Wednesday, November 28, 2007

stuff and other things

Still working on some production design for the comic that andrezero is writing. It's a cool story, I hope I've got the chops to do it justice.

Here's a sketch of another character. His name is Jackson Cort. I should have a turnaround posted this weekend.

He's loosely based on this guy:

Do my photo-reference drawing skills allow you to discover his identity?

Also, I've decided to do a drawing to submit to the bbww blog . It's in progress and was done with the same stupidly painstaking process as my The Crane Wife. I'm currently taking critiques on pose, anatomy, style, expression and stylization. Begin.

Listening to while posting: "Disillusion" by Badly Drawn Boy from 'the Hour of the Bewilderbeast'

Monday, November 19, 2007

For your pre-viewing pleasure

This is a preview of something that may be coming. It will be scripted by AndreZero and drawn by me.

That's all.

Listening to while posting: "The Gypsy" by Louis Armstrong from 'Basin Street Blues'

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Weekly Challenge: anachronism

The funny thing about this topic for the WC is how many of the posters didn't know what an anachronism was! They were confusing it with an incongruity (one 'anachronism' suggested was a deer in a grocery store). Man. I suddenly feel very, very smart.

Well, the idea of a steam-powered robot is not a product of the steampunk genre. Harry Harrison actually had a backwards planet with steam robots in one of the Stainless Steel Rat books.

This is not that particular robot however. The guy is based on a photo portrait of an ancestor of mine that sits next to my great-grandfather's pocket watches (these mechanical marvels are astounding. I'm saving up the $200 need to repair one of them. Interestingly, I live in rural Vermont, but there is a vintage watch repair place within walking distance of our house).

The piece took about 4.75 man-hours from sketch to posting. I'm not good with coloring; I have no real color sense (which probably explains my C+ in painting in art school and my subsequent foray into graphic design and typography). So, I colored it in full-color with lots of local color shadows and then "sepia-ed" it. The full-color one is here . This is the one I posted at the Weekly Challenge.

listening to while posting: Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt (not the Roger Rabbit version)