So there’s this thing, and I guess all the cool kids are doing it over on the Twitters and the Instagrams. It’s called “Art Vs. Artist.” You put some of your work together in this format, along with a picture of yourself in the center. It seemed like something that might be sorta fun to take a crack at, so here we go!
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what all the rules are (if there are any), so I’m probably breaking some of them. I did get the idea that this was supposed to center around faces, so there’s at least that. Some of these samples are more recent and others slightly older. At the moment, I feel like this works pretty well. If I were to attempt this again tomorrow, it’s possible I could pick a few other images.
I feel like I might be breaking one of the rules with my photo in the center. It’s (obviously) not a current selfie. Not by a long shot! That’s a 12 year-old me, on my birthday. If you could see more of the picture, you’d see I was attempting to paint a picture (using oils) of the USS Enterprise firing on a Klingon ship. Why that photo? I figure: don’t we all start someplace like that as artists? Everything else flows from that.
I see this month’s zipping by, and as busy as I am, I’m just not at a point where I can post anything current and new yet. So instead of that, here’s something old that might be of interest.
This was done while I attended Art Center in Pasadena, back in the early ’90s. Some of the specifics are lost to time now, but I had an illustration class at the time, and for our final, we were to do a self-portrait. The parameters of the assignment and how you could interpret it were wide open.
I wasn’t sure what to do, how to approach it, and was wracking my brains. Until one of my friends in the class made the offhand comment, “Oh, you’ll just do yours as a comic, right?” It was one of those forehead-slapping moments. I was too close to it to see the solution myself, though it was the obvious way to go in the eyes of my friends in the class who knew my interest in comics.
And this was the result. Though I think I draw a bit better now (I did this twenty years ago now?! Yeesh!), I still kind of like this. I think most artists can relate, at some point or another. Anyway, enjoy! I hope to have some new current work to post next time.
The clock is counting down to DC Comics’ big reboot, and it’s still got me thinking back on the originals. I thought I should get at least one more post in here, before it happens. Superman was looking a little lonely.
Like I said in my previous post, I’ve always had an attraction to the early golden age versions of some of these characters, despite the occasional ruggedness in execution. There was a primal kind of energy there that perhaps got lost a little bit along the way, as the artists and writers got better at their craft, and began to formulate the rules for how you were supposed to do this sort of thing.
Last time, I copped to having an affection for the golden age Superman. But if pushed, I’d have to admit that I probably liked the golden age Batman just a little bit more. Those early strips just dripped with mood: dark shadows, misty nights with almost always an enormous full moon, and plenty of strange characters for the Batman to go up against. When I first began to encounter this stuff in those DC 100-Page Super-Spectaculars as a kid, I had no problem at all understanding why kids encountering these stories for the first time on newsstands back in the golden age were attracted to it. This stuff captured your imagination.
In the same vein as the Superman poster, here’s one featuring Batman in that early 20th Century Poster Style. This time out, I did my version of a classic pose that Kane used a number of times in those early issues. A very big “Thank You” to Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos, and all the rest of Kane’s “ghosts” over the years who made Batman what he was!