Friday, May 27, 2016

Mixed Media stuff

Here's some photos of the cover of the Worlds book. 

This sucker's unusually large. 

Did tons of studies for it, some of which are arguably better than the final version.

The reason i used this unfinished version is because it just seemed most of my art is flawed and 'imperfect', like we are in real life.

I used to be afraid of mistakes, but whatever I have to offer isn't not technical realism.

I don't really know, or care what category my stuff falls into. Lucky with all the street art mixed up happily with so called fine art, it's all an overlap isn't it? It is very cool all this mixed media stuff snuck into comics in the 80s, thanks to Jon. J. Muth, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Sienkiewicz, Bisley... 

.. without these guys, i don't think i'd have had the guts to try all the crazy crap in those old Maxx comics.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Maxx, Dana/Nola, Chickens, various Mechanical Crap lying around my studio...

Recent Maxx cover i painted a while back for IDW's reprints..

Art from the half-finished  Nola/Dana Graphic novel. Hard to see here, but there's random clock & mechanical parts worked in.

Various family relatives of mine, who are incorporated into my Twout-a-verse artwork.

Same Dana/Nola art, another angel. Yet another one of my 'sam logos'...

Think I'll work of these miniature mechanical parts into future Maxx covers.  Otherwise they'll just get tossed into a land-fill once i croak.  May as well put them to some good use while i still can, instead of gathering dust in these little cubby holes over my art table. 

Since I enjoy doing them.. think I'll keep paiting new Maxx Covers.. past the first 35 issues i've already done.  May as well just keep numbering them for fun... 36... and on... i'll throw up new ones up here on the blog, as they pile up.


You know, Chickens started out as just something to amuse Jon and myself, but there's some interesting stuff in there, a wide variety of styles, way-different things than i'd have done without Way$hak.  Playing off each other.  Pushing ourselves.

Not all of what i did works in it, but... looking through the older pages, a lot of it holds up much better than i remembered. Even the not-s-great pages.. stretched me outside my comfort zone... thanks to Jon's creative influence.

We may as well finish it off and collected the sucker in some book form... just for the heck of it.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Few more..

A few more sketches.....

.. using those old the brown sketchbooks...

... and this.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Beauteous Linda Gretchell, and a few other things...

Here's a few things...

Second Twout witness, the newspaper dubbed her: "The Beauteous Linda Gretchell".

Guitarist John Fahey's song The Beauteous Linda Gretchell ... is rumored to be a tribute to this woman who became famous for her Twout Visitation in the 1890s.  

Funny how few people use the word 'Beauteous' anymore, do they?

I've got over two dozen versions of this pose lying about the studio,

...two women sitting under a tree, one on her tunny, and the other sitting.  No clue what there is about that particular pose that struck my fancy so much.

Yet another 'sam-woman-with-big-hair.'   In this case... her hair seems to be flowing right off the page, doesn't it?

Here's an early page from the Nola graphic novel. There's a few clumsy figures on this page that got away from me, but overall, i still sorta like it.

I dunno about you guys, but sometimes i'll choose a 'more natural looking, yet weaker' figure in a panel,  instead of a 'technically better drawn, yet staler' figure, because sometimes the 'better' one can lose the feeling of who the character is supposed to be.

Does that make sense?

How artists draw our characters feels so subjective, it can feel like choosing different takes of the same song.  Sorta hit and miss. Gains and losses.

I dunno..... i might be overthinking it.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Marbleized Background effect..

Here's a saturated photo of a still unfinished Maxx cover.

Actually - maybe it's already done, but i haven't decided yet.

It uses the same abstract marbleized background i've used before.  It's pretty easy, just pour ink into a pan of water, then dip some bristol board in for a few seconds and slowly pull it out.

Here's the back of the same cover, showing how the ink and water swirl together when you tilt it.

I added a few extra swirls in watercolor pencil, extending the same swirls that the water created randomly.

Here's Chief Constable C.B. McLouden's ground breaking sighting, the first eye witness of the Twout corroborated by three other witnesses, and the first time the mention is made of the Trout retreating by 'flying into the air'.

In the 1960's the Trout image resurfaced in this rare 8-track tape which was a soundtrack to the failed Saturday Morning pilot  entitled the "Bandana Splats"...

.. the Bandana Splats cartoon was a thinly veiled rip off of the popular Banana Splits Cartoon already on Television at the time. Though the Twout is renamed "Fishy", the unmistakable form of the Twout is clear, this time sporting a turtle neck and peace sign to appeal to growing and impressionable counter culture youth market.

- okay, enough of this goofy Twout - nonsense!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Something you've probably never seen...

I forgot all about this, it's a cover for some "Marvel Year in Review" in ages ago, so thought i'd throw  up the printed version here.

And here's the original art for it,

This was probably one of the last things i did for Marvel ~ and just before i started the Maxx series.

Okay, enough nostalgia, now back to the usual 'weird-o' stuff again.   : )