This was a piece I started working on in late May. It's from a series of books I want to write and illustrate one day.
Interesting story behind the type of paper I was using. We were at Costco one day and we found these huge pieces of paper lying around. I touched one and really thought it had an interesting, rough, grainy, texture or tooth to it. I figured it would be a cool thing to experiement with, especially with a dry media like pastels (possibly my favorite medium.) So after being assured that the people at Costco didn't mind we picked it up, we put it in our van and drove home with it. Weird how these things happen.
In any case on days where I worked on it, I usually did so while watching daytime talk shows, Stargate (which became a guility pleasure of mine thanks to my former roomate), or Star Trek. I've found it's easier for me to get big projects done when I have some kind of backround noise. When it's really quiet I just, I don't know, get bored.
I was going to post something about my trip to Hawaii but I came home to some rather sad news today. Mike Weringo, in my opinion one of the greatest comic book artist in recent memory, passed away suddenly on the 12th of this month.
Mike Weringo was the kind of artist that was an inspiration to pretty much everyone who saw his work. His art was carictured, but grounded in a strong knowledge of drawing and technical draftsmanship. His style was loose and fun, but not so much that it couldn't take on serious subject matter when needed.
His run along with Mark Waid on Fantastic Four was one of my favorite runs on any comic. Before that time I had always liked comics, his art and Waid's writting on that book helped me learn to love them. When I see the art from those books I always remember those days in 2002-2003 and I remember them fondly.
He was also relentless in posting new sketches to his blog, often updating up to three times every week. After years of reading I had just begun posting on his blog over the last month or so, and he took time out to actually address my questions specifically. A great talent and, from the times I've gotten a chance to interact with him, I can tell a great heart.
Okay so something cool happened to me. While getting a price estimate on some of my art and I was approached by a resturant owner who was interested in having some art put up in her place. I did a couple sketches and I'd love to get some input from other people about which concept people like most.
I don't know where the idea for these sketches came from. Just something made me think that drawing various diffrent types of religious figures might be interesting. It also gave me the chance to experiment with diffrent face types. I do worry sometimes that my way of drawing people is to formula driven.