Episode 3: No Man’s Land

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Damn! This comic was just a few hours late. My commitment to posting one entry per month is already slipping. I am truly the worst kind of bastard….

…Happy Labor Day! This month’s entry is something that I have had sitting around for at least 3 years. When I feel a strong attraction to someone I become a nervous gibbering wreck and I wanted to write something that illustrated those feelings. I hadn’t originally intended for the comic to contain a WWI scene. Honestly, I had completely forgotten about this piece, but I was flipping through one of my old journals and found it among the feverishly scrawled notes and doodles. It is certainly very “emo”, but I like to think that it has a youthful tone which actually captures my feelings quite well. Once I had the idea of playing out the romantic drama with a WWI scene it all flowed very quickly.

I tried to loosen up a bit this month, and went back to inking with my Winsor & Newton brush. Despite a few wonky panels, I’m really quite happy with this. I’ve been studying a lot of Darwyn Cooke, Bruce Timm, and Chris Samnee. My influences may be resting awkwardly on the surface, but I really feel like I’m beginning to develop a style that I am comfortable with. I used my Pentel Auquah pen for the ink washes. Still getting used to this process, but I really like the look and feel of ink washes. I would have liked to add more value in photoshop, but this was a very busy month, and I only had a couple dyas to get this written, draw, and posted.

That’s all for now, enjoy the long weekend, and please share my comic with your friends!


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Like a bird on a wire. Fav think I’ve inked today. #makecomics #art #comicart #inking #comics #sosuperfluous #wwi #barbedwire #brushesonly #whiteout #ink #artistsoninstagram #instart #inkwash #war

Finally attended a life drawing session. #art #sketch #lifedrawing #gesture #gesturedrawing #inking #ink #inkwash

Been drawing a lot of birds lately, this is a sketch that I did during lecture today. #art #artistsoninstagram #instart #sketch #sketchbook #eviltree #dark #gothy #raven #quotetheraven #inking #ink #chinamarker

Gesture drawing. #art #sketch #sketchbook #gesture #inking #inksketch

Another one from my sketchbook, because that is all I have time for. #artistsoninstagram #art #sketch #sketchbook #inking #inksketch #inkwash #pentelpocketbrushpen #batman #twoface #dccomics #comicart #cartooning #bro #doyouevencomics

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Cannot be stressed enough.
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Cannot be stressed enough.
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Cannot be stressed enough.

Haven’t been posting because school has me REALLY busy. Here is a “T” tree… #artistsoninstagram #art #sketch #inksketch #inkwash #cartooning

Episode 2: Pizza & Sex.

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Well, if you have ever wondered what a Pizza’s genitals would look like….Now you know.

Welcome to the 2nd installment of my silly little webcomic, I knew that I wanted to do something silly this month, but I didn’t really have any ideas. Inspiration struck when I received a text message from a friend who was flaking on our social plans because his lady friend was “going to bring over a pizza and fuck”. The wording was instantly funny to me, so I jotted down some notes for this very comic.

The whole thing came together pretty quickly except the lettering. Until this month I had never used Adobe Illustrator. I knew that I would have to teach myself how to letter, and that the process probably wouldn’t be a lot of fun…. So I stalled. I put off the lettering until the last day of July because I’m a silly fool. Stay tuned for next month’s comic, It’s guaranteed to change your life*

*Not a guarantee 

Optic Media is open for Business

www.Optic-Media.com/store

Well, after over a year the Optic Media shop is finally up and running! 


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In the shop you will find a selection of Original Art by Bryan E. West, including commission booking.

You can even book Bryan to draw you a cool Cartoon Portrait, 20 bucks gets you a physical ink sketch as well as a digitally colored version that you can use on social media. 


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The store will also feature ways to support the Optic Blast Podcast! Right now, a donation of 1 DOLLAR will give you a link to download every episode of the Optic Blast Podcast from 2013 in a handy dandy zipped folder.

Check the page regularly for new artwork and merch.

I wanted to be like all the cool kids so I drew myself this cartoony self portrait. #catooning #selfie #selfportrait #dumb #artistsoninstagram #cartoon

Learning how to use watercolors. Still not there, but getting better. #art #inking #watercolor #illustration #triangleman #space #artistsoninstagram #nofilter #comicart #comix