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The Heart of the Hollow World

Written on July 6, 2014 at 12:08 am, by Doug Lefler

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I’m back to posting weekly webcomics…sorta. They’re actually Scrollon episoidics (we can’t call them webcomics because scrollons are not comics, and these installments are not only available online but also on the Scrollon app for iOS). Check it out if you’re curious about my recent work.  The Heart of the Hollow World is a story I’ve wanted to do since I was 15 years old; about time I got aound to it.

I’ll be at Comic-Con  again this year.  If you’re there stop by the Scrollon booth (1221 \ 1223) .

Happy Halloween 2013

Written on October 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm, by Doug Lefler

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Comic-Con 2013

Written on July 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm, by Doug Lefler

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I will be at Comic-Con this year, promoting Scrollon in booth 1221/1223. The first update for the Scrollon app for iPad is now available on the App Store.

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What’s new in version 1.1

– Improved Sign Up experience when creating a Scrollon account
– Full support for Retina Display
– Guest reviewer accounts
– Orientation lock
– Improved offline storage of your session
– Localized currency on Purchase buttons
– Bug fixes and optimized UI for enhanced app performance

 

An Overdue Tribute to Ray Bradbury

Written on May 6, 2013 at 3:00 am, by Doug Lefler

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Ray Bradbury 1920 – 2012

It was 1973 when I first heard Ray Bradbury speak. I was an impressionable young teenager living in Santa Barbara, California when he came to lecture at our public library. The next day I returned to the library, looked him up in Who’s Who and got the address to his office. I wrote him a letter, and embellished it with a drawing of a triceratops rendered in ball point pen. To my delight, the author replied that he loved my drawing and pinned my letter to his bulletin board. By virtue of persistent correspondence (I must have been more determined in those days), he agreed to meet me at a restaurant in the Miracle Mile district of Wilshire Blvd.  We discussed his short story “Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!” (which I had just read) and ordered Portobello Mushroom sandwiches to compliment the conversation.

Years later, fresh out of art school, I got a summer job working at W.E.D. Enterprises (now Disney Imagineering) as an apprentice sculptor to the talented and gracious Blaine Gibson.  At lunch on my first day I was standing alone in the line at the commissary when I saw Ray Bradbury ahead of me. He was consulting on a future-themed attraction for Disney World, Florida. I approached him and asked if he remembered me.

“Of course,” he exclaimed. “You’re the kid who sent me the drawing of the triceratops. I still have that on my office wall.”

During that summer we had lunch together every few weeks. Sometimes we were joined by Gordon Cooper, one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury (also there as consultant). When this happened I mostly kept quiet, content to listen while those two told stories. Cooper would talk enthusiastically about UFOs. Bradbury expressed the opinion that the individual most responsible for the USA putting a man on the Moon was Edgar Rice Burroughs. “The best way to prepare for the future,” he said, “is to read science fiction.”

Over a decade later I ran into Bradbury again, this time in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater. He didn’t remember the three months we worked at the same company, but he did remember that I was the kid who drew the triceratops.

As a young man I had many wonderful instructors and role models, but when I was drawing Seven Extraordinary Things, and needed someone as the inspiration for the protagonist’s mentor, there was only one choice.

Ray Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91.

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Greg McTeer with Ken Ryan Smith from “Seven Extraordinary Things”

Dino DeLaurentiis…

Written on November 12, 2010 at 5:42 am, by Doug Lefler

… died Wednesday night, November 10th, 2010 at the age of 91.

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I made a movie with him a few years back.  He was 87 at that time, producing three pictures at once and none of us could keep up with him.  He was alternately tough and charming. He forced me to stay on budget, on schedule and learn the correct way to eat pasta. Once, after meeting with two well known actors, I was telling Dino which one I thought was better suited to play the lead in our film. Dino frowned.  “If you put a gun to my head, and told me I had to choose between them,” he said. “I’d take the bullet.”

I am honored that I had the chance to work with him, and be a small part of his enormous career.

Chapter Seven

Written on August 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm, by Doug Lefler

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Two news items to report.

First: I’ve started the seventh chapter of Seven Extraordinary Things.  We have reached the crisis point of the story, and the characters I’ve tried to make sympathetic, I’m now putting through misery.  When you think about it, writing is a sadistic practice.

Second: I’m going to Italy for a short vacation.  Florence, to be exact.  But 7XT will continue while I’m away from my studio.

In case anyone is wondering, Ziggy is headed to camp for some well deserved R&R.  It is my sincere hope that the neighborhood won’t be overrun by the forces of darkness in his absence.

Chapter Six

Written on July 12, 2010 at 4:16 am, by Doug Lefler

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A new chapter begins, in which Greg faces the consequences of his choices.

My Process of Complication

Written on April 12, 2010 at 6:41 am, by Doug Lefler

When I started Seven Extraordinary Things I told myself to establish a style of drawing and inking that was simple and quick to execute.

With that in mind I kept my initial drawings uncluttered…

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…my first ink lines were clean…

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…and unadventurous.  So far so good.

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I added blacks to separate foreground from background…

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…and thought, “It might be nice to cut some detail into the black areas with an erasure tool”…

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…Hmmm.  That’s fun.  Sorta like scratchboard.  Now maybe I’ll add a bit of local texture and some shading on the figures…

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…ah, what the hell?  May as well put some shading in the background.

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Now I’ve managed to complicate it.  This work flow quickly led me to creating panels like this:

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I remember hearing someone say it takes two people to paint a picture: the artist holding the paint brush, and someone standing next to him with a stick to make him stop when the painting was finished.

Favorite Drawing Books

Written on April 1, 2010 at 6:11 am, by Doug Lefler

Here is a shelf on my bookcase with some (but not all) of my favorite drawing books:

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Featured here are the Famous Artists drawing course, Composing Pictures by Donald Graham, All of Andrew Loomis’ published books, both volumes of Walt Stanchfield’s Drawn to Life, most of George Bridgman’s books, and very old and battered copy of The Art of Animal Drawing by Ken Hultgren, Animal Drawing by Charles Knight, three books by  Jack Hamm, Stephen Peck’s Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist, Anatomy A Complete Guide for Artists by Joseph Sheppard,  An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists by Fritz Schider, Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth, The Vilppu Drawing Manual, The Big Book of Drawing by J.M. Parronmón, Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur Guptill and How to Draw Trees by Henry C. Pitz.

The Rat-Catcher’s Son

Written on February 1, 2010 at 6:43 am, by Doug Lefler

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