Saturday, December 29, 2007

Frankie

Thought I might try to embed that Frankenstien timelapse.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mind Numbing Horrors

David Hockney...

I just want to write that name down before I forget it.

If you know me, you know I don't do very much writing on the information super highway. I also rarely comment on other artists and there work. Generally, I hold to the old saying, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything".

Rob Liefeld for instance. I see any number of people on the internet slam Liefeld. Calling him an 'idiot', painting him as bad person, making ludicrous statements like, "Liefeld has never seen a woman", and other obvious lies. Those that love Liefeld, love and defend him with all of their hearts. Those that hate him, attack with a savagery usually reserved for rapists and murderers.

I think I may be feeling some of that hate myself right now.

Not for Liefeld, but for an individual that I've never heard of before today. His name is David Hockney. Apparently his a famous British artist. As I said, I'm not familiar with the man or his art. What I've learned today has polarized me against this person for life.

Why, you ask? Mr Hockney makes this claim; the works of the Old Masters, painters like Vermeer, Da Vinci and others are too perfect to have been created without the aid of devices such as Camera Obscura and other techniques to trace images onto canvas and then to paint over them.

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I can't say with 100% certainty what the Old Masters did or did not do, no one can. No one records every move they make. But I think I can safely say that the ability, skill, knowledge, and yes, mastery of art these people displayed is not founded solely in a primitive artograph.

Hockney's theory is timely, if anything. Is there anyone left in world today without a 'secret' to expose? This kind of revisionist history is taking place everywhere. No genius, statesman, or artisan is above being 'taken down' a few notches by jealous assholes who bank on a general ignorance of how such exceptional works are achieved.

Because Hockney is considered some kind of an artist, and not a soulless void forced to feed off the life and vitality of others, his points are taken as fact. This man has actually managed to divide the art world with this theory. Madness!

I wish I could just concoct any ole lie that comes into my mind, then go on television and talk about it as if I were discussing reality. Unquestioned and unchallenged...

Certainly there are people out there that know this man is telling an elaborate joke, but braincells are few and far between sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind theories. I don't even mind Hockney's theory. I sure there are some artists from those times that experimented and used concave mirrors and other devices to aid them. I will never believe that most did it habitually and then lied, and instructed their students and everyone that ever learned to draw and paint as they did to lie about it for over five hundred years.

Next, he'll tell us how this is all part of the Illuminati's plan.

I can understand jealousy. I can understand disappointment. But to say that 'no one' can come close to the ideal of the Old Masters, not even they themselves, is to make a mockery of art and artistic achievement. I've seen people that can draw like the Old Masters. Young people. I'm sure we've all heard of ingenious forgers, who, using the same techniques as the Old Masters, have fooled experts time and again. Unlike this individual.

But, no.

Tracers.

Sigh... Maybe he's right, even Liefeld has been known to 'borrow' from time to time.

Pirates vs Ninja: The End

The end for me at least! Pirates went to the printer... last week I believe. It's on to new issues of Sonic X for Archie comics now. I'll update as that issue progresses.

But, looking back on PvN, now that it's finished, I'd like to relate some of my thoughts on the experience.

First of all, I wanted nothing to do with this series when we first started developing the idea. Nothing. Period. Sure, I would toss out the occasional idea here and there, but that was about all. Of course, it was never intended that I work on the book. This was Craig Babiar's book and he was doing a phenomenal job on it. The series was doing well. So well, that they started working on the sequel right away.
I was really happy for Craig. I only know some of what he went through as an artist at AP. He originally started as a penciller on Warrior Nun Areala back in the day. WNA was a big hit back then. As the popularity of the book waned, Craig went from just pencils, to pencil/inks. Then the book went to black and white... The whole time Craig had a family to support and was working part time for the Library. A man of Craig's talent and enthusiasm makes it look easy. It isn't.
As I said, I was happy to see Craig get his hands on a book that's doing well. Just around the time the second series was starting production, Craig called to let us know that he wouldn't be finishing the second PvN. He had been offered a full time position at the Library he works for and would be taking it, making work on a comic impossible. That's where I came in...
Craig said he would be willing to do the first four issues, no more. I was asked to step in as of issue #5. I agreed. I wasn't too thrilled, but I knew the editors didn't really have much of a choice in approaching me. I was fine with this arrangement, as it meant I would still have time for outside projects between the end of Final Girl and starting on issue five of Pirate. That didn't last long. I learned at last year's A-kon that Craig had just finished issue two of Pvn and that he did not wish to do any more issues. Goodbye free time!! ;)
The only good thing that happened going into this series is Fred Perry's involvement. While Fred wasn't able to give much input into the series once he started Sky Sharks, he was able to provide an initial layout for issue three that helped get me into the headspace a little. After that, I was pretty much on my own...
As you can see, there is a marked difference between my work on the book and Craig's. Looking back on it, I see some of my work on the book as very unprofessional. The way in which I depicted the characters, settings, storytelling and action put my disinterest in the material on display for all to see and I should have tried to maintain the standards set down by Craig. There really is no excuse, and I won't try grasping for one now.
With each new issue, however, I tried to get more involved in the process. Helping Robby (the colorist, writer)lay flats or help with backgrounds. By issue six I was doing the backgrounds almost exclusively, and laying most of the flats as well. Sometimes, that was the only way an issue would go in on time. I found I enjoyed working on the backgrounds the most out of any of the work I did in the series. I just really like seeing those environments being realized. Maybe it felt like I was pulling my weight on the book for once. Yeah, I think I was trying to compensate for the horrible pencils I was doing. Oh well. Because of that, I was finally able to get into the spirit of the book at least a little. I'm still no great fan of Pirates or Ninjas, but, just maybe, I was able to inject some of my love for art and comics into the series after all...

More later