Recent visitors to my site in August will know that I was doing the online Jack Kirby Tribute every day, the brainchild of Howard Simpson. it was a blast participating, refreshing my appreciation all over again for all the great work Kirby did over the years.
I stuck to a very specific format with all of these: portraits in a small square, colored with the limited palette used in the old comics most of these characters originally appeared in, even down to the dot patterns. And I had in mind that the end goal was to be able to assemble them all into one composite image. I wasn’t sure how that would work out, but here’s how it did!
This was kind of just a personal challenge/exercise in taking the Tribute a step further. Not sure what happens with it beyond this point.
It’s the 28th Day of our month-long online Jack Kirby Tribute, suggested/sponsored by Howard Simpson. You can find the work on your favorite social media platforms by the hashtag #KirbyArtTributes.
Today’s prompt is supposed to be Jack’s Silver Star character, but I’m taking the liberty of shifting things around a little bit. Instead, I’m doing tomorrow’s prompt: “Jack Kirby portrait— Draw a portrait of Jack Kirby himself.” My reasoning is because today is actually Jack Kirby’s birthday! Born in 1917, this would be his 106th birthday today (if my math is right). So I feel like posting the portrait today is appropriate. A confession: I’m not really a portrait kind of artist. It took some work to get this to where I felt comfortable with it, but I did get there.
The King’s legacy lives on in all the great work he left us, and all the creative inspiration he’s provided. There are some artists who make you feel like giving up, breaking your pencils and walking away, because you’ll never be as good as they are. But then there are artists like Kirby who, although you know you can’t do what he did, there’s something in the work that fires you up and inspires you to go and create!
I hope you like my attempt at portraiture here, and tune in again tomorrow to see my shot at Silver Star.
We’ve reached the fifth day of Howard Simpson’s month-long celebration of Jack Kirby! Open to all creatives, you can find the work on your favorite social media platforms by the hashtag #KirbyArtTributes.
Today’s prompt is Simon and Kirby’s Stuntman. So far, all the characters have been ones created for either DC or Timely (Marvel). S&K created Stuntman for Harvey Comics!
It was a fun concept. Along with Fred Drake as Stuntman, you had lookalike actor Don Daring, who fancied himself something of a detective, but had a way of getting in over his head. He offered some comic relief in the strip. Meanwhile, Fred Drake as Stuntman handled all the real heavy lifting in solving the cases. And then you also had a romantic triangle with Don Daring’s costar, Sandra Sylvan, who didn’t know Fred even existed.
The strip was quality, like everything Simon and Kirby tackled, but it came out at a bad time. Post-WWII, there was apparently less interest in superheroes, and with all the paper rationing no longer in place, there was a glut of titles on the stands. So the sad thing was that they only got three issues out before the plug had to be pulled.
I tried an idea for my Stuntman portrait that I thought might be a little different and interesting, depicting him in mid-stunt. Hope you enjoy, and see you again tomorrow!
This is a bit different, in that I don’t usually do a lot of topical, current events-related things.
It’s impossible not to know about Covid-19. I’m aware that we have frontline workers, especially in the medical profession, who are dealing with it on a daily basis. And for some reason recently, I was thinking about nurses and superheroes, and thought of this oddball old Golden Age comics character called Pat Parker, War Nurse.
Starting off as a straight strip in Speed Comics #13, about the adventures of a British nurse in WWII, apparently it must have been felt by Harvey Comics that she wasn’t dynamic enough in that form to help boost sales. So they ended up giving her superpowers and a costume. At one point, she was even the leader of a group called the Girl Commandos. Her last comics appearance was in March of 1946.
My brain started to think about what would happen if you updated Pat Parker, sending her into battle against Covid-19. After all, she was a “war nurse.” She looks a bit different here, because it didn’t seem practical she’d battle this with her original outfit: bare midriff, short shorts and no facial covering.
And after the fact, I realized what I’d done was probably also subliminally inspired by another drawing I saw on LinkedIn by the very talented Thomas Perkins.
So this is my slightly silly, but no less sincere, tribute to those medical personnel on the frontlines. Thank you for your superhuman efforts. You are superheroes.
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.
So I talked a bit about working on this show in my earlier five posts about it (which should be easily findable here on the site). The last two seasons are now on Netflix, which means I can finally show my storyboard revision work from those episodes!
As I mentioned before, my work kind of has an unintentional “tell.” You can usually spot it by the “non-photo blue” underdrawing, unless the director chose to remove it. I’m only including a sample of this new work here with this post. You can find even more in the Harvey Girls Forever! section of my Storyboard Revision portfolio, on the Galleries side of my site.
One fun aspect of these last two seasons was that we got to bring Richie Rich (“The Poor Little Rich Boy”) into the show, as part of our regular cast. With Richie’s resources, that opened up a whole lot more story possibilities, and things got even wilder!
It was a real privilege to be selected to work on this project, as one of the first revisionists they hired. The initial draw for me was getting to revisit these characters I remembered from Harvey Comics, in a form that was slightly updated for modern audiences. But as with anything in animation, that’s only part of what makes for a good experience on a show. I also got to meet and work with some very talented folks, all of whom brought a little of themselves to the project. They all had a part in making this show the unique and special project it was.
Much love and respect always, fellow Harvey Kids!
The day is finally here! Netflix has released season 2 of Harvey Girls Forever! (formerly known as Harvey Street Kids). The kids are running around loose and free!
I’ve been waiting to be able to post some of my board revision work on the show. Due to respecting the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) I originally signed, I was unable to post any of this work until the season came out and I got clearance to post some of it. Which I just received today! I am very happy to be able to finally post this work!
I’m only posting a few scenes here up front. There’s a lot more of them to see over in the Storyboard Revision Portfolio on the Galleries side of my site here.
My board revision work kind of has an unintentional “tell.” You can usually spot it by the “non-photo” blue underdrawing (unless the director chose to remove it). I figure having that there doesn’t hurt, because it shows the animators what the thought process was behind the drawing, and that maybe it might even make for better animation.
I was the first revisionist hired on Harvey Girls, and I got to do a lot of fun, goofy, creative stuff. Despite some of the bumps in the road along the way (every show has them), it was a privilege to be a part of this series. I got to work alongside a whole bunch of real talented and creative folk…some of whom I had worked with on a previous series, others who I met for the first time on this show.
Much love and respect always, to Brendan, Aliki and all my fellow Harvey Kids on the crew! I’m proud of the work we did (and glad I can finally post some of mine)!
Here’s installment #4, of my countdown/celebration of the return of Harvey Girls Forever! to Netflix, this Friday May 10th!
Today’s Post-It drawings are a pencil drawing of the Bow, and Tiny dressed up as Frankenstein.
Unlike the other drawings I’ve been posting, this drawing of the Bow seemed like it should stay in pencil. It seemed to give it a bit of the feeling of an engraving somehow, or an Edward Gorey drawing.
And Tiny, always wanting to be taller, is of course wearing a Frankenstein costume. Specifically, it’s based on Dick Briefer’s comedic take that he did for a bit back in the Golden Age of comics. I didn’t mess up the drawing on the mask; that’s how he drew the nose, way up high like that! I kind of talked a bit about Briefer’s Frankenstein here.
That’s it for these Post-It drawings. If things go according to plan, I should be able to post some of my board revision work from Harvey Girls Forever! tomorrow at some point.
Welcome back to our countdown/celebration! Harvey Girls Forever! starts a new season this Friday, May 10th, on Netflix! I’ve been putting up Post-It drawings I did during breaks, while I was on the show.
Two for you today! Audrey as Furiosa, and Tiny as Shaft.
Audrey was always fun to draw on the show. It took me no time at all to figure out who she was: that kid who was totally impulsive and energetic, fun to be around…and probably would get you into some trouble. But you’d sure have fun while doing it!
And Tiny was a lot of fun too, for different reasons. He was the kid who was a little smaller than everyone else, and couldn’t wait to be big. Despite his size though, he already had a big heart. Seemed like fun to have him cosplaying as Shaft (though most likely his parents wouldn’t have let him see that movie yet).
Welcome back to my little countdown/celebration of the return of Harvey Girls Forever!, returning to Netflix this Friday, May 10th!
Here’s another Post-It drawing, done during a break on the show. As I mentioned yesterday, Post-It drawings like this are a fun way of taking ideas that lodge themselves in your brain and clearing them out by getting them on paper.
This time it’s the Bow! The Bow was always something of a crew favorite. I guess it was something to do with the fact she’s the type of person who marches to her own beat, and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.
Regular visitors to my site might recall that I’ve done a play on the OBEY stickers before, but the Bow sort of seemed to loan herself to this too.