Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Maxx 15 Cover...

So.. I started this one a few posts ago...

time to wrap it up.

Another covers due.

Time to finish this one up.

Trying not to overwork this one.

Radically different logo design for this one.

Julie looks like she's in a Ren Fest doesn't she?

getting there . . .

or maybe all going horribly wrong. . .

maybe add a bit more olive green to that moss,

Purple up this guy a little too. 

so.. that's how we got here.  

Sorta like a long lost Elfquest cover, isn't it?

You know what's weird, i just thought of this too..

there's no WAY the right side of the Maxx's body could be hidden behind such a skinny tree, is there? 

Above is the pic on my art table.

Below is the scanned version.  Notice how the pic version above has more saturated colors.

But there's a softer subtler quality to the scanned version below, isn't there?

Which do you like better?

Was thinking of my maybe doing a Art Book full of new/old Maxx Covers someday, (that is, once we get enough covers to justify a whole book.)  I was surprised how few cover's the Maxx appeared on the old comics. Maybe that's why i enjoy the new ones, gives me a chance to draw him and let him hog the whole cover.. plus paint with more confidence than i had before.

If i did do a book of Maxx covers... that would be the best time time to tweak all these covers colors' for the best possible resolution - really make sure all color are true to the originals.

Warts and all.

I'll try to post something non-Maxx next time. Sorry, i'm just up-to-my-ass in Maxx-crap right now, between the reprints and everything else...

Yes. I promise you there is life (and art) ...beyond Maxx. : )

As usual, your continued patience . . .  is always greedily appreciated.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Sandman Bookplates, a few Maxx Covers....

This little package came on Friday...

Bookplates for the Comic Art Museum's Sandman book. Mike Drigenberg did a fantastic job penciled it. and tried not to goof it up too much when i Inked it. - Mike suggested it would be cool to do the reverse of how we worked together on Sandman.

Just wanna assure anybody who ordered it this limited edition Sandman art book, that - yeah, it *does* exists . . .

. . and it *is* going to be mailed to you - soon as Mike and i finish signing these suckers.  I'll leave a space for Mike to sign on the left.. since he's penciled version got the ball rolling.


Same goes for those 25 drawings for the Limited Maxx collection. Those are FINALLY done too!!! - they went out to IDW last week.

 Will try to throw a few extra pics of those too in my  next post.

But enough of that sketch stuff....

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Now back to starting various Maxx covers..

... in various states of decomposition. 

I tend to work on batches of Maxx covers at the same time . . 

.. . . sorta like multiple downloads.. traveling at different speeds . . . 

This one's changed since i took this photo yesterday. It looks pretty gruesome here while it's wet, and the bronze paint is better blended now. Kinda fights the purple here.  Hopefully I can pull it all together. 

Okay, let's jump over to this one now. I'm trying to stay lighter on this cover, not over-work it like i did the previous one. 

I love jumping from one cover to another.  I like to think doing a series of covers together... means they may influence each other. But maybe not.  Who can say? It might just feel like that in my head. 

Either way, doing a "gang of covers".... it creates the *illusion* I'm getting a lot done, 

Or the possible alternative is . . . . .  that i'm slowing myself down by finishing several covers at once. Maxx is peaking out from behind this branch here. 

It's weird how. . .  after you draw it, it seems like it's really happening, does't it?  Even when your the one drawing it. 

I don't seem able to not do pages, stories or covers out of order, and thrive on doing on various projects at once. Doubt I'm alone in this. 

Looks confusing until i finish this tree, doesn't it?  'Floating mushrooms' on a yet-to-be-drawn-tree . . . 

Wanna try to make the Maxx logo here like different too.. more fantasy like, just for this one. 

But for now let's jump to a third Maxx cover instead... 

This one has Gone in it.. here's the whole thing. I penciled it tighter than usual here. Not sure i'm wild about Maxx right elbow sticking out like it does. 

Okay, bold choice - rounded off that elbow. . . not it looks like Maxx's arms are an inner tube, doesn't it? 

Might be a huge mistake... on the other hand, Maxx is the ideal character to distort, sorta like a beefier version of plastic man, isn't he? 

