I've posted a similar article to the one I did a few posts ago on my work on Star Trek on their blog - you can see my and all the artists involved at pendant audio on their blog at http://pendantart.blogspot.com/2008/06/long-time-listener-first-time-cover.html
Been looking at allot of library books recently from ny.
way of the rat and sojourn - god I miss crossgen coloring. I also loved “the path” by bart sears and that had a great section about how he would rough it out small in sharpie and allot of the work fell to his inker who would bow that up and finish it into final inks.
Rose and a few others by charles vess - but all I see is julie collins.
Catwoman: Selina’s big score and a few others in the same vein of the catwoman series - such as “no easy way down,” which I love. The writer and artist darwyn cook is so simple but awesome, its like toth meets bruce timm. And the stories are so hard boiled detective with confused romance and noir that its like a good black and white movie - speaking of which I just rewatched vertigo which is awesome. Probably my favorite hitchcock. My mestake though linking it to b+w because its got a whole bunch of color things going on, in fact allot of the visual style is based around the color in that movie.
Identity crisis - amazing art, amazing scenes by rags morales (someone I had never seen) whom I actually liked better than michael turner who did all the covers. and it looks to be amazing story after paging through it. I need to own this phone book and priced at only $15 but something like 250 pgs long its well well worth it. Plus a interview with the artist at the end and a foreword by joss whedon im definitely using my books a million card on this one. I’ve really been drawn away from dc in the last few years their batman pencilers have been so tight and stiff it just sucks and the dc universe in general never really had that much of an appeal next to their flagship characters.
Bought a whole bunch of .25 comics on my last run to fourth world comics in ny. Aerosmith was very cool, a few issues of spider man by the awesome terry dodson and his wife. Some stuff for james and some others, but the one that really struck me was elementals. I grabbed a few random issues but in one of them a female shapeshifter reveals she has been posing as the hero’s husband because she wanted her, had her and now tells her to kill herself. And she does after putting the gun in her mouth on the last page, its some powerful stuff, pretty risky and a lot more than I expected from a comico book. Inide books can go that way, their either trying to be mainstream and just suck or their using the chance to stay out of the mainstream to do stuff they couldn’t if they were. Anyway it was good.
Vol 1+2 of invincible. Awesome every time I see ryan oteley’s work. It looks so simple and yet is everything it needs. I also love the costume designs and the 20 something pages of sketches in the back. Very cool, probably expensive since its in hardcover.
Also got a book and saw extra drawings were by jen wang, I used to love her “strings of fate” webcomic, which is now gone forever - but did get me into webcomics in general. She still has a website though and I just realized she was only 2 yrs older than me. I hope I can be in her shoes if not longer than that time. Known to me she’s been in flight 1 + 2, and as I said I just saw her in agnes quill.
in other news, im on script # 8 of novus terra, thinking of calling it Vanguard adventures. Its so easy to right and fun, I just need the time.
Also james’ war comic awaits my return to ga, to ink them. Also I am to pencil the cover and have him ink that. Not to mention another star trek cover due by the 7th of July. So I should be a happy boy with plenty to do. I’ve had to write this early and post it later though because I didn’t get internet in ny.
I also watch the 1st 4 episodes of legion of superheroes which were surprisingly good even though I despise the art style of legion and titans in comparison to btas and superman. It seems like a bad attempt at american anime like all those christopher hart book, what a whore that guy is - whatever is hot he will change his style and make a book in two weeks with all the same crap as the last one but in the new style - its all just one giant bullshit money making scheme.
i just thought id post this, not that anyone would see it but i noticed that there were 3 very very similar shots across the first three graphics of amazing x-men by cassidy/wheedon. one of them is issue #1, pg. 5 issue #17 pg 6
and i forget what the last issue was, but it was pg 6.i didn't know if it was intentional, just taken from the same reference or if it meant something more. i didn't read all the way to three but robin did and she couldn't find anything that would ties them together except to show her progression of character considering they are all in completely different surroundings.
