I am sorry to say that this sketch has been on the shelf for a while. Grace and I worked on it earlier in the year … and its some of her best work … but, for some reason, it didn’t make it onto the blog.
This is our take on characters from two incredible webcomics:
Grace and I decided to celebrate America’s birthday by drawing Tom Scioli’s new character, American Barbarian. Grace’s quote of the session was, “This dude should be Captain America’s brother with that hair!” What American Barbarian IS all about is Tom Scioli’s postapocalyptic loveletter to Jack Kirby, Thundarr the Barbarian, 80s/90s Nintendo games and He-Man … which, for me, is an intoxicating mash-up. Check out the comic as Tom draws it at AmBarb.com
I first saw Tom’s work on Godland with Joe Casey and have followed him since, really digging his Xeric Award-wining solo project, “The Myth of 8-Opus.”
I’ve had the good fortune to meet Tom several times at HeroesCon, and he’s always been nice to me and to Grace and extremely enthusiastic about his work. Check him out!
P.S. I really like Grace’s nose here (shades of Grace’s love of Maris Wick), but we did have a chat that his legs should at least be longer than his … ahem … loincloth.
One of our favorite aspects of HeroesCon in Charlotte this year was the fact that a bunch of our favorite artists – Stephanie Buscema, Joel Carroll, Mike Maihack, Dean Trippe and Jordan Gibson – were all teamed up in one area. An artist we didn’t know on their row was Jason Horn, creator of the Ninjasaur webcomic and super nice guy. Here’s his site!
We bought the latest book, Ninjasaus Vs. Dr. Deadbones, and had a ball with it. And, perfect for aspiring artists leaning their craft, was a how-to on drawing Ninjasaur with shapes. See below and draw!