Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hat Trick, Pages 2&3

Pages 2 & 3 of the story "Hat Trick". To be published shortly in an alternative version by "Art of Fiction" Press www.artoffiction.c

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hat Trick

I recently penciled and inked a 23 page comic book story for "All Crime Comics #3" to be published imminently by "Art of Fiction" I was allowed to color it as well, but the publisher decided they were unhappy with that aspect of my work and gave the artwork to another artist to be colored. They graciously gave me permission to blog post my version of the coloring. So I will be posting a page a day (or, in the case of double page spreads, 2 pages a day) for the next 19 or so days.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gene Colan and Al Williamson

This morning, I received this page in the mail, from the early '90's Marvel mini-series, "The Harrowers". This page of original art, from issue #4, Page #9, is pencilled by Gene Colan, inked by Al Williamson.  I bought it, bid on it, actually, from Heritage Auctions. I won with a $24.00 bid. It was an acceptable price to pay, as it's not stellar work by either artist.
The page has many good things about it, however. I like Colan's staging; clear and concise. I like Williamson's freshness and spontinaiety of  his ink line, and the way he renders half-tones, especially on the man's face in panel 5. It's not nearly as uptight and precise as his "Secret Agent Corrigan" work, but the seeming messiness is actually quite under control.
Actually, I've never seen any "Corrigan" originals; it could be that, under close examination, his inks are as free and spontaneous on those as well. I had a similar surprise when I made a careful study of Tom Palmer's inks on Gene Colan and Neal Adams.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ernest Borgnine as Marty

I occasionally enjoy sketching from my laser disc collection. I prefer it to DVD because it has excellent step forward and reverse with the toggle knob on the remote. My DVD player has okay frame forward but poor frame reverse, so it's difficult hitting the perfect frames.
This is the first time I've sketched Mr B. I fell in love with him as the character Marty, in the movie of the same name, when I saw it on TV in college. When he says, "We ain't such dogs as we thinks we is", I wanted to shout at him, "Shut up! You're beautiful!" I thought is was ridiculous miscasting, like when Michelle Pfeiffer was cast as the homely waitress in "Frankie and Johnny". I have been assured that I am incorrect, that Ernest Borgnine IS homely.
Interestingly, "Marty" (1955)  was released 2 years after "From Here to Eternity" (1953). I saw the latter movie for the first time last summer. I was struck how he actually WAS ugly in that movie. It wasn't makeup; it was the way he spoke and moved. It was at this point that I became impressed with him as an actor.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Catwoman Vs Huntress

I drew this as a commission sketch at a comicbook convention a few years back. I ran across it while web surfing on this guy's (Mike Bromberg) blog. He gave me permission to post the sketch on MY blog. Here's the original, alongside Mike's color version.
Design by Mike

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Castle on a Rock

I was inspired to do this drawing by a "Spirit" splash page from an early 40's installment. I did the drawing from memory, and later checked to see how close I got. I don't own the book it was published in, so I can't share it with you. I did the drawings at a CAPS meeting. Tom  Riggin, a fellow "Bob's Burgers" storyboard artist, owns the book with the relevant Spirit section. If you want to see it, bother him.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cave of Mysteries

This is where you can go to find all the "cave drawings" I've been posting recently. It's also where you can go to commune with the Vagina Goddess, as seen in my graphic novel, "Harry & Dickless Tom". I tend to do a lot of phallic imagery; it's good to mix things up once and a while.