Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Illustration Friday: "Flight"
Muta Slays Another, 2005 • Graphite and Pentel Brush Pen
Just like my man Troy, this was an opportunity to mess with shading, and bring some volume to stuff I usually rock in a flat way. I'm also trying to get the thick/thin line quality going. I'm really digging the Pentel Brush Pen, it's quite reliable. The reference for this piece can be found here. It's the Great Muta (aka Keiji Mutoh) attempting a moonsault on the late (and also great) Eddie Gilbert. It's like I'm in grade 5 again, and everyhing reminds me of wrestling, including this week's topic. I think the actual blame lies with Jaime Hernandez's Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories, which I've been reading at home for more than a week. My love affair with Jaime's work first came about with Whoa, Nellie!, but until I read Locas, I didn't realize just how big a part wrestling played in his Love and Rockets stuff. I just finished it last night, and I'm gonna start it again. There's so many subtle things in his work.
For kicks, here's a similarly-themed piece that I did almost two years ago:
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EDIT: In the Muta illustration, I forgot to mention that Guy Burwell's use of foreshortening was a big influence on me, too.