Finished! And a Cylon! (at Westfield MainPlace)
This is by starblade!
After posting this to Facebook, another pal sent me this message:
The nerd in me feels COMPELLED to say that, while I loved the drawing by your friend, colonial laser shots are yellow/orange with a red background. The cylon shots were blue. I’m saying this not as any kind of slam against your friend; I just wanted to display the DEPTH of my geekiness (for old skool BSG)
How to be a successful concept artist for Hollywood films | Bobby Chiu
Scans of a 5-page piece I did for Wizard magazine way back in 1997, in a halcyon year that saw my first two mainstream projects dropping: Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone for DC, and Gen13 Bootleg for Wildstorm (years before their purchase by DC). Yeahp, for a little while there, my comics career was kinda cooking, wasn’t it? Oh, well.
Anyhoo, the inherent joke of this "Basic Training" pseudo-tutorial was that I addressed the unfortunate stereotype of manga-influenced artwork being little more than “big eyes and speed lines” by, well, blithering about nothing but big eyes and speed lines! How very self-contradictingly metatextual, huh?
Note, by the way, that the pages were in uninked pencil because I was still working on Gen13 Bootleg at the time, and couldn’t spare the time to ink the damn things. This, alas, was long before I figured out the pencils-only technique I’d later use for Empowered (my ongoing “sexy superhero comedy” series published by Dark Horse Comics, he added parenthetically and shamelessly). Man, I don’t even wanna think about how much more work I could’ve cranked out back then if that approach had been known to me… Oh, well, again.
In closing, I should note that the text has a few slightly puzzling edits, including page 2’s cryptic addition of the line "That’s the main reason manga are in black and white," which certainly wasn’t my actual opinion. (And, for the record, I tried to avoid using the term "manga-style" about my work, period.) Beyond that, the rest of the text (and artwork!) hasn’t aged all that gracefully, but a few of the bits about speed-line usage might still be vaguely useful. Gotta say, back then I was always annoyed by American artists’ lame attempts at speed-line usage, as very few ever bothered to closely study their usage in manga (patterns, group numbers, fixed vanishing points, thick-thin vs. single-line-weight, moiré effects, branching out of black areas, motion blurs, etc).
Guardians of the Galaxy: Location Concept Art by Kev Jenkins
(via Josh Howards twitter)
Josh Howard made some Star Trek TNG designs just because he could. I’m not a Star Trek fan myself, but I know people who are so this is for you. I think I’d watch this cartoon though if somebody made it.
The Standard of the World, once…
Cadillac Coupe DeVilles: 1960, ‘61, ‘63, ‘65, and ‘67; plus ‘67 Eldorado.
*There’s something to this, but if you take the trouble to hang out with actual futurists you’ll see that they don’t really do much of this… On the contrary, they’d glance at that image on the bottom and go “Oh yeah, that’s the classic Detroit Rust Belt model. That scenario was big during the 1970s Energy Crisis.”
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