Friday, October 14, 2011

...still wet Asian & Pissed off Mommy

Here's something I came across preparing to move, it's a painter version of the second Maxx cover. I bailed on it because I was still timid about painting back then, did it in black and white instead.

Not sure if i should finish it now, or just leave it as is? Any thoughts?

Few other random things this time too... here's a couple of sketches..

Above is a little cover painting of some tree and moss for my wife.  The other's a plump version of a Frazetta woman, unsure if i've posted these before. Maybe.

Here's something NEW: ... because i finished it only one our ago.

Yet another doodle from the Big Book of Mom... (which is turning out to be less about moms and more the exploding number of fashion doodles/paintings).. but whatever...

Here's the same page, with just a woman's head.. I wasn't wild about this page when i first did it...  doesn't this woman's chin seems a bit too long?  Maybe it's her hair being so big in the back that just makes her face seem longer?

Anyhoo... so an hour later,

here's what it started morphed into...

The gold/white acrylic paint was too wet to scan so I had to snap a few pics for now.

I eventually was so dissatisfied with the additional faces I drew...

..that i just gave up and added , I just gave up and added the Pissed off Mommy on the next page..

The mommy one is self explanatory. I don't drink coffee, but i know lots of women who do. Not that their all like this, before hand. More an excuse to do something fast, frenetic and slightly neurotic looking.

After that, I could went back to the first page and slowly worked some gold and white into the Japanese girl in a kimono on the left. 

It all started from just mixing those two colors. And being pissed off.  At myself. 

It's curious what can happen in an hour's time, how moods affect art, for better and worse, eh?

Here's some sketches I did of my wife's face i did for the bimbo book. Two middle panels... (one with a smile, the other slightly less so..) while technically better, don't impress me as much now.

but these later ones in the sketchbook feel less forced to me. I keep trying for a 'facial gesture' drawing, capturing the spirit of that look in her eye...

They are only a few inches large, while the painting on the far left is about 3 by 4 feet, so though gesture drawings often work better large for me,

i still feel there's something about this sketchbook pages on the brown paper than come closest... but i could be blind as a bat...

..what do you think?

And, (for those fans of 'tiny little pen lines' out there) ... here's a unused cover for Marvel Comics Presents 122. I turned it in, but the editor told me I'd miss counted and forgot there was only six parts, so i did an extra cover for nothing. It wound up being used in some comics interview magazine later.  Gee.. seems like a lifetime ago.

It's funny that, it's not worth as much to art collectors, only because it wasn't technically published, though i think it stronger than some of the covers i did that were published. Weird huh?  But again, the name of *that* game is tiny little lines.

Comments Stuff:

Interesting the Danman Can  asked about Tamara de Lempicka. I'd seen her art many years ago but forgotten all about her deco-y cubist-y style till you mentioned her. Overall, I like it, but I've always sorta had mixed feelings about her stuff, not sure why. Think it may be my ambivalence towards Deco in general.  More of a Nouveau kinda guy, not that one has to choose.

Yeah, Jennifer Kraska mentioned she likes the half tone ojo too. I always scan my stuff this way now. So cool artists can scan their own work now... and not leave it to the comic companies to fiddle with.

Flattered Joanie Koontz would even consider a bimbo tat, but I've seen a lot of my art on guys/girls bodies before, which always blows my mind. I wasn't fishing, but it does my heard good to know some folks out there, read, 'got' and enjoyed bimbo - thanks for the attaboys!

Frank P - yeah man, I agree about crumb. So many undergrounds artists opened the door, but after sex, drugs and rebellion for it's own sake, was sorta a dead end for me, at least story content wise. I found Roberta Gregory, and her bitchy bitch strips and some of the early woman comix artists stories filling that void, which later morphed into indy comics, personal stories. But art wise, Crumb was amazing.

Champloo, (from Argentina right?) - glad your liking everything, the sponges i use on most of my pencils and brushes are because my hand get so sore, the handles literally dig into my hands, which speak to A: holding the brush less tightly, and B: using soft tools to not only soften the brush/pencil, but also to *remind* me be aware of the pressure I used to draw!

Sam ( no, not me, i sorta though it was me at first too, but different sam!) asked about the a local  band called the Bananas lyrics showing in my Bimbo comics? Yeah, I asked the lead singer Mike if he minded and he said it was cool. Your the first person who asked about it! Above is both the Banana Lyrics bimbo page, and non-lyric version.

Isn't it actually less busy page minus the song lyrics?

Paul O'Keefe brought up some valid reasons why the Bimbo comic is sorta underrated among the stuff i've done. Yeah, I thought of it being oversized too, sure as heck be easier to read with all that wordy type, eh? (not cause your canadian, i say that all the time!)

That's it, your finally done!