Like I said last time, I feel the need to occasionally post some things to at least remind people of the fact that storyboard revision is one of the jobs I do. Even if all I have to show for it are some random, scattered panels that I happened to have kept copies of.
Here’s another one from a Care Bears board. The overall story is forgotten now, but in this scene, Cheer Bear (in the foreground, speaking) was in an awkward situation where she felt she had to fib to Harmony Bear (in the background). I kind of liked the way Cheer’s facial expression worked out, which is why I hung onto a copy of this panel.
It’s occurred to me that I have absolutely nothing on my site to represent the fact that one of the jobs I do is storyboard revision. Mainly it’s because it’s a difficult thing to show in a portfolio. At the request of the director, you’re drawing random scattered panels here and there throughout another artist’s finished board. If even that; sometimes you might just be redrawing a portion of a panel or figure. Random panels out of context don’t really show much in the way of narrative skills, which is what boarding is all about.
Nonetheless, it seems to me I should still have some things up here to represent that side of what I do. And occasionally in doing that job, I’ll generate a random, scattered panel that I especially like for some reason, and have hung onto a copy of it. So I figure maybe I should post some of those here from time to time. Why not? It lets people know that it’s part of what I do.
So here’s “random, scattered panel” #1: from Care Bears, it’s their arch-enemy Grizzle. I enjoyed doing a panel with a little attitude, and it’s not often that there’s a call to do lighting effects on a board. Dramatic up-lighting is fun!
There will be more random board panel posts in the future, from time to time.
Here’s another “inspirational stuff” post for you. It isn’t about a comic this time, but a book. One that I’m not even sure is in print anymore. But if not, it should be.
I came across this book called How to Care for Your Monster when I was about 9 or 10 years old. As a kid, there are often cool things which cross your path and capture your attention for a while. Every so often though, you get your hands on something and realize that not only do you think it’s cool now, you know for a fact that you will still think it’s cool even when you’re an adult. And How to Care for Your Monster was one of those things for me.
The book was written and drawn by Nelson Bridwell (the same guy responsible for Clifford the Big Red Dog, I believe). The concept was pretty clever; talking about various types of classic monsters as if they were pets, serving as a guide to the do’s and don’ts of caring for them. The humor is even mildly bent at points, in a way that I’m not sure a modern kids’ book could get away with. I thought this book was great then, and I still think so now!
The drawing above is my attempt (I put the emphasis on the word “attempt”) at trying to capture the style and feel of the illustrations in the book. “Fan art,” kinda. I probably should’ve just drawn this in my own style, but my animation training compelled me to attempt to put it on-model. Still, it was an interesting experiment.
Anyway, it’s a really fun book. If you ever come across a used copy at a reasonable price, give it a look! As a public service, I’m posting a scan at right of the cover of my very own much-loved copy that I’ve hung onto for all these years, so you’ll know what you’re looking for. Don’t say I never did anything for you!
How to Care for Your Monster is ©1970 Norman Bridwell.
Before talking about the illustration at right, I need to set the stage and explain what I’m doing here. Please bear with me.
It will come as no surprise (if you know me, or have looked around my site) that I’m a long-time fan of comics. It’s a topic I can go on at length about (and have, at times!). Now there are a lot of things I really have no use for in modern comics. But it’s way too easy to talk about those. It strikes me it’d be a waste of time and space for me to go ranting on my blog about what I don’t like in comics.
Instead, I thought it might be more worthwhile to take a positive tack and point out comics (or other books and things) I’ve come across that I like, and have found inspiring. So from time to time, I’ll do posts about inspirational stuff I’ve come across. It may be new, or something old. But these are the kinds of things that remind me why I fell in love with comics (and cartoons and storytelling) in the first place. Maybe you’ll like them too.
For my first installment along those lines, here’s a bit of “fan art” I generated of Zita the Spacegirl. Created by artist/author Ben Hatke, I picked this book up a few weeks back. I’d pre-ordered it on a whim, based purely on the cover art and the story description. I was not disappointed. In full color and clocking in at over 180+ pages, it definitely qualifies as a graphic novel. Hatke’s art is loaded with charm, and he’s crafted a solid all-ages book. Zita faces some challenges and some hard choices that kids will understand, but perhaps adult readers will find additional resonance with (much like Pixar movies). I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s the kind of thing that gives you hope for the future of comics.
Zita the Spacegirl is ™ and © Ben Hatke.
UPDATE: You might notice in the Comments that Ben somehow discovered my post here, and asked if he could re-post my Zita drawing over on his own blog. Which he did, along with a couple other cool Zita drawings. Thanks, Ben!