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Misdirected Inspiration

So, a couple of nights ago, I had insomnia.  I have insomnia quite a bit, I'm afraid.  And I'm not even a night person.  Nope, I'm of the dreaded few, a morning person.  Often, it is good things that keep me awake... like musing on art.  

I will turn and toss a piece of art around in my mind, bringing in colors and design elements, switching camera angle and thinking about setting and mediums.  Inspiration can really keep me up nights.  

The other day, I got a facebook message from Matt Forbeck, a great game designer and all around cool guy, about his new Kickstart project called Shotguns and Sorcery.  Stupidly, I didn't go the project website or do any research.  I was going to do that the next day as when I read the message, I was almost done for the working day.  So.  I went to bed with Matt's Shotguns and Sorcery title kicking around in my noggin and awoke at 3 in the morning.

And I came up with an image, the sketch below, which I thought was kinda cool.  I manage to fall asleep for a bit, waking again at 7ish and went straight to the drawing board to jot down what I had worked out in my mind.  I quickly scanned it in, jotted a few notes in photoshop and sent it to Matt.   Problem is, it is TOTALLY wrong for Shotguns and Sorcery.  Shotguns and Sorcery isn't a western-fantasy mash up, it is a Noir-Fantasy mashup.  I should have read the site.  But still, I like the sketch.  Glad I did it.  Maybe somewhere down the road a project might find a place for it to live.  

And I thought y'all might like to see a quickie preliminary cover idea sketched out, along with how I think about stuff written in the margins.   And get a chuckle out of my knuckle headedness.  

Here is a link to Matt Forbeck's project:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/forbeck/12-for-12-20-shotguns-and-sorcery-novels

And here is my erroneous sketch: 

Also, on a different tact, another superhero (or villain, not sure, didn't get that distinction in the art direction) for long time patron Death Tribble.  Pencils were done over a couple of our "working lunches".  Ethan Young and Steve Ellis are both local artists who've I've been hanging out with quite a bit.  I did working lunch in quotations because, 1) we go a lot longer than lunch, 4-5 hours.  2)  We actually get a lot done.  It is almost like working in an old 30s-40s studio situation.  So nice to have another couple of eyes looking at your work.  The camaraderie is really nice and keeps one motivated.  And we learn a lot from each other.  I think we will be doing a lot more of it in the future.

Now, I just have to finish the 4-6 sketches that need to go to finishes!

Here is Supersuit:

See y'all in a few!


Feb. 17th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Western and fantasy is such a great mashup though!

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