Today's art posts are nothing to write home about, but they're an example of what a lot of days are spent producing. When we see a brand new car, we rarely think about the amount of time or how rough and strange the underbelly looked while building it. But that's all the time was spent looking at. Same with art. The pages and covers that we show you on these blogs, and you see in print, are the versions of the piece that we worked towards but spent the least amount of time with. I spent more of the my days with pieces like this. Rough sketches, doodles, and light blue lines to ink.
These are my actual pencils. Ink will be added on this. Of course, I turn the black lines to blue and print them out, but I will ink these rough panels from this stage. If you ever see the pencils of guys like Joe Mad, J. Scott Campbell, and a ton of other guys, you'll notice a mind bending cleanliness and precision. Every line is perfect and the line weights have been penciled in and build up. I used to try to do that. I used to think that's how it had to be done. I realized that it works for some people, but no for me. I found that keeping things bit of mystery, even going into the inking stage allows me to have fun until the end. When I used to ink over my clean pencils, I felt like I was a robot, following lines I had already drawn. It was always strange, and frustrating and I fooled myself into thinking that I hated inking. Turns out I love, I just needed to rework my thought process.
On top of the technical side of the drawings, look at what I get to draw. A sad Scarecrow and a crow that's not at all scared. The crow has bushy eyebrows, sideburns, and specs. Come on, how fun is that, man!!!! I found myself smiling while I worked that page thinking to myself "It's been along time since I felt this happy while drawing". Really. There's a since of freedom working on Oz that I haven't experienced yet. The world allows for so much fun, from the characters to the landscape. It's just great!!
Ok, there's my mushy, long winded entry for today. Enjoy.