Friday, August 30, 2013

Leaves, Fires, and a Hundred Trees...



A burnt leaf.  Rough times out here on the west coast.. all these damned Fires are turning a lot of lives upside down.  Emotionally.  Psychically.  Tons of ways.  My thoughts and sympathies to all those affected, some I don't even know personally.


Also, i wanted to also Thanks Ted Adams and the guys at IDW for getting behind the Hollows, and my art books.  Ted the guys and gals at IDW have been a safe port in a turbulent sea.





Speaking of that, here's some loooooong over-due Hollows covers.  There's over a hundred of them.  I was discouraged by drawing these... so I decided to draw a bunch of Trees on these comic covers,....




.....because Trees always inspire me.



Can't go wrong with a tree. Well, you *can*.

Yikes - i learned that during the first 40 or so that i drew.





These are comic cover sketches for retailers who ordered the hollows.. but i'll throw some scans of them into an art book so you can check 'em all out next year. Maybe do a separate art book full of just Trees and Bonsai?


Yeah, Sam's Big gook of Trees n' Bonsai" ~ that'll give the super hero comics a run for their money, sales wise. : )




Don't worry, i know there's a lot of you out there who want a sketch on a comic book like this. I'm sure some of these will pop up on eBay down the road too.





Meanwhile... these really show one thing... there's only so many ways to DRAW a hundred trees without repeating oneself, isn't there? : )


Hopefully these retailers won't be too horrified their getting a tree.  Least most are in color.



But i prefer the simpler ones...



I don't know what it is with me and trees.





Thanks to everyone for sticking with me through various personal and artistic slumps.  We all go through them.  Sometimes ... I think i'm pretty much done creatively.  Worry i'm out of things to say. Out of 'ink'.





But then, something.. somehow, a new day starts, and new crap pops out of me, just like the rest of you. Life, finds a way.  Sheesh ~ ow i'm quoting Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic.




Time to quit this post before i embarrass myself any further, eh?




Yup.






19 comments:

Proxy said...

Awww man I missed the option to get one of these when they came out and now I'm really disappointed. The trees are some of my favorite non comic work you're doing. I'd love to get a large print someday of just a Forrest with various trees.

jennifer kraska said...

Ummmm....you'd get no complaints here with a tree/bonsai book :) love 'em!

Sam Kieth said...

Thanks Jen! : )

Proxy, cool idea of a forest of trees/plants... duh... it never occurred to me i could do a montage of various kinds of trees.. almost like you'd find in a nursery/plant store.

Have a cool weekend you two.

R McCa said...

When does the second and third art books come out? I'm not getting any younger and I hate waiting.

Sam Kieth said...

R McCa,

The second book's ready for early next year, and the third towards the end of next year, if that helps any. I know what you mean though... too much sam stuff has been bottled up for too long.

Between this and the Maxx stuff it should keep everyone from having for sam crap. : )

cody said...

finally got my book in the mail, love the format and how its written kind of autobiographically and that you had your mom write part of it and I always love the large format art. Really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next ones. Any news on the potbelly figure?

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Justin B. said...

Love your trees Sam. In fact I commissioned you to do a Maxx piece with a tree background through Albert earlier this year. I can't wait to see the finished piece! A dream come true, thanks so much for fitting me in your schedule.

Marcus Collar said...

oh the human condition... Never give up. anyway...

the tree's are great! I love the red one

was just thinking of epicurus the sage the other day when counting the cash at work...

his unique face and nose...almost TREE LIKE

dunn dunn ok sorry hehee great stuff...you rock!

jinian said...

Love the trees, especially the first bonsai.

Did you know there's a beautiful Maxx graffito near the University Bridge in Seattle right now? So far no one has been fool enough to deface him, but I got a photo for posterity.

Anonymous said...

Where are You Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaam? It's been 1.5 month after last your post...

Benjamin said...

IDW is reprinting the whole Maxx series?

cody said...

Hope all is good.

Anonymous said...

Was the August 30th post the last? If so I'm going to remove this site from my bookmarks.

VeganMike said...

Hi Sam,
Definitely miss your posts, but hoping you're getting a needed break from all of this!

One quick question: I haven't heard anything about the Oni followup to My Inner Bimbo and Ojo... I believe My Favorite Lie is next? Is the project on the back burner now (since you're working hard on the art books and Maxx reprints), or should we expect news soon? I really can't wait to read it :)

VeganWithaYoYo said...

Ah, had I waited one more day I'd have gotten my questions answered in your CBR interview! Glad to see that you're getting attention from the press. I admit that I'm sad that it's for The Maxx, which you've said so many times on your blog is more a fan favorite than a Sam favorite, rather than your newer work, but I'm happy that it'll keep your bills paid so you can do the work you love to do!

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