We Can Be Heroes.
A member of my writers’ group commissioned me to create an illustration of he and his friends as superheroes. I enjoyed working on this project and the client was as pleased as I was with the result.
My process was taken entirely from The D.C. Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics by Freddie E. Williams II. I learned how to draw comics the old school way, with paper, blue pencil, brushes and ink. The process has changed a lot since those days and I needed to update my knowledge. This book lays it all out in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process.
Like a lot of boys of my generation, I grew up building the Aurora monster models. Now, every time I see one of those kits – which live on through the occasional reissue – I get fond memories!
Then I came across the Grim Reaper by Moebius Models. It’s not a reissue, rather made in the style of the Aurora kits. Even the assembly instructions have a vintage vibe.
Assembly and painting were fun and easy. I’d like to build more. Production runs of the existing molds are spotty so I have to keep my eye out for re-releases.
A concept I had that didn’t get used for another job. Thought it was a good enough an idea to follow through on.
The Skeeve posted a feature on my Air Guitar series. I also got to answer some questions, a mini interview. That’s an important step for any creative person, when your work no longer speaks for itself.
An old friend from both my high school and punk rock days contacted me about doing an illustration for his new website, The Skeeve. The piece, written by memoirist and author Allan MacDonell, is “‘Badass’ Has Become ‘Awesome,’ and That’s a Problem,” and it’s about the devaluation of the word badass. I hadn’t considered the original meaning of badass before reading the article. I thought it meant something like aggressively cool.
Brainstorming ideas, I remembered “Hah Noon,” Mad magazine’s spoof of “High Noon.” I read it as a reprint in a 70’s. Harvey Kurtzman did the cover image and Jack Davis drew the interior story. Both featured images of the Miller Gang, a true band of badasses, as satirical tough-guy types. We went with that.
When I saw the deadline for this prompt was this month, I decided to create another entry.