Thursday, May 17, 2007
My job often requires me to sit around a lot, late at night, waiting for other people to get their acts together so I can do my work. Fortunately, it gives me time to draw or work on my other personal projects. That's happening tonight.
For some reason, I've been thinking today about the old Canadian comic book CAPTAIN CANUCK. Somehow, when we were kids, my brother Mike got his hands on a few issues of that book and brought them home. The issues he had contained early artwork by the amazing George Freeman. His stuff was very much like P. Craig Russell's work and it was a feast for the eyes. He went on to draw the Marvel miniseries JACK OF HEARTS that I was also very fond of. I don't know what happened to him but, hopefully, he's still out there producing beautiful artwork.
While I was waiting, I drew this picture of the good Captain.
My illustration style is inconsistent. I vascilate between cartoony and heavily-rendered. This image is somewhere in the middle and, I think, represents my true style. It's not the way I TRY to draw but it's how I DO draw when I just relax and let it happen. There's a lot wrong with it. Poor anatomy, small head, long neck, bad linework. I inked the face last, lost my confidence and ended up over-rendering it. Still, I like it enough to post it. I wish to hell I could draw just like Darwyn Cooke, but we can't have everything we wish for, can we?
Posted by Matt Wieringo at 5:55 PM