A very awesome and inspiring thread indeed; but the thing that caught my attention the most is: you are the first and only artist I've seen who can both talk about the spiritual/philosophical side of art, and demonstrate these impressions to the viewer of your works at the same time. Usually I've seen only people who can brag about deep art meanings but their work suggest the opposite of what they say.
Very awesome works ! I'm going to try to find me a copy of Deadlander.
Heyy Kev, just got my copy of Deadlander in the mail yesterday. I am not lying when I say that the artwork inside is better than any other comic book I have read in the past 4 years. Only crit, Moar action!
I'm not crazy about your colors, they all look to "washed out" nothing comes at the viewer in terms of balance. Although you did have a nice effect going on with the cowboy zombie thing in the door way.
You're pen and ink pieces are to much Frazetta like, with a few pieces having way to much going on in them. Near the top there I can't make out what is going on at all in the piece next to the guy swinging the sword at the one on the horse.
You do have a lot of skill too, but I think you need to find a little more balance in what you're trying to say in each piece. Keep up the great work though, you're figure studies were nice.
Kev...I'd be a fan of yours now...such great works you have here...perfect understanding of anatomy and perspective and lay-out and emotion. I used to doodle in comic illustration before, really love lines and brush strokes. I have a question, how big is your original paper where you illustrate your comics? And what kind of paper do you use? Would it be ok if it's glossy? You see here in the Philippines, I can't find the right art materials. Tell me pls what best paper to use in comics illustration. Hope to see more of your works in the future. Thanks.
I'm sorry for kind of "resurrecting this" however;
I just bought the first Deadlander while at the workshop (in the Pike's place Market).
How can I say this;
BUY THIS COMIC, PRONTO.
It's 3 dollars. I've never been a huge comics fan. I've looked and read and looked more- Manga to Marvel. Even classics... Ronin for example- I didn't like it. I'm extraordinarily picky, and need to have good INK, good COLOR, and good story/dialog, and so far this is the only comic that I could get totally in to without saying "man this color/ink sucks" or "Man that was a cheesy line to say". There is a major lack of ugly in this comic, as well as a major lack of cheese, lame, and fail. Success however, is abounding.
When I need it, sure. I have an old-school GI Joe doll, a mirror, a digital camera which I use to take shots of myself, and lots of reference files I gathered which are organized by category (women, trees, animals with four legs, men's suits, etc.). I have several coffee table books of photographs of Horses. I have made heads out of clay of the characters in the story.
I try to do the most drawing I possibly can out of my imagination, and quite often I don't need reference. But if you are drawing something so poorly it will ruin the story you are trying to tell, reach for the reference.
I always proceed from my imagination. I am a firm believer in pre-visualizing. No matter if I work wholly from my imagination or use sources, it all is there to help the pre-visualized idea of the picture along.
By the way, since I haven't posted on this thread in months, I see my stars have been knocked down to 4 from 5. If you like the work, please cast a vote on the thread. Thanks.