This doesn't look like something i'd usually do does it? or maybe it does...
These quick sketches in markers were just yet another attempt to try to hammer my way into something NEW... some style that looks nothing like my usual stuff...
I mean, what ever my style even IS... it's all over the place... even on a good day, isn't it?
These may technically fall under the category of 'fashion', but that's a stretch. Here's a little rough brush work..
These are all rather rough... I was going for something between a design and a rough 'gesture drawing'... trying to avoid being too perfect.
I have to be careful photographing the backs of the maxx posters i keep working on as they are very reflective to a flash.
but i love the slick surface, it is great for using a xacto-knife or razor to 'etch' tiny white lines over india ink.. i didn't get into that here though yet..
theres are just an experiment - i noticed the dark blue version of her face was drifting off to the left, so i re-drew another one in golden brown brush pen under it.
the two faces overlapped may give the reader a headache to look at now... ( hopefully not.) ..but refuse to judge this one yet.
Okay - here's another one... this drawing has the face at the top of this post..
i started with a few random free-floating faces and worked my way down..
.. and across.. here we are.. two studies of more or less the same face. One obviously pretty rough ad the other maybe a little *too* tight.
on both of them, i tried to stay light and not overwork them too much.
Here's the third face, again trying to reach outside of my comfort zone, and to do it i will stray into ugly, bad or poorly drawn face territory,
but it's worth it to try to sneak out from under my usual crap.
only you guys can tell me if it's working or not. opinions will vary, but i still welcome them all. don't be afraid to be specific about what you think works... or doesn't work.
here's that eye again in the lower left.. again i keep fumbling outside into the dark trying to shake myself up. I doubt any of these will make it into the art books, it's cool to have a little of both, web vs. art books. I mean, some stuff has to be pushed out of the art books.
I think the plan is... for NOW... we stick to these three 'World of Sam" books, (the first one seems to have it's own shape now, a smattering of everything in it.. mostly newer stuff and painted stuff. )
Next we can do some Collected Maxx stuff for those fans who just are into that stuff, (after 35 issues, there's too much stuff and it demands it's own series of specialty books. )
We can still get out the old classic MCP stuff for those who love the brush and ink lines sam, which is mostly the work for hire stuff in the Art of Sam book. So we'll let everyone get THAT out of their system.
Thus, way no one is stuck with a 'period' or style my work they might detest. Maxx-heads can stick to Maxx. Classic fans morn for the old days and can get their fix there. And for everyone else, for an overview of painted stuff, boxes, mixed media stuff like i do on the blog, we do Worlds.
then later, after the dust settles, if there's still interest... once we are all old and gray.. THEN maybe we do a longer Chronological collected series of sketch books .. so you can track my.. changes, growth, year by year.... from old pre-sketchbooks, to maxx days sketches, zero girl, scratch, ojo, bimbo, up to these oversized newer sketchbooks i do.
Like this piece here... that starts with slick black shapes up top and degenerates to swell graffiti like scribbles at he bottom!
....and if everyone gets sick of all this crap BEFORE we reach that, then i promise we'll take the hint and stop publishing these suckers. For reals. kay? ; )
Thanks for all the post comments, i need to catch up on those. I had a LOT to say about the MOTHer post so will follow up with some comments on post that tomorrow too.