Friday, August 3, 2012

Entry 153: S.H.I.E.L.D. Update #3

I'm just doing a short update this time. I've got some longer updates planed where I'll talk more about my process, but this is just a quick simple update.

This past week I T C'ed a lot of B. (That's "took care of a lot of business." I say "T.C.B." Just something I came up with. Anyway) It was a busy week where I did a lot of little things that weren't drawing. I was only able to get pages 12 and 13 done, but, man, are they some crazy pages.

The image that I used for the header of this post is from page 13. I quickly threw some color on it for fun and to practice coloring.

Here's another panel.
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  1. Elvis Presley used to have "TCB" emblazoned on the side of his private jet.
    Just sayin'...I never figured you for a Vegas type... :D

    S.H.I.E.L.D. pages look great. I think you're a natural for Marvel-Method interpretation of a plot. Looking forward to seeing the results.

    Re: Jacques Tardi: Have you read West Coast Blues? Hardcore, awesome noir tale.
    One of my very favorites among his incredible body of work.

    1. Thank you. Thank you very much.

      Yes, I have read West Coast Blues and it's one of my favorites too. I actually read it just before reading the first Darwin Cooke Parker book, which is a fine book, but to my mind, it paled in comparison... I'm willing to except that it's my personal taste, but I could make an argument that WCB is truly better.

      Anyway, thanks for commenting, Frank. It's been a while. I thought I had done something to drive you off;) I always value your comments. You're thoughtful and you have good taste.

      And thanks for the vote of confidence on the Marvel-Method thing

    2. Drive me off??...NEVAH!! (as Michael Caine would say it.)
      I would attribute my (recent) lack of comments to working too many hours, family obligations, and a burning desire to not be That Guy On The Internet, if y'know what I mean...fear of redundancy & all that.
      BUT, I have been checking in regularly & keeping up, which reminds me...

      I recently read Uncanny X-Men #14, and man, I thought that came out great! I normally prefer traditional inks to digital tones, but I have to say the work on this book did not leave me feeling as if anything was missing. Hope you were satisfied with the overall look. I thought the colorist did a nice job of giving it that 19th-century sheen.
      And world-building?....that exterior shot of Sinister's castle was a real money shot.
      One final note on this issue: I was especially impressed with the variety of facial expressions that you used throughout the story. Since we're dealing with clones here, it would be understandable if there was a repetition to many of the faces, but again, I was impressed with the range of emotions you conveyed throughout the story. (My favorite is the upper right panel on pg.18.)
      Killer issue all around. Nice job, man.

      Co-sign on the WCB vs. Parker comparison.
      WCB is a three-course meal with a flaming dessert.
      Parker is a nice steak with an appealing baked potato.

      I appreciate the compliments regarding my input here & my personal taste.
      (I guess my idea about placing hidden references to Air Supply in your artwork is out of the question now...)

      Which reminds me...I miss the posts that reference music you may have been listening to at different points of your life & career.
      Thought that was very interesting.
      Me, I've got Bowie on the brain recently. Scary Monsters/Lodger period.

      How's the recovery from the gallbladder surgery going?
      Does it affect you in any way?

      And finally...When do we hear more about L'Enfant??!!!!

    3. Ah L'Enfant. I don't know what's going to happen with our little space baby. I like the idea of it, but it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to get it done anytime soon. Someday... Someday.

      I'm embarrassed to say that my collection of Bowie is not what it should be. For years all I had were the 2 best of collections. At one point I thought, "I'm going to get ALL the Bowie albums, and I'm starting at the beginning." So I got the first album. It was okay, but I think it kind of put me off pursuing anymore for a while. Over time I've picked up Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, and Low. And That's it. I'd like to get the other Brian Eno collaborations.

      Talking about music made sense for the entry with the drawings of Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, but other than that, I haven't really talked about it... Maybe I can start working it into my Blast from the past posts.

      Thanks for the comments on the Uncanny issue. It's funny to talk about facial expressions and then go on to talk about Tardi. That guy does so much with almost no facial expressions. I don't know how he does that. I've always been a guy who wants to give my characters a lot of expressive acting. It can be frustrating sometimes, working in the super hero genre, when you like to give characters some emotional depth. Most superhero characters are written to be stoic. I was happy that the uncanny issue provided some fun stuff to sink my teeth into, acting wise. It was fun to get inside Sinister's head. (By the way, to my mind, Sinister isn't gay. Some people have wondered, due to his mannerisms. What he is is completely into himself... I guess that's obvious. Another by the way, to my mind, Da Vinci-- gay)

  2. This look like stills from an insane animated movie. Cannot wait to see this on the shelves!

    1. Oh, thanks! It is a little insane.
      I appreciate the comment.
      I'll let you know in advance when this will hit the stands so that you can read ALL the back issues in preparation;)

    2. Any excuse to dive back into the hardback of Volume 1 and issues 1-4 of volume 2 is a welcome excuse.

      (Yeah, I'm bragging about how big a fan I am)

  3. HA! I've been waiting patiently since issue #4, and it looks like #5 will go beyond my craziest expectations! You've got a real knack for putting raw imagination on the page :)

    Out of curiosity, how many pages will these last two issues of S.H.I.E.L.D. have?

    1. Issue 5 will have 20 pages-- But I'm hoping it feels like you've read 3 comics by the end of it. As for issue 6, I don't know how many pages it will be. It would be nice to get some more pages for the last issue... We'll see.
      Thanks so much for the comments. I really appreciate the feedback.