Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Came across this going through old files and found myself looking at it more carefully than some of the other cover images in the same folder. I think that the idea of drawing characters with tattoos is always more interesting that actually 'doing' it. The problem is getting the buggers to look like they're underneath the skin. At the time, I wrestled with adding another tattoo on her forearm but decided against it to keep the focus down around her torso. Gotta give it up to the fantastic Mauro Corradini once again for logo placement. This was the first cover that my editor allowed the the possibility to play with graphic design a bit, and without it I don't think the piece would have worked as well. Still wish we had been able to warp the bottom left hand corner of the logo a bit more....
Friday, March 5, 2010
Personal interlude here. Light some candles, listen to the sound of the violins, use the cheesy smile...
I did this piece a few years ago for my wife. Her favorite character is the Silver Surfer and she actually has a pretty awesome little collection of art based on the character. See, it goes like this: If you're a girl, it's ten times easier to get artists to give you cool pieces. Somewhere deep inside us still lurks that insecure little high school kid who never got the girl and is thrilled at any little ounce of female attention thrown our way. I've seen many an artist in action at conventions and it never ceases to amaze me how it's the same pretty much across the boards. Sad really, but I guess it's the way of the world. Case in point, I did this piece back when we had just begun dating thinking it would win me points. As for the big floating space fish, Sara loves to scuba dive. The ocean fascinates her and it's difficult to find her happier than when we're sitting on a beach somewhere.
At any rate, she was looking at some of the other Surfer pieces yesterday and it made me realize I'd never actually made a scan of mine. Don't know if it will be of interest to anyone else, but at least it's something new to post while I'm waiting to show off newer work. Now blow out those candles and give each other a big sloppy kiss.