“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

SLIM_90 minutes

My morning ritual/habit/discpline...whatever - was to take the first hour of the day behind my desk and loosen up by sketching anything that comes into my head (weapons: .5 blue technical pencil and StaedlerMars Graphic 3000 felt tip brush pen). Most of the time the subject is dictated by whatever movie I might've plugged into my DVD player (Predator, B:TAS, etc.) and that's just fine - anything to get me drawing. But the rule is: I can't go over 60 minutes to find the subject, think of a cool pose or composition, pencil, ink, and sometimes (time and schedule favoring) color it. I dropped that rule around the third drawing - so it became the 90 minute version. And that, suprisingly, has held true. Thankfully so because I'm afraid my directors and producers wouldn't put up with me drawing warm-up doodles on thier dime. It seems that fear governs my morning lolly-gagging quite effectively. Anyway...

Cyclops is a personal favorite of mine since the first time I saw him in my X-Men books. More importantly, he became my favorite because of the comicbook artist who drew him - Paul Smith. Completely underrated because he wasn't Cockrum or Byrne and passed over because he wasn't JRJR, Silvestri, or Lee. Paul Smith has got to be one of the most solid people who's ever worked on the Uncanny X-Men title. I was voracious about collecting all the issues that he did and when the task of doing the monthly fell onto that Romita boy - well, let's just say I was abit more reluctant to fork over my 75 cents. Paul Smith has since drawn other noteworthy books. The Golden Age with long-time collaborator James Robinson (Leave it to Chance) is a personal of mine. But I don't know if anything will ever match the awe and amazement I felt when I saw him draw Cyclops kick the X-Men's collective butts (under the inluence of Mastermind) by setting them up in thier own Danger Room. What brought on the Paul Smith reminisce? Sitting around at the end of the day last night with a couple of well rounded comicbook guys, it came to light how much influence he had on me - I met him at a convention in San Diego once and geeked out like I hadn't geeked out in a long time. We're talking a serious case of genuflecting here, folks. That's where this image came from. If I could draw Cyclops for a living this is how I'd do it.

The technique for his eye blasts isn't anything new or original, but I couldn't tell you where I got it from. All I cared about was not drawing that beam/blast shooting right out of his goggles: 1) it has a way of looking silly sometimes when it's just shooting out at nothing, 2) it'll screw up the composition of how his body is curving - which was the more important aspect I was paying closer attention to. Oh, and I screwed up that front foot too - but nothing a small Post-It couldn't fix. More soon. Chicks maybe.

4 comments:

Brandon Vietti said...

Nice! I think I need to start up a timed exercise routine for myself as well. Might make me more productive on my own blog posting.

dustin said...

as far as i am concerned....you jsut wasted 90 minutes of your day.

Eric Vanic said...

that is a WICKEd drawing! youve got a really nice blog man

Dapper Dan said...

Love how you handle Slim's optic blasts. Your blog overall is amazing and inspiring to push myself further. Thank you for posting your work. Cheers