Running out of ways to say “new pages”…
Ty is busy, busy, busy with work, deadlines, children, creativity and oh-so-many things. I’m wandering around in a daze trying to remember everything that I’m supposed to do so that I can feel really, really bad that I’m not getting any of it done! So, we’re a bit late (yeah, yeah, a lot late) posting new pages this week…as we were last week…and the week before… Oh, wait! This is the Guy’s blog–we can do whatever the hell we want! Why I just…holy cow, I just swore.
Ty found some pages he’d done as part of a Mad Magazine spoof of Batman. They’re all done on paper, in markers and some ink. This was when Ty was pretty fond of drawing each panel the size of 8 x 11 paper, then scanning each one and stitching them all together in PhotoShop. He found that he loved the freedom of working on the paper, sitting in his La-Z-Boy chair in some completely ergonomically incorrect pose, watching his shows and not worrying for a single moment about how he was putting lines down. On board, there’s always the concern about having to erase too much, ruining the paper; or worse, realizing that in that one panel he’d drawn that one character about 10% smaller than he should have been. Sure, he could draw a patch and fix a small portion of a board–but if it got really bad, then there was the possibility of having to redraw or retracing the whole page. Sure there’s times when Ty ends up doing the panel over and over again, or maybe just one figure endlessly (there was that stack of 27 Supermans from some project…), but it’s still better than an entire page.
(At last summer’s FanExpo, Gabriel Morrisette was showing us some pages he’d done. I was confused when I realized that two of the pages were virutally identical–so close, that really, I could barely tell the difference. Let’s face it–Gabriel’s version of a terrible page is better than a lot of artist’s good page. But the difference seemed painfully obvious to Gabriel. Ty laughed and said, “Tell her! Tell her!” and Gabrielle ‘fessed up that he traces entire pages AGAIN all the time. Ty was kind of triumphant, “See! It’s not just me!” I assumed he meant “who is crazy” but he actually meant, “who understands that it’s important because that second page is so much better.” I still think they’re all crazy…)
So, the Penguin/Batman pieces are all done on paper…8″ x 10″, I think…I’ll have to check. Marker and ink, pencilled and inked by Ty.
Here’s a quick panel from Ty’s most recently published Mad Magazine work…here’s a mini-golf game featuring Mrs. Tiger Woods as a hazard…
This is the cover for Justice League Unlimited #21 of John Stewart and The Vixen. On 11″ x 17″ paper, pencilled and inked (in inks and markers) by Ty.
Ty had done covers for different incarnations of the Batman Adventures books and he’d been colouring them since the days when artists used Doc Martin dyes and a 64 colour chart. The Justice League Unlimited covers were coloured in PhotoShop.
Here’s the colours he sent in:
When the comic was published, and Ty’s copies arrived at the door, he was a wee bit surprised to open the box and find this:
I’m sure Ty has stuff to say about that but…he’s not here right now.
Whoops! I’m here now….TY’s NOTE: Eagle eyes might notice my signature is backwards in the original art. That’s because I decided, during the inking stage, that it was better if Stewart-Lantern was to the left of the image…and as I was going to scan and colour it myself when it was done, I figured to flip EVERYTHING in the image and signed the art backwards with my left hand knowing it would end up the right way. Oh, I’m such an irrepressible scamp!!
Now back to your regularly scheduled Keiren.
I’ll post prices in the next day or so, when I get the pages sorted out into their various galleries.
KeirenTo share post:
You always have to wonder why editors will reverse a piece of artwork before going to press. Sometimes, they are unlucky and the reversal causes inconsistencies.
I just don’t get it, though…
Steven G. Willis
Actually, as I just noted above in an update to the entry, I was the one who flipped this cover – the clue is in the original art, where you’ll notice I purposely signed the cover with a backwards signature.
That will teach me to be a little more observant before opening my mouth!
Steven G. Willis