Lost In Darkness And Distance

I'm sorry. I believe that you're the only one of you there's ever gonna be.

10,000th PERSON TO ASK ME THIS - “Josh, how come you’re working in a hardware store?!  You should be working for Disney or Pixar or somethin’!”

ME - “…

Another villain from my unfinished comic book project. 
An assassin…and a heavy smoker, this one.
This would’ve been an interesting comic book.  I should’ve at least finished ONE issue.

Another villain from my unfinished comic book project. 

An assassin…and a heavy smoker, this one.

This would’ve been an interesting comic book.  I should’ve at least finished ONE issue.

A wheelchair-bound villain from my unfinished comic book project.  As a child, I did my best to emulate comic book artists, which meant drawing lots of muscular superheroes in dynamic positions.  In high school, models posed for our class but they always had a lean physique.  By the time I graduated, I was sick of drawing lean muscular people.  I started creating characters that were the polar opposite.
His little button with the peace symbol is an ode to Full Metal Jacket.
The sketch is undated but it must be from early 2006, when I was 22.  Again, I should’ve sketched with pencil before inking.

A wheelchair-bound villain from my unfinished comic book project.  As a child, I did my best to emulate comic book artists, which meant drawing lots of muscular superheroes in dynamic positions.  In high school, models posed for our class but they always had a lean physique.  By the time I graduated, I was sick of drawing lean muscular people.  I started creating characters that were the polar opposite.

His little button with the peace symbol is an ode to Full Metal Jacket.

The sketch is undated but it must be from early 2006, when I was 22.  Again, I should’ve sketched with pencil before inking.

January 14th, 2006.  I was 22.  I was in a weird mood that afternoon.  I started doodling and came up with this. 
Director David Lynch selected it for an online art gallery.  He thought it was an abstract statement about George W. Bush, imperialism and the military industrial complex. 
The truth is, it’s just a drawing of my dad with a huge robot arm and his fly undone. 
And, it’s in blue ink ballpoint pen!  What else?

January 14th, 2006.  I was 22.  I was in a weird mood that afternoon.  I started doodling and came up with this. 

Director David Lynch selected it for an online art gallery.  He thought it was an abstract statement about George W. Bush, imperialism and the military industrial complex. 

The truth is, it’s just a drawing of my dad with a huge robot arm and his fly undone. 

And, it’s in blue ink ballpoint pen!  What else?

One of the characters from my unfinished comic book project.  
Yes, I’m a weird guy.  I know.
I’m just now realizing his left arm is slightly longer than his right.

One of the characters from my unfinished comic book project. 

Yes, I’m a weird guy.  I know.

I’m just now realizing his left arm is slightly longer than his right.

Back to blue ink!
Part of a fictional city I designed for a comic book…a comic book I never made.  So many unfinished projects…
This is why I need a partner;  a woman who’ll kick my rear end whenever I get lazy and walk away from projects for too long.
That building on the left was meant to look like a slice of Swiss cheese.  Of course I had to include a little hardware store - modeled after the one I work in.

Back to blue ink!

Part of a fictional city I designed for a comic book…a comic book I never made.  So many unfinished projects…

This is why I need a partner;  a woman who’ll kick my rear end whenever I get lazy and walk away from projects for too long.

That building on the left was meant to look like a slice of Swiss cheese.  Of course I had to include a little hardware store - modeled after the one I work in.

Some black ink ballpoint pen for a change!  I didn’t have any particular acquaintance or celebrity in mind when I drew him.  Just another face I made up.

Some black ink ballpoint pen for a change!  I didn’t have any particular acquaintance or celebrity in mind when I drew him.  Just another face I made up.

This sketch is dated April of 2000.  I was a junior in high school. 
Just a face I made up.  The blue ink ballpoint pen parade continues!

This sketch is dated April of 2000.  I was a junior in high school. 

Just a face I made up.  The blue ink ballpoint pen parade continues!

My younger brother dressed up like Kenny Rogers from the early 1980s.  In blue ink ballpoint pen.
Look at that belt buckle!

My younger brother dressed up like Kenny Rogers from the early 1980s.  In blue ink ballpoint pen.

Look at that belt buckle!

The villains of The Destructor.
"Some kind of look like Freddy Mercury."  :)
I’m not implying Freddy Mercury looked stupid.  I love Queen.  I thought he had a magnificent voice, a unique fashion sense and an immense stage presence.  It’s a shame he’s no longer with us.
The thugs who appear at the beginning of the film were supposed to look like rugged hired-muscle…far less refined and professional than the bodyguards of our main villain, Santino.  
These baddies were sketched in pencil.

The villains of The Destructor.

"Some kind of look like Freddy Mercury."  :)

I’m not implying Freddy Mercury looked stupid.  I love Queen.  I thought he had a magnificent voice, a unique fashion sense and an immense stage presence.  It’s a shame he’s no longer with us.

The thugs who appear at the beginning of the film were supposed to look like rugged hired-muscle…far less refined and professional than the bodyguards of our main villain, Santino. 

These baddies were sketched in pencil.

Wardrobe design for the lead character, Detective Abellini in my b&w short film I wrote, directed, edited and acted in - The Destructor. 
The Destructor was the final project for a “Technology In Science” course I took the final semester of my high school career.  It was a parody of violent 80s action movies about renegade cops.  My friend Chris played the lead.  These notes crack me up.  That flashlight Chris owned really was enormous and he did sometimes carry it up his sleeve while working in some of the rougher parts of Detroit.
Sketches are in pencil.

Wardrobe design for the lead character, Detective Abellini in my b&w short film I wrote, directed, edited and acted in - The Destructor. 

The Destructor was the final project for a “Technology In Science” course I took the final semester of my high school career.  It was a parody of violent 80s action movies about renegade cops.  My friend Chris played the lead.  These notes crack me up.  That flashlight Chris owned really was enormous and he did sometimes carry it up his sleeve while working in some of the rougher parts of Detroit.

Sketches are in pencil.

Weird robot arm that looks like something out of a 1950s Sci-Fi movie waves hello!  In blue ink ballpoint pen, again.  Should’ve sketched first with a pencil, again.

Weird robot arm that looks like something out of a 1950s Sci-Fi movie waves hello!  In blue ink ballpoint pen, again.  Should’ve sketched first with a pencil, again.

I don’t remember why I chose not to finish this little fella.  I don’t even remember who he was supposed to be.  I just know I drew him using a blue ink ballpoint pen in 2002.  I should’ve sketched him first with a pencil so I could’ve erased my basic outline later.

I don’t remember why I chose not to finish this little fella.  I don’t even remember who he was supposed to be.  I just know I drew him using a blue ink ballpoint pen in 2002.  I should’ve sketched him first with a pencil so I could’ve erased my basic outline later.

Me at 17.  In high school, I was voted “Most Artistic Male” by my graduating class.  It’s crazy seeing that much hair on my head, haha.  The illustration was hers.