this is the actual cover for "Square one" done in a crossword that's filled out and has the answer to questions like - "the title of this book is" or "the writer is" - i thought it was cool, creative but not necessarily descriptive of what was inside. it made a comic about the dangers of drugs, std's and abuse, police corruption and so on - with a crossword cover. yeah, probably next to using helium for the Hindenburg on a list of history's all time bad choices. these are pics of my hangman lamp from 3d, when the door is closed and the guy's alive it is on and when you turn the switch the man gets hanged and the light turns off. this is a pic of my 3d comic, not only does it include panels from a 3d issue #1 of spawn but the panels themselves are set at different depths from one another so the depth really becomes deep when you wear the glasses and look at the comic. and this is my final "kinetic sculpture" - a rotary chain rubber-band gun" thought youd never see one of those right. took me all day and i even worked on it all class it was due and she still let me turn it in. the only problem was that some of the gears would catch or miss because they were nails, and so i couldn't time the placement of the rubber bands which would have been surrounding the rotating front. the little hand would go up and down and fire the rubber bands as it rotated. so it worked just not perfectly. i only have one clothespin glued on. but i was still pretty proud.
heres a wallpaper i did for my bubbie, she's so beautiful. heres the roughs for 24 pages of y the last man, done on 1 and a half 8 1/2 x 11's and heres the tight roughs - done 2 to a 8 1/2x11. heres my "tight" roughs, lol - for the just in time script which i peciled in one night and did tights and blew them up the day before. heres the 10 mins sketches we had to do to come up with an original astronaut, mine won when the class voted ,and then a spaceship to match, mine lost - big time even though i liked the ship more than the astronaut. they were for goto for an inclass storyboard assignment.
and here is the original sketches for noah, the 1st is more of a Charlton Heston thing going on - he's fun, not necessarily animatable but fun. then goto said to push him farther and i did, loved it, blew it up on the artograph and inked it. figured now that im posting some stuff id add a few easter eggs as well for those of you interested enough to visit this page. so heres how i originally drew and inked the parts of the drawing. because i was in colorado i didn't have the size paper nor did i know the dimensions of the art or if he was going to want me to change anything so i did it in pieces. next i assembled the pieces in photoshop using the multiply layer option. and then made blocks of color under the ink layer so i could color each effect seperatly and on their own layer without messing with or effecting the rest of the art. this was an alternate idea i had for coloring based more off some old marvel silver surfer stuff that i was inspired by for the line art as well. you can find the final image with title and everything by followingthe link in the previous post or checking my deviant art http://xaqbazit.deviantart.com/
this is my drawing of kate that i tried for my lost animated characters, and the 1st sketch of ben that actually looked like him. i also dicovered men were much easier to characterize and make extreme and exagerated, women just got ugly really quick - however i felt this version of kate was too close to generic female and wasnt as close or iconic of a look as the others i did, which i will post on deviant and link soon. i also posted a few more videos on my youtube account, have to get back to ga to split up drown and scan storyboards for it. http://youtube.com/user/xaqbazit
square one is posted at webcomics nation - you can view it here i posted the origional cover that i scrapped because i didnt want to do color printing so instead i op\ted for a b+w cover on different color paper. ill post an image later. anyway here it is, its a 24 hr comic. i did this fall semester 07. http://www.webcomicsnation.com/xaqbazit/square1/series.php
finally got word back from the guy at pendant audio and found out i had 2 days to do a cover and no scanner, so i inked different parts photographed them as best i could, assembled them in photoshop and colored them sampling colors from cam kenedy's dark empire. which was kind of my inspiration, along with allot of kirby fun space reference. i had allot of fun, though looking back on it i think i could have pushed it farther and used less muted colors, but it was quick and i learned allot, and ill be doing a monthly cover so that's fun. check my cover out and all the others here. http://www.pendantaudio.com/defiant.php http://www.pendantaudio.com/defiantimages/Defiant_25_cover.jpg also ill be posting the progress and final on deviant with the rest of my art.
i also posted one of the videos i made, this one i shot all before hand and taught a class with robin's help at the Humboldt public library in iowa, so the kids edited it together, it's got some simple effects and some music but it was fun and now its on the web so check it out here. http://youtube.com/watch?v=UM0djc3onLQ the only other video i currently have up is another i made with austin and his family, we did as an fx test for light sabers i did in flash. you can see that one here http://youtube.com/watch?v=1QK9uBtWMP0 i am really anxious about loading Drown, my 15 min movie - the most serious of my film and editing experiments. which took me about a week straight to film storyboard and script and another 2 days editing. but im really proud of it. so hopefully that will be up soon maybe ill even post the storyboards too.
