Monday, September 1, 2014

Sandman Bookplates, a few Maxx Covers....

This little package came on Friday...

Bookplates for the Comic Art Museum's Sandman book. Mike Drigenberg did a fantastic job penciled it. and tried not to goof it up too much when i Inked it. - Mike suggested it would be cool to do the reverse of how we worked together on Sandman.

Just wanna assure anybody who ordered it this limited edition Sandman art book, that - yeah, it *does* exists . . .

. . and it *is* going to be mailed to you - soon as Mike and i finish signing these suckers.  I'll leave a space for Mike to sign on the left.. since he's penciled version got the ball rolling.


Same goes for those 25 drawings for the Limited Maxx collection. Those are FINALLY done too!!! - they went out to IDW last week.

 Will try to throw a few extra pics of those too in my  next post.

But enough of that sketch stuff....

* * *

Now back to starting various Maxx covers..

... in various states of decomposition. 

I tend to work on batches of Maxx covers at the same time . . 

.. . . sorta like multiple downloads.. traveling at different speeds . . . 

This one's changed since i took this photo yesterday. It looks pretty gruesome here while it's wet, and the bronze paint is better blended now. Kinda fights the purple here.  Hopefully I can pull it all together. 

Okay, let's jump over to this one now. I'm trying to stay lighter on this cover, not over-work it like i did the previous one. 

I love jumping from one cover to another.  I like to think doing a series of covers together... means they may influence each other. But maybe not.  Who can say? It might just feel like that in my head. 

Either way, doing a "gang of covers".... it creates the *illusion* I'm getting a lot done, 

Or the possible alternative is . . . . .  that i'm slowing myself down by finishing several covers at once. Maxx is peaking out from behind this branch here. 

It's weird how. . .  after you draw it, it seems like it's really happening, does't it?  Even when your the one drawing it. 

I don't seem able to not do pages, stories or covers out of order, and thrive on doing on various projects at once. Doubt I'm alone in this. 

Looks confusing until i finish this tree, doesn't it?  'Floating mushrooms' on a yet-to-be-drawn-tree . . . 

Wanna try to make the Maxx logo here like different too.. more fantasy like, just for this one. 

But for now let's jump to a third Maxx cover instead... 

This one has Gone in it.. here's the whole thing. I penciled it tighter than usual here. Not sure i'm wild about Maxx right elbow sticking out like it does. 

Okay, bold choice - rounded off that elbow. . . not it looks like Maxx's arms are an inner tube, doesn't it? 

Might be a huge mistake... on the other hand, Maxx is the ideal character to distort, sorta like a beefier version of plastic man, isn't he? 

Well in comics energy and moment is everything.  It's amazing what you can get away with if your bold and confident. Or sometimes you don't.  

Either way i doubt one elbow will make or break this cover. 

I'm changing my focus from "the elbow question" back to Gone's face. 

Here's a goofy accident, swirling this cover around and it got caught in the ripped bristol i use as a pallet on my art table.  But it also makes a handy 'grip' to hold the cover in place. 

Leave some space for Gone's fingers to dig into Maxx's arm here.  All thefolds in Gone's cape means this Cover will take longer, so won't get far on it this round.

Color helps... but still a ways to go on this sucker.

Meanwhile, here's a fourth one I finished last week.. so you have something more finished to feast upon.

Sadly this one happened to fast i didn't have time to even grab a camera.. sometimes you get in a groove and hate to break the spell.. you know?

Okay, hopefully that will hold you for a little while.

Wanted to add, thanks for all the comments. While I rarely get around to replies, your comments feedback and praise is *never* lost on me!!!!!



Anonymous said...

When is the Worlds Of Sam Kieth Volume 2 coming out? Soon? This fall? Tomorrow? :)

VeganMike said...

I love the gear on Maxx's foot. As a complete non-artist, I always wonder where artists end up with things like that to throw in their art. Is it just that you've developed quite an eye for things you could pick up and later put into art, or is there a repository where you can go to get nontraditional art supplies?

VeganMike said...

I've been wondering about one line in The Maxx since I saw the cartoon on MTV in 1995 or so: "naughty naughty, Br'er Lapin. Is that how they teach you to talk back at the warren?"

I knew that Br'er Lapin was French for "Brother Rabbit"... which I got from a friend who was taking 7th grade French at the time. I just bothered to look up "warren"... now I know that it's a farm where rabbits are raised. Did everyone else already know this?

emerican said...

Wow, these are amazing! Great job!

jennifer kraska said...

Hey Sam, whatcha drawing on there? Looks like it has loads of texture......canvas board?

Love all the texture and colors on the last pick. Acrylic? I need to break away from the WC and dabble in acrylics more.....

Take care.

Andy Mangels said...

Sam -

Yer old pal Andy Mangels here. Can you drop me an email with your contact details, please?


Kulhain said...

Awesome textures. I really like what you do.

Michael said...

You and Wayshak are amazing artist

Cloud9 said...

Hey Sam,
I just wanted to chime in here to say I just finished reading Mars Attacks First Born, and I gotta say congratulations! What you and Ryall have been pulling off is awe inspiring. What you do with children brings the emotions out of me like no other modern day story. Although I can't wait for your continuation in the trout-a-verse(wink-wink); I have to admit that this work is just amazing, and couldn't ask for a better collaboration that what the two of you have been pulling together. Keep up the great work! ...and thank you :)

BZD said...

You haven't lost a step at all with the MAXX and it's been so long since you've really worked on him from what I know.

These new covers are even better than the originals and the originals were amazing.

You're an incredible talent that just keeps improving and evolving through the years, very inspirational!

Thanks for sharing

Fernando Valencia said...

Okay. So I got a copy of MAXX-imum Sound off of e-bay a couple of days ago & I posted a pic of it on a Sam Kieth fan page on facebook and pretty much saying that I wanted to figure out a way that I could put it on there for the rest of those guys to hear. Yeah, that was a big mistake. I'll spare you the details but it was mainly two guys one expressing how much he wanted to hear it, the other saying that everyone should buy a copy themselves. What it all boils down to is would you consider re-selling MAXX-imum Sound on your blog this time on CD? If you no longer have a copy I will gladly send you the copy I have.

VeganMike said...

I made a copy of Maxximum Sound into lossless digital files (FLAC) a bunch of years ago, after connecting a high-end cassette player to a computer directly to capture it. If Sam wants to release these files for free or otherwise, I'd be more than happy to get them to him.

Anonymous said...

Bet its not really up to Sam... post that audio magic, please!

as if we could all go find/buy the cassette, silly humans...

VeganMike said...

Well, the rights to Maxximum Sound were owned by Animated Alligator. I googled them the other day, and can't find any evidence that they've published anything since 1999. They don't have a website, and I'm reasonably convinced that the company no longer exists.

Maybe rights to their material were bought around that time, but I think it's more likely that the material is the audio equivalent of abandonware. Not *technically* legal, but not harming anyone and with no one to sue for copyright violation. If it harms no one, and there are no consequences, I'm going to go with "basically the equivalent of legal." Since Sam owns Maxx, his wishes are the ones I'm interested in respecting :)

bernie crowsheet said...

just had to say i love those gears and stuff on his feet, also i made a joke the other day with brandon graham and spurgeon, calling furniture after artists i said " it's hard to sit at my sam kieth table cause the feet are so big" thought you'd laugh, thanks for sharing always

Marco said...

You're awesome, dude. Thanks for the book signing.

AnkHknA said...

VeganMike: Would you be interested in making a copy of those files on a cd or emailing the audio files? Please let me know: my email is