“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, January 30, 2010

The Things In Eric's Head

I'm sure in the day to day things that Eric has to think about, there's more to him than Star Wars, comics and cartoons. At least I want to give him the benefit of a doubt. This image is done for an interview that Eric did a week or two back. You can look for it if you want, but when he sent me the link I couldn't read Italian so my interest was at a bare minimum. Why couldn't he just do an interview for an Australian guy? Someone from the UK? I guess plain ol' English is just too good for him.

By the way, he told me to apologize to you all for the slow and infrequent posting. The work he's producing right now is extensive, time consuming, and not available for the general public to look at. I think he's lying through his teeth, but what do I know? Whatever. I'm going to take a snap shot of a few of the pieces and blow up his secret projects then get him in trouble with his publishers.

I'm still quite resentful about the loss of pie and my need for vengeance runs deep. Deep.

For now, his fans are just going to have to deal with the few scraps of art that I've managed to pull from the floor and scanned up for all to see. Up next? Eric does some life drawings (aka: He's really a closet pervert, he met a pretty girl and pulled the "Let me draw you naked because I'm an artist" card).


-Jon Tsuei

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hijacked

I have hacked and hijacked Eric Canete's blog. Why, you ask? It's all really simple. We had a Christmas party and he ate the last slice of pumpkin pie. I really love pumpkin pie and he ate it all. Friends don't do that to one another. In fact, friends save slices of pie for one another. So for now, I control this blog and I will not relinquish my hold until someone gives me pie.

For those of you who haven't read the news, Eric will be drawing Luke Cage. Unfortunately, it's not the afro wearing, butterfly collar, Power Man version of Cage. Here are some preview pages, fans on the internet are still completely polarized by Eric's art and I'm still upset over pie. Have a nice day.

-Jon Tsuei

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.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

ALITA_commission

I've been away for a little. I will try to do better. I will try to do better. I have a few more things to work out that've been achingly sticking around since the end of 2009, then I think there will be more posts from me. Until then, here's a Battle Angel image I've been meaning to get to since forever and a day. Thank goodness Riki and Chris are patient people. Thanks for waiting, the both of you. This image and your book is on its way back as early as this week.

Also, for those interested in procuring more of my original art, Jason Schachter has his website up and running - right in time for the new year. Please visit  ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL for all of your inquiries and commission requests, and Jason will accommodate you accordingly depending on my schedule.


Lastly, thanks for keeping an eye out for me, thank you for coming back to visit, and thank you very much for all the kind words. As always - I am nothing without you. You have my respect.