Happy Memorial Day!
Submitted by Scott Story on May 24, 2009 - 23:25
Happy Memorial Day!Â Hope you are enjoying your day, and that the weather is beautiful wherever you are.
Do I get some sort of Iron Man award for never missing updates?Â Keeping up with three color episodes a week is pretty grueling, but Iâ€™m oh so happy to do it.Â In fact, I really enjoyed creating todayâ€™s and Wednesdayâ€™s episodes.Â I listened to the Rolling Stones (Exile of Main Street, Sticky Fingers, etc.) and just really got into it.Â I always feel there is a connection, on some level, between the song â€œMidnight Ramblerâ€ and the first Johnny Saturn.
Johnny Saturn issues 7 and 8 are at the printer, and I paid for them todayâ€”itâ€™s getting close!Â Issue 9 wonâ€™t be far behind.Â Weâ€™ll be selling these online, as well as at shows and appearances this year.
Being an artist is a funny thing.Â Sometimes your expectations for your work exceed your growth, and it actually feels like you are getting worse.Â You arenâ€™t, of course.Â Yet, it seems so, because you want more out of it than you can currently deliver.Â We are in the middle of the six week break from the art center, so Iâ€™ve been studying Andrew Loomis book â€œFigure Drawing For All Itâ€™s Worth.â€Â This book is out of print and in public domain, but I happen to have a good copy (dated 1943) that my Grandmother had.Â Burne Hogarth is pushed on young artists as the be-all-and-end-all author on anatomy, but Andrew Loomis is the real source.Â The essence of Loomisâ€™ art and his influence is most obvious to me in the work of Alex Ross.
In other words, Iâ€™ve been revisiting my roots.Â When Iâ€™m done studying Loomis, I fully intend to study â€œHow To Draw Comics The Marvel Wayâ€ by Stan Lee and John Buscema again.Â There are good reasons this book has been in print for three decades, and Big John Buscema is an artist who was very influential in my own work.Â Shoot, I still see hints of the Buscema style in my work to this day!Â His power-packed lines actually influenced how I perceive the world around me, and draw it!
Iâ€™m going to do some book reviews this week, so watch out, these should be good!