“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
Saturday, July 07, 2007
"CONGRATULATIONS! You are now the proud owner of an original piece of hand-drawn Marvel Art."
That's what it says on the back of each and every blank sketch card that Upper Deck has sent me - as seen in the bottom right of the image above. I had promised to do about 150 'sketch' images on these cards, which will then be randomly packed with their 'Marvel Masterpieces' collector sets. Now, I don't know what the other artists for this series are doing - the level of detail, the amount of work they're putting into them (considering it's only supposed to be a sketch), etc. - but these are my offerings.
And since it takes me forever to do 90 minute sketches (well, 'forever' by way of an hour and a half) and these don't take nearly as long, that's what you're going to be getting a steady diet of for the next few days. I've decided to put up one at a time until I finish about 150 of them. Please keep in mind they're not all going to be gems - my bet is that I'll mess up more than I get right. The card measures about 2.5"x3.5" and presents quite a drawing challenge. More often than not I'm going to be limited to drawing just bust shots of the characters and after about 20 or 30 of them, I'm more than likely going to be mimicking previous poses. But whatever...I figured when it's all said and done, I'm going to have quite a portfolio piece(s) to talk about, yeah? It should be fun. And *AND* it should supplement those pesky, time consuming 90 minute ditties that really get in the way of actual work-work, yeah?
So, I started off trying to do Spider-man villains because that's what I saw on the back of the cards (and I thought that it might be a Spider-man line they had going...who knows), but now I'm just drawing whatever the heck comes to mind. I'll still include the other Spidey baddies I've done, but those will come later. I've done about 20 so far of which these are only three. Like I said, they'll all be up here eventually . So for now, I hope you enjoy.
OH! And another thing - I'm trying *NOT* to go to the obvious characters right away. Captain America, Iron Man, et al. I'm going to be getting to those guys for sure, but I remember when I used to flip through those old school 'Marvel Universe' handbooks and thought how cool the other heroes and villains were, made better by the fact that some of my favorite artists were drawing them. So I'm going to try other guys for now. Then maybe towards the end of 150 I'll do the franchise players. So there you go. Thanks for looking!
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