March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chapter 2 is done!

I moved to Portland right after I finished, so progress on Chapter 3 has been slow, but I’m ecstatic about the move, and even more so about a possible shared studio space I’m hoping to get in on here. I’ve never had a personal work area away from home, so I’m anxious to see how it’ll effect my workflow.

We’re also in the process of hiring a new colorist for the project. I recently fell in love with Kevin Mutch’s The Moon Prince, and the simple, mostly flat color aesthetic he’s employing. I feel like a color approach like this would be a great match for the essentially clean-line drawing style I’m using for Upgrade Soul. Here’s a style test I did for the cover of chapter 2.

If anybody out there is interested, please contact me about page rates and send some samples to


Upgrade Soul Theme

October 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Alexis just finished the title theme for Upgrade Soul! This is the song that will play over the opening credits. There will be an extended album-only version of this song featuring a guitar solo, vocals and a rap breakdown. We’re saving that for a special occasion.

Upgrade Soul Theme Sample

Chapter 2, Scene 1 (uncolored).

October 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

This is the uncolored first scene of the second chapter of Upgrade Soul. This also happens to be the first scene I’ve drawn since I did the first chapter on spec 3 years ago. I’m relieved my natural drawing style hasn’t changed perceptibly, though that may not speak well of my growth as an illustrator.


October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s always exciting to me when I revisit something from my childhood and find fairly obvious seedlings for my future interests and aesthetics. I recently rewatched Leviathan for the first time since I was a kid, and was kind of surprised to find a few elements I may or may not have subconsciously cribbed, both in Upgrade Soul (the distanced controlling presence accessible only via videoconference), and another horror script I wrote a few years ago. The weird thing is that I don’t at all consider Leviathan to be a noteworthy part of my childhood cultural experience. Not like Robocop, Predator, Aliens, Terminator, Ice Pirates, Mad Max, or even Galaxy of Terror, to name a few. In recent years, however, I have fallen in love with Leviathan’s screenwriter, David Webb Peoples (12 Monkeys, Blade Runner, Unforgiven, Blood of Heroes), so maybe the film’s influence was more insidious than I give it credit for.

Gestation 2.

October 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

Around the same time Tom Herpich did his Upgrade Soul character designs, I illustrated a sample scene as a tone test. This scene was later cut from the script, and the art style I’m now employing is vastly different, but if I’d committed to finishing Upgrade Soul then, there’s a good chance this is what it might have looked like.


October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Upgrade Soul has gone through several metamorphoses to get to where it is now. In 2007, with a mind toward taking the story down a slightly skewed path, I hired the utterly amazing Tom Herpich to create designs for the story’s main characters. While we never pursued our collaboration beyond these illustrations, I cherish them no less. Tom went on to become a character designer and storyboard artist for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time series.

Death Theme.

September 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

The first track completed by Alexis for the Upgrade Soul score.

“Death Theme”