Happy Labor Day. Scared by the Bell is coming along. I’m doing about an hour of drawing per day (M-F). It’s crazy how long things take. But, once you do them, they last forever! I saw a post recently on Facebook by Jake Parker about getting work “finished” not “perfect.”
This was the video about “Finished, Not Perfect.”
SCARED BY THE BELL
You can see today I added some windows on the second floor just above the doors in the background. I started thinking about an aquarium level for the more sea-related monsters to swim or take a break. So, there’s a water/aquarium hallway. Then I had this big blank space on the left. And at first I thought of just having some more windows, but that’s kind of boring, so then I thought – well – there are all kinds of monsters here — why not a big one. I thought about Kaiju and King Kong. So, I looked up King Kong “door” and I came up with this:
So I figure there will be a giant beast, or a couple giant beasts behind a larger area of the school.
ARTIST OF THE DAY:
I’ve had the opportunity to meet him twice. I met him at Comic Arts LA last year, and then Emerald City Comic Con earlier this year. Very nice guy. I was first exposed to his work in the Brandon Graham reboot of Rob Liefield’s Prophet.
I mean, come on… the level of detail, creativity, imagination.
This bottom panel is a kind of Brandon Graham staple. The idea of a running catalog of items. In an interview he was asked about this and he said something to the effect of, whenever he read a Mike Mignola book, where Hellboy walks into a mystical library — he always wanted to know what were all those books!
As you can see, things are exposed and laid out in a way you can only do in comics. It’s the kind of info you’d get on a HUB Display or Inventory menu tab in a video game, but the action hasn’t been stopped. We’re still in the middle of a run with our character. A strange mix of exposition, detail, and action at the same time.
Farel’s work is heartbreaking, imaginative, and incredibly skilled. I definitely recommend checking out Island or any of Farel’s other works.