Sunday, December 30, 2012

Weathered Old Lady..



I've decided to pour in some more personal insights into the art book... Enzo was actually a separate book I think will fit better into the art book. Not a re-hash of history... when I read an art book I always wonder, what free floating thoughts, music, smells or seasons occurred when such and such a page was drawn?

That's the plan. We'll se how it all jells together. At least it might make it worthy of a second read rather than just be a big 'picture book'..



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Meanwhile... here's something else I tried.









I decided to 'age' the paper I drew it on, just like her skin is aged.

You can see I wanted her scarf to cover more of her head so I clumsily pasted over another piece of paper.









I love the leathery skin ones gets as they ages.









Tried to 'blur' her mid way down the body...


....trying for some feeling motion?








actually, could almost be an old man. Funny how depending on the body type, the gender almost disappears in some people.


Hey, I have to throw in some quasi -normal portraits between all these abstracts I do, eh?







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Btw: Thanks for the kind comments.. it's flattering when fans see my whole body of work as a whole piece. More and more... it feels like that to me too, even if some of it was work for hire or owned by a publisher, and some i own, it all bears my thumb print in some way, eh?


Hopefully.


Have a cool holiday everyone!
Sam








ps: .....lastly hear it is... scanned... without all the wacky dutch camera angles.
















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Two Bonus "Chewed up Stuffed Animal" Post from the Cap'ian:













Friday, December 28, 2012

Maxx piece, a few Books and some Bimbo Praise.



I'm back... most part. Survived the Holidays. This is the last of three Maxx commissions I finally finished.  Thanks for your patience if you bought one.  I had fun drawing Maxx for a while, but - sheesh, enough Maxx already... time for something other crap to draw, eh?


Some folks have asked about my doing Commissions again? Might be cool to squeeze a few in for the holidays, but instead of my doing a crap load this round (after years of never doing any)... I wanna do a hand full... every so often... ease the grid-lock?


So in the spirit of that, here's your chance.. feel free to contact Albert Moy and see if there's anything you want, that I'd be into doing. I might get lucky and somebody may even wants a character standing next to a TREE or something, ( hint hint ).  Just kidding.

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Shameless self promotion dept:

Here's a page plugging my Worlds Best Comics sacramento signing. Also an updated map to Dave Downys' store too.  If your in the area feel free to drop by.  If not, I'll be other places too. Afraid I won't be doing sketches but i'll do a quickie doodle in your comic if you want. Just slows me down to do sketches in person anymore.

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Thought I'd try something a little different this post.. when i visit someone else house i'm always curious what books on on their book shelves. Sorta like peaking into someone else's bathroom medicine cabinet isn't it? Can be. Big time Mythology fans... as you might have guessed from my comics.

Joseph Cambells Heros Journey was my bible while wandering through the Maxx-a-verse. Though considering how little sense it made, you'd hardly notice. : )


Here's a combination of my taste and my wife's.. and mine too.  Books for folks who think too much, and can't apply it to their own lives, eh? Now were in the Jungian influenced area. Robert Johnston's 'He' and 'She' aren't on this shelf, but his 'We' book is. 'She' is my favorite.

No, those aren't my slippers in case your wondering.



Here's some eastern Trungpa books... which a stuffed pig seems to be trying to block us seeing for some reason. I discovered Tim Kelly webt site because he mentioned Trungpa, oddly enough.


Now were onto some Poetry, Bukowski, Robert Burns. Emily Dickinson is carefully guarded by yet another piggy.


I figure your patience with this may be shot so i'll wrap it up with some art books. Actually it's interesting how bits and pieces of all these books have found their way into my comics. I usually try to make a point of not name dropping titles or authors. Everyone has their own taste.

There's a book on the far left by Nancy Mellon about storytelling i harken back too a lot.. she's influence Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf School. But you don't have to be into Steiner per say.


No surprises here.. the usual suspects. Hokusai... Klimt, Jeffery Jones.. that's an Arthur Suydam Portfolio on the right against the wall. The brown paper cover inspired my drawing in brown sketchbooks.


Though I've read Mellon's book and it is good, i mostly use it to check out the table of contents..


i know there's tons of mythological lists out there like this, but for some reason I keep coming back to this one when i make up new stories.


Especially locations, brooks, bogs... gates, each has an atmosphere doesn't it? Totally left brain decisions.


It's books like these that inspire doodles and sketches we all make...


.. which sometimes just begat more hand written notes... things that go no where...



..but sometimes, with a little luck... cam grow into a whole new story or painting.



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Btw, this has nothing to do with books.. but i came across a nice group of comments about my old Bimbo Comic which i hadn't seen before. Many thanks to the kind words of these folks here. Nice to know it may find new readers as time passes.






Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chewed up Stuffed Animals..



Here's a goofy little thing i *was* going to throw up on Tumblr, but instead we'll throw it up here.


While i'll try to resist posting those annoying *cute pet photos* most folks post... I don't mind showcasing occasional pics of dismembered stuffed animals our little dog has his way with.

Besides, it gives the Cap'ian something to do, doesn't it?

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I know, i posted this Hollows Preview already - but I had used up some space, so I to bought some extra gigs on the blog so the photos should open bigger again now. For a few posts they weren't opening as large. So that's fixed.


Figure you won't mind clicking and see this a little larger.

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Pre-New Years Resolution: I have promised myself to start making things out of all the piles of crap material in my studio - new rule is, before i can buy anymore paint, fabric, clay, or bristol board, i need to dig into all the *unused* stuff longing to be made into something.

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I briefly tried out Tumblr last week, but i found some of my other fans had thrown up tons of my art already. Hey, they've done  a far better job than i could, which is way cool because it saves me the trouble.

Any fans who get my art out there for other folks to see, that's totally cool by me!






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.

http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-the-hollows-1-55274

http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2012/12/comic-book-review-hollows-1.html




 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.