Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cultosaurus Erectus, I before E cover.

Thanks gang! As some of you noticed, the commissions were closed last week - Yikes: once the flood gates busted opened, it all got a bit much. Need to get back to paintings and comics work, but we squeezed as many in as possible before I yelped 'uncle'. Now I just gotta DO the suckers, huh? : )

If i didn't get to you this round, my apologies. But no worries, it will happened again. This wasn't your only shot.

It's been a long week, or was it two? Seems like forever since i posted huh? Here's a IbeforeE cover i came across.

the originals was done on DC's old Graphic Novel sized paper, which is huge. I was gonna put this cover in the art book, but i figure why not throw it up here on the blog instead?

Course i could  have it both.. but only so much room in the art book..  maybe something stronger will bump it out, so well see.

Notice hoe caked the original art is with white out? I can't even remember what i was covering...

probably botched cross hatching.. pretty unsightly ins't it? But like we all say, since i love seeing the flaws  in other artists original art, i know you like to see it too.

as usual, a lot gets lost when printed, but we all figure the detail will.  experience has taught me what WILL get lost in the printed version, and what might survive.  I started to really become aware of this during the Maxx days.

I know what's funny? i don't even remember if this guy originally even HAD a head. That's how long ago this was done.

I nick names this post Cultosaurus Erectus because all this 'classic' sam kieth stuff ...reminds me of all that "dinosaur" progressive rock crap.. ( i know Blue oyster Cult was a little late for that, but that album cover always reminded me of this period in my art for some reason).




i remember ... i first saw that ad for the first i before e in the second maxx issue...

and that to order it you had to be 18 y o...

i go the the towns comic shop and there they are..the first two issues of i before e..

i bought them even if i was 14 ...

amazing stuff...

and another great post...


Marcus Collar said...

It's cool to see it was like a virtual convention with the commish stuffs

and cool a blog comment from a fellow professional Vassillis RULES!!

both of you keep up the good work us new guys need the inspiration!!

the I before E stuff was sooo amazing but I didnt see it until like 1999 or so, I guess im not that cool lol

cant wait to see what your painting and drawing for us this SUMMER!

mucho respecto,
el Marcos

Aaron Desira said...

I bet you got belted with requests, still better then none. Im opening a sam fund account so if you feel like another round I can score one. The forest floor in the one is super sweet

Jeff Lafferty said...

Nice stuff Sam!

Unknown said...

Wow, Sam, so much more depth and detail in the uncolored and title less version. What size are the art books going to be btw?

Speaking of I before E, I've always wondered how close to the truth was that story that Diana Shultz wrote in the intro to I before E #2?

Regardless, you've been riding your own coattails for at least a decade and some change in my book because're just awesome.

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Sam Kieth said...

Thanks Vass - Yeah Marcus I agree, Vassililis stuff DOES rule indeed!

in addition to his own book Misery City comic he's doing a IDW project with J.M. Dematteis - so the dudes really going places!

Aaron. don't sweat the requests, i'll get to them again soon. Someday i'll do some head sketches on those comics with blank covers too down the road..

Thanks Jeff - glad your digging it.

In case your wondering what was deleted? Unknown just posted the same question twice, so i removed one, hope that's cool.

Far as the Diana question in I before E #2, i forget what she said, lemme dig one out and read it right now.

Yeah, that's more of less true. i don't remember it being said exactly that way, but i trust Diana's memory ... much better than i do my own. : )

For those who don't have a copy of the intro, maybe i'll scan it and throw it up on the blog - both that and Bill's intros to I before E are pretty funny recollections.

- Later gang

cody said...

thats awesome you got such a huge response, that has to feel good. I am curious on what your most requests were for. Random but, Wanted to thank you for all these great posts really motivating and informative stuff.

Mas said...

Sorry about that. I double posted. Computer is acting funny. Also wished I had noticed that trashcan symbol before so I could have deleted one of them.

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