Two adventures this week (so far). I went downhill skiing with my son for his birthday. He was on a snowboard, and that seems to be the preference based on the SkiBowl crowd up Mt. Hood. The other adventure was seeing TRON: Legacy last night! I was fully immersed in the grid. Loved it! So here’s a little tribute to those two events. **This may be the most idyllic drawing I’ve done of myself, possibly ever. I guess I’m ending 2010 on a positive note.**
Here’s something that may or may not need an explanation, but I’ll offer one nonetheless. It’s basically a sight gag that occurred to me that I thought would be amusing to draw. The original inspiration was from the latest issue of Batman Odyssey by Neal Adams, a comic that I’ve been enjoying for it’s madcap portrayal of superheroes and the expressive drawings. The story reads a lot like a Mad Magazine movie parody, a narrative style that I enjoy. It jumps from scene to scene and the characters talk to each other a lot, but they don’t really seem to listen to each other, and they often talk directly to the reader. It’s nutty and I like it. The first page of issue 5 depicts Bruce Wayne eating a banana and drinking raw eggs. The banana reminded me of Leonard Cohen who I’ve been listening to recently on the home stereo. The cover of the album I’m Your Man is a real cool pic of Cohen in sunglasses … eating a banana. It tickles me, and so there you have it. Batman, Leonard Cohen, banana. Beyond that I don’t know what to tell you.
Here are some snippets of finished art from the comic I recently illustrated about the 54th MASS regiment. Frederick Douglass makes a “cameo” in the opening pages as he is recruited to recruit volunteers for the regiment.
The young Colonel Shaw, at 26 also gets the spotlight in the book. I tried to draw him youthful in this portrait, but hardened. He’s seen a lot of death by this point. Things haven’t really changed much have they? Sending the kids off to do the dirty work … BUT ANYWAYlet’s not go there right now! Let’s talk about the anonymous paymaster that I based on Daniel Day Lewis:D This time he’s in full color! Sorry to pigeon hole Mr. Day Lewis, but have you heard?! He’ll get a chance to redeem himself from this disgraceful casting as the Paymaster when he plays Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming Spielberg production.
I’ve finished the art on a book that won’t be available until Spring/Summer 2011, but I wanted to post a teaser here. I posted some pencils for this project a while back and I’ll post some of the end results of those sketches in the coming week. Here’s a dramatic scene near the end of the book. This is Colonel Robert Gould Shaw at the top of Fort Wagner, S. Carolina leading the 54th MASS volunteer infantry and under heavy fire. This historical event was depicted in the movie Glory (in case this reminds of something you can’t quite put your finder on;).