This is artist/writer Brian Talbot… (the one with the long hair, not the guy eating the fish taco. That was just some guy at the restaurant earlier that day.)
Brian Talbot has done a lot of work in his career, but the book that always stood out to me was “A tale of one bad rat.” It was a very powerful story that helped me personally heal from a lot of emotional pain, and its something I’ve bought for many friends to help them. It was cool getting to meet him and tell him in person, although I’m certain he gets it all too often There were quite a few other artists on the panel. I believe it was called “After the first 1,000 pages.” Referring to the fact that it takes a person 10,000 hours to get prolific at any one thing. Which breaks down to roughly 1,000 pages in comic book terms. I figure I am close to that in my own career. Although its hard to tell these things.
I tried doing sketches of Gene Colan and a few other people on the panel but none really turned out. I think it could have been a really amazing discussion, but the moderator was frustratingly passive and hardly asked any questions, most of which were not all that engaging and didn’t really get artists talking to each other. He even ended the panel early. These things happen I guess.
The thing that came up over and over from the artists is the love for doing what you’re doing. Not doing it for credit, or for fame or anything outside of yourself. But drawing because you absolutely love to draw and creating stories that you want to read. Like the Straczynski panel, talking about a fire that burns from within you, and not based on any external motivation. This is the thing that sets highly successful creators apart from the rest.
Its been nearly a week since the con and I am still exhausted. I’ve been busy this week with a lot of business stuff so I’m not quite back into the art swing, but I have several sketches I did of comic book creators at the convention. After the first couple days of walking around the convention center I started looking for panels to sit in on. Its been years since I went from panel because I’m usually stuck in a booth somewhere. I forgot just how informative and inspirational these panels could be. Some were particularly surprising, I will try to write a little bit about each one the next few days. One that really struck me was the CBLDF class on figure drawing with Dave Gibbons, the artist on Watchmen and tons of other stuff. He has some very helpful tips that I tried to scribble down as they flew at us.
Never show action in the middle, but in the beginning or the end of an action.
“Gesture: Not what a thing IS… but what a thing is doing.”
For drawing hands use the big shapes first to get the form (like a mitten) then divide into halves and break down the smaller shapes.
There were quite a few others, but I’m tired and need to get to sleep. I’ll post more Monday.
I bring my sketchbook with me every where that I go, and I try to do at least one sketch each time. Its been a great learning tool and It’s been easier and easier to get into the practice the past few months because I have someone to draw with. I’m very lucky that my girlfriend Amber is also an amazing artist and my best friend. And one of our favorite things to do is draw people together. Last night we were out at Rosa’s Cafe for the awesome Taco Tuesday, and we picked out this amazing character to both draw.
I forget though, just how out of sorts it can seem for people to draw in public. Normally I sit off to the side where no one really notices, but last night we were on the isle and dozens of people were walking past and whispering and coming back to talk to us. Lol. I still think drawing from life in public is one of the best ways to develop your craft. It does take experience though to get used to the attention it sometimes brings. I’ve drawn thousands of caricatures in my career, with all sorts of crowds, so I’ve learned to work a room. But if you’re just starting out, just remember that to most people anything more than a stick figure is something to be admired, so drawing, at whatever skill level you’re at is worth sharing. Just remember to smile and have fun.
I’ve been feeling particularly creative lately, especially with digital painting, I’ve really been enjoying it, and I’m inching closer and closer to that realism I’ve always wanted. I think I got a little lazy towards the beard, but I’m happy with the rest of this. This was about 2 hours in Photoshop.
This was a caricature commission for the Lubbock NBC affiliate KCBD. The sportscaster guy does this thing called “I beat Pete” so I had a little fun with it on his t-shirt “I BE Pete.” Yes, I am easily amused. This is one of my first water color commissions. I am really happy with how it turned out.