Thursday, September 6, 2012

JUXTAPOZ, Hollows, and that damned Wandering Eye!





The folks over at JUXTAPOZ magazine asked my old pal Alex Pardee go NUTS and take over a whole issue of the mag… and, well… do whatever the hell he wanted!  So Alex was awesome enough to interviews an old geek like me, and scores of other cool younger folks like Dave Correia, Jon Wayshak, Skinner, Jhonen Vasquez, Nychos, Allison Sommers, L'amour Supreme, Edmund McMillen and a crap load of others. 
Check out this INCREDIBLY kick-ass cover Alex did for it too! 
- be sure and spread the word ( tweeting or whatever it's called, not a tweeter myself, big surprise huh?) Hey, anything thing we can do to pick up a few extra fans outside of comic, and turn them onto my goofy stuff, would be appreciate gang - thanks! 

I hate plugging myself, but if i don't... how else will you know, right? 

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It's been a rocky couple of weeks... nothing specific, just personal and creative demons all us artists face sometimes. Evil blank pages staring us back, mocking or daring us to do something that doesn't feels... Fresh.... New... anything but the same old stuff.... or at least draw something has a friggin' Pulse at least. 


My therapy is always to just DRAW... pencil, scribble, paint my way out of  moods that hover like rain clouds. 



I was trying to draw myself in some sketchbook pages.. but have you ever done it?  It's almost impossible isn't it? 



The pencil lies, or eye the mind too. Probably for good reasons. So i just gave up and started doodling over one of my old asian women's faces... 

i think she actually looks better this way with her face all defaced. 


Then did this in a hurry just for fun... 

not everything i draw works, or has too.. just trying to wake myself up. 

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Speaking of trying new crap: Here's a screenshot of my last string of Chickens posts... (including next weeks which is not up yet!), after this batch  from me Jon takes over again... These are low rez bug you can see higher rez versions on the site. 

The last few Chicken pages have gone from subtle little asian ones like the one up now to truly deliberately ugly ones like last weeks "Anatomy of a sexists.." post..

Hey, like or hate 'em, this  experiment with Jon has pushed me to try different things at least too - i'm indebted to him for waking me up creatively. 

October will be kinda cool... between Juxtapoze might remind fans i'm still out here plugging away..



..and also in December the first issue of Hollows should be out.  Here's one of my favorite pages... just kinda peaceful.. may have posted i before, but i just like it. 

Here's a few panels in different orders.. which do you think flows better, A B or C ? 

Girl comes out, 
Guy puts down device, 
They size each other up. 



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tried to work on this last week, and i just couldn't nail her eye...  


Shoot - giving her bigger hair didn't distract any from that eye!  


..so i thought it would be funny to mock my own obsession with it by admitting sometimes my eyes or noses just seem to "drift off the page" in my art...  


I used to do it out of anger and shame, but not i think it's just funny. Hey, if crumb can pour all his neurosis down on the page, why not the rest of us goofballs? 


A friend of mine said he worried all my self-referental scribbles about my art might come off as pretentious... maybe so, but anyone who knows me and my stuff by now KNOWS it's juts how my brain works. 



I notice some sketchbooks seems done for posterity and try to look pretty. But i like doorways into people's minds.. Baron Storey's sketchbooks confessional writings helped encourage Bill Sienkiewicz 
to start adding comments in the panels themselves. 

I know in comics it CAN distract you from the story sometimes, but it can also become PART of the visual vocabulary.. can't it? 

Neurotic comments it in a sketchbook don't seem a big deal these days, do they?  besides, i always get a kick out of any artists sharing what bothers them about his/her own art... i might not agree... 



...but it's sill nice to see things from their perspective, what goes through our minds while drawing this or that. 

I feel like something may be building... something GOOD... fresh air.. get rid of this hot weather down in the valley.. i saw it rained last night. 

Rain might help wash away a lot of pollen and my own ...

and hopefully my own inner pollution too.. 



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

C has better flow

cody said...

Great batch of art, really like the bright colors you've been usin recently, I really like the girl you did quickly its really really really beautiful! and I like panel (A). I think you need to get an instagram account and put your art up. Thanks for the post.

Marcus Collar said...

NEVER once has any of this come across as pretentious

I remember hearing about Juxtapoze in the 90's after telling a friend about this Sam Kieth guy lol

Good press in this economy fukin a!

personally I have been on issue one of a 6 issue deal and somedays I look back at the first 2 pages and they look like childrens drawings, then other days I squint a bit zoom out and all of a sudden I'm like .."ok wow I'm pretty good im doing it"

I think its all bullshit the back and forth within out minds BUT without it where would we be?

I get this sense from things you and Sienkiewicz as well have said or written sometimes that its all "sink or swim" and you need to keep going forward

fall forward

but I dont know lol

its all confidence

some of you pro's really can explore the ideas behind an image, thats intense and very educational


Marcus Collar said...

oh and I like B because I like the center of panels to be the meat of the page

Aaron Desira said...

That chick looks mint sam. Great drawing. thats all i have to say

Christina Bryant said...

I would go for A or B depending on the story you want to tell in that exchange: A makes it seem like her opening the door is what causes him to cease fire. B makes it seem like his cease fire is what causes her to open the door. Either way, I think the wider shot of him walking over should be last as it shows progression and movement.

danielmillerillo said...

Agreement with Christina Bryant, though I lean toward B

Too bad you can't just draw a whole bunch of eyes with arms and legs dancing as a nifty wallpaper and have a gal with her eyes covered.

Aaaaand I didn't mean to actually WRITE that, but eh. Why not?

Barbara Barber said...

Sam,

I thought that Zero girl was incredibly romantic.

I liked the drawings, the way you presented the panels, the crazy look on the faces and the light and dark of it all.

The evil girl, she tended to look like Sandy Dennis, lol. Did you mean for that to happen?

Btw; after reading that now my husband tends to collect washers, you know those little circle things. He says circles bring good luck;)

Barb

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