Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fifteen minutie BATS drawing for Charity.

Something for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund auction.

Well it's not 'anything' at all yet.. is it?

But i often work better under a deadline, so i'm clocking myself on this sucker.  Trying to do it in under 20 minutes.

Batman's has a better chance of moving in an auction than most stuff i might dream up..

This isn't that big, maybe 5 inches by 7?  It's also drawn on same textured paper i sometimes use... you'll see what i mean once i add some color to it.

Yuk - this gooey little 'ink blob' is what happens when India ink sits too long in the ink bottle.

Okay, added some pen detail. but still very rough around his mask. There's that paper texture i was talking about.. We're gonna try to make it work for us when I add some more blue to his mask.

Yeah, my old ink pad trick again. I could probably smooth out the rough texture with colored inks or watercolors, but that defeats the point.

Okay, this was what i was going for, regardless of how unfinished it looks, i wanted his mask to sort of blend into the paper's background.

Here's how it's shaping up. Also added a few white highlights on his nose... forehead.

Might have overdone those... but too late now. It's 14 minutes in so far, but i bet i wasted a couple of minutes snapping pics while drawing.

It's nothing to brag about, drawing is obviously not a race.

I've also slowed down a lot over the years.  I'll sometimes toil away on a cover for weeks. The challenging bit is, sometimes 'taking more time', doesn't always make it a better piece of art.  Sometimes - yikes, it gets worse! Sometimes a good drawing is knowing when to quit.

As we all know, creativity... the 'muse'...  is fickle... and as we age, more and more illusive.

Oh yeah..

one last thing i forgot....

... there!



Tytus M said...

Wow, simply amazing. Your work inspires me. Hope your trout-a-verse or other projects are going well and you can update us soon!

jessy kendall said...

love the eye wrinkles

jennifer kraska said...

Hey Sam - read this first thing this morning and have been thinking about it all day. I find thus to be so true about 'taking time' not always making the best art. This kills me sometimes......I can work on a painting for hours/ days and have it turn out to be complete crap. Then I go and do a 'distraction' piece and it turns out ok. Why do we torture ourselves?
Be well.

Anonymous said...

What ink do you use in order to prevent it from bleeding when you add watercolor? I am a novice and am really excited about coloring with watercolor but have had problems with both ink and left over pencil muddying up the picture.

Huge fan of your work. Just stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago. Really a departure from most mainstream art. I think you inspired many people with "The Maxx" and subsequent projects.



Bob said...

And that all took just 15 minute!? Excuse me while I go bash my head into a wall...

Charlie Osceola said...

Hey Sam Keith. Just found this site. Love your work. Love The Maxx. Your style is art inside the art. This batman drawing alone tells me a story with out words. Gonna lurk more. Later.

Deron Murphree said...

I like the detail work on the chin.

U R NOT Special said...

The textures are incredible, You keep getting better and better over the years. This took you 15 minutes to draw and I could sit and stare at it for 15 minutes in awe.

Alistar Johnson said...

Such an amazing drawing and all for charity!!! You must be very proud of the work you produce. I have recently discovered Listen Ltd fundraising blog - you should check it out.

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