Wednesday, August 27, 2008

That Feeling

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.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Artists I want to shoot with an elephant tranq so they'll stop making me look bad Mondays: Tim McBurnie

Tim McBurnie is this weeks artist.  He's incredible and makes me realize that showing you guys some of these artist may be my undoing as you may never come back to my blog.  Around 6 or more years ago my Aussie friend Jon Sommariva (Red J) showed me the work from another artist from Australia and I was hooked from that day.  From the level of his work you'd think that you're dealing with some gray haired, old school guy that has started moving into the digital painting world.  Come to find out he's like my age or somewhere close.  This made me mad at him and myself.  I hope to get the chance to sit in room and draw with Tim one day.  When you see the loose energy that he puts in his drawings you'll see why that would be inspiring.  Quite being so good Tim!

On a side note, I thought I would share this picture with you.  I was looking thru my laptop for old photos and found this from a few years ago.  I wasn't that close with Mike, but we'd played a few games of pool over the years at cons and he was always there with kind word about my art. A chalk artist used Mike and I's art to do a giant piece out in front of Wizard World (2006 I think) and asked if Mike and I would pose with Gareb (Owner of Wizard Magazine) for a few pics.  Anyway, it's odd what you find in computers that you haven't used in a while.


Friday, August 22, 2008

So Serious

How many blog titles have used that title?  A lot, so let's move past it.

I, like most people, enjoyed the Dark Knight alot.  A buddy of mine emailed me today and asked me to do a Dark Knight piece and so I did it for my warm up today.  There's not much else to say that hasn't been said already, but Ledger kicks 11 kinds of ass playing the Joker so I had to do a piece.

This was done in Painter and in Photoshop.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ink Tests & Artist Spotlight

[update] I will be adding a link on the side bar for the Artists spotlights.  It will be updated each Monday with a new link.

First things first, I'll explain the Artist Spotlight.  In my post about the incredible Carlos Meglia, some people have commented and emailed me about sharing some of the artists that I follow and am inspired by.  I always think that if I'm aware of an artist then everyone is aware of that artist.  But even masters like Meglia have missed some peoples radar.  Each week, I'm going to give a link to an artist that I really  dig.  

This week it's the dynamic duo that make up the CREATURE BOX, Greg Baldwin and Dave Guertin.  These guys are beasts and there aren't any words that I could say to add to what they do, so go check them out right now.

Now, my incredible attempt at making actual doodles a post worthy image.  Really, can you imagine anything less that I could actually put up as a post.  This was me really just playing around with Painter and Sketchbook Pro to see what kind of inking I could do with the Cintiq.  For projects like Oz, I'm still using brush and ink for the final pages.  But for my graphic novel, I'm going to be going 100% digital for the art so I'm spending some time doing some testing to see what kind of inking tools these programs have.  I like that I can still get some pepper spray and a loose feel.  We'll see in the coming weeks what I can accomplish with this.

There you go, a link to a few amazing artists and a pathetic attempt to wow you with my meaningless scribbles.

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Master has Passed

I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but Carlos Meglia was a master of his craft.  Before I was even close to working as a comic book professional, Meglia's art was there to inspire me.  He pushed the limits of design, imagination, and life in everything he's ever done.  American comic fans and publishers didn't "get" him so we didn't see alot of his work here in the states but he's been a legend in international comics since the 70'sl, though looking at his youthful art you would never know it. 
On a completely selfish level, I'm sad th
at I won't get to see any work from an artist that I've admired for so long.  It is a weird world sometimes.  About an hour before I got the email telling me of his passing, I went on a internet search for any new books of his that I've missed.  It was random an came about because I read a review of the new Star Wars film and that made me pull Carlos's Star Wars book out.   Strange.  

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Where is all the work

Have you ever felt like you've been busting your ass only to get to the end of the week and not really see any results.  That's how I feel this week.  

Marvel has been pumping Oz previews out into the world so let's give a little here too.