Dawn Griffin Studios Lets Young Women Know “It’s Okay To Be You”

Owner/artist Dawn Griffin of Dawn Griffin Studios decided to go the self-publish route with her comic strip and uses ‘cute social commentary’ cartoons to break down gender stereotypes. Havertown, Pennsylvania August 27, 2013 Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Dawn Griffin was not your typical girl. Her summer days were spent climbing trees and rough-housing with the neighborhood kids. Not your …

Coloring Book For New Client!

I was recently hired by the folks over at Safe At Home Health Care in Naperville, Illinois, to create a coloring book they could print to help explain their elderly care services to the young grandchildren of their clients.  The coloring book explains the needs of their elderly grandparents and how professionals are sometimes needed to help out.  It also …

Mini Poster Choices for 1977 the Comic

I will be attending the New York Comic Con in October of 2013 and I’ll be printing a 11″ x 17″ poster to sell at the convention.  I’ve created three different backgrounds and need help picking which one to bring. So I’m leaving it up to you all to pick which version I’ll print.  Leave a comment below with A, …

Manga Studio 5 EX Released

I have been drawing with Manga Studio software since 2007.  Along with my a WACOM tablet, it was the first thing I bought when I began to draw again.  Both my tablet and the software have been upgraded since then and today, the latest version of Manga Studio has been released.  I have been on the Beta Test team for …

Star Trek Challenge

Star Trek Captains

I am part of a few drawing/artist groups around the Social Media world and I did this as part of a Star Trek Challenge to coincide with the release of the latest film.   I picked the four captains of the Star Trek TV series I watched the most.  I did not include Scott Bakula mainly as five characters cluttered up …

C2E2 2013

The 2013 edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has come and gone.  It was a tidal wave of people from the get-go and did not disappoint at any level. My hat is off to the organizers over at Reed-Pop who put this tremendous show together.  This was my third appearance in it’s four year history and it’s …

Drawing Hands with a Web Cam

Last year for Christmas, my wife bought me one of the best gifts I’ve received in a long time. A simple little web cam. No, not for uploading my wonderful likeness to Avatars around the internet, but rather so I could learn to draw hands better. A lot of people will say they use small mirrors but for me having …

Coloring In Manga Studio

Many users of Manga Studio don’t even realize what a powerful coloring tool it can be. It is slightly different from PhotoShop or Corel Paint, but for comic strip artists, Manga Studio proves to be a worthy coloring tool. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you the basic steps of coloring as I do it. With any tutorial, there …

Creating Panels With Manga Studio 4EX

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I create my panels using the Panel Tool in Manga Studio. For this tutorial, version EX4 was used. As with any tutorial, there is more than one way to skin a cat, so experiment with the method I use and see what’s best for your style! Open up Manga Studio. Click …

Getting Started with Manga Studio

Here’s the first of many video tutorials on using Manga Studio EX4 drawing software.  I use Manga Studio for creating my comic, but also for many other things such as creating logos for clients, drawing objects like cars or building exteriors (the line tool in MS is worth the price alone).  So, kick back, grab some popcorn and enjoy! What’s …