Sketchbooks 2014

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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