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visit falling rock national park!

Inspired by those old WPA posters for National Parks. These, like the mountain drawings from yesterday, are done in Prismacolor marker. They’re outlined with various black pens. I think I’d like to make them even more in that old style. These were pretty fun to imagine, though. Call you local travel agent and try to book a flight to Falling Rock National Park today!come+see+falling+rock come+see+falling+rock2 come+see+falling+rock3 come+see+falling+rock4


come see

come-see-falling-rock-mountain-watercolor-with-text2This poster for Falling Rock was inspired by WPA posters for various national parks. They either had the words “COME SEE” or “SEE AMERICA” printed on them, a beckoning for Americans to visit their beautiful natural wonders.

Unfortunately you can’t physically visit Falling Rock National Park, but you can always see new dispatches from that park at my website. Falling Rock exists in the minds of all its readers, so let’s make it grow, huh?

Oh, and why doesn’t Obama bring back the Works Progress Administration? We need to realize there’s nothing wrong with paying artists to make art.


new business cards

I finally ran out of my old, makeshift business cards.  They were cards I never got to use from an old job, onto which I put stickers that had my name, occupation (“Full-Time Cartoonist”), and website info.  When I used the last of those up, I decided my next cards would be special.

I went to my old friends at Pinball Publishing.  They make 3.5×5 inch pocket postcards, printed on the same chipboard I use for my comic book covers.  They’re rounded at the edges, a nice touch.  I decided to continue the theme of Works Progress Administration-style art and draw a picturesque scene that visitors would find in Falling Rock National Park.  On the back, I have my name, website address and email, along with space to actually write a message and send the card through the mail.

If you see me at a comic convention, or, heck, while riding my bike, I’ll hand you one of these:joshshalek-business-card-grayscale

They are a reminder to visit Falling Rock National Park and to support your local cartoonist.  I can’t wait to give them all away.

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issue 2 sketches

A few unused cover ideas for the upcoming Issue 2. They were drawn in black & white.
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prints for ComicCon

Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, I whipped up a fresh batch of prints.
When you visit me at table O-6 in Small Press, you will find these three originals.
A WPA-inspired Falling Rock poster and two variations of the Nick Offerman stamp I made last year.
I actually scanned the stamp directly, then added color in Photoshop.
See you in San Diego!
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Falling Rock poster recolored

I thought I’d give this piece from 2014 a new coat of paint. One of my favorite things about digital art (or in this case, digital color) is the ability to revisit older works and make tweaks. George Lucas took this to the extreme, but I think there’s a middle path. What do you think? Do you prefer this, or the older version with flat color?

WPA style print, ink and digital color