" It’s a very special kind of skill; if you’re too loyal to the photo, it swallows you up. If, for instance, in the middle of a whole page of “personal” drawings, there is suddenly a drawing that is too… It’s as if there’s a sudden hole in the page. You have to take the elements from the photo that you need, and retranscribe them through your personal computer, in order to get a personal vision. The same rule applies to drawing from nature. It’s very difficult, but it’s what enables the artist to bring his vision to a work. Otherwise he’s nothing but a parrot, or an ape. [pp. 86-87]
—Jean Giraud (Moebius)
Moebius on drawing from photo reference. Eloquently put.
I’ll be at the New York Comic Con this year, Oct. 10-13. Swing by table AA2 at the Artist’s Alley, I’ll be sitting with my buddy William Sliney. Come say hi, chat us up and take a look at our work. :)
I’ll be selling prints ($15 or 2 for $20), postcards ($3), as well as taking commissions . If you’re interested in commissions you can email me at email@example.com, go through my ask me anything or at the show to get on the list.
Busts are $40 and Full figures are $80, all on 9x12 paper.
Most of my color inspirations come from 1950’s and 60’s Illustration, with some anime/manga, european comics and concept art thrown in there as well. I look at a lot of Bernie Fuchs, Coby Whitemore, Mitchell Hooks, Bob peak, Hugo Pratt, Moebius, Akira Toriyama and many others.
I tend to gravitate towards simpler color palettes because I feel that they enhance the drama and storytelling aspects of the picture.