Monday, February 23, 2015

New Bookmarks

I've been making new bookmarks:

This is the newest finished project I have.  I've been working on a comic featuring my go-to Barbarian, Igor, but that's still a few weeks away from being finished.  More on that as I get closer to the end of that tunnel.

I've been needing new bookmarks for awhile and drew the three possibilities a month or so ago.  The one I settled on first is the middle one with me holding a sword, which was apparently fashioned from old, decommissioned electric chairs.  Why am I holding a sword above my head like this, you ask.  Because I'm the Chosen One, obviously.  Or because I found it and didn't know you shouldn't hold metal things high in the sky during a lightening storm.  You decide.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Wicked Valentine

In lieu of a card for Valentine's Day, I made this for my wife...  OK, I made it ON Valentine's Day...  OK, I drew it late in the day on Valentine's Day... OK, OK, I didn't finish it until today.  It was late, alright?  Everyone happy that I admitted my tardiness now?

It's cool.  If I was on time with a card, present, or letter, everyone would think I'd lost my mind.  So here it is.  Better late than never, right.

It's a witch because my wife is an unabashed fan of all things "Wicked".  Also, unicorns came up a  couple times in conversation yesterday (like they do), so somehow it seemed natural to put a sexy, wicked witch atop a mythical horse.

Anyway, here it is.  A declaration of love in a way that probably only makes sense inside our home, but I thought it'd be worth sharing with the rest of the world anyway.

Those of you who have been wanting to see me draw in color again can enjoy this one.  Those of you enjoying my current run of black and white work can enjoy the inks, posted below.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Scoundrels, Cutthroats, Barbarians, and Other Hero-Types

This is a piece called "Happy Hour at Ye Drop Dead Weasel" that I drew for a friend and fellow artist/creator J.F. Dubeau.  The slender, dark-haired gentleman on the left is Leonid, a dragon rider from J.F.'s comic "The Eldritch Age" (Ye Drop Dead Weasel is also a setting from that comic).  If you've read my blog, or followed me much at all in the past year, you'll likely recognize the brutish warrior on the right as The Warrior Igor.

I loved drawing our characters together because it is a display of our friendship and mutual respect for each other's work that I'm proud of.

Also, these characters are both really not the type of characters to get hung up on things like "being an outstanding person", "playing fair", "having virtue", or "handling things in the calmest way possible".  Both of these characters are not afraid to get their hands dirty in order to come out ahead.

This week, I listened to an audio version of "The Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor" from "the Arabian Nights" on "The Classic Tales Podcast".  There is a point in one of the voyages (the third, I think), when Sinbad is buried with his wife, who has died, because it is the custom of the land he's in.  He survives by murdering others who are buried alive with their dead spouses after him and taking the rations they are buried with.

The hero murders other victims in order to survive.

This is a plot point that I don't think you would see very much of today.  We love anti-heroes, we like scoundrels and bad guys to a degree.  For the most part, we like them because they buck what is portrayed as a broken system, but we don't typically see a hero who is willing to murder an innocent in order to save themselves.

Han shot first, but that was before George Lucas decided that it portrayed him as an unfavorable character, even though he shot Greedo, who was a menace and a shady cutthroat.  What he did in the "Star Wars" re-edit was have Greedo shoot first, and miss him from two feet away, leading us to believe that Greedo is less of a menace, and more of an ill-tempered, slow-witted, and unskilled being who couldn't quite get his motor skills to work in his favor.  Way to go, George Lucas, now Han Solo didn't murder a murderer, he murdered an alien who was less fortunate than him.  It was like beating up a child.  Way to paint a better picture of that character.

My point is that it matters that Han shot first.  It matters that Sinbad killed people to survive.  It matters that characters who range from rough around the edges to animalistic survivalists exist.  It matters that these characters exist to show that notions of good and bad as black and white are bunk.  This is a gray world full of gray characters and actual people who are gray.  Nothing is all good, all bad, all virtuous or all evil.  Varying degrees of these things exist in real life, and so should they also exist in fiction.

Soapbox Rant:  Over