“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
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
First off, please pardon the scan, as I've had to graft the whole image together because my large format scanner has been in storage since I don't know when. But the fact that I actually had to scan the damn thing in pieces is the whole point of this blog entry.
Anyhoo... a combination of a couple of things brought this image to mind as the next 90 minute exercise that I wanted to do: 1) An entry in Skottie Young's blog about his impassioned affinity and respect for the old-school Image guys (not to mention that great looking 'Grifter' sketch he put up), and 2) Jim Lee's birthday rolled around a couple of days ago. Respect the Jim Lee.
So this past Sunday I started this 'quickie' and...well...it got out of control. Way. Out. Of. Control.
I always had this composition in mind so as it was in my head so it is on the bristol - it's not like I started and just kept adding on and that was the problem. But it's twice the size length-wise than what I would normally do my sketches - basically from a standard 11x14" size now an unwieldy double-page spread. It's just become too much damn drawing for not enough immediate return and I don't know why I did it in the first place. Maybe I was really feeling my oats that morning, but I mean, seriously - ALL the motherf*cking Wildcats?! WTF, Eric! It was fun while I was in the thick of it, but it's come to the point where the concept finishing it up has become a laborious process and I don't think I'm going to have fun doing it. So I think that's it - this is as far as I go for the foreseeable future with this one. The whole point of doing the 90 minute stuff was for fun and for a quick warm-up. This beast, as it has become painfully obvious (at least as it stands now), is no longer either.
But since I hadn't put anything up in a couple of days, I thought it'd be nice to share an ambitious, horrible train wreck put to paper. Well, people *have* asked me how loose do I pencil before I go to ink. Here you go, you inquisitive bunch of crazies; the answer is very, VERY loose.
Okay, I'm gonna go do something else now, like..I dunno...Iron Man or something. Enjoy.
at 8:17 AM