“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, May 30, 2009
Ivan Brandon asked me to participate in his Image Comics message board thread and I was more than happy to oblige. The subject was Jack Kirby created characters. I went with the obvious when I should've done "Kamandi". Dammit. Curse my unoriginal mind.
BTW, just in case you were wondering; I've unofficially retired. I think that means I don't draw professionally anymore. I think. These days I'm just trying to learn how to cook the perfect stack of chocolate chip pancakes. The count is 223 attempts thus far and they all taste like sh*t. This could take me all of my life. Heh.
Also, that's Mister Miracle's head that Big Barda is emerging from.
at 10:40 AM
There's a previous version of this image that's better. You won't get to see it because I didn't finish it. Deal.
Seriously - the previous image was full of the power and energy I was looking for. But the angle I chose was poor and didn't help with the composition and grace. So, I was about 30% into it when I decided to abandon it all together. I did this one and I liked it better.
Can you guys see that I hid my trademark "MONTH (e) YEAR" signature in the debris? Don't you find it wholly appropriate that my name is part of the dirt? I thought it was both subliminally sad and funny.
at 10:33 AM
It's been a while. Thank you for coming back.
PS - If some of the next few images seem familiar to you, it's because I went back into old sketchbooks released at previous conventions and have decided that they could be drawn infinitely better.
I'm trying to see if I'm the man for the task.
I'm not trying to draw them verbatim; I'm taking the idea of the original image and adding to them a little. You know sort of like the brilliant line of thinking that made the 'powers-that-be' change the scene so that Greedo fired his blaster first. Kinda like that, and just as lame.
Or maybe I'm out of ideas. Yeah, okay... let's say that instead. I'm officially out of ideas.
at 10:27 AM