“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

Monday, January 09, 2006

HOWLING COMMANDO_cover #4 & #5

Not of the 'Nick Fury' variety, but another thing all together. Basically, take all the classic movie monsters of the past, put them in SWAT gear, and make them do super-hero type things and - voila! You can charge $2.50 a copy. At first I thought the concept was laughable, but now I genuinely believe it has its charm. I kind of like the idea that in comics you can do just about anything and if it's entertaining enough, people will read it.

These are the first two covers that I had finished for Marvel. Initially, based on their schedule, I wasn't able to color these images - they were playing against an extremely tight solicitation deadline and I wasn't about to hold up the process by insisting on coloring them myself. But things lined up nicely when they came back and asked if I could take a pass on the colors - my opinion on the matter was, "Well, if anyone's going to mess up the image it might well be me." And I certainly did a fine job of that. Along with the JUSTICE cover (below) my color applications aren't as accomplished as I want them to be. I got some tips from my friend Sam Liu and hopefully (if I get to do more) I'll try executing the techniques he suggested. Also, by the time I got to cover#5 I had basically started to shift away from the linework I was using on the NYC MECH books - I see the work now as animated and cartoony, looser and more form-focused. It's influenced by all the storyboard work I've been doing - less about the rendering and more about it's 'readability'. Anyway, enjoy.