broad comedy will play better in contrast. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Just a Tad
If this was an animated series, I'd be at the point where I get to hire a half dozen incredible designers to turn my imagined universe into awesome visuals. But when you're the writer/artist of your own comic, there's no one else to turn to. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Just a Tad
There are two views of working on a labor of comic book love in my household. The first is to acknowledge that retirement is a thing to be enjoyed and besides there's a ton of crap that needs doing around the place that I've been putting off...for years. The second is that if I don't produce a certain amount of comic work each week, I'll feel like a fraud . Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Just a Tad
It's not the details that make a strong character design, it's the basic shapes and size relationships. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Just a Tad
It's a year earlier than expected, although some people thought it would never happen. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Just a Tad
I pay, a quite reasonable, yearly fee for this TypePad account. However, although I constantly post art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I never think to update this page at the same time. It's stupid. I keep it to keep my HellboyAnimated Page available. I think it's a valuable look behind the scenes of an animated production that didn't have millions of Disney or Dreamworks dollars behind it. Just a love of the material and a belief that it was the start of a long series. This page, the one about my creative process, floundered when I couldn't post about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Just a Tad
Didn't realize I had skipped a couple days here. Was going to try coloring this but it requires something more special that what I have time to do. Maybe I'll return to it later. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Just a Tad
I actually like this one! May try a little digital color. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at Just a Tad
I marvel at the mechs and droids and robots I see all over the net. I just don't have a natural affinity for drawing them but I tried. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Just a Tad
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Just a Tad
An ink drawing a day for the month of October. A challenge started by a few years ago to improve his art. Let's hope it does the same thing to mine because I've always been a terrible inker. So after a drought of posts, prepare for an onslaught. --Tad Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Just a Tad
I was giving script notes all day yesterday but I managed to try some color before that. I learned that my digital brushes are so good that I can muddy them up just like real paint. However, I can erase the worse parts of that. I'm still in the coloring book, stay in the lines stage of painting but an overall color adjustment made this a little more cohesive than it was originally. I might try some colored lines instead of black. I also have to decide on what Clawd's wings look like. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Just a Tad
Tightening up the pencils. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Just a Tad
Just playing with my digital pencil and brushes. Here's the start. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Just a Tad
I recently put aside my philosophical objections about the subscription model instead of a flat price and subscribed to Adobe Photoshop. And to get the most from my new digital experiment I ordered a pack of awesome brushes from . Now if I was an actual painter I'd really be excited. But the ink pens alone are awesome. And pencils that look like pencils and even watercolors! Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Just a Tad
I was never satisfied with my design for the lead of my scifi pitch. Instead of tightening up I went looser to communicate the idea that it's not necessarily a final design. This kid feels better to me than the blonde mop top. Actually, it's closer to where he started years ago. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Just a Tad
In accordance with my new commitment to posting art here rather than Facebook, I present the above. I don't feel I should include all sorts of keywords and tags when I do this. Let people stumble upon my old pal. Meanwhile, I have two projects I wish to develop. One, pitching a studio a show with the characters they already own. The other, my own project to pitch to Amazon or just for myself as a possible web comic (by which I mean a comic book property that I assume no one would publish so I'll slip it online.) Instead... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Just a Tad
Following my resolution to be less precious about posting. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Just a Tad
I realize that I post creative links to my Facebook page all the time. Links recommended by other artists. So I've decided to put that stuff here, not only as a source of cool information but as reminder that I should post here more often or just shut the place down. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Just a Tad