Tuesday, November 28, 2006

EIGHTH POST: Times they are a-changin'

One of GoldenAge's central themes is that time is an unstoppable constant for all of us. I just wanted to share some of my original drawings from 2003 of the Ol'Star-HeadedHero.

My attempt at headshot "turnarounds" almost 4 years ago.

A colored headsketch done about a week ago- my vision of Starblast keeps skewing more and more towards Kirk's version.

I know what yer all thinking, "Whatever Matt, where's Kirk's sketches?"
Here's some of Kirk's preliminary sketches for TheSkowl- his prelim stuff looks better than my FINISHED drawings. Sheesh.

and this week's fanart? A team-up by Scott Triffle of Sb and his character PowerGranny.



Wednesday, November 15, 2006

SEVENTH POST: Page Six sneak Peek

Hello all. This is Kirk, the artist on Golden Age. I though I would post a few additions to the blog here. Today I’m going to show you a peek at a part of page 6. Page six is a collage that sets up the transition into the 50s when Starblast is a young man and exerting is independence as a superhero.

(click pic to see larger)

As for myself, Matt talked a little bit about my background. To expand, I am currently an Art Director at a game and puzzle company. Myself and a staff of three designers do all the packaging, contents, marketing material and catalog for the company. Previous to this job, of which I have been at for 12 years now, I worked at a roleplaying company called Game Designers Workshop. They made Traveller and a few other games. When I worked at GDW, I did alot of illustration for them that had that roleplaying look, not to mention lots of map drawings (yehaw).

GDW whet out of buisness a year after I left. When I came to Patch, I had to switch gears and draw cartoon characters in a Disney style for some of the children’s puzzles. After the first few years at Patch, my duties strayed from illustrating to designing and managing the depatment, thus no drawings to do. After a few years of not drawing, I decided I was going to pursue drawing on a daily basis and build my skill back up and past where I had been. I had sort of done this a few times before only to fizzle out. The differnce this time was that I was going to start a blog (provided by the drawing board) as a means of holding myself accountable. It has helped and also provided me the contact with Matt to work with on Golden Age. Now to say everything is great, would be a stretch. I still need to work thought busy and unmotivated times, but the last two years have really been good for my illustrating development.

Well, sorry to talk your ear off. For the next time I post some stuff here, I plan on doing a Golden Age poster. In fact I’m already done with the drawing, just need to ink it. I will then post the final result, (a very fun poster) and some thumbnail sketches of other ideals I had for a poster. Till then, best to ya. - Kirk

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

SIXTH POST: I Can't Believe it's not the
Liberty & Justice Affiliation...

Well, it is. The LJA (yeah I know) are the premier super-team of Major City during the early sixties to late seventies. In other words, they're the ones out there getting all the glory and fame while the lesser known heroes toil away in the background doing all the jobs that the city's big guns don't have the time or desire to do.

These are the most recent in my ever changing designs for these characters, I'm sure you'll see the recognizable stereo-archetypes.

These are some of Kirk's preliminary sketches...

This weeks fanart is by the classically styled illustrating genius that is Dan McDaid.
Creator of the soon to be hit book TheLastMinuters.