Archive for September 2009
Not really a poet; but surely he was a poem
G.K. Chesterton - from the first paragraph of his The Man Who Was Thursday.
Polanski: Great Artist, Bad Man
I've longed for this day, hoping he sees time in jail, a feeling only deepened now that I've a daughter who is thirteen. It's maddened me he's been able to skirt this so long, and troubled and saddened me that the Hollywood community would applaud and cheer him at the Oscars, while booing others like Elia Kazan. A skewed compass, I guess.
Anyway, I'd recommend everyone see The Pianist once, and Chinatown more than once.
Yea, Indeed I dared to scan, This Sketch of Demon Etrigan!Another sketch prepared for the MN Fall Con. OK, so I like scary, ugly demon characters!
It's on 9x12 Canson pastel paper, drawn with Copic black markers, augmented with Prismacolor pencils and a dash or two of Wite-Out.
Come Blow Your Horn"Watching the Wheels." Best wishes to all of the Jewish faith during these High Holy Days!
Hellboy Lighting San Cristobal
Another Hellboy sketch, this time in black and white, prepared for the MN Fall Con. This one's larger at 11x14 on vellum bristol board done with a larger Copic marker and the Pentel Pocket Brush.
For me, in drawing this, the small detail of the skull lighter was key.
No superhero character got into my brain as a kid and teen like Spider-Man did. I adorned my school folders and book covers and marker boxes with the very flexible hero. My room was covered with Spidey posters and paraphenalia - a clock, pillows, figures, etc.
There's something about the weird costume, the webbing and the red a blue that trips some synapse in my brain and makes it tingle, something of a spider-sense. The costume is a pain to draw, with all that webbing, and the elaborate curves throughout. But somehow the design is elegant and just...works. The design seems at odds with the character's name. One would think with a name like that, he'd be dark and scary and threatening, yet this uniform says something about the character, about the young man beneath the suit, an act of defiance against the sadness and awkwardness in his life. Instead of reacting with a grim focus and vengeance like The Batman, Peter Parker chooses to be bright and cheerful and...Your friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
Update: 9/27/09 - After looking at this piece hanging in my studio the last five days, I decided it could use some more pop and punch. I'd initially figured a yellow webbing design within the circle border would be too busy. But I've added it, as we ll as yellow rim lighting, and violet underlighting. It's in keeping with co-creator Steve Ditko, who utilized the multiple light source on Spidey many times, especially on covers.