"Hey, do your newspaper and drawing thing"
That was the only art direction that super fucking nice guy Larry gave me on the commission of a drawing of(and for) his son Walker(Larry has been super fucking nice since way back when Jennifer first came out).
This has been a fun way to stretch my art muscles, so I was pretty psyched to get going on this.
Clearly, step 1 is making a fucking mess. Within five minutes my hands are a mix of newsprint, rubber cement, oil bar, and the whole skin and bones and blood thing.
Working like this means that I switch my process up a bit. Instead of drawing line art and then adding spot blacks and tone(like with my recent Sandman drawing), I do the opposite here. Using a very messy mix of newspaper, paint, charcoal, and oil bars helps me with a layout of mass. And since this will need some time to dry, I will make myself a bacon treat.
Now, as the title says, I think that this is one of the best goddamn drawings that I've done in...well, a very long time I guess. I really really really really like this(and The CRJ). Everything about it. And I super love the extreme foreshortened feet(not the easiest thing in the world to get even close to right on the first try).
Having said that, I initially thought that I had fucked the drawing up. Big time. Like "start this all over right now" fucked up. Nothing looked right. So, before folding this in half and heaving in the garbage, I instead went out for a walk. And once I got back, I looked at this again with fresh eyes. Adding some smeared white paint in the foreground(my hands are a super mess at this point and I'm trailing paint/charcoal everywhere) and...now I love it.
Just in time to mail it out. Great news indeed. Man, do I like this drawing...