Archive for May 2008
Breathe Right Storyboard FramesI'm currently working on another round of Breathe Right storyboards. I can't show those yet, but here are a couple more frames from those I did last month.
Coldplay iTunes Video: Viva La VidaiTunes commercial, featuring Coldplay. It's sure gotten my attention. Like all of the iTunes spots, it looks and sounds beautiful, very well conceived and edited. Despite being piano-based (which usually attracts me), nothing Coldplay has done up to this point has really done anything for me. But from the sounds of it, their latest, Viva La Vida is changing that. I'm going out on a limb here, having heard only a few songs, but I think this album is going to be huge, having an impact not seen since U2 released Joshua Tree. Listen to a few tracks, courtesy of imeem.com: I'll wait to hear the album in its entirety, but listening to just a bit makes me think of U2, The Beatles, Brian Wilson's Smile, and more.
Blue Moon Junior ArtistsOur daughters, Laura and Emily recently had their artwork displayed in the art fair with the local school system. Their art has been chosen nearly every year since they started attending. The art program and teachers in our school system are impressive, giving all the kids a good taste of many media and techniques, all on full display at these fairs each year.
Emily with her "Picasso Face."
Laura with her "Leaves." This photo doesn't do the art justice.
A close-up of Emily's art.
PROOF Short Story LayoutsBetween other jobs, I've been working on roughs and layouts for that back-up story for the Proof comic book I mentioned here a bit back. For "thinking work" like this, I like to get out of the studio sometimes, and kick back a bit, more comfy-style. That was easier to do this week since it's finally warming up here in Minnesota, so I was able to get some sun or at least fresh air as I sketched away while sitting on the deck or patio. Lately, for my comics work, I've been doing breakdowns for each page right on the printed script in red pen. No one else (not even the writer, I'd guess) can tell what the heck's going on in these tiny page roughs, maybe 3" tall. If I wait too long before going to the next step, even I can't decipher some of the strange scribblings!
Prince Caspian of Narnia!This article makes the case that the movie improved upon the book, and it's hard to disagree. Not my favorite of the Narnia series, the structure of the book is out of whack. What makes the book is the concepts and characters, all of which are captured well or improved in the movie. The kids from the first book return to Narnia, this time hundreds of years after they last left the land as kings and queens. With this device, Lewis shows the long, slow pull of history, and the threats sometimes faced by civilization, a potential danger whether in Narnia, World War II Britain, or for us today. Heady stuff for a kid's flick.
Sean Phillips: Not a Hack
I've loved the comics art of Sean Phillips for years, since first seeing his stuff on Hellblazer, a title on which I was astounded hear he didn't pencil. Still can't believe it. But after reading his insightful and self deprecating blog, there's a hint to his creative process. It seems he draws in blue marker a guide from his small thumbnail roughs, from which he goes directly to ink. I love the the idea of streamlining and speeding up the process, but you have to be good enough, as Phillips is, to pull it off. Because of the approach, he's able achieve a looser, more expressive and energetic dry brush look. Great stuff. And he can paint, too.
I just received in the mail this week his self published (through lulu.com) book, Blow Up, a 400-page collection of sketches, comics panels, paintings and layouts, all enlarged and blown up to see the detail and true nature of what makes his art tick. Probably more for the die-hard fan, it's well worth picking up. And if you're among the uninitiated, I'd start with the superb Criminal, hard-boiled modern noir comics written by Ed Brubaker.