The Lore Keeper
A graphic novel in progress about a young artist who lived in Europe during the end of the last ice age.This project is on hiatus, but you can read a sample by clicking the button below.
Hi, I’m Ray! I'm a cartoonist and aspiring paleoanthropologist! Someday I'd like to make fiction and non-fiction graphic novels about the art of the Upper Paleolithic and the people who made it.I love telling stories about prehistoric people with relatable themes about friendship and learning to trust yourself. My artwork is primarily black and white with beautiful brush strokes and strong spot blacks which is a perfect compliment to the time periods I enjoy studying and writing about.I feel a particular kinship with early modern humans who made cave paintings and other tangible artwork. I spend a lot of time reading about what they left behind and imagining what they were like. Their lives were a constant struggle for survival, but they still found a place for art and storytelling. They were, in a way, the first cartoonists!I hope my work will inspire curiosity about our origins and give an imaginative look into what life might have been like in the ancient past.I'm currently pursuing a BA in anthropology and I'm excited to apply what I learn to future comic projects!My pronouns are they/them.
FAQWhat tools/materials do you use?
My comics and illustration work is 100% digital! I work in Clip Studio Paint EX on an iPad Pro.Where can I follow you on social media?
I'm mildly active on Instagram, BlueSky, Tumblr, and TikTok under the username cavetoonist. However, the best way to get news and updates from me is to sign up for my email newsletter!
I'm currently available for new comics projects!
I'm primarily looking for work as an inker. I also have experience as a colorist and background assistant.Page Rates
Inker: $60-$100 per page
Colorist: $60-$75 per page
BG Assistant: $40-$60 per pageRates are negotiable and depend on the complexity and length of your project. Please contact me with more details for a quote. I may be able to work with your budget on long-format projects (graphic novels or ongoing webcomics).Method
I work digitally in Clip Studio Paint EX on an iPad Pro.Examples
My recent and current projects are under NDAs. I'll update this space when they are announced! In the meantime, please refer to my personal comics portfolio.Contact
Ray Mail is a bi-monthly mailing of flat printed goodies such as mini prints, stickers, zines, and mini comics made by me! Themes or topics may include Paleolithic art, outer space, LGBTQIA+, and cute characters! Ray Mail ships in January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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All Sunshine & Rainbows
A sweet mini comic series I'm working on that's designed to be printed on a Risograph.
The Lore Keeper
Sample pages from my graphic novel project. (On hiatus.)
Vézère Valley Venture
In 2009 I went to France to visit Paleolithic cave art sites with the hope of one day making a fictional graphic novel about one of the artists.
NOTE: The story I was originally writing has since evolved into The Lore Keeper which has a different main character, but a similar premise.
Little Sprout Lost
The Lore Keeper
Sample pages from my graphic novel project.