Last night I was able to get my son Gabe and his friend to sit still for an hour and draw with me. I did this pen and ink portrait of Gabe. He’d just eaten a half of a fresh habanero pepper. I excluded the rash on the right side of his face. Done first in pencil, then with Japanese brush pen, finished with a little gray maker. On bristol board.
My co-worker Burton who’s a collector of original comic art really encouraged me to go back to traditional media. I went by the art supply store this weekend and they had a sale on pens underway, so I picked up a replacement for the Japanese brush pen I loaned out to someone and never got back. Look close at the full size image of this and you can still see the pencil marks. This piece showcases two characters that have been in my head (and in my sketchbooks) for more than 20 years. I’m currently “auditioning” my characters past and present to see which one ( if any ) resonates enough for me to take it to a longer form. Man, this took several hours in one sitting. I really have a respect for artists like Chris Ware and Craig Thompson who put so much love and detail into their work. I’m sore! (Could also have something to do with 2 hours of tennis today…)