“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, June 24, 2009
KIT, CROM, CAT_commission
Another few images done as commissions at Heroes Con.
You know my problem when doing these at the shows? I don't have a 'sketch' version of my work. There's no middle-gear where I can just do someone standing or sitting on a rock. I envy all the artists at the convention who could do the minimum (well, maybe not 'minimum' - that's not the right word, but I can't think of a better term at the moment; help me out, people) and still make it look amazing.
Me? I gotta over-compensate by doing fancy-schmancy composition BS. That's why I could only take on... I can't recall... ten images total over the three days? I'm lame and should be put out of my convention sketch misery. Ugh.
A perfect example how it should be done is what my friend Stephane Roux did this weekend. Jeezus - the guy was a beast! My admiration for him and his work is tremendous. He's fast, specific, and chock full of quality. His 'sketch' list was overflowing from day one, hour/minute one - since the opening of the convention floor. And trust me on this: They were definitely NOT just sketches. I specifically remember a Big Barda image he did for a fan and I secretly thought, "France, you bastard. You grew this 6'+ tall man and you made him an infinitely better illustrator than me. Damn you. Damn you and your croissants."
I'll have my revenge, France. Revenge. Hehe.
Anyway, here's Kit Fisto slashin' some droids, Conan fightin' snakes that don't make sense but help in the overall composition and Black Cat who's being voyeur-ed on by the pervert Spiderman.
Aargh! 'Voyeur'? 'VOYEUR'?! Why can't I get away from you, France?!
Apologies for the semi-blurry images. Instead of scanner, I had to get copies via digital camera. AAARRGH! 'Via'! 'VIA'?! There is it is again! Damn you Fra - oh wait. 'Via' is Latin. Okay, I'm wrong on that one. Padonnez-moi...
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