Friday, January 30, 2009

Old, OLD work. Part Two

Okay. These were found along with the last batch but not dated. I am guessing that they are from '89 -'91. I know that they were all done before moving to Florida back in '92. First up is Captain Marvel. I had bought the old Republic Pictures movie serial and LOVED it! I then found out that the original artist (the late, great C.C. Beck) modeled the good captains face on Fred McMurry at first. For those of you who don't know, he played the dad on My Three Sons and was in the original Flubber movie. Anyway, here is my unfinished Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!).

Next is when I first really became a fan of Kirby's Fourth World series. I think DC had reprinted them around the time and I fell in love. I still love these characters and recently re-read them. Maybe time for a new pic. Hmmmmm.... . But I digress. There is more of a 70's John Byrne influence on hand here mixed with the still present Perez look. Well, maybe not but I thought it looked it at the time!

This one might be a bit random. Magnus, Robot Fighter. Cool name. I don't really know much about the character except that he has been around for quite some time and some significant people in the comic industry have worked on him. Well an offshoot company (Valient???) tried to revive him and Bob Layton drew some amazing covers that blew me away. Unfortunately I could not get over the fact that this kick-ass, robot-fighting, classic character is wearing a skirt!! Added to that, I suck at drawing cool looking robots and mine looks like he killed Bender from Futureama!

Lastly, I have the Rocketeer. I loved this comic and I loved the movie. I also had the good fortune of actually meeting Dave Stevens. He was at some odd horror movie convention at a college campus in New Jersey and my friend and I noticed his name on the sign out front while driving by. We immediately parked, payed and went in. Nobody knew who he was. Turns out Dave must have been a fan of these old B-movie actors because when we found him, he showed me his newly signed autographed picture of someone that I still don't know! He was beaming like a kid and was sharing with me like I had known him for years! He graciously signed some stuff for me including a litho of the Rocketeer that still hangs framed above my desk. When he passed away last year I was deeply saddened. I can never compete with Dave's lush art but I still like this drawing.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Old, OLD work. Part One

So I was cleaning my office at home and stumbled upon one of my earliest sketchbooks from the mid-80's. Before that I used a lined, 5-subject notebook! I still have that somewhere too. Anyway, I scanned a few "gems" from said sketchbook and decided it would be fun to share. Some of my old friends may even remember them as I was SO proud of each of these at one point. They are all of comic characters since that was still my goal at the time. Before I found out you had to draw EVERYTHING in the comic including garbage cans and lamp posts and such.

First up is the Elongated Man. You ever hear of him?? Anyway, they tried giving him a modern costume in the '80's but really, it was purple and white! I can still remember drawing this in my bed really late at night and then waking up early in the morning and finishing before anyone else woke up. Why would I remember that???

Next up is the Spectre! A real classic and still pretty cool. I was riding a high on him after Crisis on Infinite Earths! You may even notice the incredibly strong George Perez influence. I have a doozie of a story about him, by the way. But that is good for another blog.

Last for today is Aqualad!! Now, Aquaman is the butt of many jokes so the fact that I decided to render his version of Robin is funny! Really tho, the Teen Titans were riding high at the time and he was a founding member. I even tried my hand at an underwater backdrop here!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mighty Mouse revisited

Just a quickie re-do, or more exactly, a re-tinkered piece. I reworked some of the color in my Mighty Mouse pic and touched up some minor points. I then found a couple of actual model sheets from way back when and spliced them together with a new texture. I think it looks so much better from when I originally posted this but that's just my humble opinion. And it's my blog, so there! Makes a cool desktop too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year, ...Old Work

Well the new year came in without a hitch in the Pinto household. Christmas is coming down, the house and attic are getting purged and talks have begun about how to spend my precious little time off. I wish I had something new and exciting to show off here but I don't. Not that I have been idle, but my friend Tim Rogerson and I have been kicking an idea around for some time now and we have been doing doodles and such for it but we have not finalized a forum of how to show it yet. It might even get it's own blog where we trade off who posts to it. Maybe we will get others involved with it too. It's an idea that we are very excited about and believe it has potential!! So for now, I have more t-shirt designs that I have done. Enjoy!