“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

Sunday, January 03, 2010

"I BELIEVE IN AMERICA..."_update


WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #4 comes out this month and you should please buy it because I asked you nicely.

Here are the eight pages I did starring the best Thompson sub-machine gun-toting villain in Marvel Universe history. The first page/scene is directly inspired by the opening scene in 'THE GODFATHER'. If you haven't seen it yet, you should. And until you have we can't be friends. The most difficult part of this whole assignment is, believe it or not, the fact that people aren't jumping around, hitting each other upside the head. That would've been easy - tedious, but far easier than to have people act; to have them emote and have their subtle poses speak volumes about how they're feeling or help solidify their dialogue. Seriously - it's a challenge I'd dare anyone to try. It's really quite sobering to come to the realization that you can't go to your stand-bys - gritted teeth face, angry face, screaming face, dead expression face, clenched fist pose, jumping at the camera pose, boring-ass running pose, flying to and from the camera pose, pointing at the reader pose, et al.

I really do hope you try this exercise. At worst you'll realize that you don't really know how to properly cartoon; that you've just been regurgitating all the tired comic book sh*t you've seen since the boom. At best, you'll realize you need to get better at all facets of drawing and actually try making your figures act. And it's not to say I accomplished any of that with these pages, but it was certainly worth the challenge to do so. I swear, it'll change the way you approach all of your storytelling from here on down.

Anyhoo, the video link I've given above doesn't do the film and this specific scene any justice. I was watching the Blu-ray version while I was doing these pages and every previous incarnation/release of this movie pales in comparison to this restored masterpiece. It would behoove your movie IQ to have this in your collection.

Oh, wait - I don't know if this issue has come out yet, but I do know it was solicited for January. So if there happens to be spoilers based on the pages I've exhibited above, then it's up to you to keep looking or to navigate away so nothing is ruined for you, Spider-fan. The point of my posting them was to announce the release of the issue itself and try help in getting the word out.

Have a good week, all. More stuff later.

14 comments:

James Clayton said...

That scene, the way that morose theme music fades into Bonnaserra's "I believe in America" speech is just sublime. It's spine-tingling cinematic magic.

Awesome artwork. You've got my eyes astounded and my memory going all gushy as I think back to classic mob flicks...

Abel said...

Good work man!

Luispa Salmon said...

interesting tip...beautiful drawings.

j_ay said...

nice to know something of yours is quickly right around the corner...emailing my comic book pimp to snag me a copy right now...

And you're sooooooooo right, so few 'artists' know how to handle body language, etc.

abhishek singh said...

THESE ARE AMAZIGN ERIC:)
some heavy stuff to kick start the new year run of things...
these are some of the best pages so far , love them:)

Brian said...

Really like the way you book end it with the first and last panels. Great touch.

pbcbstudios said...

great pages!

Alexis said...

had to come back to look at these again. I dont read comics very often but i am guilty of buying them to look at the drawings and this is one of those ones that i think i'm going to have to pick up.

my favourite panels from this selection are of the bacon and the eggs. these COULD be such boring panels "here is some egg, here is some bacon" but somehow the egg looks so eggy and the bacon looks like its sizzling. very amazing! love your work

Alexis said...

oops i meant to post this to the "Have Faith sketches" post!

Frank Forte said...

these are superb!

Lan Pitts said...

Hope you're doing okay.

[mr.beast] said...

*no words*

Joseph Arnold / kelbykross said...

following you from TEL, and will probably buy anything i can find with your name on it.
really exciting going back and watching cartoons you worked on.

you don't even have to ask nicely, of course i will buy it!

Alina Chau said...

These are awesome!!