Friday, January 09, 2009
The Xbox Post
Congratulations to me. With this post (the one you're reading right now), we've hit 360 total posts on When Pigs Fly Returns, which is far more than the original blog (When Pigs Fly) tallied. I plan to celebrate by posting long-lost comics from that blog, perhaps unseen by my current reader pool. I had dreams of being a comic artist one day, but it never lasted. The process was too tedious for me, although honestly, I was using pencils and Micron Pigma pens, so the process was also extremely long. Now that I have access to digital media, I may pick it back up. At any rate, I got a new book in the mail yesterday (see picture above). Another secret passion of mine is to become really good at drawing pin-up girls. No doubt influenced by Frank Cho and Playmates from the 50's and 60's, it's always been my intention to capture that "pin-up" look to my female characters. I was unconciously trying to achieve this with Selena Isley, but in order to really become good at this, I should probably study the masters: Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, and to a lesser extent, Olivia De Berardinis.
I stupidly passed up an Elvgren collection a few months ago because the pictures were often small and shrunken so that multiple images could be collected on a single page, but it seems now to be out-of-print, and it's the only Elvgren book I've ever seen, before or since. I'll have to find it at Title Wave, our local enormous used bookstore. There's a De Berardinis collection at Barnes & Nobel, but it's something like $60, so I'll have to save up for it for a little while.
People, but women more specifically, are freaking hard to draw, as I've lamented before. As somebody so used to drawing animals with horizontal frames and four legs, human anatomy baffles me. Specifically the construction of the human pelvis, and the musculature surrounding it, is endlessly frustrating. But my theory is this: I became relatively good at drawing prehistoric creatures through sheer determination and never having a lack of reference material. I hope to achieve the same level of mediocrity for human females.