Monday, September 8, 2008

Sketchbook Tuesday!

Though technically this were done on a sheet of 11" x 17" copy paper, I am still gonna call this sketchbook material.

I have been spending the better part of the day fine tuning things for a deadline on Wednesday. I am in the Labs tomorrow all day so I lose that day for working towards the deadline. Because the project I am working on is one of those really large 3' x 5' illustrations, I've had a piece of paper next to me to scribble on every time I have to wait for my computer to save the 500mb file I am working on.

Sketching out an Emma Frost pin-up today and the above is all that got done. Emma is looking FINE, by the way. I thought I would share the above because it does relate to the commissioned pieces I am working on. I am doing a Supergirl/Batgirl combo piece and here I am trying to work out an agreeable composition. I'm trying to create a fun piece that reflects the characters as they were in the early 1970s while staying away from a static pose for the girls. I don't know if any of these poses will make the cut, but I have to get through them to find the gem. I know this isn't the most exciting post, but it does show I don't just crank the pin-ups out without giving some thought to them. :)


Gary M. Peiffer said...


Thanks for sharing! Do you ever go back to your sketchbooks to look for past sketches like this to do a piece? Kind of like saving a rough pose for the right job to come along?

I see a Batgirl in those poses by the way!


Royce Thrower said...

As usual, I like peeking behind the creative curtain and see the "Wizard" at work. Sometimes we fanboys forget that art is in fact "work" and that it doesn't create itself. Not all the "water stains" on a piece of art are from the condensation of the soft drink can sitting on the paper. Sometimes there is perspiration involved.
Thanks for the share Gene and good luck with the deadline.

Gene Gonzales said...

Gary - Yes, I do go back to old sketchbooks for poses or even inspiration. A lot of times I sketch ideas that I don't finish or know what to do with. But they end up coming out later in something. Good question, thanks!

Royce - Thank you for that very eloquent post. I was going to end with a HaHa, kind of statement, but it just didn't feel right after that. :) Thanks!