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Welcome to the SUNDOG Ichiban School of Cartooning (and Hermetic Science -- shhhhh!), a school of one, birthplace and home of Mousashi ryu! Hai!

Our Mission is to turn pig iron into steel! Not by magic. By enthusiastic perseverance with steadfast commitment to the goal. Graphic novels, or bust! Osu! Bonzai!

Everything you need to start your studies, schedule regular practice, round out skills and maybe even get a job (!) is listed and linked below:

QUICK PICKS Updated 24 January 2018.
I salvaged the Quick Picks from the widget on my profile page and placed them in this literature post just to make sure that if something happens (i.e. like I give up core membership) you'll still have access to them - and so will I.  LOL.  These are books I'm always recommending, headed by what may be the most important of them, The NATURAL WAY TO DRAW.  A good many more resources including articles, 3D models, anatomy plates and art education material may be found at  I highly recommend exploring the site-map. Note that I am updating the lists with new books and materials all the time, so check back periodically.  
Kimon Nicholaides THE NATURAL WAY to DRAW (2 parts)
Five Books by Andrew Loomis:


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2) Draw This -…

3) New Masters Academy…


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6) Figurosity

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1) Comic Art Fans , online public domain comics at Comic Book Plus and Pappy's Golden Age Blogzine Diversions of the Groovy Kind…

2) John Kricfalusi's Handbook: lessons for layout and background artists:

3) Storytelling, Concept Art and Illustration Podcasts at


Learn Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio5

Gareth David, A Complete Beginners Guide to PS… See also his free online courses for Adobe Illustrator and In-Design

Aaron Blaise Intro to Photoshop

PhotoShop Brushes and Plug-ins

Color Acuity Self-test…

Color Theory-Additive and Subtractive Models…

Color Theory Slide Show and Self-test…


PERFORMANCE PROFILE, CRITIQUE, LESSON PLAN, SKILL-TRAINING PROGRAM - all levels - by private consultation . . . er . . . maybe. But first you must pass THREE tests! Haha!

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What I would point out is that it is all rhythm. Joe used barely more than the wrinkles, folds and creases in clothing to insinuate the...

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Cover-girl-color-crop by Sol-Caninus Cover-girl-color by Sol-Caninus

Above: exercise to advance color modeling

Still drifting, so, quite unexpectedly, found myself caught up in a current, talking myself into taking the next step in painting.  (Wasn't I just knee deep in ink?)  As I explained in an Artist's Comment it entails carefully adding highlight and core shade to a well laid foundation of color-modeled form.*  That is after establishing a credible illusion of form (the 3DI) with all three color components - hue, value and chroma - highlight and core shade are added as finishing touches. 

The irony is that after doing a lot of work to establish the main illusion with color, we endeavor to improve on it by washing out the color with white and gray and smothering it with black!  LOL.  Sounds nuts, but it's essential to getting a truly realistic effect.  And it doesn't work the same way if you turn things around by starting with the tints, tones and shades.  They really have to be applied discretely last as finishing touches.  It should come as no surprise, then, that this is when the detailing starts. 

For me the difficult part was/is reducing the brush size and sometimes even switching out the spray can for liner.  But even with that liner, you're not drawing lines.  You're just placing color against color to suggest this or that.  It's exactly what you were doing before, only in smaller space, with smaller tools, making smaller strokes.  Sound like fun to you?  Ugh. Of course, not everything requires detailing, so it shouldn't be a bear.

Even though I'm tuned to color, I find I'm still strongly inclined to model by value. Well, who isn't?  I think it's a carry over from drawing with graphite and with ink.  Classic pen and ink is all about controlling value, so it takes a bit to shake up the paradigm to meet color on its own terms.  And then it takes a bit to see where they overlap, where what one learned technically for inking applies to painting.  As I see it, it applies to the finish.  Something of a challenge for me, since finishing isn't a strength.  Maybe that's in the process of changing?

