Sketch Surgery 101


From time to time I get a request to take a sketch by another artist.

Sometimes it’s something as simple as just re-inking certain areas of the sketch that have faded over time and doing a quick clean up of line work that has also faded.

This is usually requested over sketches by artists’ that I have inked before. In this case, the piece was a quick sketch of Batman by my friend and collaborator on numerous Batman projects, Kelley Jones!

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Hellboy, Batman and Toppi

Hellboy, Batman, Commission, Ink

I was commissioned to do a piece featuring “Hellboy and Batman” some time ago.

Actually … I had a layout done fairly quick and was ready to go to ink on it.

- However …

Something just didn’t ‘click’ for me, so I set it aside and thot about it some more. During this time I tried once more to save the first layout by changing some things that I didn’t like on the first one.

But it wasn’t to be … I still didn’t think the piece was “right.”

Last week, I was looking thru some of my books that have artwork done by Sergio Toppi … I love his work immensely!

I usually wake up very early in the morning, and while not remembering what day it was, I saw in my mind the image that I completed above. Somehow, the study had sunk into my head and showed me a layout that would work and be well designed at the same time!

- Not often does this happen, but I’m pleased with this final piece.

Hat tip, Sergio Toppi for his wonderful art and design inspiration!

- John

*UPDATE: 10-18-2014*
Just found this interview with Sergio Toppi from 09-11-2008. Read it at, The Sardinian Connection

Back From the ‘Burgh!

Actually, I was ‘back’ home, here in beautiful downtown Holly Hill, Florida on Monday.

Actually, I was trying to get this posted yesterday, but spent time with family, and then on business. There are always old and new things that need to be taken care of after returning from a convention. So it goes …
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