Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

One of the best writing FAQs on the Internet

I am often suspicious of the ‘experts’ who tout their method of writing, especially when their pedigree seems to be primarily start-up/now-gone companies, publications that are little more than glorified sales sheets, or contain the word ‘guru’.  In fact, a sure to guarantee that I will  not follow you, but I will also block you on Twitter is to have the words marketing, sales, or social media guru too close together.  But I digress.

This writing FAQ  is written by James Moran ,  a film and television writer who’s credits include: the horror flick Severance; as well sci-fi favorites Doctor Who (the current series, not the classic—the dude isn’t that old), Torchwood as well as some others.  Based on his blog, Moran seems like a very down to earth fellow and puts a human face on ‘the writer’.   Because of some ugliness of fans around the Torchwood: Children of Earth mini-series, Moran has stopped updating his blog but, thankfully, he’s left it up for others to read his nuggets of wisdom and silliness.

The post that I am linking to is one of the more thorough writing FAQs from someone in the industry.  Moran is specific that this was his experience and your mileage may vary. He talks about the way to break-in (‘it’s hard, but doable’) writing schedules, why you shouldn’t write a spec episode for your favorite show, as well some geeky behind the scenes stuff about Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Here’s the link.   Have fun!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wait, another freaking blog????

Yeah, I know. I labored over the decision to start yet another blog. I mean, I have the cartoon blog, the radio show blog, and the editorial blog (well, technically, that is actually a column, but why quibble over the little details). Then, once you add in Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and (Lord help us) Plurk—I appear to be quite the narcissist. Hmmm. One should be careful before drawing conclusions in public. Anyway---so why another freaking blog?

Well this blog serves a compartmental purpose. In the movie Dreamcatcher, several scenes take place in the main character’s brain. His mind looks much like a musty library of old—complete with boxes labeled ‘old memories’ and ‘masturbatory fantasies’. In addition, there are rows and rows of books, secret passages, and filing cabinets. That is pretty much how my brain works. Different compartments for everything. This is my fiction compartment.

I am a writer that is what I do. Everything, even the cartoons, revolve around my ability to tell a story. And that, dear readers, is what this blog will be about. I house my serious writing in the aforementioned elsewheres: and I am pleased that some of you enjoy reading and bantering with me on the content of the ‘serious’ stuff. I hope that you will be just as enthusiastic here in the land of make-believe. Truth be told, I find this land much more fulfilling than the land of health care, bailouts and partisan pissing contests. I hope you do as well. Understand that I am not leaving those other areas (I am far too opinionated for that) but I will be spending more time here than I have in the past.

Over the next few days and weeks, I will be posting some work that I hope you take the time to read and comment. I am very excited about one series that I plan to produce as a podcast (with actors and everything) and post here for your aural pleasure as you drive to and from the corporate behemoth, the place of knowledge, or just truckin' the tykes to play dates.

So, as they say in the trades, watch this space for more information.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Thomas Jefferson said: "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." Unfortunately, we've strayed so far from his advice that I believe the snake is about to swallow us whole.   Have a nice day :)

Pencil Sketch on stenographer's pad.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Technorati Claim


Just short post for Technorati.  Regular readers may safely ignore.  Thank you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sketchbook Mobile

So I downloaded the Sketchbook Mobile app for my iPhone today.  It had great reviews at the app store and was only $3.00; how could you beat that?  Well, turns out you can't.  This is a great little finger drawing program that may eventually replace the need to carry a Moleskine notebook.  These are a couple of quick sketches. 

The top sketch is my first effort, the bottom is my second effort.

Don't judge to harshly, I am still getting used to the tool.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Illustration Friday: Music

Hello IFers! Long time no see. This week's entry is a photo illustration of a poster I designed for my son's band The Aquards.

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving this week (or, just their Thursday).

Your feedback is always encouraged.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Illustration Friday: Shaky

Cartoon by Tony Sarrecchia for Illustration Friday: Shaky

The little fellow is quite shaky being out in the woods alone at night. There is something disturbing going on here, but he cannot quite put his finger on it.

Two week in a row I have an IFriday entry---whoa. I rock. This pencil sketch was done in a Strathmore 400 Series sketchbook with a Papermate Mega Lead .7mm mechanical pencil.

Your comments are encouraged.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Illustration Friday: Worn

Worn Jacket by Illustrator Tony Sarrecchia

This fellow with the worn jacket was drawn during a down period at the office. I used a .05mm OfficeMax mechanical pencil in a Pastel Rose steno book. As an aside, does anyone actually do stenography/shorthand anymore?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Illustration Friday: Parade

This week I included the original pencil sketch—most of my stuff starts out as some type of pencil sketch—sometimes vague geometric shapes that only make sense to me. Other times the sketches are detailed like the one with this entry.

Pencil Sketch by Tony Sarrecchia

I take the pencil sketch into one of four apps (Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash) depending on what I want the final piece to look like and trace over it. More often than not, I will modify the final from the sketch as I go.

Adobe Illustrator Screen Grab of Parade

This is the AI art board with the layers pallet opened up showing the number of layers this screen. I like to keep each element (eyes, head, hair, body) on it’s own layer and then grouped by major element (skateboarder, girl, balloon boy) in a super layer. (Click for larger image)

Cartoon by Tony Sarrecchia

And finally, the completed version. For the record, I did the pencil sketch with a .5mm Techniclick II mechanical pencil in a Moleskine notebook. The final version was created in Adobe Illustrator CS.

Your comments are encouraged.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Illustration Friday: Hierarchy


Interesting choice of word to illustrate—and by interesting I mean—wtf? But hey, it certainly was a challenge to come up with something unique to represent the mundane.

The only thing I could think of was one of those organizational charts that list the boss in the big box at the top, and then the descending echelons of minions, lackeys and worker bees. The chart where people hope that they are at least as high (if not higher) on the feeder scale than the schmuck who wants you to buy his daughter’s Girl Scout cookies.

Anyway—I’ve seen (and designed) enough of the ‘org’ chart that my mind automatically goes there for ‘hierarchy’ and refuses to leave. Thus, I bring you the little doodle below. For those who keep track of this stuff: this ‘toon was created Illustrator CS3 though it probably could have been done just as easily in MS Paint.

I appreciate your comments.

Hierarchy Man cartoon by Tony Sarrecchia

Monday, May 4, 2009

Things I Draw During Meetings

So I was in a meeting today and my boss mentioned how the gremlins in the machine caused a system failure last week. She went on to talk about IT things--I sketched this out while she was talking. Materials used: .7mm Mechanical Pencil, generic stenographer (no, I don't take shorthand) pad.

Gremlin Sketch by Tony Sarrecchia

Friday, March 20, 2009

Torchwood Season Premier

One of the best sci-fi shows ever is returning this summer. It's only going to be 5 days long--but it's one story. Check out the preview.