I worked with Bully! Entertainment, directing three spots for Swiss real estate company Homegate a little bit ago. We had a lot of fun doing these, and I was always very proud of this work. I’m pleased to be working at Bully! full time now so I get to do more of this stuff! See the spots, and see some behind-the-scenes info, HERE.
Here’s a little something for Super Bowl Sunday. I’m sure many of us will be experiencing conversations like this tomorrow morning:
Also, here’s a little bit of fun – a portion of an animated version of that page by Jake Strider Hughes, who is an awesome AfterEffects guru. Also, the voices in this piece are by me and the awesomely talented voiceover actor Jerry Stone. One day, I’d like to get the time to finish this little movie.
My annual tradition, taught to me by Neil Gaiman. However, this year, I’m not going to pretend I’m lyrical and eloquent, and instead quote two great writers who say what I mean better than I can. This coming year, this is for you, my fellow artists, writers, jewelers, dancers, sculptors, scientists, mathematicians, and dreamers:
“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
― Ray Bradbury
“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
Another week, another gorgeous set of Walt Simonson’s pencils to ink. This one is one of The People of Peace.
From Walt: “‘People of Peace’ was a euphemism from folklore used to refer to those from the realm of faery. One did not name them directly for fear of offending them, as they could be quite powerful and easily provoked.”
Artist Aaron Pocock of Valiant fame put up a quick warmup sketch on Facebook tonight. Now, Aaron’s warmup sketches have more charm and style than most people’s finishes, and I really loved it: a classic Halloween pic. I asked him if he’d mind me inking it. 45 minutes later, the inks were done and I took a quick whack at some color. The result, this nice piece. Nice work, Aaron! I look forward to many more collaborations like this.
For you process junkies, the side-by-side, below. Do yourself a favor and check out Aaron’s blog. It is a thing of beauty.
When Halloween’s close, evidently I draw this character (this picture is a composite. Two on the right from last year at this time, the big one is from this year, and the little one from the year before…) Ever have one of those ideas you just can’t get out of your head?
It’s funny because I have this whole idea for a comic based on this guy who has to go off and fight monsters and demons. Two people I’ve shared it with are begging me NOT to do it. Too much like Spawn. Or Hellboy. Or Constantine. The real question is – how could it be like all of those? People are always telling me not to do stuff. What the hell?