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Monthly Archives: March 2009

bridgman’s arms~

have i mentioned how in love with bridgman i am? seriously, if i wasn’t already married i’d become mrs. betty bridgman book.

this is from “bridgman’s complete drawing from life”. i’ve always dismissed him in favor of hogarth & i regret that now. hogarth’s book are amazing- AMAZING! but i have developed a serious problem with producing slick humans. frankly, i’m a little bored with my style. i want something rougher & bulkier which is where bridgman comes in. his people have a solid meaty look. they’re completely anti squishy body-builder. if you punched one of bridgman’s dudes in the stomach you’d break your hand, probably. i’m really liking the “wingy” shoulders & have started incorporating it into my other sketches. 


the next two are from “people & poses” by buddy scalera. this is a great go-to book. i have an old-old posefile book from the late 80s, but the pics are small & blk & white. i’m thinking of picking up buddy’s two other books- 
all of these were drawn in non-photo blue pencil & detailed in 2hb.

i’ve spent the last ten years or so producing heavily stylized art where my subject is wearing some sort of historical costume… or is a robot. so, my “actual clothes” skills have atrophied big time. 

fashion mags are useless to draw from. the photos are so heavily photoshopped you’ll never see the folds, shadows, & body curves you need. 
however, there’s quite a vogue for street fashion books. i took this young man from “fresh fruits”. overall, i’m pretty happy with it. not to mention his jacket’s pretty keen. 
drawn with a non-photo blue pencil, detailed with 2hb.

kid krowley~
as a child in the 70s i had an interest in the occult, which i blame entirely on fairy tales. then again, the 70s were a witchy time, unlike the rational, money driven, & very concrete 80s. 

the kid is an experiment in aggressive shading. my usual shading style is virtually nill. i’m heavily influenced by both disney & max fleischer style animation & perhaps naturally disposed toward a flat, “open for color” presentation, like japanese ukiyo-e. but after 30+ years, that can get a little old. i’ve done heavily shadowed work before (the cthulu pictures) & felt it was time to get back into it. my husband mikael is in love with ec comics & i’ve found their work to be a new stylistic inspiration. 

kid & fiend~
and, of course, everyone needs a friend. people have asked me if the kid is a boy or a girl & to be honest, i’m not sure. i don’t really feel it’s important as, unlike it’s ungodfather, the kid doesn’t really get up to anything where that would matter. 

both of these pictures were drawn on bristol board- inked primarily with a brush (except the kid’s face & the monster’s teeth in this one. the tone effects here in the background were added digitally with “manga computones vol. 5”, which you can get from amazon. 
i read somewhere that comic houses no longer accept work with tone, which i find hard to believe. it looks ridiculously cool & brings to mind fantastic bernie wrightson/neil adams/marshall rogers 70s art.