Monday, May 12, 2008

Chasing The Dark

Do you remember when you were a little kid and were scared of practically everything? Remember being scared of:
  • The Dark?
  • The Boogyman?
  • Lions?
  • Tigers?
  • Bears?
  • Etc...?
The only comfort was that right before you got caught/killed/maimed/dismembered, you woke up safe and sound in your bed.
What if that didn't happen?
What if you didn't wake up?
What if when you opened your eyes all you saw was the same element of fear which closed your eyes in the first place?
Now thats some scary shit.

The idea of this comic came simply from a tagline i wrote on a poster i drew a month ago. Originally it was intended just to be blown up and made into a poster to put on the wall, but every time i looked at it i felt like there was some hidden potential that remained untapped. At this time i was desperate for a story to sink my teeth into in order to kick off my year long desire to create a comic which i would be satisfied with. And after a year of sketching random things, this one simple and darkly haunting piece was my catalyst of creation. My spark, some would say, i'd like to thank my muse.

Some think its silly and some would say its a pretty easy task to come up with a bunch of drawings and make them cohesive. Add text. Add colors. Then suddenly...voila! theres a comic book for all the kids to read.

like all art, the finish piece never does the artist justice. The countless hours put into each and every line, every stroke, every pose, glance, expression. Expression... thats the key. The Artist expresses himself through his medium. His Muse guides him. (oh and just for the record im not saying that all artists these days deserve this kind of respect, like Picasso...Fuck him, give a paint brush to a paraplegic and he'll come up with better work. i mean really the jackass paints elementary school art and gets paid millions. check out
"Nu au Fauteuil Noir".(45.1 mill for that one) really Go ahead. if im wrong then so be it but if you agree with me then please lemme hear it)

When people pick up a comic, they automatically associate the fact that it contains pictures with the fact that childrens book also contain pictures... and that therefore comics are for kids. There are certain comics i assure everyone are most certainly NOT for kids. Rather they allow a group of creators, or a team, of people of different talents (Writers, Pencillers, Inkers, Colorists) to work and collaborate on a single piece of work. One that by the end of the entire process they all are proud of. So to state that all comics are just for kids is just stupid. For anyone who wants a perfect example of a GREAT comic book( great drawings, story, colors) Read "Identity Crisis" Written by Brad Meltzer (fiction author of Zero Game) Rags morales , Alex Sinclair. Its a DC comic but i guarentee if your a fan of reading fiction then you will love this book, even if comics aren't your thing.

Now with all this being said and done, i am no way near a great artist but i do take a certain amount of pride in my work. I've studied and observed the way certain artists draw characters and such and am constantly trying to apply them in my work, adapting them in order to build my own style.

Ok Now lets Start the Show...

1 comment:

Still Waiting said...

Hey You! Speaking of Picasso - We saw a sculpture of his in Houston called "woman with outstretched arms" - Lo and Behold it was a woman (well a triangular black and white hobbity looking thing) with outstretched arms. Not one for the figurative I suppose eh?