Art, Comics

Quick sketch and paint with gouache!


The Making of “The Little Aviator” by R.W. Schmidt

Check out this video I made showing how I make the art for my newest book, “The Little Aviator.” Hope you enjoy it!


The Little Aviator in Progress

Work continues on “The Little Aviator” slowly but surely!  It is a historical fiction children’s book set in World War I, and the plot involves a young boy who steals a plane to fight in the war. In addition to the story, there will be historical information about the planes and weapons featured in the book.

Here is a glimpse of the line art of one page!

R.W. Schmidt Art © 2016

With a new job, new house, and new baby on the way, progress on this book has been delayed lately.
But I have less than 15 pages now to draw! Then comes the scanning, extensive editing (because as a clumsy left hander there is at least one ink smudge on every other page), coloring, and lettering.
Then I can move on toward the publishing stage!

Check back here for more updates in the future!

Art, Comics

More Comic Scraps

old panel space comic watermark.pngAnother old panel from an unfinished comic from years ago. My digital coloring skills were pretty much nonexistent back then; I am completely self-taught when it comes to art, and this is me really just starting out in illustration.

This unfinished comic never made it past 5 pages. I say unfinished, but I really should say repurposed; that is, a lot of the ideas, themes, and even the title are going to be recycled and used in my next project.

In the meantime, I am still completing work on “The Little Aviator,” a children’s book, a fully illustrated historical fiction piece set during WWI. It is going to be a beautiful work when it is finally finished! I’m very proud of it!

However, my wife and I are in the process of buying and moving to a new house, and I am taking a new teaching position (plus we are expecting a new baby!) so work on “The Little Aviator” is currently on hold for a couple weeks.

Once we get settled in, I am hoping to have the book published by Christmas 2016, or even as soon as August 2016! Stay tuned for more news on that later!

Until then, enjoy the art here! Or check out my first novel “The Lands Beyond the Moon” on Amazon!

the lands beyond the moon