Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Michael Cho Makes me Drool...

...over his artwork, of course! Dang this guy's great.

I met Michael at the Toronto Comicon... or rather, after the comicon at dinner. He gave me some great tips for colourizing linework in photoshop. Anyway, his work is gorgeous! Here's a few from his blog, which I suggest you check out at http://chodrawings.blogspot.com/.

Ain't it sweet! Wow! Thanks for the inspiration, Michael! From the looks of these, they're old school analog art... on real paper with real inks. Designing like this for two colours is a neat trick that I'd really like to learn. Somehow it seems way harder than full colour. Michael makes it so the two colours are interdependent. The image would be incomplete without one or the other. Takes more planning, I would think. I make my drawings as black and white images and then the colours are usually an afterthought. Minimizes the amount of thinking I have to do, which is usually a good strategy for me. ;)

I think it's like black and white photography, which removes the distraction of piles of colours all over the place and lets you pay more attention to the character of the subject... and the composition becomes more apparent. Anyone else have any thoughts on the matter?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Paul McCusker in Paradise

One of my favorite things about exhibiting at the Toronto Paradise Comicon is meeting and learning from all the amazing artists you find there. Last year I met Paul McCusker, a bearded comics and illustration veteran and really neat guy. I absolutely love his work. He's incredibly talented with a variety of mediums and styles. I bought this book called Rodent Noir, and it is jam packed full of art lessons. Paul, thanks a bunch. Of all the incredible artists that were there, you left the biggest impression on me. Looking forward to meeting you again!

I wish I had a website address to refer you to Paul's other work but you can come to the Paradise comicon next year and you'll see his work and be duly awed. (If anyone out there has a link to Paul's site please send it to me and I'll post it here.)