Sunday, January 30, 2011

Original Art Sundays #78: A Private Myth, p. 19

Wow, back on schedule! Let's keep it that way!
This page worked fairly well. Still need to push the blacks farther, but that will come when the narrative resumes its intensity, probably in the next page or two.
I'm also looking at reworking a couple pages with which I'm less than happy, but I want to get the first pass on book I completed before doing so.
Ahem. A Private Myth, page 19.

Again, terrific fun drawing this page. The environments resolved nicely and the character poses are both plausible and consistent with their emotional state.
So few comic pages are devoted to repose, unless they're in those tedious "slice of life" comics that try so earnestly to bring a sense of urgency to getting a cuppa Joe.
Not that there's anything wrong with the mundane, but if that's all the story you have, why should your readers care?
Conversely, so many "how to draw comics" manuals are devoted to the most dynamic angle, the most Kirby-esque pose.
But consider this page, regarded by many (including me) as one of the best works ever done by John Buscema, who did hundreds, probably thousands, of pages of Marvel superhero and barbarian comics. This is the first page of Silver Surfer No. 4.

The figure in repose is a thing of beauty!
Next week: A Private Myth, p. 20.

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