Once upon a time, back to the time I’d just moved back to my parents’ house for some time and created this weblog, the contents of this realm used to be almost exclusively craft in the real world, the place of flesh and bones, of paper and ink. Time went by and somewhere in the year of 2009, after a considerable hiatus, the entries switched in a large majority to virtual works. Well, I myself believe it’s time to get back to the good ol’ days.
Not that I’m saying traditional media is intrinsically superior to digital, away with that! Almost all my work, real work like my college graduation project and the assets for Aduge‘s games, is done digitally (except that whole mess of sketches). But the passion that I have for the natural media is such that today I’ve decided to hereby declare the Watchtower a haven for my traditional work, so both I’d have a place to collect my draughtsmanship and a motivation to do more of this exquisite craft.
By the by, more Do and less Talk: this is the latest ink drawing I’ve finished, a tattoo idea for a very esteemed friend. It’s a human skull argent supported by two raven wings proper. The skull was done with micron pens of assorted mesures and the wings with brushes. Main references were the works of Yoji Shinkawa, best know by his excellent work as concept artist for Kojima Productions, and the also brazilian illustrator Kako (not incidentally both have great influence in all of my recent works).
This drawing was later reinterpreted by a tattooist here in Curitiba and since last week inhabits Marco’s left shoulder, the skull the size of a tangerine.
Should to post again soon, prolly with some drawing of the past 2 years that I didn’t manage to post yet. In the mean time expect me to do some new ones too, at least so I hope.
The Dark Knight.
Since the end of Batman Begins and that killing scence with the joker card I was waiting for The Dark Knight to come. Something like 3 fortnights ago it arrived, and I went to the theatre. 5 times. Two just in the first day. Maybe a little too much, ok, but I’m one of those freaks that doesn’t just go to see a movie, I very much eat every little piece of it. And TDK has plenty to be eaten. In the third time I’ve found the rails of the Wayne Tram in the backgrounds, in the fourth I’ve seen Harvey knocking down Maroni’s bodyguard, in the fifth the audience, nearly a month since the premiere, was still mesmerized by the movie, still laughthing, all of them, of the dark humor of Joker’s magick pencil¹.
So. Dark Knight. Thanks Nolans. Thanks Heath.
But that’s not all. I know that the movie isn’t THAT awesome.
They haven’t created so much. In a first moment I’ve thought they had. Even knowing that there were all those classic comics and graphic novels. And, after the movie colled down, I’ve decided to read what I long ago should have.
My head exploded!! A sevennight passed ’til I’ve finnished cleaning my brains from the ceiling. The three on the roof, all harvey’s mind, the italian mob, the hanging cops, “tonight’s entertainment”, and, much, much more. Seriously, Miller, Mazzucchelli, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are now among the most remarkable artists I know, and I must admit that recently I’ve also been greatly inspired by the work of other Batman artist, Mr Dustin Nguyen. And they’ve done this to me:
Quite a change. At least I think so. Catherine too. This one is the very first drawing of a new lineage the I’ve just discovered inside my mind. I’m very glad that I did so. Wait for the newer ones… The 3 Peteca guys² are some of them, but I’ve done others while I was travelling that I’m very happy with.
That drawing is also my first work with tube watercolour, before I used to work with Talens’ Ecoline, a liquid type of watercolour. I think that the new ones, to me, i mean, are even faster to work with.
But that’s not all!!!
Yeah! What a marvelous thing!!
Reaching this new style within my own styles remembered me of one of my oldest ones, and, still in the Joker Rush, I’ve done one more, this time in a Playing Card template. I’m planning 3 decks of Batman characters, 12 figures in each plus 3 Jokers. I have the list². Now it’s a question of time to do all them. But back to the point, Mr J and Harley in a twist:
¹ “How about a magick trick?”
² See .last things first.
³ The Batman, Batgirl, Robin (Jason Todd), Jim Gordon, Zatana, Nightwing, Alfred Pennyworth, The Oracle, Lucius Fox, Azrael, Batwoman, Robin (TIm Drake), The Penguim, Ventriloquist, Black Mask, Mr Freeze, Catwoman, Solomon Grundy, Killer Croc, Mud Face, The Scarecrow, The Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Mad Hatter, Harvey Dent, Guilda Dent, Hush, Carmine Falcone, Sofia Falcone, Alberto Falcone, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Manbat, Ra’s Al Ghul, Talia Al Ghul, Bane. The 3 Jokers: Cesar Romero, Bolland’s (Killing Joke) and an original one.