speaking of i still have yurushi to deal with, i did the comic, rewrote it as a 60 pg script, even had scores and sound fx picked out and about half of it storyboarded but its been so long i dont know what to do with it. i was thinking of reformating the comic as a fold out verticle comic but im not even that proud of it anymore, the art is old, the script is bad admitidly, i even turned down a chance to autograph a copy because i didnt really like it that much anymore. if youd like to see it though i have posted the origional comic here http://www.webcomicsnation.com/xaqbazit/yurushi/series.php?view=archive&chapter=22387
im also panning on posting my 24hr comic i and have been selling called square one - its kind of a weak title, i had fun challenging myself with the layouts but unfortunately everything i didnt have figured out ened up falling into routine and so its kind of a clone of torn, and has allot of similarities. everyone was calling it the "crossword comic" but the cover is kind of fun, ill have to post it with the rest of the comic whenever i get around to it.
im also reading the next two graphic novels of astonishing x-men, the one whedon was witting and im loving, i got the 1st one at the swap meet and am reading the second 2 from teh library. as well as osama tezuka's adolf which is amazing me how deep the themes are with such cartoony stylized art. but it helps me think i dont have to change my style, just draw like i do and do it as good as i can. you kinda accept the style and then get lost in it just like a normal story. almost like watching a film with dubs or subs.
well i have allot of stuff to look through from the library, my cousins just left after a week, kinda stressfull but i had fun havinga supersoaker game with our neighbor emma, aidan, me and colten. whoever had the hose, would hide a tennisball in the grass and the others would have to try to enter the yard and hold off the monster with the supersoakers, while looking for and recovering the ball from the hosemonster. anyway it was fun.
cant wait for new york, but i also am really excited about seeing dan again, talking about stories for senior project and finishing the scripts and starting to record novus terra. were going to be recording the voices just ourselves - sinking the fx and music and then rerecording the dialog track with the voice actors. hopefully ill be able to air an episode a week on a new scad radio show im calling scadrd (scattered) for scad radio dramas. i have a facebook group if anyone would like to help here http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=16437995460
i have so many projects i want to work on and scripts, art stories etc. my mind is so creative and my attention span is so short im constantly jumping from project to project. it will be nice to finally have something nice to show for all my work, i just am really going to be relying on a few peopel that will make or break the show so i hope they dont let me down, specifically adam - who seems to be buisyer than me and jagoda who seems to have more time than me. i havenet got anyone to help with the scripts like i wanted, but its almost done so i hope it isnt too bad, dan can help story edit for the last few episodes and im sure we'll make some changes when it comes time to record. but i hope the show does well because i could see allot of people doing weekly shows or one shot bits if it does. but ill just be doing kind of an etertainment block with 1 episode from multipule different shows each week so someone can tune in just to see what happens on their show, or maybe even listen to them all. im also interested in hearing something i saw ona road trip, a new company adapting books, graphic novels etc into audio drama format and calling it "graphic audio" - obviously a piggy back on eisner's phrase "graphic novel" however io persoanlly find it funny considering there is nothing "graphic" or visual about radio dramas, if it had that it would be tv. lol.
anyways, hopefully next time i post i will have my junk up on deviant art, hope i get allot of feedback - ive done allot of work this last semester and was one of only 3 to pass larriosn's pen and ink 1. when i get back im moving downtown so ill be buisy. ill also be inking james ww2 pages so i have some stuff in the works, and im scared about losing my drawing skills if i dont draw enough. but my work speaks for what i can do so im anxious to put it up.
some stuff will take time though, like storybaords for simpsons, that id like to sink to the audio like my noah storyboards and my simpson storyboards, but i think it will be worth it i just cant forget it.
i also overdrafted like mad so im barley still alive financially and now indebted to a few people for keeping me afloat, but a big thak you goes out to those who helped. ive never been so scared.
ive been trying to find a movie called "robot wars," it goes along with or is somehow connected with "robot jox" which is on youtube. ive also been craving to watch the made for tv-movies Generation-x, and Intensity. as well as the series, Roswell.
i also read up on the death of superman movie's on wikipedia, that were trying to be made in the 90's which was very interesting, along with summaries for mmpr series arcs.