I’ve been hard at work trying to get the next eight pages of
Grant Morrison’s ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ story done before the end of the month.
Here’s a sketch I did that kinda cracked me up:
We’re on our way to the ECCC…
…we’re at table L 11 in Artist Alley…
(Maple leaf marks the spot)
…and here are some sketches I’ve already done for the show:
I added the wall behind The Hulk…
…a Batcave computer with blank screens
for other artists at the show to add their characters to (cool idea)…
…and an American flag for The Captain.
Hope to see some of you at the show!
We’ve been staying at a friend’s place looking after their–what else?–cats.
I’ve taken over their dining room and have been busy sketching chapter two of
Grant Morrison’s story, ‘The Dream of the Absent Cat’.
Now… I just have to piece these into an eight page layout with the lettering.
And draw it all full size, ink and colour it.
It’s a slow process… then I’ll have only 32 more pages to go.
I received an email from Dean that said, in part, ‘…based on the previous information you had provided me on how you would normally receive a cover image from Dave, I painstakingly went through the commission image that Dave had done (which Dean owns), and removed the tone and the tower in the hopes that you might be interested in redoing the piece as a colour, painted piece. Similar to how you would have done a cover back in the day…’
Here is the end result:
step 1: the original drawing by Dave
step 2: the image that Dean had created by removing all of the tone and backgrounds
step 3: my rough pencils around the Cerebus figure
step 4: my inks
step 5: my colouring
Here’s a GIF of the process:
In a lot of ways, it seems like it was just three days ago…
…not three decades.
Update… email from Dean:
‘So I added the logo, issn number and the price to the cover to 86.5…you know…cause I’m a geek.’
I could start a whole series of covers that depict what happened between issues…
…call it, ‘Cerebus: Between the Covers’…
Only 30 days until the Seattle show!
We’re at table L 11 in Artist Alley.
(Maple leaf marks the spot.)
Looking forward to a great show.
Oh… and I did a little drawing too…
a pencil portrait commission: