The images you’re seeing here are details from a few illustrations that have crossed my desk this month which I had a hand in generating, in one capacity or another. These were all done for the FCA section of Roy Thomas’ Alter Ego magazine, published by Twomorrows. Full images will appear on my site eventually, once I’ve been given the “all clear” to do so. Meantime, hopefully there’s enough here to whet your appetite to see more at a later date.
Meet Clutch Escargot and his team, all set for hi-octane adventure! Coming to you straight from the fevered mind of my friend, the lovely and talented Jim Stenstrum. If you are a longtime comics fan, you may know Jim best as a writer (he wrote a lot of memorable classic comic stories published by Warren). But Jim has also had a second career in animation, where he is known as quite a talented artist and character designer. Which makes him a double threat. And we won’t even get into the years in-between those two careers, where he developed quite a reputation as a two-fisted globe-trotting mercenary. No, really; it’s best we don’t talk about that.
The art you see here was penciled by Jim. He asked me to do the honors of inking and coloring it, so that’s what my contribution was. I’ve worked with Jim many, many times over the years on various animation projects, and it’s no exaggeration to say I’ve most likely inked a thousand of his character designs. It’s always a blast. So saying “yes” when he invited me to help him out with this was a no-brainer. I think the end result is fun. I’d buy this comic.
That’s kind of my version of what this is and how it came to be. But make sure you don’t miss out on reading Jim’s version over here.
Let’s make sure to do the official stuff too: Clutch Escargot is ™ and © 2011 Jim Stenstrum.
Happy New Year, y’all! Here’s to a great 2013.
Things are really busy here. I finished one of the projects I teased last month, but I still can’t show off the whole thing quite just yet. However, rather than let the month pass without posting anything, I thought I’d at least show a portion of the final art. It’s another faux comic cover (something I’ve done a lot of). This one I’m quite happy with (So is the client, which is always a good thing when you can manage it), and I look forward to when the whole thing can be shown!
Well, I find myself in a strange position at the moment: buried under a number of various side projects. It’s unusual for me to get hit all at once like this, so I’m not quite sure what to make of it. They’re all the kinds of interesting and challenging assignments that are hard to say “no” to, and should be a lot of fun to see through. Gotta keep them all moving though. If you can imagine me frantically juggling to the musical accompaniment of the “Sabre Dance,” you’ll get the idea.
Unfortunately, though I’ve got all these projects going, they’re all just works-in-progress at the moment. None of them are done and ready to post. Even if they were, some of the people I’m doing them for might not be ready for me to put them up quite yet. And with the holidays so close, I don’t think I’m going to have time to do anything else special for my site right now. So in lieu of that, I hope maybe some sneak peeks at a couple of the works in progress will suffice for the moment. It’s either that, or let this month go by without posting anything.
One brand new item I can point out: I am pleased to announce that I am now being represented by Ellen Ann Mersereau, who works with a roster of some of the most talented creators in the business. You can find her contact info over to your right in the sidebar.
Wherever you are, whatever your current circumstances, I hope the holidays are good to you; that you have a good Christmas, and an excellent New Year!
I’ve just been given the go-ahead to finally spill the beans about a project I worked on earlier this year. It’s what I was talking about in this post. I got to help with the art for a short Hydee and the Hy Tops comic, which is to be produced as a giveaway. You get to see it all above, for the first time anywhere, probably.
Once again, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with the lovely and talented Jim Stenstrum (who is trying to get together a site of his own. When that happens, it will be in my blogroll). Jim pencilled these pages, while I did all the coloring and lettering. There were no pencils harmed in the making of this comic, as there was no inking in the usual sense. The art style has no containment lines; just flat areas of color, with occasional bits of colored linework only where needed. The look of the comic was based on what we’d done for the flash-animated Hydee feature, which I don’t think has been released just yet (Though you can see some of the work I did for that here in my Galleries).
I enjoyed working with the Hydee characters, both in the comic and on the feature. The scenario was kind of “Josie and the Pussycats by way of the Go-Gos, but if they were being formed now for the Disney Channel,” if that description makes any sense. And the client was a dream to work with (which, as anyone in animation can tell you, is not something you can expect to happen all that often). I wish all clients were that good to work with! If the opportunity presented itself to work with the property again, under the same kind of circumstances, I would not hesitate to do it. It was fun.
So I haven’t posted in awhile. The last few weeks have been crazy busy with coloring and lettering a comic book project. I can’t give details or post the pages just yet, but will in a few months, once I get the clearance to do so. In the meantime, the image at right is non-specific enough to work as a tease for what the thing looks like.
Pencils for this project were by the lovely and talented Jim Stenstrum. Jim is best known in comics as a writer, but in animation he’s better known as a character designer. I’ve worked with Jim on many projects over the years, and it is always a pleasure.
Some may recall there was a mysterious “teaser” post I put up back before Christmas. I’d been asked to hold off on putting the full artwork for it on my site…until now. So here it is, finally: a copy of Amazing Fawcett Fantasy #15.
Never seen one before? That’s because it doesn’t exist. It was done as the cover for FCA #159, which will be appearing in the upcoming landmark 100th issue of Alter Ego. You can see it in context with the FCA logo and everything else over in my Galleries.
You’re probably saying, “Wait, you goofed up! That doesn’t look anything like Spider-man!” Ah, but it seems that before the Spider-man we’re all familiar with came to be, there were several villain “spider men” characters who cropped up in various Fawcett strips. Including the fellow on this cover here, who went up against Captain Marvel.
This assignment was several levels of fun: getting to do my best C.C. Beck impression, trying to figure out just what a Fawcett comic might have looked like had they still been publishing into the early 60’s, and working out how to use Photoshop to make it look like a real, well-read comic.
Many thanks to both P.C. Hamerlinck and Roy Thomas for inviting me to be part of this milestone issue!
I’m not sure whether I’ll manage to get my galleries up before the holidays or not, but I thought I’d at least get one more post in before the end of the year. That project I alluded to in my previous post last month? This is a teaser/portion of that illustration. Down the road at some point when I’ve been given clearance, I’ll post the full image. This was a fun one to do, as I got to try out some things in Photoshop I’d never done before.
And in case I don’t wind up posting anything else before then: hope you all have a good holiday season, wherever you go, whatever you do.