“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, April 12, 2006
SUPERMAN SKETCH_SDCC 2005
Here's the trouble of seeing old images you've done: it's easier to see the things that are wrong with it. Looking back on it now, and if I had just slowed down I don't think I would have made this kind of amateurish mistake. I mean, with a little more planning and a closer inspection of the image in its pencil stage would have avoided this FUBAR all together. Because it's the little things that sell the drawings, you know? Dammit.
Case in point: this Superman image. Again, this one was for Jon's collection and considering I had already done the Batman and Robin image, I thought I'd start rounding it off and do a Superman one for him. I didn't think I'd jack it up this badly. The head and shoulders are ridculously skewed and I can't figure out why I got as far as the inking process and not to have caught it. Like I said, it's probably because I just needed a second to slow down.
Anyway, I adjusted the thing in PS (shifted the head and shoulders the right and connected lines, blah, blah, blah...) and put it up for comparison - the 'before' image is the one on top, and 'after' image is below. I don' t know if it's that much better, but for my peace of mind I think it is. I've told Jon I owe him another Superman next time we saw each other and hopefully I'll be mindful of and avoid the mistakes I made on this one. Bah! Annoying.
at 6:55 AM