Well in comics energy and moment is everything.  It's amazing what you can get away with if your bold and confident. Or sometimes you don't.  

Either way i doubt one elbow will make or break this cover. 

I'm changing my focus from "the elbow question" back to Gone's face. 

Here's a goofy accident, swirling this cover around and it got caught in the ripped bristol i use as a pallet on my art table.  But it also makes a handy 'grip' to hold the cover in place. 

Leave some space for Gone's fingers to dig into Maxx's arm here.  All thefolds in Gone's cape means this Cover will take longer, so won't get far on it this round.

Color helps... but still a ways to go on this sucker.

Meanwhile, here's a fourth one I finished last week.. so you have something more finished to feast upon.

Sadly this one happened to fast i didn't have time to even grab a camera.. sometimes you get in a groove and hate to break the spell.. you know?

Okay, hopefully that will hold you for a little while.

Wanted to add, thanks for all the comments. While I rarely get around to replies, your comments feedback and praise is *never* lost on me!!!!!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Maxx Limited Sketches... and Mars Attacks is DONE!!!!!!

Maxx Limited Edition Prints

Things have opened up enough for me.....

.... to finish off these 25 Maxx sketches.

Although their not always OF the Maxx himself...

I tend to like doing outback creatures like this odd looking "Outback Bird"...... so they may tend to have a splash of color on them, not always, but sometimes..

Sometimes I'll do Julie,

..... or maybe Gone,

.... or even Maxx once in a while ...

...but I don't wanna burn out too soon.  Remember: A little Maxx..... goes a looooong way.

Kinda got burnt out on commissions, no one's fault.  Probably mine, took on too much.  That's why i stepped away from them for a while.

Trying to make these fun..

...doing them as if I'm drawing them... for myself... mostly.  Which usually works best for me.

Which explains why their all done in different colors ink or paint,

Like this guy... another long necked. Outback Creature.

Yeah, sometimes they look simple and scribbly ... sometimes rough and abstract...

Sometimes they spill out of that little square too!

sometimes like a doodle... Here's a julie who looks to slim-fast for my taste, so will add a little weight to her. You can see I've already moved her boobies down, so they droop a little.

Hey... Time and Gravity... affects folks in the Outback too!

and sometimes just plane weird. this Gone, done in brown ink.

why in brown?  why not?


Kinda cool to think one of these will be in someone's hands someday soon.



Finished Mars attacks!  Here's two version of a splash page for issue 3, which do you like better?

The white one appeals to me, but the brown background is probably more dramatic.

- actually felt pretty good about this series... i like my hand drawn style, kind or an evolution of what I tried in the Hollows.  It's not just the art that I enjoyed doing, but the story too.

Writer Chris Ryall was nice enough to let me co-plot..

Meaning after we discuss a rough plot, i basically draw whatever the heck i want, and *then* we try to make sense of it all.  Takes a lot of trust for a writer to do this. Course it helps i'm invested in the story too, plus Chris is talented enough to pull it off. He's my 'net' for plausibility, continuity, and logic.

Here I was caught miss spelling the word "Trauma" ( on the left ) ... even after i googled it to make sure it was spelled correctly, wrote it down... somehow, by the time i got back to my art table... i lost an 'a' somewhere.

I think I'm also proud of the story because I was able to work in an older grandparent figure and a little girl.  ( Notice here, i double checked before i added Trauma again! )

My subconscious seems drawn to this combo of kids and grandparents. I notice Director Miyazaki has lots of kids and older people in his stories. Maybe that's why were all drawn to his sensibilities as a storyteller.

Funny how often 'old people' are left out of a lot of modern stories.

Another issue dealt with was Grief.  Loss. Here i didn't even realize a panel i drew at the bottom of this Marks page, Clair struggling with her attachment to the baby marian...

which partly echos Annie giving up little Ojo ...

And also, Lo in Bimbo waiting for his wife to return.. staring wistfully.

Same lost figure staring out the window as he is dealing ( or afraid he'll have to grapple with) some future loss.

And  I won't even get into Maxx lying around on chairs and couches in a fetal position,

....that's *another* story.

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Thanks for listening. And Thanks to Chris Ryall for enduring me as both collaborator...

and friend.

- Sam