Clearly, I’m mad, I tell you. MAD.
I’m one of those guys who spend their lives liking the rough sketch better than the final art. It’s a curse. I have a fondness for the scribbled, eccentric, humanistic and unembarrassed linework of a rough sketch. There’s a lovely connection to movement and thought in the first contact with the image to muscles and paper, often softened unbearably by turning it into a final illustration. As a professional drawer-boy, I’m always fighting between “cleaning it up” and “letting it live”.
The Batman sketch from an old, old Adventures cover, (which I just found in a box yesterday, and hence this post) is less than three inches high. It’s drawn in pencil and a thick pentel marker which was clearly drying out, as the background becomes less dark to the right. But the sense of danger, the monster, and the expressions on everyone’s face works for me in a way the final doesn’t.
My Pekar’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR work last year did the same thing to to me. I was going for a very sedate, “realistic” Curt Swan type of storytelling for Harvey, since that was the basic feel of this particular script…but the rough layouts had a Kirby-like energy to them, with a lively and playful sense of proportion that I wish had fit the story.
( for more Harvey online, click here)
Again, these layouts are about three inches tall, and the final art is fifteen inches high…so the movements of your hands vs. the movements of your shoulders are going to be different.
I just got through reading an issue of Marvel’s new “STRANGE TALES” comic, with folks like Peter Bagge, and James Kochalka doing very indy looking work on Marvel super-heroes. Astoundingly great fun, and some of the pages have the same feel as my rough pages do…before I clean myself up.
If only I hadn’t seen so much Harvey Kurtzman while growing up. I could rid myself of this demon of liking the roughs.
FOR THOSE WHO DEMAND THEIR HOVERBOY FRIDAYS ON FRIDAY, I GIVE A FIE TO THEE! A FEE FIE!
Hoverboy Fridays continue to wander the calendar, and we find one barging into Sunday. I’m only making this rare exception to move Hoverboy Fridays from its regular spot on Tuesdays, to this weekend, because the most recent update is topical! It has to do with Hoverboy’s very tenuous connection to Sesame Street, which celebrated it’s 40th, or 45th anniversary this week, I wasn’t paying enough attention when Wolf Blitzer mentioned it.
www.hoverboy.com (for those who don’t hyper link well).
Ty the Guy. AWAAAY!