Just a quick post today about something I only own a scan of. It's getaway day for me, as I'll be headed out for the MO-KAN COMICS CONSPIRACY later this afternoon, where I'll be hanging out with the likes of Mark Evanier, Segio Aragones, and Stan Sakai! If you're in the KC area this weekend, please come check it out.
Speaking of the convention this weekend, I just finished this UNCLE SLAM promo image. We'll be selling it as a convention exclusive this weekend.
Again, I don't own the piece I'm showing off today. I just saved a scan of it years ago, and just came across it again on my hard drive. Since I have scans of both pencils (layouts, actually) and inks, I thought it would be interesting to show it off here.
What we have here is a layout by the legendary John Buscema, and finishes by the super-talented Bill Siekiewicz. We're going first name from here on out, because typing Bill's last name wears me out.
I don't know if Bill finished this piece from the layout we have here, or if he got full pencils. Frankly, I think it would have been a waste of Big John's time for him to provide Bill with anything tighter than this. Bill is gonna do his own thing, whether you give him fully-rendered pencils or not. All he needs to go to town is a foundation, and no one ever provided better foundations that Big John.
John's layouts are all about the gesture and the composition. If you've ever seen "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" you know that John was almost incapable of producing a stiff gesture drawing. I own several of his sketch sheets and layouts, and they are just awesome to behold. His drawing is so casual and so strong. He really had few peers in the history of the medium when it comes to drawing natural and dynamic figures.
Of course, Bill is also one of the most talented artists to ever grace the comic book page. He's nowhere near the comic book storyteller that a guy like John is, but he can draw and paint like a bastard. He finishes this strong John layout with such authority and grace. The lines are fine, but the overall impact of John's drawing is completely intact.
Okay, that's enough outta me. Enjoy the genius, and come back for more tomorrow!