So why tint, tone and shade?  Why should they enter the equation, if the basic illusion has already been established?  Why wash out the color by introducing gray and white to colors in the light zone and black to highly saturated colors in the shade? The answer is "nature, physics, reality."  As Aristotle would say, it's the nature of art to imitate nature.  Every artist becomes familiar with the natural model of light, which explains how light describes form.  This applies not only to value, but to hue and chroma.  

The key is to apply tint, tone and shade at the finish, not before.  That's not easy working digitally with a color picker.  There is always the temptation to sample colors from reference that pick the highlights and cores.  One then finds himself "painting-by-numbers", as it were, picking at the surface, instead of painting in layers that provide a foundation for strong spatial illusions. Though picking like this will produce an immediate spatial illusion, so satisfying to beginners, it is typically weak and difficult to develop.  I regret starting the Covergirl Color exercise using the color picker.  It would be much stronger had I mixed a palette.  More to the point, it would have better served the purpose of finishing, since the elements of finishing would not have been confused at the start with the foundation.   Then, again, having to tease things apart made me aware of the mistake and made me somewhat skillful at separating the stages.  So, learned two things, first, it's better to avoid the mistake, and, second, how to correct the mistake once it's made.  Lemonade from lemons.

The idea that tint, tone and shade is for finishing/detailing is very helpful.  Prior to this I knew what they were, but didn't realize how they applied in the great overall.  Make a color lighter, add white.  Bring it to a lower key, add gray.  Paint color in the shadows, raise the chroma and add black.**  Nothing hard to understand there, except, possibly, why do it and when?  Oh! Yeah.  For detail and that polished finish at the very end.  

Well, now that that's cleared up, let's push it as far as it goes.

*  I'm not talking about the obligatory white spot on the tip of the nose, that is a finishing touch for cartoons.  That's an abridgement of the process I'm talking about.  (But, hey, when a white spot can do the job, especially in cartoon or semi-real style, have at it.)   

**  Applies specifically to flesh tones.  


Patrick (Sundog) Sharp
Artist | Varied
United States
In 1969, at age fifteen, while still recovering from the last in a series of operations on my leg for post-polio effects, I got my mother to drive me to CHARLTON Publishing Co. in Derby, Connecticut. There I showed my portfolio to the late George Wildman who offered me an entry-level position. The perks: learn from the best ("on your own time").

This was near the end of Charlton's hay days. They had Giordano, Ditko, Boyette and a bunch of other great guys (like Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez). But my mother said, "No!" (About 25 years later when I asked her why she wasted everyone's time bringing me to the interview if she had no intention of letting me work, she said, "I never imagined anyone would take you seriously." )

After that I got into wrestling and martial arts, motorcycles and girls, continued my education through graduate school, then started work in a "serious" profession. Nevertheless; in the mid 80s, I took a half-time position so I could write fiction and do a full time stint at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Fleischer Art Memorial. But, when push came to shove, I returned full time to Human Service and Psychology.

Some years back, I wiped the slate clean and decided to start over - to pick up where I'd left off as a teenager - to do graphic novels, or bust. That's where I am, now - BUSTED. . . BIG TIME! Nowhere to go from here, except up! ;) :icontailwagplz: :thumbsup:

Current Residence: Mt. Effort, (What an appropriate name!) Pennsylvania
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Loose, so, large
Favourite style of art: Scientific Illustration, Comic Book Illo, Genre Fiction Writing, Technical Writing
Personal Quote: 'From my weakness I drew strength that never left me.' - paraphrased from Borges


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KaliberZ Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Won't you mind if I send you a Note if I ever got an art/artist related question?
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   General Artist
Feel free to do so any time
KaliberZ Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
allright :v
Assink-art Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Missed it at first, otherwise I would have put it in the note. Thank you for the watch, I feel honoured! It's very motivating. I will watch you too, see if we can help each other in our work and progress.
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018   General Artist
I don't think you missed it.  I added the watch after I got your note :)  And I think I had recently added you to watch, but took you off because my list got too long and I didn't recognize your username  :( :blush: (I'm currently "trimming the dead wood", as it were).

In any event, I corrected the error and look forward to sharing insights, trading opinions and generally cooperating for mutual welfare and benefit.  :thumbsup:
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