There’s a real difference between my painted ‘realism’ and more my more art take on things. The realism takes a lot lot longer, and it’s like brushing a cat, just when you think you have it all, you’re nowhere near done.
I’ve always appreciated a more painterly approach, but it’s not something I do easily. Way back I could be pretty blown away by how ‘real’ a painting looked, and in some ways have been straddling that and ‘reality’ ever since. My interest in ‘high realism’ has waned greatly in the digital age. A couple of recent projects unleashed my freak in some unexpected ways. Trying to recapture that and bottle it, making it part of my usable tool kit lead me here. Spending time on a drawing didn’t make sense when I really just wanted to colour. So, since I had a printed version of this beautiful sketch of Dejah Thoris by Iain McCaig I decided to play with that. And that’s why I’m showing it here. I feel that I did what set out to do, set up a workflow that plays to my strengths instead of against them. My thanks to Mr. McCaig for making the experiment so pleasurable and easy. Now back to the drawing board, my own, drawing board 😉 – Jeff
Other than the new ‘do’ I’m looking forward to a longer story. I’ll still be sticking to getting a trade edition of the series in the long run, but I think I’ll give this one a try. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/01/08/enemy-enemy-friend-robert-place-napton-talks-john-carter-special/
Feb 9/15 The Martian Legion – Jeff let’s it go….. I have a few online conversations and and Bob Zeuschner’s review to help me along. I no longer have a need to fork out for even the $200.00 edition. If a nice $25-$50 edition ever shows up I’ll get one for sure. Baptists on Barsoom kinda broke that it for me.
This Martian League thing still bothers me this morning. Yea it’s all wrapped around the fact that I want it and that I really can’t justify $200 on it. My wife bought me the Guardians of Galaxy art book for Christmas. It was $56 Canadian, 330 pages full color, a truly excellent movie art book. Yea I know it’s different economics, but you know what I’m thinking.
You can see that I have a new banner cannibalized from my own Thuvia of Mars painting. It’s an indication of my feeling that it’s time to shake things up bit. Barsoomia.org came about during the looooong road to the John Carter of Mars movie. Now that it’s happened, and so many of us are saying ‘please sir, may we have some more ?’ I feel the need to broaden my window. We still live. Dynamite has their new and approved ‘John Carter Warlord of Mars, Calots and Comics and’ – I’m losing track, it’s a really long title but I am looking forward to it. There are the comic strips through edgarriceburroughs.com and perhaps, if Disney releases the reins on the movie rights, more John Carter on screen. I’d really like that. But Barsoom isn’t the only world, and ERB isn’t the only one to write Sword and Planet stories. (more…)