Sketchbooks

Wally Wood's 22 panels that always work

I did a little composition exercise recently.  There is a legendary reference sheet for graphic novel and comic artists called "Wally Wood's 22 panels that always work".  Evidently it was developed to help artists new to the demands of sequential art cope with conversation-heavy scripts.  Another title for this might be, "how to keep things visually interesting when nothing's happening".  You can see a printout of the original sticking out on the right.
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Saints/Sinners project

 These sketches are the beginnings of a series of long vertical pieces built on the theme of saints/sinners.  This client is a Catholic parish, St. Mary Magdalene in Kentwood, MI.  They are rebuilding after a devastating fire in 2012. I've had some interesting challenges trying to understand and interpret the variations between Lutheran and Catholic assumptions.  I hope to find some common ground in these illustrations of the lives of ordinary people that God used in extraordinary ways.  Much work to come on this project in the next month.

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Wanda sketches part 3

These Wanda Gag sketches are based on Renaissance and Baroque poses.  After our recent meeting, it's been agreed that Wanda will be depicted as an adult with her trademark bob haircut.  It also seems like she'll be barefoot.  Cats too...

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Wanda sketch 2

Concept for Wanda Gag Sculpture.  This drawing, based on a photo of Wanda, provides a point for discussion.  It's often easier to talk about ideas when there is an image for reference.  
I fully expect the direction of this project to grow and change.  Historical accuracy, interaction with viewers and artistic integrity will all need to be balanced by the varied voices involved.  And that's all in view of a project that may or may not actually come to fruition.  

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Lenticular models from Design Fugitives!

I'm considering the possibility of doing a lenticular image as an anniversary piece for New Life Lutheran, Shoreview, MN.  A lenticular image is really multiple images sliced up and aimed in different directions.  When the viewer's point of view changes, a different image reveals itself.  I would like to present the theme of new life by greeting visitors and members walking in the door with an image of a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.  The flip side, seen as one leaves the sanctuary and walks toward the door, would be an image of Jesus.  Combining multiple images suggests a connection between them.  I hope this would become an enduring visual metaphor of our new life in Christ. 
Thanks to Design Fugitives in Milwaukee for the 3D models.  They made a few more, but these get the lenticular idea across.  Check out their awesome products and processes at designfugitives.com

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Conceptual work

   This post contains conceptual sketches for a variety of upcoming projects.  These projects are just getting started.    At this point in the process, there's a lot of "what if" and gathering of possibilities.  Anything could happen and that's frankly a little exhausting.
    You should have no illusions about me as an artist...I generally know very little about the final product when I'm starting to think about it.  It's almost as if I discover the artwork through exploration.  This is in contrast to the popular image of an artist who sees the final product in his mind's eye and charges forward with irresistible willpower.  
   Those early ideas are almost always the most cliche approaches in the history of a developing project, but without them I have nothing to climb on.  An early idea becomes something I can react against.  I can bend and adjust those feeble beginnings and start to get some traction.  Somehow, there's more brainpower available after the first ideas are on paper.  Each successive stage offers another opportunity for improvement, much like a writer submitting drafts and revising according to an editor's suggestions.  The biggest decisions seem to happen early and they seem to require the most effort.  Later on there are still exciting twists, but they are not so difficult to discover.  
    Sometimes I'm shocked when I look back at the very first concept sketches for a project after it is finished.  I tend to forget my early, often strongly felt, ideas.  The path is rarely a predictable one.  Part of the reason for posting my works in progress is to archive my meandering developments.  It's also a friendly invitation to those interested in creative processes...
    So here I am at some beginnings.  I suspect that there is much to be discovered in these projects.  However, for now I feel a little awkward, aimless, unsure of the outcome.   I'm looking into a fog.  The sureness comes later.  I suppose that's the nature of exploration.  Adventure is out there!

Baptism concept
Thoughts on Baptism.

Searching for Mary Magdalene by drawing from classic sculptures.
Geometric interpretation of "Sunrise"
Some layout ideas for
"Saint and Sinner" illustrations.
Beginnings of a "Saint and Sinner" series.
Gathering ideas for
Wanda Gag project.
Early thoughts on
Spark and Echo project.
Concepts for New Life project.

Musing on giant portraits in German Park.
Figure study for
 Wanda Gag project.
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