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75-Second Goon

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Incredibly Small

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Just had to draw this today. A study in contrast of style and policy.

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Broken Arrow Stills

Some stills I captured from one of my favorite Jimmy Stewart westerns, Broken Arrow. This one happens not to be directed by Anthony Mann. These feature some angles, compositions and lighting, and take good advantage of the surroundings.

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As was typical of Hollywood at the time, parts for Native Americans went to white folks like Debra Paget and Jeff Chandler. They do a decent job, but this casting mars the film, much like Natalie Wood in the The Searchers, as gorgeous as she is.

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Check this nice write-up for more stills and some Jonny Quest history.

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Digi-Ladies

For my sketch warm-ups in Manga Studio today, I was going for simplification and an expressive line. All based on photos, I changed bits, enhancing features I wanted to play up, and removing/replacing elements I didn't care for. There's a limit to what one can learn from just copying photos.

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TothPix: Character Types and Body Language

Toth was awfully good at varying his character types, making them distinct, yet universal. And the body language he employed tells us more about each character and is integral to his visual storytelling. I captured and isolated a batch of images from his Romance comic, Undecided Heart (Intimate Love 21, 1953). At the time he drew this, he was 24.

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For the splash panel, Toth uses unorthodox positioning and clever overlap (above) to focus attention on the heroine, and to convey her distress.

Unwelcome potential suitors (below) - a great opportunity to design and draw interesting bit players. Just look at those face shapes and features!

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Sans glasses, and with a new hair do, Eve cleans up nicely. Toth trained early for these female profiles by tracing and copying his Mother's drawings.

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In a switcheroo later, this big doofus ends up being the slimeball of the piece:

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What's not to like about this bellhop kid?  I love everything about this drawing:

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Ain't that that truth?! More bits & pieces:

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And Eve ends up in lowly Chris's arms after all...

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Comics Terminology: The Basics

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Mad Paul III: With a Vengeance

A new semester of my Intro to Comics class at MCAD begins today. In just a few short hours, I'll unleash the Hounds of Comics on a room full of unsuspecting students, and my Reign of Terror will begin. Comics is not all fun and games, oh, no. It's Hard Work. If they didn't know that already, they will soon, as they slog through my new syllabus for a Comics Boot Camp.

I'll either break them, or they'll break my syllabus, or...we'll all be fine.

Aw, it'll be OK. It's Comics! What could go wrong?

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Mad Paul cartoon by former student, Chan Chau

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C'mon and Shine On with the Holy Rocka Rollaz!

Just released is a new album from The Holy Rocka Rollaz, and it sounds great! I did the art and design for the entire CD package, a six-panel fold out affair, which houses some fine '50s-style pop/rock inspired by the music of Buddy Holly, and others. It also features a couple hilarious novelty numbers, One Ball Daddy and Cindy Lee is a 38D (I'm working now on art for a music video for the latter - more on that at this blog, later).

Listen to song samples and order C'mon and Shine On from CD Baby, and check out the art, below. I'll post tomorrow about my creative process on this project.

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Lift the CD from the case, and see...

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Four panels from the interior comic book-style liner notes (sans text), which chronicles the origins and evolution of the band and album:

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The full cover spread

Rip the plastic wrap and it all looks like this:

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Click image for short instagram video

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Cro-Magnon

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Caveman sketches. 30 minutes. Manga Studio. Nice way to spend a small portion of a Sunday morning.

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TothPix: Sandman

Toth's tribute to Bert Christman's Golden Age Sandman:

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I cropped and rotated the above image, from Toth's original drawing, which I find busy, due to the background pattern. This piece was scanned from the rare book, Toth: Black & White (1999).

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