Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Woodcut Style

This was a sample illustration done in an attempt to land a TV gig. If I'd gotten it I would have done a series of these which would have been used in a documentary. I was told that the producers liked my sample, but for whatever reason the job went to someone else.

Boy did I enjoy doing the sample though. They asked for an 18th Century woodcut style and gave me not much else in the way of direction, so I immersed myself in the work of Gustave Dore and just went for it. (BTW where has Dore been all my life. He makes every comic artist I ever admired look like a total pussy.)

The upshot is that I was able to use this as a sample for a t-shirt illustration job that looks like it is going to happen, so it wasn't all in vain.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Chuck Liddell

I don't know anything about UFC, I just really liked this video. I always dug those Lipton Brisk ads where they'd do an animated version of Rocky or whatever. They came up with a funny/disturbing way to extend that campaign into the age of viral video.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wonder Woman

So when DC Comics unveiled this new design for Wonder Woman's costume yesterday, a bunch of us took to facebook with howls of feeble, pointless protest. In all the excitement I may have even said unkind things about the costume's designer, Jim Lee, who is by all accounts a prince of a guy and certainly never did anything to me (actually he was very gracious the one time I spoke with him in a professional capacity). I really hate when I catch myself being a snotty internet nerd-troll. I then decided that the only way to right the karmic scales was to post my own attempt and let people tear it apart if they wanted to.

Actually this is my second attempt. My first is below. Apart from the tweaks I made to the costume, witness how stiff and lifeless it is by comparison. I haven't drawn superheroes professionally in a long time, and when I try to now the strangest thing happens: I revert to my skill set from 15 years ago. I actually forget that I draw better now. It's so weird.