So, for better or for worse, I’m going to try and “solo” as much of the illustration and animation as I can. However, realistically speaking, I’m probably going to need help at some point. So that I don’t have to spend too much time teaching people how to draw my characters, I’ve created a series handy-dandy “How-to”s to help people learn how to draw the characters. They aren’t perfect (as I don’t have the time to make them so) but they serve as a good start as to how I draw the characters. First up, the Crimson Fly!

 The Fly’s basically a sphere mounted on top of a cone. It’s not quite that simple, but that’s the easiest way to break him down and start.

As stated earlier, He wears a mask and goggles to hide his identity. I also gave him massive eyebrows because I like being able to see characters emote, and I didn’t want to mess with his goggles too much. So I enlarged his eyebrows.

As for his legs, I kinda hated the idea that someone could be super strong but not really look much different from everyone else.  So I went with something even more implausible, like quadrupedal legs.  They let him jump 3x his current height.  Why are his legs like that? You’ll have to read to find out.

With the arms and torso, they’re less autonomous anatomy, and more just connectors for the arms and waist to the head.  That said, its important to identify how clothing folds for lighting purposes; Its exaggerated in the how-to’s, but your get the general idea.

And that’s how you draw the Crimson Fly! Simple enough, right?

Welcome to the World of the Crimson Fly!

Hello, and Welcome to the world of The Crimson Fly, an animated comic! So what is the Crimson Fly? Its the story of the adventures a young vigilante, The Crimson Fly, as he stumbles, kicks and vaults his way above, below, and through a city that doesn’t want him, and learns what it means to be a hero. He’s not very strong, fast or smart, and he doesn’t always know what’s going on, but the Fly’s got heart and determination to spare! And he’s going to need it! In addition to the criminals, the gangs and the freaks, He’s got to contend with the law that doesn’t want to deal with him, a public that fears him, and a cityscape that certainly was built for superheroes. But if anyone’s going to make it as a superhero, its the Fly! Lets hope he doesn’t crash and burn first!

The format for this story is an animated comic. What does that mean? Exactly what it says on the tin! There’s animation in this comic. There’s always going to be a panel where something can move. That said, its not automatic. It’ll be up to you to find where, when and how things are animated. What does this mean? Well, you’ll see.

As you may/may not have noticed, there are no comics on this page, nor is there a link to a website for the comic, yet. That’s because I’m still in the pre-production stages. The actual comic will not arrive until next year. Wait, Wait, Wait! That doesn’t mean that there won’t be stuff to show until then. The purpose of this page as it currently stands is to keep you all in the loop until the comic is finally finished and published! So from here until the release date in January next year (I haven’t set an exact date), you’ll be taking the journey with me, watching as I design characters and environments, follow me on livestream as I illustrate and animate pages, and weigh in on design choices as they are posted to the blog. It should be a fun ride!

So, in closing, welcome to the world of The Crimson Fly, an animated comic by me, Collin Byrd (the writer, the illustrator, the animator, and the programmer)! Hope you enjoy the experience!

Hey everybody! Its exactly as you see it: I’m opening commissions.  If you want one, message me either here, or shoot me an email at skipperwing@gmail.com com so we can discuss things!  Preferred method of payment is currently paypal, though that is subject to change.

When messaging, please include a description of what you want:

-dimensions (ex: 11 in x 17 in for a poster)

-Character, or Characters (ex: Mario)

-Character action (ex: Mario standing like a badass)

-Location (ex: Blank-I mean, “Void between worlds)

EDIT (thanks to my buddy @rambozus, for asking for clarification)

Just to be clear, You get a maximum of four characters under the base cost. Any more adds on an extra amount detailed under the type of illustration.  So, for example, a 5th character in a pencil sketch would be an extra $10, a 6th character would be an extra $10 on top of that ($20 extra for those of you keeping track at home), and so on and so forth.  Hope that’s clear!

Anything else I missed? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks! Let’s make this fun for everybody, m’kay?

PS: I would LOVE YOU FOREVER if you reblogged this! Thanks! (you don’t have to, but I’d LOVE YOU!)

Sketchdoodles: Super Mario Bros by SkipperWing

So, what I did for Sonic here (fav.me/d6rorzn), I decided to do for Mario. I’ll admit, I’ve never been good at drawing Mario as much as I’d like, so I’ve been practicing a style I like for him (and Luigi, by extension, given that he’s essentially a stretched out Mario) in an actual sketchbook. I also don’t draw secondary protagonists and antagonists as much as I should, so I did some doodles of Princess Peach and Bowser while I was at it. Gotta work on those two; dividing my attention between doodling and conversing is not a good idea…

Done in Paint Tool Sai

Updates for Dad: Late to the conversation .

