“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
Friday, July 30, 2010
I have admired FIONA STAPLES for just a little bit now. I can't say '...for a long time' because that would be a blatant lie. But what I do know in the short amount of time that I've been paying attention to her work is that 1) I have absolutely no idea what's good because if I did I would've been singing this woman's artistic praises a lot sooner than now, and 2) Fiona has got the goods, you should visit her blog and you should rain praises down upon her for the quality of her work.
She and Steve Niles are embarking on a mission to drive me absolutely bat-sh*t crazy jealous with their current comic book series offering, MYSTERY SOCIETY. I suggest, as do many other critics, that you pick up copies for yourself and join me in this shade of envious green. Brilliant book.
Anyway, I contacted her in hopes to do an art trade and when asked what she wanted in return, she pinged back very quickly with '...space girl inspired by music she's listening to...' (or at least that's what I thought she wrote). We made plans to meet up at SDCC and this is what I brought for her. And what she gave me (a Robert McGinnis inspired piece) is now awaiting hanging in my living room just as soon as I find the real estate on the wall.
Okay, enough blah blah blah. If I wanna get over the envy I have for Ms. Staples, I'd better maintain momentum on this creator owned project - so back to work I go. Speak with you all later.
at 10:17 AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This is one of those MANY occasions where I tell you that I'm not going to be updating for a while, but in truth I update within a couple days' time of that previous declaration. You're all just going to have to deal with the fact that I tell untruth in gross amounts and that - at least when it comes to art updates - you will be the beneficiary.
The images above are some of my San Diego Comic Con commissions. I have more, but I don't want to post them right now because I can barely hold a cohesive thought due to fatigue. I hope these will do for the time being and thanks so much for bearing with me lying through my teeth.
at 1:23 PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I've been away for a couple of weeks and if you know the consistency in which I typically update this blog, 'a couple of weeks' is almost a lifetime. Well, at least for me.
The reason why I've been away is because I've been working on personal projects - as in, the super personal, creator-owned kind. Yeah, I know; I've said that sort of thing before and afterwards nothing has gone to print. I've felt terrible about promoting/promising things in the past when I've hardly done any work for it and I believe I've learned my lesson since then. That's the reason why - if you will kindly indulge me for the next six months or so - I'm going to continue to post SO very infrequently on the blog. I'm sure Jon will take on his duties as my update proxy and keep you all in the loop as far as the things that are forthcoming by way of mainstream work, as well as projects that might hit the air soon, but for the most part I'm going to try and put all of my energies into this book and in making sure that my first step into the world of non-capes and tights will have the best polish I can put on it. I will do my best to NOT hype up it up before its release, and just let the images do all the talking once I've finished them. That's the most I'll say about that.
Except this: It is an incredible feeling to finally take matters into your own hands, assume a posture of being proactive and work on something inspired.
And in the spirit of infrequent posts, I offer you the drawings above. They are what I could cull from my current sketchbook that aren't 'secret project' related (yeah, I know - that term sounds so f*ckin' lame, but I can't find a word that's more succinct). I'm trying to save all of the development work I've been doing for when the book finally premieres, at which point I'll put everything up - illegible sketches, layouts, designs, bad drawings and all.
So there you go. Outside of the occasional commissioned images that I'll be doing in order to stem bankruptcy, I won't have too many new drawings to share. Let me thank all of you now for holding your breaths and for tolerating me and my inability to update the blog as I once was able to. But I hope you'll return later on, once is all said and done, and I can thank you for all of your patience. I promise you that I will make up for it by giving you a pretty decent book. I'll speak with you all very soon.
PS - For those who will be at SDCC this year, please drop by Artists' Alley. I will be sitting at table DD-10.
at 10:03 AM