Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wrapping up Hollows and Sorting thru sketches..

Here's a few quickie pics of some Hollows panels.

Couple of reviews passed my way which people tell me are mostly positive, which is cool.  I always avoid reading reviews for all the usual reasons.

 I aimed for a loose style... but actually don't think i was as lose enough on this book.. but maybe on the next project.

I'm still proud of it, warts and all.  Where else can I draw oversized version my favorite kind of wacky sam trees..

..and the weird little pink dude. ( although his body seems to be missing here, doesn't it?)

Still shifting through... not only various sketches... but various types of paper too.. here's some insulation that i found on the ground, it blends in with some brown paper lying around.

Old drawings I started......

then abandoned...

.....eventually get sucked back into another piece of art later..

Here I use grease pencil on some slick paper, just simple outlines and maybe work in some fabric over it..

Some of these may pop up in later art books...

...others ones look to much like my usual crap... here's an ugly face that went south on me..

..Let's jump to the safety of a Trout drawing instead, luckily that poor woman's face will get mercifully shredded... or tossed into recycling bin... (hey, at least the garbage and recycling bins are 'fed').

... this way, nothing lying around this studio is wasted!  These Trout ads are ones that I've yet to ink or color...

This add above still needs some tweaking. I'll probably move the 'A' over in photoshop so it's centered between the 'Leave' and 'Note' words.

Here's a drawing of a woman's face i wasn't even intending for a Hollows panel, but i wound up using by adding some panels below and around it.

It's flawed but at least i was trying for something different than the usual full colored panel, so i won't even color it.. just leave it soft and imperfect looking. The  kind of 'ugly' in this panel... i can live with.

In the panel above, i worked hard to stay light on Lani and the Wife's faces.. not even inking it...

Yes, i will have to remove the page number "16" from the bottom in photoshop... yes i know could draw it outside the border area so i didn't have to remove it digitally later.. i know if i wasn't an idiot i could have done that.

But alias, since I *am* an an idiot, i did it this way.

Besides, where's the fun in always being productive and organized? Who knows how many keyboard short cuts i never bother to memorize to save time either.

Here's a page that didn't make the cut. I wanted the focus of this scene to be some bonding between the girl and his wife, so i redrew it.

Here's an orange purple blog ate it's way into a line drawing... so it became an experiment page. Might yet morph into a more abstract woman...

...or i could work back in some colors and town down the saturated orange color.. endless choices. Also endless wastes of time... if I'm not careful.

But fact is, I gave up 'careful' years ago didn't i?

This debris, flotsam, chaos of my art.. are what repels some people to my stuff.....

yet draws others in. 

Too late to change.. 

...too late to pretend I even care at this point about seeming 'nornal', 

or there's any other way for 'rough, disorganized and raw' artists like me to look any other way than how i look.  

If you follow this blog, odds are you already know what i mean. And are a 'weirdo' too like me.  

And i mean that as a compliment, to us both. 


cody said...

looks awesome sam can't wait to get my hands the holllows book, really diggin the trout labels, and the last picture your posted is awesome.

Lucas Irineu said...

There's a page right at the beginning of "Legs". It seems to me that with every post you make, you're still saying the same things as you said back in 99. Not saying that's bad, just saying it. :P
This one page here.

Anonymous said...

Getting culled into your "weirdo" club is the best compliment I have received all year.

Aaron Desira said...

Hey sam,

Your art is @#$% sick. Its super expressive and I reckon without the internal stuggles you seem to put yourself through it just wouldnt be as magic. Did 3A toys ever finish making your potbelly toy? i havent caught sight of it since you posted when it was intially gettin sculpted.

Happy holidays big man


Aaron Desira said...

Also, I reckon the commission juile looks more like your asian ladies and mother drawrings then middle age sams version, and its cool to see that

Amy B said...

So excited to read Hollows. I love the style :) This post makes me happy :)

Arjan said...

Hail to the Weirdo Club! Proud to be a member :-)
I love getting 'sucked in' to your art by these close-up pictures. It gives us a chance to actually see the textures and techniques you use. Great stuff!
And Hollows looks really awesome! It's good to see that you have total freedom on that, and are able to use different styles and techniques, just as they come to you. Love the jet-pack dude!! :-)

Lee Kalba said...

My own art is nothing like "rough, disorganized, and raw". My own art exhibits my control freak, OCD nature. That is why I like yours, so much.

Marcus Collar said...


Amanda Graeter said...

Hey Sam,

I missed it, but are you still doing commissions? My girlfriend would love a piece from you for her birthday.


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