johann revision

a work in progress of my character. I took in all the great advice ive been getting, tried a bunch of stuff, failed a bunch of times, and heres where we are right now. Wisdom of the elders would be appreciated

1 comment:

Marcelo Vignali said...


You asked for some advice, so I'll chip in.

I don't think you have a problem with your drawing, or your rendering/painting of the character. But, having said that, I'm not sure what I'm looking at. What's the idea?

Think of some of your favorite artists. Frank Frazetta comes to my mind. In a single image, he can tell a whole story. Sometimes he does it in the character's design -- he tells us who that person is. Sometimes he does it with a setting, or he can do it with the way the character moves.

Most people think Frank is an artist, some call him an illustrator or comic book artist, but to me Frank Frazetta is a storyteller of fresh visual ideas. (Of course nowadays, some of what he does seems old, but he was the first to put it all together.)

When I look at your image, I see a lot of technique, but not a lot of story. If you spent some exploratory time trying to figure out who your character is, then your audience would feel as though they know the character.

Don't let your good technique and your good draftsmanship cause you to overlook finding that "good idea."

A good idea sketched on a napkin is better than a bad idea rendered on a Cintique.

(You know I love you Gino! I just wanna see you get better and better.)