Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gayle and Mr. Business

Another in my ongoing series of drawing portraying “Bob’s Burgers” characters in a more realistic light. This one references Gayle’s debut in “Art Crawl” with her series of Animal Anus paintings.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gotham Adventures 33, "World Without Batman", Page 22

As seen in my notes on the script page, I thought this should be a two parter. “Up next we have the origin of “Team Bat”! Bruce scoops up Dick Grayson and Tim Drake, takes them to Wayne Manor, where Selina to school them on combat and stealthy break-and-enter! The four of them set out to take back Gotham!” I made this pitch to Ed Brubaker who was uninterested, pointing out that it had already been done as an Elseworlds book.    

One of my main gripes about working in comics was my lack of control once the artwork left my hands. I’ve rarely been happy with the coloring jobs I’ve received; this page is a case in point.

If you study the layout rough and the pencil page you’ll see that I gave unambiguous directions for the lighting in Panel One, even pencilling the shadow on Bruce’s face in red so that it would be done as a self-color line shape area. The point was that Bruce should be lit by the explosion directly in front of him. The colorist ignored this and opted to light Bruce almost from behind, which means either that the explosion fire he’s supposed to be looking at is behind him, or that the random rim light was brighter than the fire. Wrong either way.

I am serially posting each page from Gotham Adventures #33, published by DC Comics in February, 2001. I will be posting Ed Brubaker’s script, my roughs, pencils and printed versions of each page. This is day 22, page 22. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gotham Adventures 33, "World Without Batman", Page 21

Panel 3 is nicely emotional I like how the shadow from Barbara’s face covers that of her father’s, signaling his death. I also appreciate how the difference in color between Gordon’s face and overcoat overcomes the graphic sin of my having made his chin and the lapel of his jacket almost exactly the same size and shape. Oops.

Another example of color helping is panel 4, where a piece of flame is exact center between the low part of Phantom Strangers cape-shadow, seeming almost to become legs. This effect is not seen in the pencil version, I suppose because someone on the team chose to make the placement. Hmm. Maybe it did’t help. Hmmm.

I am serially posting each page from Gotham Adventures #33, published by DC Comics in February, 2001. I will be posting Ed Brubaker’s script, my roughs, pencils and printed versions of each page. This is day 21, page 21.

Eternal Youth Act 2 Part Seven

Finally Poison Ivy is revealed as the feature villian(ess) of the episode.

I had to “green up” the Batcave to the point of humorousness, or at least that was the intent. Looking at it now, I would have gone even further. Batman makes such a great straight man; it’s a pity not to exploit it at every opportunity (while keeping in mind that he's a man of mystery who should be seen as little as possible).

Eternal Youth Act 2 Part Six

It looks to me that Glen Murakami cleaned pages 58, 59 and 60 in this sequence; I cleaned the remainder. This is easiest to see because we both cleaned different panels of the same scene, B78. I suspect that all the pages in this storyboard cleaned with a Pilot pen (as opposed to a pencil) were cleaned by Glen which means he also cleaned pages 21-26 (Eternal Youth Act 2 Part 3). Glen was more artistically confident than I, hence his implement of choice was the Pentel Pilot. It was only in later episodes that I felt secure enough (and impatient enough with the pencil) to follow suit.

I recall looking at Glen’s portfolio at the time. He was obviously heavily influenced by Jaime Hernandez of “Love and Rockets” fame. Since “Batman, The Animated Series” was heavily inspired by “Mr. X” in its Los Bros Hernandez incarnation (and to a slightly lesser extent, Love and Rockets”), hiring Glen seemed like an obvious choice.

Eternal Youth Act 2 Part Five

I’m fairly certain this section was cleaned by Glen Murakami. To quote Wikipedia, “Glen Murakami is an American animator, animation director, and producer of Japanese descent. He is best known for his work on Batman Beyond Teen Titans, Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. His friend from junior high and high school, Keith Weesner, got a job working on Batman: The Animated Series as a background designer and informed Murakami when they were hiring artists at Warner Bros. Murakami was given a storyboard test, which he failed. But seeing his drawing talent, he was hired anyway. 
“Working closely with Bruce Timm, Murakami worked as a character designer and storyboard artist from 1991 to 1993.” And storyboard clean-up artist, as in these pages.

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