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?
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I should say that Walter Simonson is one of my art heroes. Between him, Mike Mignola and Bill Waterson, I had some good teachers (disclaimer: none of these men taught me, per se. I’ve been copying them for years, and hopefully some of it rubs off.) I think my natural style is more closely aligned with Walt’s style, though. So, it was with pleasure I took on an exercise to ink over the pencils Walt did for his forthcoming creator-owned comic, Ragnarök. Walt’s pencils, on the left, above. My inks, such as they are, on the right.
For more on Walter Simonson’s Ragnarök, see his Ragnarök Facebook page. See you there!
This is my tribute to the events of September 11, 2001. I created this last year in memory of the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, because it struck me the towers presented this way looked a little like an 11, and a little like a pause symbol.
Now it’s been 12 years, but I think the symbol can stand as a reminder to pause. Find a quiet place today.