Friday, June 5, 2015

Maxx Covers... from 'Abstract/Messy' to 'Simple/Peaceful'.

on the left is a 'fashion page' from the Worlds of Sam collection, and i literally painted over it for a new Maxx cover. I had to turn the page sideways for cover proportions.. if you look back and forth, you can see what shows through from the original painting.

Here's the finished cover with the logo. Julie's a little abstract, but i liked that.

This was the third redo this Maxx cover, and the two below were my first stabs at it. 

The first one was okay, but kinda seemed too conventional.. the the second one felt too abstract, at least for a Maxx cover. A lot is down to whatever your taste are, but in this case, since i own the Maxx, i have just enough freedom to make a dope of myself.

Here's a semi-abstract painting of yet-another-1900s woman. It started with a botched effort yo paste down a Twout at I drew... when i pealed it up, l was so impressed with the texture it made...

.. I tried to "blend" it with gold paint into a woman's hair...

I added some distress grunge to her face, to echo the torn texture up top.

it''s not finished yet, but its getting there.

It's hard to take credit for gold acrylic paint, which anyone could add. I took these pics because gold acrylic highlights never scan very well.

It's always better to cast some light on it from the side.

No clue where this will wind up. Maybe one of the Twout books.. or somewhere else. Just another side project between Maxx stuff - a like drawing Maxx, but a few covers can drive you a bit batty.

And now we end with the other end of the spectrum. From an Abstract & Messy Maxx cover, to two simpler ones.

One's almost a zen brush painting,

and the other is just a peaceful simple sitting under a tree shot.

Sometimes simpler can be the coolest of all.

- Sam



Thanks Sam. Always nice to get more frequent updates and process photos. Take care.

Kevin M Russell said...

Very cool work as usual.

Mark Kett said...


Anonymous said...

Has the last two volumes of Worlds of Sam Kieth been canceled?

Michael said...

It is always great to see your work. I learned about you from Juxtapoz. I was intrigued by your art and excited that you created Maxx. I was too busy raising a family when the Maxx made his debut. Salude y Suerte

Brandon Woodson said...

It's always interesting to see your work in its different states. I love the simple Maxx under the tree as much as I like the abstract cover. Are there any ongoing titles or characters that you haven't drawn that you would want to? DC/Image/Marvel/Independent?

adrian trela said...

Holy shit!!!! Please read my full comment!!!!!!!!!!
I'm a huge fan of your work and I have a lot of your stories and covers only blah blah blah but it doesn't matter now. I want to tell You I just eh...discovered a story with YOUR pencils I didn't know even exist and I guess no one on internet knew!!!!!
I opened from polybag a comic I bought years ago- BLOOD OF DRACULA #8 (I bought in only for your cover)and when I started reading it I was shocked. There is 8 pages of Your work there! It's from "Death dreams of Dracula" and the story is called: "GOOP". It's supposedly written by Rickey Shanklinn and penciled by Ed Platt and inked by Nick Sigismondi. I know it's bullcrap because It's 100% your pencils there!!!!!!!!!!!
These pencils are awesome. I see a HUGE Wrightson influance on Your art :)
Can You tell me/us what's the deal with this story? Why wasn't You credited as an artist? Why no one ever heard about it (even no word in 'I BEFORE E')?

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Phaser Pulse said...

Nothing short of amazing work here. I always love to see new Maxx stuff, and alternate character/cover artwork.

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