Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Stuff

Self portrait of Steve Ditko asleep at drawing...Image via Wikipedia

Steve Ditko-the name conjures up teen-aged nerds crawling up walls;mystic masters of the supernatural;bizarre mindscapes;otherworldly dimensions and creatures-not to mention a world of stark black and white philosophies...

But for this entry it conjures up the cover of a fanzine devoted to the legendary artist: Ditkomania!

I was asked for a commission that would also be used for an upcoming ish of the fanzine-knowing my love of all things Ditko and horror,i was asked to do a cover design that evoked the work he did for the Warren magazines CREEPY and EERIE (in my humble opinion, some of the best work he ever did!) -in this case, specifically, a story called "Collector's Edition" - a great little tale drawn by Mr. Ditko and written by the great Archie Goodwin.


Here we have some of the steps i went thru...




after deciding on a concept (which i ultimately did not use) i began pencilling it out...





I was inking the piece when it started to bother me-it didn't feel eerie (or creepy) enough for Ditko- too average -so i decided on adapting a panel from the story and elaborating on it...





I used the characters and creatures from the Warren story (and a few others) in a montage-building it around the neat storytelling device he used of the obsessive collector's eyes in a separate panel (i won't spoil the tale for you-track it down!)






After pencilling i began the inkline- i usually add a wash nowadays, but Mr. Ditko used a cross hatching style this time so i tried to follow that idea...




It has a different feel than my other recent work but i rather like how it came out-all those lines are a bitch but the mood still comes thru as planned- hope you like it...


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6 comments:

Brian said...

Wow! Great job Neal.

Brian.

Neil D Vokes said...

many thanks-it's one of my own favorite pieces now- i have so few - lol

dribbs said...

Bloody Awesome, Neil, it's got everything a Ditko fan could ask for and more

HartCactus said...

TOP NOTCH STUFF!!!

HemlockMan said...

If you auction that, let me know!

Neil D Vokes said...

no auction-this was done as a commission as i mention in the post-sorry-but I'm available for a new one-just ask...;o)