Saturday, June 24, 2017
Redrawing old pages I did last year. The last batch got roundly ignored, so obviously it's back to the drawing board (rejection usually means "we didn't like the art"). Never a bad thing. Every new pass is always better than the last, and the old pages definitely lacked dynamism now that I look at them. Happier with this take so far. You'll all see the finished project eventually. Even if I have to self-publish.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Here's my own reconstruction of the personal seal of Genghis Khan (and all subsequent Great Khans). Supposedly there was a red one for official documents and a blue one for personal documents. My grasp of Classical Mongolian script is a little shaky, but I'm about 95% sure I got the text right. It says:
“By the power of Eternal Heaven, let the decree of the Oceanic Khan of the Great Mongol Nation be respected and feared by subjects and foes alike.”
Literally translated it's more like :"Eternal Heaven's power under, Great Mongol Nation's Oceanic Khan's decree, subject or hostile people reach if, should revere, should fear." Thank Eternal Heaven's power under for poetic license.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
More works in progress. Doing backgrounds and characters separately, like animation. These are just backgrounds. I'm working with mixed media. Some manipulated photos, some hand drawn stuff. For anyone who thinks photo manipulation is "cheating", it's just as labor-intensive as drawing by hand. Most of the photos have to be tinkered with considerably to get the desired look and to fit with my compositional needs. I also warp them intentionally to create slightly off-kilter angles. Trying for film noir vibe. Too gray? Too bleak? Too depressing? too bad, I'm going with it. The magic continues.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
After further tinkering (it never ends) I've decided to go with both red AND blue. Plus I added a big-ass hat, because people with big-ass hats get shit done. Are YOU wearing a big-ass hat? And are you getting anything done? I rest my case.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
RED OR BLUE?
UPDATE: The polls are now officially closed. Red won the most votes, followed by blue in second place, a mild draft in third place, and fudge as the big loser. But I've decided to go with a third option: purple. Maybe it's the ghost of Prince weaving a funky, sexy spell over me, or maybe it's just because the combination of cool colors in the back and warm colors up front creates more depth and contrast. Either one. But thanks for voting! It meant nothing in the end. A bitter but sobering lesson for us all in this crucial election year.