Spumco bigshot and Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi has started a blog, with the initial post being a sampling of some of the great caricatures that he cranks out based on the celebrity photos in gossip magazines. John goes beyond just posting the drawings, he explains his process in drawing them and what his decision making process and priorities are in the caricature process.
Naturally, John’s work attracts people with the finest taste in cartoons, so even a look into the comments section gets you links to Spumco fans with their own great work professional and otherwise, plus more comments from John.
John was one of a bunch of artists with sketchbook pages in the Meathaus GO FOR THE GOLD sketchbook anthology that came out last year, and is always available to buy here.
Another fine Meathaus secret society member is the talented Mr. Shaw. His work has graced the pages of Meathaus for many issues now after he was initiated back in the Brooklyn days. Publishing many comics and now branching into the illustration world, Dash’s work deserves a fine looking over with peeled eyes and you can get all you need through his website. Dash also plays in a band of the same name as one of his comics, Love Eats Brains.
Here is a really cool piece from a Playboy Magazine about the ultimate urban gentleman’s townhouse from many years ago. Speaking of Playboy, James Jean has done several illustrations for their magazine, and in a similar vein, Zach has done several illustrations for Penthouse.
As mentioned in an earlier post, James Jean has been attending figure drawing workshops regularly and posting some of the studies on his blog, Process Recess. I have joined in two out of the last three weeks and had a great time getting back into drawing the models. The first week was rough, but this past week I came away with a few drawings that I liked. Posted here are three poses with my black and white drawing on the left, and James’ color painting on the right.
(Shorter pose, not actually the same pose, but similar.)
Coming directly from work, I have just been drawing in my regular sized sketchbook that I always have with me with pens, pencils and Sumi Ink. Not like the old school days when it was a full sized pad of newsprint and China markers. While it has been fun, I think it is time to bump it back up to the full sized pad. The last two weeks James has broken out his acrylics and large pad to experiment with the media, and produced some really cool results.
So as I was looking over James’ paintings I realized it would be really interesting for me to compare our work on the same poses, to see how our approaches differed and see what we each concentrated on the most. This week was especially fun for me to put them side by side because he was working with colors and shapes and I was using a mostly linear approach. I’m looking forward to more next week.
Brandon and Keith Graham are brothers from the same mother, and share a love of making art, comics, etc. You can see more from them both on their website The Brothers Graham. Keith has awesome comics in Meathaus 7 and the upcoming issue 8.
Brandon lives for comics. Jeff Mason’s Alternative Comics recently published a great book of Brandon’s called Escalator which is the best place to start for an All-American sized serving of B.G. comics.
Besides his Meathaus and Alternative Comics work, Brandon art can be found updated regularly at hisDeviant Art page. Brandon also has a huge upcoming series from Tokyopop.
He’s sort of like the other power-duo of art dudes involved in Meathaus, like your Thomas Herpich/ Peter Herpich, Tomer Hanuka/ Asaf Hanuka, Brandon Graham/ Keith Graham types, except that he’s just himself, Mr. Zachary Flagg Baldus or Zachary Flagg or Zachary Baldus or whatever. No matter how you slice it he is a cool dude, world traveller and illustrator/ painter extraordinaire. Visit Zach’s website here.
Kenichi draws and paints mysterious things with mastery, check out his website. You can also see his comic from Meathaus 7 there, sketchbooks, a poster collaboration with James Jean, and more. James and Kenichi also have famously collaborated on Polite Winter, a visual conversation that bounces bi-coastally between the two.
Becky is a comics monster! Fresh back from some adventures around the globe, she is probably doing what she does best right now, making more comics. She’s got too many projects to list here, but her recently new site has them all laid out real nice so you can begin to appreciate the volume of fine pages she’s been cranking out. In Meathaus for many years, Becky has once again served up some fresh pages for the upcoming issue 8, “Head Games”, which she previews on her website. While you’re there, check out her other pals work at Estrigious.