OK, so now I'm going to dive in over my head and probably offend someone.
The other day I was going through my list of artists' sites, looking for things to trim. I visited Greg Horn's site (http://www.greghornjudge.com/), in particular his sequential interiors (click on the tiny tiny "Sequential/Storyboard" link in the crowded left-hand panel). Greg is a big-time professional. I obviously thought his work was worth a second look when I included him the first time. Also, he probably doesn't give a rat's ass what somebody like me thinks. Still, I was totally turned off. Sorry Greg.
The thing that bugged me, I think, was the way the pages looked like photo-shopped collages of bad actors on top of CG backgrounds. There was a certain amount of realism, but all so shiny and evenly lit, bubblegum bright and, somehow, flat. The character seemed superficial, and the panels overly busy (a lot like the website, actually).
Today, I was wandering around the net and visited the The Athenaeum, in particular the works of Jack Vettriano. Now, Jack isn't the greatest artist of all time or anything. He may be a bit formulaic. I'm also aware I'm comparing comic books to gallery art here, but Jack's pictures have negative spaces, they have presence, and they have love of light. The difference, to me, is huge.
So, there's not really much of a point. Maybe you agree, maybe you don't. Maybe I just want to remind myself what I like and why.
This is a very, very rough sketch, one of many, attempting to provide an illustration for a story. I also spent a little time playing around with a different style of brush in this one. I think I like the line quality.
I've been really fighting with this one. It doesn't seem to want to come out.
They don't look like crows, but of course I'd go and find references before I did a real version. I'm just trying to come up with ideas at this point.
There is an exercise on Pose Maniacs (link near the bottom on the right), which shows you a random figure pose every thirty seconds, and you try to draw it. I have been trying it for a couple of days now, and it's damn hard.
I've gotten very little other work done on art this past week. I can't seem to get a good couple of hours straight either with paper or a computer, maybe because I'm always deciding to write first and draw later if I have time, which I never do. I may need to alternate days or some such overly structured nonsense.
Not 24 Karat, 24 thousand words. It has been a bit more than half a month since I last talked about this, and I seem to be keeping up my lethargic pace.
The story is progressing, but I'm not at all happy with the last few thousand words. This whole section will need a rewrite, probably several. There's too much bumbling around jumping off buildings and onto moving cars. Characters express no character. The set pieces don't flow, and the rhythm is non-existent. Very frustrating, but I think it's better to push on. If I can get to the end, then I'll have something to work with. I hope.