1. “I’m Not Like Other Guys”

You’re right; it must be your absolute arrogance that sets you apart! This series of images was inspired by an article I read on the interweb “5 Tricks Jerks Use to Pick Up Women”. I’m not going to link to it because you can surely find it on your own initiative. I was interested in the part about pity after a series of strange events I experienced. Haven’t experienced this particular one yet. I’m sure it’s on it’s way once I meet the right person.

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New Mini-Comic Coming Soon!

I’m so excited. I have to keep up with the momentum to get it completed. Haven’t drawn a mini-comic since last year. Here’s the cover for this one. I’m contemplating doing a color cover this time. What do you think?

"Hard" mini-comic, Kelley Kuechle

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"Forward" for Illustration Friday, Kelley Kuechle

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”



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Rock ‘Em!

Was watching television one day and was inspired Hammer Schlemmer who have enough time and money to manufacture life-sized retro childhood. Next step, life sized Gundam!
Rock 'Em! Kelley Kuechle

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Creating Digital Screentone with GIMP 2.6.7

Have you ever heard “Necessity is the mother of all invention”? That idiom is applicable to my screentone situation. I like to use screentones in my comics and some black and white illustrations. In the city in which I live,  I come across screentones very infrequently. My other option is to order them on-line from a distributor or from Japan. Neither option really strikes my fancy. So, I practiced with GIMP and devised a way in which I could create screentones digitally and apply them to a scanned image. From what I’ve used it for so far, I’ve had satisfying results. It looks great in print or photocopied. In addition, you can create some really awesome special effect screentones with a little practice and some custom paint brushes. Below is a quick tutorial on how to create a basic flat screentone that you can use to apply to illustrations and comics digitally to give them extra depth and value.

1. Create a new grayscale image of any size at 600DPI.

2. Change your foreground colour to the tone that you’d like. Light to medium tones will have dots spaced further apart. Darker tones are created by dot placement being closer together.

3. Go to Edit> Fill with FG Color or hit CTRL + ,

4. Go to Filters> Distorts> Newsprint. Make sure to check that you are working with a grayscale file to ensure that the filter will render your image properly into a screentone. You can check by going to Image> Mode and select Grayscale.

5. Adjust the sliding bar for Cell size until the moire pattern disappears or is minimized. Move the Oversample slider to 2 at the minimum. We are going to reduce the amount of information in this image from grayscale to 1-bit (black and white only). If you were to leave the oversample at 1, the dots in the reduced image will have a grainy appearance. Click OK to apply the filter.

6. Go to Image> Mode> Indexed. Select “Use black and white (1-bit) palette”. Click Convert.

7. All Done!

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Propaganda is Your Pal

Ever notice how propaganda is almost always an argument from pathos? The Canadian government has a series of images and text mandatory for all tobacco products sold in Canada. There is a series for men, women and pretty much every hypochondriac in the country. Some medically sound information that I have gleaned from the adverts are, smoking hurts children, smoking will make your dick limp and smoking will pretty much destroy your body and disfigure you, making you a hideous disease ridden outcast. I am waiting for “Smoking Kills Kittens” but I guess babies are pretty close.

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I was browsing through some old media I did last year and decided to do some graphic work with print CMYK. I didn’t realize the pun until it was too late. I guess that makes it even more hilarious.

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