Sunday, May 4, 2008

Boxcar Astronaut Sketchbook #2

(This post was originally published on 5/4/08 at
Welcome to another installment of the Boxcar Sketch Book! I know I haven't updated this section in a couple of weeks, but I've been hard at work bringing you these top-notch, terrific tales of whimsy and adventure we like to call Boxcar Astronaut! Rest assured, though, fellow astronauts, I do have more treats for you in store. This time out, I bring you three never before seen (outside of my apartment, that is) sketches.

This one is an early marker sketch of Ben from way back in 2006 when I was developing the characters. This was the one that made me say "Eureka! I've got it!" Everything else evolved out of this look.

Here is a pencil drawing of Ben and his faithful co-pilot, Diogee. This was done at the same time as the classic "Ben holding his whiffle-bat sword in the air" image that graces our header, promotional material, and even some t-shirts. I wanted to do some well rendered iconic drawings to set the tone as we were developing the strip. I think this shot sums up Ben and Diogee in that they're together as always, yet clearly seeing the world from different perspectives.

And lastly, this is just a random sketch I did to pass some time and take a bit of a break from drawing children and robots. This little lady is Jenny Everywhere*, internet open source comic sensation. For those of you unfamiliar with Jenny, check out the Shifter Archive Project for some history. Now, I have no plans to do a Jenny Everywhere comic of my own, but, I do think she's a neat character and is fun to draw. If you want to see a really fun Jenny comic that's going on now, check out the Jenny Everywhere Chronicles done by the great Benj Christensen of I Am Geek fame!

*The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition.
This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere,
in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

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