I’m a little caught up on deadlines so here’s some photos from the recent Gallery 33 show in Amsterdam I drew with my misses Marian.
That’s us working on the giant long necked bear.
The show was really good for me, I feeling like I wasn’t drawing enough so a couple weeks of doing nothing but drawing really reminded me how much I like doing it. Plus I got to collaborate with Marian, she draws soo good.
Here’s a pin up I finished last night for Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s Sabertooth Swordsman.
I really like the work Damon and Aaron are doing. The digital version of the book is up on the Dark horse site now. Here.
And here’s a quick Prophet drawing I did the other day.
Oh who’s this? Princess Irulan of the Imperial House Corrino. Whudup Girl!
“Know then that it is the year ten thousand and one, ninety one. The known universe is ruled by a sock lord… The sock lord god emperor of the planet Arrakis, also known as BranDuneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”
(some sketchbook stuff.)
The drawings of Pope are from when we were hanging out in Oslom Norway. That show was really fun.
Also, he drew this nice drawing of Lollie from THB in my sketchbook:
Another drawing I got in the mail as soon as I returned from my Comic book hero, Fil Barlow. needless to say both of these drawings are a huge huge deal to me.
Last night while looking through an old 1986 National geographic magazines I recognized some photos from a (also 1986) Moebius, Major Grubert 2 pager.
annnnd Page 2
I love that almost the whole visual basis for this story was taken from one article, it makes me think that he was working really spontaneously–“yes that, I’ll do a story about it”
Something I heard Michael Deforge talking about in Oslo was the idea that he just takes dumb ideas and works them into something better. I like that idea it’s freeing in that you don’t have to wait to be hit by some lighting strike of inspiration but that you can just take whatever is in your head or in the case of the Moebius short –even whatever is just in front of you and make something great out of it.
Also, I was thinking how much the Robotech bridge bunnies or SDF-1/Macross operators — Vanessa Laird, Kim Kabirov, and Shammy Milliome ( They’re called Vanessa Leeds, Kim Young, and Sammy Porter in Robotech) are the same archetypes as the The Chipettes from Alvin and the Chipmunks.
I guess the Macross ladies aren’t just lady versions of already established male characters like The Chipettes are. Unless it’s Zentraedi defectors Rico, Konda and Bron, (who are maybe just male alien versions of the SDF-1 ladies)
and here’s some designs of the adult Chipettes from a movie that was never made:
Seeing these makes me want a patrick nagel style Chippettes painting. You know, for my den.
I’ve been reading some comics.
When I was at the Oslo show I met some of the artists who publish books under the name PEOW! Their site is here I’m really impressed by what they’re doing.
NAVA by Mikael Lopez & Ollie Forsslof is a damnnn pretty book.
There’s this cool part in the book where a woman is hit with a wave of sand.
and her soul comes out from under the sand in a different color ink.
I just started reading Time capsule, but the first story is by British Artist Lando whose work I’ve typed about on here before. I love his stuff.
His story, Algal bloom has these 2 women in a floating ball who suit up and go to a planet where they’re attached by flying furballs that produce spikes.
I like this classy future hang out ball ship.
I like this part, after one of the women has escaped under some glass/ice where she takes out this cube of gas/air. Lando does a mean Sci fi.
and more PEOW!
Elliot Alfredius sketchbook SWORDFIGHT! I like this duck throne.
Watch the Throne…. DUCK!
and I like this over head shot and make out scene in Hanna K’s New Frontier
And more PEOW! Patrick Crotty’s Internal Affairs, and (not PEOW! but also good) Andrew White’s We will remain.
Internal affairs is about an Onion guy who gets sent out for coffee in a future version of Stockholm. It’s really fun stuff, it kind of reminded me of the kind of fun comics my pal Corey Lewis makes.
I like how Crotty draws it in this really cartoony style but with these kind of Giannis city scapes and mechs.
He also does some cool stuff with the color in it–like this 1st panel here where the part of the building the characters are in is highlighted in yellow.
I’m still reading We Will remain but one of the shorts really impressed me with it’s concept. He has this story that focusing on the history of a rock that’s carved over the course of thousands of years. from 10,000 bc to 4019 AD
I like how he overlays images here, showing the passage of time.
I also read some of the comics I got at the local Vancaf con, here in Vancouver.
Renee Nault’s Witcling (her site here) is the kind of book that I feel like in an ideal world Vertigo would have put out. It’s about a woman who lives in a castle (talks to cats) and is having nightmares about the nearby forest.
I really like Nault’s painted pages.
I also like the fat dude cats she draws.
Annnd Bell and Hazel’s Always raining here was a web comic that I really enjoyed and then picked up the printed book of it when I saw them at the con. It’s a gay romance high school comic. I like seeing what happens when you take that genre of gay dude romance made by women that Im used to seeing in manga and see it done by westerners. It’s hella charming comics.
Also I’ve been reading this Kobo Abe, Secret rendezvous. where a man’s wife gets taken into a huge hospital and goes missing– It’s really bizzare and good so far, everything is recorded by the paranoid hospital and there is a guy in charge who claims to be a horse.
I like the cover design a lot.
and here’s a manga cover I liked that I got off an Otomo site. it doesnt look like his stuff but that hands kind of do.
And I still haven’t gone through half of what I brought back from Europe. (I’ll try to type on here again soon) I am hyped about this comic medium.