Feb 112011
 

Man, that was a fast week. So it’s the last of my Transmet Art Book previews and I figured we’d end where we began, with Spider Jerusalem, this time accompanied by Yelena. Spider seems to have exchanged his furious expression for… well, what is that expression? Annoyed? Repulsed? You tell me.

Transmet Sneak Peek 5 - Spider & Yelena.

All will become clear when you see the final piece. Hopefully you’ve got a copy preordered. And since I mentioned it, you have until early evening on Valentines Day to make your preorder. This book is not going to be distributed normally so unless your comic store went and did the exact same thing I’m suggesting you do now, you won’t be able to find a copy, except maybe for an outrageously inflated price on eBay…

So, follow this link to the Transmet Art Book on Kickstarter.
It’s for Charity! Hurry, time is running out.

Transmetropolitan Art Book Sneak Peek 2

 Comments Off on Transmetropolitan Art Book Sneak Peek 2
Feb 082011
 

Firstly, many thanks to Warren Ellis for showing yesterday’s sneak peek on his blog! And yes, we totally met doing vampire graphic novels for Tundra UK.

So, here’s your second sneak peak, this time featuring a ‘lovely’ ‘lady’ that appeared in a massive four panels in the book’s run, if you don’t include the head in a jar shots…

Transmet Sneak Peek 2 - The Wife.

She’s a charmer.

Feb 072011
 

Buckle yourself in because this week you’re gonna get daily previews of the linework from my pieces (yes, plural) in the Transmetropolitan Art Book. Don’t know what that is? Well, Transmetropolitan was a comic book set in the not too distant future and it’s lead character is Spider Jerusalem, an honest-to-god investigative journalist living in a world where news is just the pap that the newscorps want you to see (sound familiar?). The comic – created by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson – ran from 97 to 02 and if you’ve never read it you owe yourself this treat. Trust me. It has a brutally wicked sense of humor. I love it.

Anyway, this art book is not only a celebration of Transmetropolitan, it’s also for a damn good cause. The proceeds from the book go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (who protect comics-related first amendment rights) and the Hero Initiative (which “creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment”).

And it’s all being funded through Kickstarter, a brilliant new way for creatives to fund their projects. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter page for the Transmet book. And you don’t have to give them any of your credit card info as checkout is actually run through Amzon’s checkout system so if you already have an Amazon account, it’s just a matter of registering at Kickstarter to get your copy. And remember, your donation (of $55+) is your preorder.

So, after that much lengthier sales pitch than I was expecting, here’s is your Transmet moment of the day –

Transmet Sneak Peek 1.

Feel free to throw out some guesses as to what the hell is going on!

Feb 032011
 

So, which version of the Lhurgoyf was I happier with; Ice Age or 8th? Well, Ice Age gets the nostalgia vote but 8th is a better painting – as I’d hope given that over half a decade separates them – but unfortunately some of that didn’t translated as well to final print size as I would have liked. If I’m looking at the two originals then I prefer the newest. If I’m looking at the printed versions then I like them equally; this probably means I didn’t take reduction into account enough when doing the new piece. Also the new piece was painted about twice the size of the old version so these things can be more difficult to get right the greater the reduction to final print size.

Maybe with more time I’d have given the new Lhurgoyf a little bolder texture, hard to say. The only unfortunate thing about the actual printed card is that it dropped out a few of the mid tones (a printing issue I would spot again throughout Mirrodin and especially on Tanglewalker). The printing made the image more heavily contrasted which has the benefit of increasing the dynamism but at the expense of the subtler qualities that make the creature’s skin look more realistic.
So what would I do now?