This is a second version of something I did for Goodman Games a little while ago — in this version, I darkened the shadows and tried to make it look more ‘noir’ or chiaroscuro. You can see the previous version here: Roger the Hobbit.
One of the advantages of the digital workflow is I can rework old drawings without ruining the original. One of the disadvantages is that there is no original tucked away in a drawer somewhere — at heart I suspect I will always be a pen and ink on paper guy.
This was a sketch that was not approved by the client (they preferred another version) but I liked it so I finished it anyway.
I think this is all I can do on this for now.
The past 2-3 weeks have been very frustrating in terms of the day job… which may have something to do with the above image. A while back I had a dream in which someone was ironing their penis on an ironing board — whether this image was a metaphor for my work life or just an undigested late night snack a la Windsor McCay I could not say… the ironer appeared to actually enjoy the process. I told my therapist about it and all he said was, “Sounds like something Salvador Dali might come up with.”
Still learning to use Manga Studio and my Wacom tablet. I LOVE the “G-Pen” tool in Manga studio, but, I.M.O., the tone tools (like chalk, crayon, etc.) are less good.
The pose/anatomy for this was from a late 19th/early 20th century French erotic postcard. I initially thought that the legs looked unusually short but now suspect the legs are right – most drawings of naked women have freakishly long legs, but her left knee is coming towards the viewer and then folding back again so her two feet are nearly parallel… I need to work on that to make it clear — not quite there yet. I made the hands a bit larger than they were in the postcard since Kali needs strong hands to carry all those severed heads around and I wanted them to look a bit more savage.
I’ve been interested in ‘Outsider Artists’ for a while now — ever since I happened across some reproductions of Adolf Wölfli’s drawings in an article about Jean Dubuffet. I set up email alerts for articles on topics like ‘outsider art.’ Yesterday I got an alert for several articles on online journals, including one called “Heartzine’ (which I don’t think I have visited before) and another called ‘Flavorwire’ (which I have visited before). I clicked on the ‘Heartzine’ link to read an article entitled, “Beyond the Romantic Mythos; What Life is Really Like for Artists Living With Mental Illness” and began to read.
What I read disoriented me. I read the first sentence several times, trying to make sense of it. At a glance, it looked like it should make sense, but I could not make heads or tails of it. I switched off the music I was listening to and tried again. Was something wrong with me? My brain just didn’t seem to be able to process this information even though I thought I should be able to. Here are the first two paragraphs:
I was dismayed one day, several months ago, when a new confidence ensure in a usually silent run of a Soho building that houses Flavorwire’s offices said, “Good morning.”
Over a subsequent few days, we began to overdo my possess greetings, roughly as a plea to my fears that I’d become disconnected by concentrating so tough on being busy. But from these compensatory platitudes came conversations, and review led to my anticipating out that a confidence ensure is also an artist with a fascinating attribute to New York jazz clubs and some of a genre’s most iconic musicians. (He’s been combined about in a New York Times due to this unequivocally relationship.)
I read more closely and discovered that it wasn’t me — I wasn’t going crazy — but I had encountered an article which read like something which had been run through some sort of wonky version of ‘google translate’ that usually renders perfect French into awkward and comedic English and vice-versa. I got another clue when I clicked the link to the same article on Flavorwire. Suddenly I discovered that in the ‘Heartzine’ version, random words had been changed, creating an article that appeared to be legit at a quick glance, but was revealed as nonsense under scrutiny. The ‘Flavorwire’ article, on the other hand, made perfect sense (and is a good read – do yourself a favor and read it). For comparison, the first two paragraphs from Flavorwire:
I was startled one day, several months ago, when a new security guard in the usually silent lobby of the Soho building that houses Flavorwire’s offices said, “Good morning.”
Over the next few days, I began to overdo my own greetings, almost as a challenge to my fears that I’d become disconnected by concentrating so hard on being busy. But from these compensatory platitudes came conversations, and conversation led to my finding out that our security guard is also an artist with a fascinating relationship to New York jazz clubs and some of the genre’s most iconic musicians. (He’s been written about in the New York Times due to this very relationship.)
I compared the two different versions again and discovered that the ‘Flavorwire’ version was credited to Moze Halperin whereas the crazymaking ‘Heartzine’ version was uncredited. I suspect ‘Heartzine’ is someone’s money-making scheme which steals content from writers to generate traffic, which is bad (and I emailed Moze Halperin to tell him about it). But I also actually enjoyed just how damn disorienting my first read of the goofy version of the article was.
Amusingly, the gibberish ‘Heartzine’ version included a gibberish ‘this is fair use’ disclaimer: “This entrance upheld by a Full-Text RSS use – if this is your calm and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, greatfully review a FAQ during fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers”.
Anyway, because it visually references Bosch and I love all things Bosch, here is one of the illustrations from Halperin’s article. Hope this is considered ‘fair use.’ This is “Celebrity Heaven” by Martin Cohen.
Worm men, burrowing up from underground.
I just got notice that the new 4th printing of the DCC RPG rule book is out on RPGNOW as an electronic edition – the print version will be out later this year. Lots of new art in the book by me, Doug Kovacs plus work by Peter Mullen, Brad McDevit, Erol Otus, Jim Holloway, Friedrich Haas, Russ Nicholson, William McAusland, etc. I’m honored to have my work in such great company.
The 4th printing is 100% backwards compatible with 3rd printing, etc., and differs only in MORE new artwork, some tables and reference materials at the back, a new adventure by Harley Stroh, etc.