Saturday, March 25, 2006
Did I mention I'm a die-hard Conan, fanatic? Yes, it's true. Ever since I first laid eyes on a collection of Howard short stories titled "Conan of Cimmeria" with a breathtaking painting by Frazzetta depicting everyone's favorite barabarian looking more wild and savage than the ape he is fighting, I've been hooked. That was about twenty years ago, and I've been feeding my brain a steady diet of Howard inspired works ever since.
Man, I miss those summer days when I could walk into a 7-11 and pick up a copy of "The Savage Sword of Conan" off the shelf to read back home while I drank my slurpie. It was guaranteed 80 magazine formatted pages of decapitating, blood-letting fun.
Recently a dream came true, and I had the opportunity to work on a feature length Conan animation titled "Red Nails". It was a blast, and I look forward to seeing it finished. This sketch was done purely for fun while I waited for my assignment, and is not connected in any way to the final product.
This predates my color piece of Cap, going way back to my days working at Sony animation. Me and a producer dreamed of launching a Captain America cartoon. Mostly I was just having fun, and I realize that he is probably too anatomically detailed to animate for T.V., unless he was constructed for computer animation.
Hey, now there is a thought!
Friday, March 24, 2006
This is one of my first attempts at coloring in photoshop a few years back. Unfortunately I haven't done many other color pieces since then. Most of my professional existence consists of drawing storyboards for animation, and while I'm in production, it doesn't leave time for much else. On my down time I'm also busy writing and working on a graphic novel for Image which I hope to complete this year.
The drawing itself is even older; something I produced in celebration of Cap's 60th year for the San Diego Con's yearly book. I'm a really big fan of the character for as long as I can remember, and I especially love the way he looks in his current monthly title (the regular one, not the Ultimates!) If I drew him today, his costume would definitely reflect the heavy scale-mail shirt he currently wears.