Thursday, April 28, 2011

Here's the finished pencils for the Hellboy pin-up

These pencils came out pretty well, if I say so myself. Compare to the layout I posted earlier to see how important it is for an artist to have a decent roadmap to use in completing a drawing. There are times when a drawing just flows, and then there are times when you just fight the piece, maybe even starting over in frustration. In my personal experience, I do better in the pencil stage when an editor does not ask for figure changes on a sketch or layout. "Turn the head to the left," or "tilt the torso backwards just a bit" comments always mess with my head. What may be small adjustments often will throw off the whole figure to me, and if I attempt my finishes from the original sketch and just "turn the head to the left," I get into trouble! In many ways, I enjoy doing interior pages more because no layouts need to be submitted for approvals, as they do with covers.

One of my weaknesses is a desire to jump to the finish stage prematurely, such as beginning to ink before the whole drawing is down on the board. But then, I like venturing into scary territory on paper, as I like inking from a bunch of scribbles to "find" the drawing.

Hellboy is copyright and trademark 2011 by Mike Mignola


Craig Zablo said...

Yeah, I'd definitely read Hellboy drawn by you. Well done!

Tomás said...

Hi Jerry
I love an story with Mignola on scripts and you on the drawing.

OkayComics said...

Thanks for the comments. I did have fun with this pin-up, and I'm a bit peeved that it was never used. I don't really know what happened, whether Al Gordon ever inked it, or why it never got used. Anyone have Mike Mignola's email address? Best,JER