Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Why the blog title?

I just like it. I'm not a particularly brainy fellow (no more so than the average Jane or Joe) and I don't think I could pull off pretending that I am. The notion simply ties into a great deal of what I'm working on at the moment. Which mostly involves prepping a promotional comic for SPX this year. Below is another sketchbook piece I did last month made of the last scraps of paint from a previous piece and ballpoint with some more paint.

Yes, I also realize that the right hand side of the brain is said to be responsible for creativity. No, it is not a nod to my political affiliations. It mostly evolved from the notion that, if you're left handed, you're right brain dominant and, if you're right handed, you're left brain dominant. Perhaps I could've avoided confusion by calling it right hand emissaries but I didn't (see above comment about not being particularly brainy). If you're so inclined, shout "Fly my pretties! Fly!" in your best wicked witch voice as you gaze upon the emissaries.

As mentioned in the previous post, we have a lot of catching up to do starting with right where the site ends. After receiving complimentary words from one of the editors of Vertigo I thought I might be able to convince them I was capable of handling fully painted sequential art with little sequential experience. This is an excerpt from a third attempt to catch their attention that I took to one of their "we love you or we won't speak to you" conventions. It was a panel breakdown of Leonard Cohen's "Joan of Arc". My wife became Joan and Leonard makes his appearance here. I thought that my different approach as far as source material goes might grab their attention and still be relevant to them. I had already done one take on a few tried and true characters. At the con they stressed the importance of recognizable characters. Never heard a word.

I approached the 2006 con with a short tale involving some familiar Vertigo characters. Below is an excerpt containing the Corinthian, Constantine and Matthew. No response. Fortunately, I've received some feedback from two talented industry giants, Greg Ruth and Bob Schreck. They helped with positive feedback and to reassure myself that I wasn't totally wasting my time. Thanks fellas.

Above is a piece from the end of 2006 as well. An entry for the Society of Illustrators competition. I was pretty happy with it. Rejected. Finally, as promised, the saga of Herry continues below.

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