Always Drawing

Those of you who have been following Hominids for a long time
know that I’ve been drawing these characters for ages.

Growing up,  my schoolwork would often go undone and my papers were graffitied with doodles. Later, I cut up all my drawings and tried my best to put them in some kind of collection. Here are just a few of the Hominids drawings I did through junior high and high school.

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Ladies of Hominids

So I just finished the script to Chapter 7.

At least the version I’m most happy with. I have no doubt there is a lot to fix in it (I’m terrible with grammar) but this is the one where I feel like, ‘yes, this is right. This is how you move the story forward.’ Now I’m ready to move on and start thumb-nailing and then build my buffer.

In the meantime, here are some more early sketches of the ladies of Hominids from about 10 years back.

Early Lye concept


Another early Lye concept. This was well before they were neanderthals and I was using models to help learn anatomy.


The Classics

For those of you who don’t know,

Hominids has been around for a long time.

Ever since I was 11, I’ve been drawing these characters in one way or another. Every time I do a purge of stuff around my house I find more and more drawings. This last time was a treasure trove of stuff. Since I am done posting Chapter 1 on Fridays I am going to share this old drawings with you each week.

Here are some individual sketches of Keyli, Icari and Basse from about 8 years ago. This is well before making them Neanderthals so that is why their frames are so much smaller.

Keyli, circa 2005


Icari, circa 1999


Basse, circa 1999


Early Oil Painting

Here is a piece that I started in high school.
Back then I always drew Keyli with glasses. You’ll also notice a few modern day weapons make shifted into primitive weapons. Back then I had a very different story going on. It was until a number of years later that I turned them into Neanderthals at all.
Unfortunately, I never finished this piece.



Classic Hominids

It’s been a while since I posted any of my classic Hominids art
from when I was a kid. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been drawing these characters since I was 11. This one hails from 1996, when I was only 15. If you want to see any more of these old drawings, check out the Hominids Early Years section under Extras.original-Hominids_006


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I found this old piece while staying at my Moms house in Colorado. This one cracks me up. If I didn’t know these characters, I’d be wondering why the scary native men are bullying the white guy? What was I trying to say here? In reality back in the day I had a limited amount of colors in my marker set and I was just trying make things pop. Even so this just makes me laugh.


Keyli via 1996


I was recently visiting Colorado seeing family. I stayed with my mother who has an extensive collection of all things her kids art. My wife Lindsay and I spent some time going through as much as we could. We probably only got through about a third of it, however we did find some wonderful treasures. Some of these were lost Hominids art like the piece above. I thought I had lost this one and was really sad about that considering I was 15 when I drew it. I was overjoyed to find it, mainly so that I could share it with all of you!
Back then I would take the original inks to Kinko’s and xerox it at 100%. Then I used Pantone markers to color it in. This was a time when photoshop was a foreign language to me and a computer was only good for playing Solitaire.
I found a bunch of drawings just like this so stay tuned!

Return to Old School

Here are some early Hominids art from when I was in 9th grade I believe. At this point in my life, I wasn’t drawing these characters very often. I had a lot of other ideas that I was playing around with. Plus I was drawing a lot of Batman, X-Men, Alien vs Predator, and Gargoyles. I was a huge geek for all those properties. Every once and a while I would return to the world of Hominids and I must say it was always a joy.
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Behind the Scenes: Old School Hominids Art


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Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted any old school “Hominids” drawings. I figured since Chapter 4 just ended and thing were looking bleak, I would post some drawings of the characters having a little fun.
You’ll notice in a lot of these old drawings they all wore war paint. I didn’t want to go in that direction for the comic so I gave the Tree People defined pigment instead. This still gives them all a unique flavor while also helping differentiate the species.

Behind the Scenes: The Women of Early Hominids.


Growing up I didn’t draw the female characters much. They were really just supporting cast for the boys. What can I say, I didn’t really know anything about girls at the time. This actually presented me with a nice opportunity to make these character far more fresh and original. Trust me, you don’t want to know some of their original names. The only ones that stayed close were Sno, her name was Snowball before, and Lye. Her name is the only thing that is from the old days though. The rest of her is completely new.
These drawings we’re fun because it was the first time I tried to define them on their own as independent, strong characters. It’s almost strange to see them covered up. They suddenly feel more objectified when you put them in native bikinis. That could just be me though.