11/20/06 02:10 pm
So that's my last page of ASS flatted and sent of to Jamie.
It's been a weird few months. As far and away my favourite comic on the shelves, produced by my favourite creative team, it's a bit of a head-fuck to go from having no connection to it whatever to hellping out on it in a matter of weeks. One wee thing twists, everything turns on it's head and suddenly you find yourself somewhere completely different to where you were five minutes ago.
There should be more Jamie Grants in the world. I've known the guy for a matter of months, but the level of trust he's given me is kind of humbling. He has a very similar view of interacting with people as I do. Listen more than talk. Judge people by what they do, not what they say. Give them a chance to show what they're capable of and make sure they get as much from the exchange as you do. Seems to work out for him.
I can't wait till I can see the insane magic Jamie wreaks on the pages I turned in. I've caught an unfinished glimpse and it's looking great.
Frank Quitely (aside from being such a nice, funny, familiar guy) is an insane drawing genius. That may not sound like anything new, but there's been no better way of me finding out I have everything left to learn about the craft than by working close up on his drawings. Having said that, the Digital Inking in ASS actually does no favours to his line at all.
You could get lost in a Quitely page for hours, your eyeballs pinballing around on all that bouncy negative space before being sliced into wafer on his knife-sharp pencil. They're the sort of drawings that make you a better artist for up to 48 hours since you last came into contact with them. And he makes it look so easy. That latest ASS cover (with Superman fighting Bizarro, chaos erupting all about) was drawn on a dog-eared piece of A4 printer paper. The next cover is even better, and I had the pleasure of being run through how it was built up. Though it's relatively new to him, his photoshop skill continues to mutate at a prodigious rate.
Film talk with Solid-Liquid continues to gather momentum. I won't be posting a synopsis on Barbelith of my main film idea, because I don't think it'd be a good idea for many different reasons, many of which have already been expressed by others in the documentary thread. I think I'll get back to this in another post, because I need to shower and baby-sit at the mo.