Sunday, September 25, 2005

Kid’s Gone Wild!!!

The last few days I’ve had some strange encounters with kids.

I was in line to see the Corpse Bride and this bug eyed kid around 10 came running up and grabbed the face of another kid and yelled at the top of his lungs.


“LOOK INTO MY EYES AND I WILL SHOW YOU THE FUTURE!!!”


...than he grabbed a Mt. Dew and chugged it.


Awww the Bear piss strikes again!!!


I felt like walking up to the over-caffeinated lil’crack head and saying


“I weep for the future if you are running the show”

...about 5 seconds later

This heavy set kid (read:fat) came running out of the theater and screamed

“HARRY POTTER IS GOING TO.ughhh...KILL YOU (low grunt...) DON’T SEE..uhhh..ehhh IT!!!

He than ran (read:wobbled) down the hallway and bumped into some girl and than ran out the emergency exit.


I shit you not...it was either a full moon or free Red Bull day at the elementary school!!!

No wonder sane people don’t want to go to the movies anymore.

I think it should be like a bar. They should cut off the kids when they have had to much coke and candy.

I can see it now.

The concession girl saying

“I’m sorry Billy I can’t sell you Good and Plentys.”

“I think you've had one Reeces Pieces to many”

Meanwhile 2 days ago across town:

I saw these three white kids around the bubble gum machine at the super market.

They were giggling like a bunch of school girls looking at a Justin Timberlake picture.

They were in front of a machine that sold Durags.

Yes those Durags... the head caps black folks use to cover their Cornrolls and hair.

So what were these three day glo white kids getting them for...out of a bubble gum machine no less...

One of them put his on..it was the Urban Gray Camo ( my personal fave) that made him look like he was

“Straight out of Malibu”

I can't front.

Everyone loves Hip Hop Cosplay.




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2 D-Ink or not 2 D-Ink

I don’t really like Kevin Smith.

Mainly because of the personal pain he has caused me.

How many times have I been introduced to someone as a comic artist and the first thing out of their mouths is

“Are you a tracer?”

...quoting the line from the K.Smith opus “Chasing Amy.

For those that don’t know this scene..(and if you are reading this..It’s hard to believe you wouldn’t know it)

The quote comes from a scene in which the actor Jason Lee (My Name is Earl TV show) has a battle of words with a fan at a comic convention that describes his job of inking as nothing more than “tracing”.


It’s a funny scene.


I laughed the first time I heard it.


...but a 1000 times later...hearing it from everyone from coworkers to family members...


well it’s just not funny anymore.


Nowadays when someone says that to me I look at them with a blank look on my face...

part serial killer part calm before the storm.

I say “yeah I’ve heard that a thousand times and it’s not really funny anymore.”

I twitch my eye a bit.

..just for effect.


This is almost always followed by an uncomfortable silence and a fumbled half muttered apology.



Works like a charm.


I’m joking.

It does not really bother me that much.

...mainly it bothers me that they really don’t know what an inker is.


Ok when you are a comic geek shit like that bothers you!

It's not like I expect them to..I'm not that far gone.

..but it's a part of the comic book artistic process I have a lot of respect for.

So it deserves more than some one off joke that's found it's way into the collective pop culture mind.

Yeah I take comics way to serious... (eyes twitching)


For the non comic freaks...an inker is an artist that uses brushes, dip pens Rapidographs and or markers to “embellish” a pencil artists work on a comic page.


This was done in the past because it created very clean, easy to reproduce artwork.

This in turn created the classic comic book style of artwork.

Bold clean black lines.

Think:

Kirby

Swan

Ditko

Romita

..but that was than....

Technology has switched up the game.

Reproduction has improved by leaps and bounds and since everything runs through the computer these days it’s made inking almost unnecessary.

Or has it?


I have experimented with digital Inking or better known as “D-Inking”.

Sure you can scan in clean pencils and tweak them in photoshop and when you add color it can create an awesome look for a piece.


...but is something missing?


Over the years there have been some amazing pairings of pencilers and inkers.

Kirby and Sinnott

Byrne and Austin

Miller and Jansen

Mignola and Russell

Lee and Williams

Campbell and Garner

Hitch and Neary

They are all great artists on their own but when they are put together something magical happens.


I think it comes from having another set of talented eyes watching for mistakes in the artwork.

In this case two sets of eyes are better than one.


I saw first hand how Williams helped Lee’s pencils out.

As the deadline loomed Lee’s pencils would get pretty loose.

Not so much the structure but the rendering would slip or sometimes costume bits would come and go. Or backgrounds might get sketchy.

Having another artist there to watch out for those mistakes and keep the enthusiasm for the page up is a big help.

After a penciler does his part he often has no stomach to work on the page anymore.

He/she is ready to move on...

That’s where an inker who is getting at the page for the first time can bring their passion to it.

The other great benefit is having the chance to take another pass at your artwork.

This is especially helpful for the artist that inks their own work. You get a second chance at greatness.

... simplify something here or add something there..

Get it right.


Although I think the future of comics is D-inking:

for cost reasons and to cut a step out of the production time...


I long for the time when two artist would come together and create something special.

We are in the era where the colorist has taken the place of the inker.

An inker used to have final say as to the look of art...now the colorist sets the mood and controls the final image.

The inker made the pencillers artwork shine. The colorist I think can take away from the beauty and simplicity of the pencils.

Soon the days of ink on your fingers and finding the right Crow Quill nib will be a thing of the past...
..and I think I’ll miss that.

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Music Selection:
The Bravery
What if Robert Smith, Adam Ant and the Killers had a love child. Get your Electro whiney 80’s on!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

"The Skillz"








This is one of my new concepts...


It's called "The Skillz"

I'm not going to tell all the names of the characters nor am I going to explain the story.

This is not a Diamond solicitation!!!

Much more on the way.


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The Word Bug Does Not Bite!!!


I'm in a drawing mood...

So I'm just going to post some art until the word bug bites me again..

here's a new style of illustration I have been messing with...

check it..

more on the way

KA-lifornia

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Back On...Almost...




Fell off for a bit...

things have been hectic at the job...

lot's of thoughts brewing under the surface...

I have like a weeks worth of blogs in the cooker...

I don't think I'll be getting to them until this weekend...

Until than..pick up these treats... and check some of my new designs...

Mushroom Jazz Vol05 (trip hop hip hop mix album)

Cinematic Orchestra-Everyday (downtempo beats)

Silent Dragon ( cyber samurai comic)

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