Thursday, June 14, 2012

A little Something for Everyone?

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.

or why.

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.


ant said...

i think all of these work just fine, lookin good, and it sounds like you know what you want to do with sketchbooks, so should we be expecting the art of sam book soon, or the worlds vol.1 ?

Marcus Collar said...

wait so the black and white one towards the bottom of this post it looks like a lady's leg stretching up

like her hair is a weird shaped high heel

(was that on purpose?

reminds me of Ralphies Dad's "Leg Lamp"

and then it also looks like a lady in some night coat or something

So very cool, and the back of the MAxx poster stuff is so free!! FREE SO FREE amazingly free

(that means good)

Great work cant wait to see more and more

jennifer kraska said...

Trying to unlearn is a scary road. I think you are brave for trying.
I like the dark brown squiggles on the bottom center of the page of faces.

cody said...

Love the face drawn over the other face, and the fashoin stuff, the black profile that turns in to graffitti is really cool it reminds me of the profile portaits they use do of kids that is just the black profile. Have you ever tried tagging I notice that some of your work has some graffitti elements to them. The book layout sounds good to.

Marcus Collar said...

speaking of MAxx after #35 I remeber seeing atleast one add for issue 36 or something to the effect of 36-38 if I can find it I'll post a link not sure what comic it was in but I remember waiting for those issues hehee long ago...

Fernando Valencia said...

I don't know much about art as far as different styles & mediums or textures but I do know that I love when you do your hodgepodge images. The way some parts look hyper detailed & other parts look super simple(which i bet is harder to pull off). It's just great!
Oh yea, since you brought up Ojo I was wondering is it pronounced O-Joe? or O-Hoe? I always thought it was O-hoe like eye in spanish. It made sense to me cause the thing was pretty much an ink blot with an eye but everyone i've talk to that has read it says it's pronounced O-joe? Must have riddle solved!

lucas_irineu said...

Well, they all look great, but they're still definitely yours. Could look at them anywhere and say, "Hey, Sam Kieth did that."

Marcus Collar said...

I dont think Sam has kids, but in a way an artistic father to so many hacks that just rip him off...

translation Happy Fathers Day Sam! thanks for inspiring us little kids all the time hehehe

Bernard Crowsheet said...

i think the girls with longer hair look less like your work, whereas the ones with the up-do, the ones that look like gibson girl-ish stand out as yours. whenever i feel like i'm stuck or my style is stinking it up i redraw a random page from a manga or old comic or something. as always it's a fantastic inspiration being able to see you work like this, thanks!

Marcus Collar said...

Mr.Kieth a gentleman from the was inrested in getting a hold of you, I told him I mentioned the convention via this blog before. I suggested he contact Way$hak as a possible exhibitor. I know you mostly only do a few conventions a year, and mentioned to him the reason your linked from my blog is I'm simply a fan and have never met you. Given it's my first convention as an exhibitor I'm gonna drop the link again for you or for others...

get out there and show people your stuff guys and girls! if you stumble just stumble forward!

Anonymous said...

Sam Kieth needs to get on twitter!!! Pleeeease! Its aan awesome way to keep up with your work!! Love your work Sam!!

jody mcdougle said...

Sam, please continue to update. I check your posts all the time. Ive been a fan of your work for almost twenty years. Very glad and appreciative that you've continued to provide the world with such creativity.

All the best,