Thursday, January 17, 2008

Will magic books ever NOT be cool!


The idea of the magic book is like a corner stone of fantasy.  And why not....it works every time.  We need an object that is the source of magic....magic book.  We need something that will tell us what will happen in the future.....magic book.  We need something that will tell us who the chosen one is and something that will give him his powers....magic book.  See, on that last one I combined another cornerstone on fantasy, but one that I like much less.  The CHOSEN ONE.  

I have never loved the idea of a "chosen one" in stories.  It's just too simple to say that we need a reason for our character be to the main character because there is nothing else special about him or her.  Oooo, I got it, they're chosen!  If you make a character that people can get into then your character can be a janitor that finds himself in the middle of Lord the Rings if you want and it can work.  The Matrix is a great example of how to fuck up by using the chosen one.  The first movie was pretty simple.  Neo=Chosen.  The two following that, the brothers fell victim to the comic book fan inside.  They built a story on plot and not on character and the chosen one became pointless and all powerful with no reason at all to be cared for by the viewer.
 
So, give me a magic book all day and I'll be a happy camper.  Hey, in the end it's all made up anyway, right.  This piece was done pencil, a watercolor ink brush, and a white out pen at our drink and draw, The Lead Poets Society.  Which I'm proud to say that we are still doing ever Wed. after a year and a half. 

UPDATE:  I decided to throw a little spot color on top of the wash to give it a little life.  The grayed version was a little drab and lacked the "magic" feel.
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15 comments:

ragdoll80 said...

Kool I got dibbs on the first comment. This is sweet dude. It reminds me of Korn's follow the leader album cover and the rescuers down under rolled into one. It Maaad yuteman.
Blessings

emilio said...

Skottie-
Cool piece.
Like how the book is just outta reach. Agree with you on the whole "magic book" concept.

Specially think it's cool that you're still doing "drink and draw" after 1 1/2 years.

Anonymous said...

why do i think that the kid is going to fall off the cliff while reaching for the magic book that isn't there. oh well shouldn't have fallen for the lie kid!

great piece skottie i gotta say i loved the first matrix. i think if they stopped there it would have been ok. i think the problem is(like you said) that they tried to expand a character that there was no emotional connection to after the first movie. what the hell do i know i just watch movies not right them

frank

lordseth said...

nice to see you back skottie i havnt been on since the christmas drawing, so congrats on the smoking thing,i sure hope i can be that strong somday i hope, oh and the furry collar thing,,,,,,yeah thats real gay. but screw it as long as you keep drawing like you do ,to each his own right?
oh and the matrix thing,,,,,,,,keanu reeves cant act for shit.
kidding on the gay thing and smoking sux,,,,,just like the matrix movies. peace

Anonymous said...

I love the piece and the enigmatic colors.

And I agree with you about the chosen one idea, I've never liked it either, but I believe people love such things and that's why we see them so common in some of our most famous movies.

And btw off-topic, when are you going to have some original art for sell on your store? really looking forward to it man!

proconpictures said...

'a corner stone of fantasy' huhuhuhu
you are great man! your words are always as strong as your visual presentation. thanks for the fun.

Lenny said...

Awesome piece. Ever think of scanning your stuff step by step? Like first the pencils. Then the inks. Just so we can get a view of the process? Either way, keep it up.

Simon Mac Donald said...

Speaking of Chosen One you should pick up Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth". It is a cool book that shows how the Chosen One has been a repeating theme through any number of culture's mythology. It has examples as diverse as Sumerian gods and Star Wars characters.

faisal said...

i m your biggest fan skottie....i want to draw like you..... [:)]

Elan said...

You know, I really don't like the frequent blackout between updates. Of course, the second you update, I come crawling back like some brain deprived zombie. Well, love your art, and as long as you keep drawing, I'll keep coming back.

DAN-VAN-COOL said...

I a big fan of yours, as well as Eric Canete. Very cool what you wrote for him after that un-constructive crit e-mail he recived.

J. Treece said...

"Skottie Young (NEW X-MEN) writes and draws a story about your favorite New X-Man Anole"

Tell us more!

Christian said...

Love the drawing.

The Chosen one mythos also reeks of elitism and fatalism, two things I'm not really a big fan of.

COMIKXGUY said...

i agree with dan on that one

btw i am not the jj :)

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