This one was inspired by the Greek myths of Scylla and Charybdis, a couple of sea monsters that lived on either side of a narrow strait. Ships that tried to avoid one would be caught and wrecked by the other. It’s available for sale. If you’re interested, email me.
Frank Frazetta painted Madame Derringer in 1976. I don’t know what medium he used for it, but I know he often painted in gouache, so that’s how I chose to do mine. Gouache is similar to watercolors, but unlike watercolors, you can choose to apply it in opaque layers if you want. I started with a pencil sketch, then I redrew it from scratch on watercolor paper with a few corrections and improvements. Next I applied a thin coloring of gouache, and built up the painting in thicker layers. I also removed paint for highlights using just water on the brush, and then dabbing the wet spots with a paper towel. I used a butcher’s pan to hold and mix my palette, but I forgot to put down a damp paper towel first to keep the paint from drying out, so I had to keep rewetting it. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and it was nice to spend time walking in a master’s shoes, trying to figure out how and why he made each choice.
As a kid, I spent hours at the library after school, reading art books and drawing my favorite scenes from comics. When it closed, I moved down the street to the pizza shop and kept drawing until my mom got home from work to pick me up.
In college I studied Fine Art, while working as a graphic designer, an assistant at the university’s art gallery, and publishing a daily comic strip in the school newspaper. I held down three jobs and I still couldn’t afford my art supplies. I switched my major to computer science so that I could earn enough money to support myself while making art. I kept drawing and painting on nights and weekends.
Twenty years have passed. I rediscovered comics and now that kid from the library really wants his chance to be a comic book artist. I’m working on my own book, filled with: time-traveling demons; endangered occupations like bookbinders, cobblers, and hand-tool-only woodworkers; locksport; aerial lyra and silks; graffiti writers; ancient writing systems; and everything else that fascinates me.