• Heroes Aren't Hard To Find 8y

    Hey, Mr. Big Shot Writer--have you ever thought about doing a how-to book? I don't mean like a Walter Lantz-type all-art-is-just-shapes thing--I mean a "this is how to place blacks" and "how to control a reader's eye", and "how to use your brush as more than an outliner". I'd sure buy it.
  • doctor_vince 8y

    No Paul, No! Don't give up your secrets! Once you start down that path you'll be over-analyzing everything... your composition, panel construction, inks... and after a while the only thing we'll see from you is postcards full of densely packed hand-written screeds, and everyone will be saying "Well, he was so great... I just wish he'd draw something new!" We don't need another Alex. :-)

    Sweet drawing, BTW.
  • marco pedrana 8y

    cool attitude... i'm a fan of the original movie and this is indeed a slippery and strong character altogether
  • ernest.borg9 8y

    haha, I tend to agree with Dr. Vince. "Too busy staying alive..."

    I love his fake nose. What a weird, malevolent story. Would you necessarily go nuts if you were the Invisible Man?

    The original is about 18 inches tall BTW.
  • Christopher Hunt 8y

    I think I would go crazy if I didn't have coffee, so by my assesment, your Invisible Man is JUST fine.
  • Jams 8y

    Know what? I think this is just about my fave pic of yours ever.
  • Nick Derington 8y

    Invisible Man drinks tea, not coffee. He'll kill you for that very mistake in fact.
  • Christopher Hunt 8y

    Well then he MUST be crazy if he thinks he can take me down...'cause...I...well actually, yeah he'll prob'ly kill me.
  • Robert Syrett 8y

    I hope it wouldn't be over-analyzing or secret-beaking to share how you digitize something 18" tall. Do you have a large and expensive scanner or perhaps you photograph?
  • NukiD Comics 8y

    hahha yeah, man. this must be an huge file.

    is this draw all in brushes?

    really great.
  • ernest.borg9 8y

    All brushes...I believe I used a 000 and a 1, my usual tools.

    It's easy to scan a big thing on any scanner and recompose it in photoshop-- look it up in the manual (or get photoshop)...I have a large and expensive12x18 flatbed and use it every day-- and I still have to cut&paste my originals.

    Photographing is preferred for B&W but then again I'm an analogue purist. It's hard to find shops that can shoot with a large format camera these days.
  • Christopher Hunt 8y

    You can also make use of large format scanners at places like Kinkos, though the pricing tends to fluctuate, and to a point Mr. Borg9 made, you have to be sure the thing is clean.
  • Heroes Aren't Hard To Find 8y

    While I can see the point of "making art is better than talking about it", I can't agree with "we don't need another Alex Toth". Craziness! Just imagine if Toth had sat down and authored a tome on cartooning: instead, he dribbled his knowledge out in letters and rants. The more I say it, the more I suspect there's a Toth how-to book out there somewhere, but if so I've never seen it.

    Besides, in this age of blogging, there's no real need to do it in print, is there? Though it lacks the comforting joy of turning pages and smelling ink on paper, a blog could be a nice container for didactics until there's enough there to warrant publication. And then: money!
  • marco pedrana 8y

    i think that the old books about storytelling and black and white art, and between them the less personal and more technical ones, like the ones from Hogart and others, cover pretty much all what there is need to know.

    and even there they are to be taken parsimoniously.

    what there is to be liked or loved in any artist' work is part workmanship (and that, in this medium is largely the same for all the authors) and personality, character, and this one is not to be borrowed: at each his own, else where would it be the fun?
  • doctor_vince 8y

    Re: heroesonline - Let me say I'm a big fan of good comic shops, and I have heard that Heroes Aren't Hard to Find is one of the best. I look forward to visiting one day.

    Please note that when saying we "don't need another Alex," I was making subtle reference to Darwyn Cooke's tribute comic The Alex. I did this because I don't intend to directly criticize Mr. Toth for any of the choices he made during his career. I only wish that the artwork which so many of us found inspiring had been a greater source of joy for him. I think I have every book and magazine article about Alex Toth published since the late 70s, and for all of that, I've learned much more by studying the art in his comics.

    I guess that's my main point: "Mr. Borg9's" work speaks for itself, and the large size scans he 'publishes' here are the best classroom for any student of the inky arts. I don't want him to slow down and explain it to me, even for a second! :-)
  • Heroes Aren't Hard To Find 8y

    Oh, it's cool, baby. Maybe I'm just lazy--but for instance, in the invisible man drawing, I wouldn't mind hearing the thought process behind some of those choices. Where I can benefit from hearing someone like Pope talk is in all the stuff someone else isn't saying already. Example--this dude uses black more freely and effectively than most cartoonists, certainly mainstream superhero cartoonists. I'm terrible at the same thing--it's not easy to place blacks properly not only in terms of lighting, but composition, mood, all that stuff that makes Pope's stuff live in some were-world between cartooning and painting.

    And come on--the guy likes to write. Made in the shade!

    By the way--thanks for the good word! We love you, too!
  • Ricardo Venâncio 8y

    Kinda reminds me of Jacques Tardi's stuff...

    Love it!
  • Dave Chiisholm 8y

    the pinky on the cup is perfect.
    great personality.
    i love your work!

  • Fernando León 7y

  • Mitch 7y

    good gravy this is beautiful! saw it on ffffound there
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