Francis Bacon & William Burroughs.
William Burroughs and Tom Waits
Rough color flats for one of the rain scenes I’ve been talking about. One of the main advantages of doing it this way is that I can easily do different color holds on each piece, so that I can have a variety of colors but the lines were still done with ink by hand so they fit together, rather than doing some computer rain effect over the hand inked drawing.
The scanned version of the drawing I’ve been posting work in progress images of! Now I just have to letter and color it… And then do the other 27 panels… Be done in no time!
Hunter S. Thompson and Bob Dylan
So, this is actually the guy that the piece for which I’ve been posting drawings one at a time is about.
How the piece started was that, around three years ago when I was dating him, I wrote him a poem, because I do stupid things like that. I wisely never showed him the poem, because it wasn’t all that good. There were parts that I liked, but I never finished it to my satisfaction before things started to go sour. There were still certain parts and turns of phrase that I wanted to use, though, so when I was approached to do a short piece for the anthology of Robert Kirby’s Three, I thought that this might be the time to dust it off and try to finish it.
It was an interesting experience, though, trying to complete a piece that was about how you felt about somebody at a particular time when you no longer feel that way about them. I started to think about how you feel about something within a moment is very different than how the memory of that moment feels when you’re looking back on it in retrospect, and so part of the poem was about one set of reactions and part was about a different set, although they were about the same incident, and I couldn’t really write about it without writing about it from two different perspectives, and commenting on what I was doing. So I was writing about being in a moment, but from the perspective of when that moment was over, which seemed interesting to me in terms of some other things I wanted to do with making a comic that was more poetic, and trying to do a comic book equivalent of the achronological song structure of some of the songs in Blood on the Tracks.
So all these different ideas came together with a few other ideas I had about form in comics, and hopefully have formed (Or are forming) something that will bring some elements of collage and song writing together with comics in an interesting way, which I saw as a way to create the comics version of the poem I had done in the first place.
Or, you know, maybe I just am creating a pretentious mess.