Thursday, April 04, 2013

B.P.R.D

The over-worked and under-appreciated Kate Corrigan.
I'm pretty happy with this quick photoshop drawing of Kate Corrigan, although I probably should have drawn her body more turtle-esque which is how Mike Mignola draws her. >>>

I think Guy Davis totally made the B.P.R.D characters his own, which is a big deal because Mignola has such an iconic style. I love his versions of Kate, Johann and Roger, they seem very tangible, especially Roger, who in Mignola's version is more of a stoic/tragic Frankenstein whereas Guy Davis approached him like a child in an adult's body.

B.P.R.D sometimes reaches moments of greatness, but its continuing mini-series format causes diversions from the main story (which actually evolves meaningfully which is a rarity in serial comics) which I find hit and miss.


Abraham Sapien. Fish-Man.
When Dark Horse rebooted the series under the new name "B.P.R.D: Hell on Earth" I thought about not following the series anymore, but I read the first volume "New World" and it blew my socks off, it had that great atmosphere and storytelling that got me reading the series in the first place (B.P.R.D volume 3: Plague of Frogs) and it foreshadowed ominous things to come. I felt like Guy Davis's storytelling, poses and compositions were at an all time high and I was psyched for volume 2.

<<< The rough version was more "on model", but the final version ended up being very stiff. I hate drawing faces front on, I get obsessed with making things symmetrical and lose sight of the overall look.






Liz Sherman. Depressive

Unfortunately, Guy Davis only drew the first half of volume 2 and left the series to work on his creator-owned projects. I follow artists rather than characters, so I've got the same problem as before; not knowing if I should continue reading the series.

I had this Liz Sherman drawing in my junk folder; it's another case of taking a decent rough sketch (this time in pencil) and destroying it with a sterile cleanup/inks. For some reason I just could not get the shadows on the hair right. >>>





Watching: Good Hair by Jeff Stilson,Who Killed the Electric Car by Chris Paine, The Grifters by Stephen Frears & La Strada by Federico Fellini
Reading:The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Listening to: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 

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