Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
It's not within acceptable reproduction parameters, but it looks kinda neat on its own I guess. Doing it was an eye-opener -- this little drawing was mentally and physically exhausting, constant squinting at the cover, constant figuring-out, moving closer and further and away to check your proportions (I eyeballed it). But the process made me see this classic image in a new, hyperdetailed way. It's a good way to get into an artist's head, working out the hands and the kneecaps and stuff, the teeny little things your eyes just glossed over before.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Here are the rough and pencils, process pals.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I still fully support CCFF even though they mildly inconvenienced me through no fault of their own.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
The print edition of the The Line will include a special exclusive digital inking tutorial by yours truly. At one point in there I mention the instructional drawing books by Giovanni Civardi, which I really like. Civardi's art is way more pleasant to look at than the scribbly fare in most books like this -- crystal clear and useful.
Here are some links you can use to buy some of them, along with some other worthwhile art books (and also provide me with spare change through the Amazon Affiliate program, which I just signed up for and was anxious to try out).
For something more comics-centric, try these books by Tom Nguyen. Again, Nguyen is the rare how-to guy who really knows his stuff, his art is fun to look at and he lays everything out in a simple, practical way. His guide to cartooning the musculature of the back is the best I've come across.
And finally, three classics by the great Andrew Loomis.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
I eventually got my hand to get its shit together and used a PITT brush marker to ink some sketches done in orange highlighter. The images below are scans with the underdrawing bleached out -- you can see the unclean versions with orange peeking through on my Twitter page (@headzo).
Dick Tracy got a retweet by the esteemed Chris Samnee and snagged me some awesome new followers (OMG Andy Kuhn!) -- not bad for ten minutes' work!
And here's The Shadow looking weirdly like Paul from The Line, though I didn't realize that until well after I'd finished it.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The show is seen asunacceptable today because of stereotype characters like Joe Jitsu up there. Back then I'd have rather seen Tracy fight the villains himself than send one of his comic relief sidekicks, but the Joe Jitsu shorts were the least disappointing to ten-year-old me. Eventually I started to like and look forward to Joe, I assume 'cause he was a polite little guy in glasses who could beat anyone up.
EDIT: Here's a color version. I used a 64-color old time comics palette for this, . I'd link to it and credit who made it -- pretty sure it was a webcomics person -- but I don't remember who it was. EDIT: It came from CO2 Comics via Ed Piskor.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The series will continue with a new artist, Fer Galicia, and I'm glad because it's fun to check in and see a different take on the characters.
I went through the entire archive today and picked out the strips I liked the most. Was surprised to see early ones that hold together somehow despite my haste and inexperience. I'm more confident in my ability to reach a worthwhile end result now, but I recall the fear and frustration, the sense that I'd forgotten everything I'd ever learned about comics-making whenever I sat down to do one of these.
Anyway. Enjoy. I did. And if you do, check out The Line, where I am currently the presiding art monkey.