June 12, 2006

 

Spirit Salad, With A Side of Weing

A little bit of a image salad today ...

Occasionally I break out my Kitchen Sink Press reprints of Will Eisner's The Spirit comics and marvel at the artwork. I love the Spirit's "superhero costume": a baggy 1940's suit, a tied-on mask, and gloves that don't really look big enough to cover his huge mitts.

The ink studies below are from the 1949 story "Slow Boat to Shanghai". Lookit all those crazy wrinkles. Of course, this is my cruddy copy; the original art is much more lively and solid. The character to the right is Bulkhead, a Popeye-esque thug that appeared in the story.

To the right is a study from the wonderful work of Drew Weing, who often works in a classic "bigfoot"-influenced cartoon style. Check out his main site and his beautifully drawn series Set to Sea.

And the bottom two characters are strictly my doodles. Ho hum.

sketches

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