I didn’t think it was fair that I haven’t shown you much of the creative stuff I’ve done the last few days – some of it is just not in a state to show to the public (heh – more on that later), ambulance and this weekend was my my adorable nephew’s birthday and also mine, so it was kind of busy.
Below you are looking at my new portrait, “Loretta Lynn, Vampire Hunter”. WHY HAS NO ONE PURSUED THIS OBVIOUS CREATIVE AVENUE YET??? you loudly ask. Dude, I know, right? I am delighted with this concept and if you steal it I will cut you. (Unless you’re Loretta Lynn and you decide to take up hunting vampires, of course. Duh.)
That said, I would say the main thing I learned from this drawing is how terrible drawings are made. When The Twitter told me to have 30 days of creativity I decided to take it as an opportunity to fail in public*, and I continue to work toward that noble goal. I wouldn’t say this is my proudest creative moment, but there are upsides. I have a much better understanding of how Jack Chick comics come into being, for example. (Well, maybe there’s a little more to it than just terrible artwork…) I’m pretty pleased with the likeness, though, although I’m startled by how manga she looks. Also, I’m not sure what she’s doing with Thor’s hammer – maybe a limited edition mini-series with deluxe holographic cover will tell us one day**.
I learned that I kinda suck with a brush, or at least a brush pen. I’m not sure whether I would suck more or less with a real brush. I learned that not having drawn anything remotely comic book-y for 20 years has left me rusty – when I was in high school I could have done this in an hour (it took about two and a half hours for me this time, not including futzing around in photoshop because the original wasn’t even presentable for failing in public). But back then the likeness would have been – well, I would never, ever have tried that. And since some of my very favorite comic artists were some of the Mad Magazine caricaturists, I’m gonna go ahead and be pleased with myself that, at least to me, who has spent the last two days staring at different versions of Loretta Lynn, this is a pretty decent likeness. I also learned that, having not drawn from inside my head for a very long time, I have completely lost the habit of making sure all the shadows match up. Artists will know what I’m talking about and non-artists – that’s why you’re getting that weird feeling that it’s not right but you’re not sure why.
Lastly, in case you’re wondering what the hell Loretta is wearing, this is the vampire hunting version of the dress she wore on the cover of Van Lear Rose. Check it out - talk about secretly racy! If that isn’t a vampire hunting costume waiting to happen I don’t know what is.
* by my standards
** nerd humor