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TothPix: Aladdin

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One of my favorite Toth illustrations, from a never used filmstrip for Mattel, featuring Aladdin.

Wow.

Scanned from the signed and numbered Alex Toth book from Kitchen Sink and Manuel Auad (1995).

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Practicing To Be Professional

More sketches of students at work in class...

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My Fanboy Letter to Jack Kirby and Devil Dinosaur

Oh...how embarrassing.

I wrote a few fan letters for some of my favorite comics in my day, including an impassioned plea to Marvel not to cancel Skull the Slayer, to Scott McCloud's ZOT!, Bill Loebs' Journey, among others. But this one to Jack Kirby and his Devil Dinosaur was spotted by a good friend some time back and has now surfaced online. The letters pages are even reprinted in the hardcover omnibus! I wish I could say I was younger than I was when I wrote this...

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There's only way to say it?!?! Gosh, I was trying so hard to impress. What a doofus. I'd say my letter is very much stupid.

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Issue 6, where my letter appeared, and #1, which I was writing about.

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Moon-Boy really did make an impression on me, as I fashioned my own character, Demon Boy after Moon-Boy and Kirby's Demon. But that's another post for another day...

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Life Drawing in January

I joined my pals, Sean Lynch, Sam Hiti and Peter Wartman for a life drawing session at Sean's place on a Sunday in January. Like Sam said, you're probably gonna have a good session if your model has pink hair! It was real good to blow it out and draw like this for 2.5 hours intensely, and especially from life. I find I prefer this in general to nude models, which is obviously instructive, but practicing clothing folds and natural poses have much more to do with my daily work, both professional and personal.

We met once again since, and I hope to again...perhaps this Sunday?

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Crits and Skrits

With a class of twenty, a full-class, verbal critique takes up too much time, even during a weekly five-hour session. So, I have students write comments on each other's sheets posted up next to their assignments. It takes far less time, and they get more feedback from their peers with each new piece every week.

And during those periods, and studio time, I get a chance to sketch a bit while they work...

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Professor Paul and Mad Chan

Constructive Criticism in the Classroom:

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Big Ass Coat and Other Sketches

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Some sketches from a life drawing session a few weeks back...

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What a Crockett

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Crockett Johnson portrait. Five minutes in Manga Studio.

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Sketching in Class

The Lecture That Would Not End:

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Marooned

Creator of the Marooned long-form webcomic, Tom Dell'Aringa asked me to do an illustration for the collection/graphic novel, which has been successfully funded via Kickstarter. Here's the process on my piece.

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I'd hemmed and hawed on the content, layout and style for a while, finally tossing out all my ideas and scribbles at the last minute for a different stylistic take on the Marooned characters. I modeled the alien terrain on The Garden of the Gods, in Colorado, where I spent a week with my my family on vacation in '76, taking some color cues from that area, as well. With a couple green creatures in the piece, I made my stars lean green, for balance. Then, for the last touch, I added four different textures, but I'm not sure you can really tell the diff. I gotta stock up on more textures!

Even if you missed the campaign, copies of the Marooned book may available once Tom has them printed up, and it's off to press as I type. In the meantime, visit pixelmech.com to see what else Tom is up to!

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