Y’know when you catch wind of a conversation you’d be the ultimate authority on, and you totally want to get in and impose your opinion on everyone else’s and “enlighten” them and stuff? But then you find a natural opening and either:

a.) Everyone remembers that they have work to do.
b.) You totally misheard everything, and now it’s all awkward.
c.) you came in on the tail end of the conversation.

Either way, *sad trombone noise…

(Note: I used “nerd” because I am one, and only a nerdy/geeky topic will get me so excited. You can use whatever shorthand you want)

Done in Photoshop. Leave a comment/favorite/heart/reblog about how awesome/sucky you think these comics are! Please? I’ll love you forever!!!!


So, for better or for worse, I’m going to try and “solo” as much of the illustration and animation as I can. However, realistically speaking, I’m probably going to need help at some point. So that I don’t have to spend too much time teaching people how to draw my characters, I’ve created a series handy-dandy “How-to”s to help people learn how to draw the characters. They aren’t perfect (as I don’t have the time to make them so) but they serve as a good start as to how I draw the characters.  So here’s our main character, Officer Jones!

Updates for Dad: Cat Nesting.

Yes: I was on the toilet.
No: I don’t leave the door open.

So, my cat is not like other cats. To him, I am not an obstacle to world domination that just so happens to also feed him and take out his trash. He actively seeks out human attention and affection and that makes him a bit of a sweetheart and makes me his best friend. That said, he is still a cat, so his needs apparently always come before mine, regardless of whatever I am up to at the moment. So when it comes time for affection and my lap is unavailable, he makes do with the closest set of my clothing. Which, when I’m taking care of business, happens to be my pants. Fun fact: “CAT, GET OUT OF MY PANTS!” was up there on my list of things I never thought I’d ever say.

Cats are fun like that (seriously, unless the water is running, try keeping a cat out of your bathroom. it is impossible)

Also of note: I’m trying something new. This was done in Flash, and with a gray background. This was done so that:
a.) I could get a greater range of tone for “lesser” effort
b.) “easier” to get a finished “effect” for less “effort” (compared to the sketchiness of earlier strips)
c.) Testing for a future experiment (tied into my thesis)

I like it, but compared to my previous workflows it does take a little longer. Whether this is due to being more complicated, or due to unfamiliarity (seriously, things speed up really quickly once I know what’s going on, how do to what I need to, and am comfortable with doing it), but I like it. Sadly this means that strips are going to slow down a bit for the time being (not that this was ever on any kind of schedule) Let me know what you think with a comment/favorite/heart/like (whatever social media you’re using)

Updates for Dad: forgot my hat.

And the universe imploded. So, for those who don’t know/don’t know me in real life, (as these are more personal observations and practice rather than any actual attempt to be “good”) I have this hat that I wear. I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I graduated high school, and found out college doesn’t have the same restrictions on headwear. You’ve seen me draw myself in it, even in strips when I’m at home/work simply because my perception of myself heavily relies on it. It’s my “thing” along with my glasses and jacket.

The thing is, high school has those restrictions because the professional world does as well. A hat’s just not cool indoors. So when I got my job, I started wearing it indoors less and less (you’ll still see me drawn in it). And so, yesterday, I completely forgot it. And while in college or high school, I would have run back for it, nowadays I’m on a pretty strict timeline, and I can’t afford to miss my bus. Otherwise, I get in late, have less time to do work, and by extension, get paid less. So I left it. And the world kept turning. Yeeaaaahhhhh… still, no spoilers for you!

SKIPPERWING LOGO: 2013 by *SkipperWing

So, I was in the middle of making my new demo reel opening (which can be seen here: http://skipperwing.deviantart.com/art/Skipperwing-Demo-Reel-2013-Opening-357768948) When I realized I didn’t have a color comp of my logo.  It also prompted me to realize I didn’t like my current logo anymore.  So I redesigned it.

Click any of the buttons to see it in color, in black and white, and with/without my pictorial, the SkipperWing Cap.  I like this one much better! It could use a little smoothing, but overall, I feel its a lot stronger.  At least until the next redesign….

Whatcha think?

Basically, I inked over this (http://skipperwing.tumblr.com/post/34059323777/so-i-was-doing-some-organization-on-my-computer)  To get a better sense of whether pencils or inks worked better.  

The answer, at least for me? Inks. Inks all the way, without a doubt.  The contrasts work better between the grays and the blacks, and they pop the colors a lot better.  And the emotive “weight” wasn’t lost either! But that might just be for this picture. And I have to see what I’m gonna do for backgrounds too… Still, this a great start.  Thoughts?