Home of the comic 'The Deep End,' started in January 2011 and currently running in Utah State University's 'Utah Statesman' as well as the national comics newspaper 'Funnies Extra!' (www.funnies-extra.com) and various other magazines and publications. Contact me if you would like to use one of my comics! Updates once a week (for now).


People love to laugh! Cartoons liven up any blog or website, so raise interest with a custom comic! Email me at thedeepend.comic@gmail.com!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Big Shopper - Another Shingo Cartoon

Here's another cartoon for the people over at the Shingo Institute. Not available for re-use.



I always like seeing how a project evolves, so here's how it originally was. The changes in the top version were requested to better communicate the message that the company is trying to teach.



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Shingo Cartoons

I've been hired by the Shingo Institute to do a series of original cartoons for their instructional, promotional, and supplementary materials. They teach seminars and provide material related to efficiency inside a business. The cartoons will highlight pitfalls that Shingo is teaching companies to avoid, but in a humorous, relatable way. These cartoons are unavailable for use by anyone other than the Shingo Institute. More to come!

If you have a similar project in mind and would like to do something like this for your company, send me an email! thedeepend.comic@gmail.com

Initial character sketches. That isn't going to be the title, I just wanted to slap something else onto the page.

Color study for the main character.






This may be the first ever comic STRIP that I've done!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wired magazine article about caricatures

I recently read a cool article from Wired magazine titled "What Caricatures Can Teach Us About Facial Recognition" by Ben Austen.

 http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/07/ff_caricature/all/

 For the article, the author had several caricature artists draw him in their own style. I'm in a Type, Image, and Visual Continuity class right now and we're designing magazines so I wanted to use this article. We had to create our own imagery, so I decided to add my own caricature into the mix! The Einstein caricature I did earlier was for the magazine's cover, and this one is for my feature spread. To see the other caricatures, go read the article!






Friday, January 31, 2014

Einstein Caricature


This is for a project I'm working on for my Type, Image, and Visual Continuity class. We're designing a magazine and we have to create the majority of the images used in it. Einstein has got to be one of the most caricatured people ever, probably because he's so well known and has a face that's just plain fun to draw!



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sneak Peek!


A little sneak peek of a caricature I'm doing for a school project. Any guesses who it could be?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Cartoon - Cupid Fail





I asked my Facebook homies which version they liked better and the opinions seem to be pretty much split. I love the art part of cartooning, but the focus needs to be on the joke, so in this case, the second one will probably become my go-to version. Less distractions and a cleaner design. I still like the first one though and had a good time making it. Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Super Excuse



It's been a long time since I participated in the CCGB's caption contest, but I decided to give this week's a go!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Creating a "Deep End" cartoon!

Cartoon Tutorial


I thought it'd be kinda cool to show a little bit of the process that goes into creating a Deep End cartoon. The first step, the sketch, is generally based off of a less-detailed sketch from my sketchbook, where I jot down my ideas and get a basic feel for how I want to set up the scene. Then, using very sophisticated software (Photoshop) I'll re-sketch it directly into my computer. I own an HP Touchsmart tm2 which allows me to draw directly onto the screen. It's been a great computer, but it's getting a little old and I'm starting to have serious problems with the pressure sensitivity, so I'll probably spring for a small 13" Wacom Cintiq pretty soon. I ink it on the layer above the sketch layer and then color it on a new layer below the inks. I'll usually have color separated onto a couple layers (foreground, background, etc) so that I can make changes and not mess up stuff I've already done. It's always pretty cool to look at my cartoons without the black line work. Just a couple more steps and I could probably turn it into a full-on digital painting! The whole process usually takes me around eight hours, depending on complexity and the number of distractions, and it always help to have some great music or some other form of high-quality entertainment!



Here are the individual images in case you want to see them bigger.







Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Supervirus!



I studied Biology at my university for about three years before I finally decided to switch to Graphic Design. Originally, I wanted to do something related to Biotechnology. Even though I eventually decided that it wasn't for me, I still have a deep love of science. Sometimes this comes through in my comics. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Them's Fightin' Words Pard'ner!



Sorry, this cartoon is a bit risque. It's got the word 'horny' in it.



Mel Smith caricature


This was the caricature I did right after the Zach Braff one, so still experimenting. I did it for a CCGB caricature contest that they do about twice a month or something. I didn't know who he was at first, but then I found out that he played the albino torturer in The Princess Bride. He has a face that just begs to be caricatured.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage! - The Mythbusters!


The Mythbusters! The coolest science guys since Bill Nye! I know it's posted a little bit big (sorry for any overlap), but that's so you can see the details better.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

White people love Wayne Brady


My wife took me to see Wayne Brady perform in Layton, Utah for an early birthday present, and it was amazing. He was, as always, absolutely hilarious. His improv skills are ridiculously sharp, and his ability to make up funny songs on the fly is unparalleled. First he sang a hip hop song about how he hates the date, and he had to throw in words suggested by the audience (SAT level words - like indubitably and eccentric). It was pure brilliance. He went on to do other games like props (introducing a new military transport vehicle called 'The Porcupine') and sound effects (getting ready for the Prison Prom, haha). He adapted the games so that he could do them alone with the assistance of some volunteers from the audience. In one game, he was a salesman selling rabid squirrels to a housewife (who happened to be a crazy community theater lady that tried to steal the show from him and failed miserably. "Ok, be a housewife." *Does the robot* Everybody: Whaa???)  

He answered questions that people had previously written down, and one of the ones that he answered was mine! He called my name and I stood up as he read my question. It was kind of a lame generic question about how he feels about Whose Line being back on the air (stoked, naturally), but after my question I added on an "I love you man!" and he said "I love you too man!" I may just be a nerdy fan, but Whose Line got me through some depressing times in my early college days right after I moved out. Wayne, Colin and Ryan never failed to cheer me up, and I'll always be grateful to them for that. 

The audience had also written down name suggestions for songs that he'd have to make up on the spot, so we were treated to some great songs about stuff like Justin Bieber's toothless 90-year old girlfriend, and we followed Wayne as he searched for his Dad in the audience, which he finally found! (one of the few black guys in attendance). The audience demanded an encore, so he came out and picked another song title. It turned out to be the instantly classic "Sexual Wednesday" (set to the tune of, what else, Sexual Healing). 

Overall, it was an extremely entertaining night provided by a fantastic entertainer who is way more humble than you would expect someone so talented to be. If you ever get the chance to see him work his magic, don't miss it.