New Stuff: Part 4 of a Few February 14, 2011 – Posted in: A Picture's Worth, Blog, Featured Columns – Tags: , , , ,

Okay! I’ve actually been busy with drawing stuff for a change. (Though I also entered my first official screenplay competition. Nothing to write Hollywood about as it was specifically a one-page screenplay contest, and because of the deadline I only had time to type up an old Polish joke. But it’s a start.) While I work on a huge Jack Kirby-lawsuit post, I figured I should return to art and show what I’ve been up to.

Back in Blog 24, I mentioned participating in a cool animation experiment with Mike Schneider, the enigmatic anti-enterpreneur behind NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REANIMATED (the effort was titled, “Guard Dog Global Jam,” based on a forthcoming Bill Plympton toon.) Well, like most Mikes I know, Mr. Schneider likes to jump from one effort to another, and this time offered up a curious comic book experiment.

The goal? Tell the complete story of ALICE IN WONDERLAND in pictures–sans words. Each artist willing to participate was given a single paragraph. The instructions were simple: one 6” x 9” page, either single illustration or panels, in b/w, to communicate the paragraph without words. (Not even sound effects! Symbols were okay and encouraged, though.) No restrictions on medium: pencil, ink, digital, paint, leaves, underwear, guacamole, whatever you want.

We were not allowed to choose our paragraph; he merely went in order. I didn’t want to take much time and decided I’d do something more traditional. Being unfamiliar with the book, I had no clue when to request my paragraph (I was hoping to get something with the Red Queen, given my penchant for pulchritude), so I ended up with this:


 

‘How doth the little crocodile

Improve his shining tail,

And pour the waters of the Nile

On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,

How neatly spread his claws,

And welcome little fishes in

With gently smiling jaws!’


 

 

Lucky me! I don’t think I’ve ever drawn a croc before. And I didn’t want to make it a crock. So I dug out a book of reptiles for reference. (That’s right, no Google Images this time! Traditional all the way.) After sketching on tracing paper I lightboxed my pencils to board and inked with brush. (Admittedly I did some corrections in Photoshop–so much less messy than using white out!) Here’s the result:

 


 

Don’t know if I succeeded but it was fun, made me think, and that was the point of the exercise.

Others have submitted some wild and fun work. Check ’em all out on Facebook here.

And if you know any interested artists, let them know immediately as there are still a few spots open!

More to come in a couple…This month, I was commissioned to draw something similar to a childhood collectible with fond memories.

 

 

Take care,

Mike


P.S.: Speaking of commissions, I’m happy to squeeze in time to draw you your favorite character, even if it’s a crocodile. Just ask Craig here. Thanks and have a great week!

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