Video lecture by fantasy art master Charles Vess! Enjoy!
Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’
Every once in awhile, I kinda disappear and run off and do things that are not comics. This is one of them. Drawings, designs, and concept work for a magical “Barbie”-like project.
I’m not going to tell you what this project was. While it was released commercially, none of the drawings here were used in the final work, though some of the designs were reworked by other artists, and bits of my other illustrations are in the final product. You’ve probably never heard of this project. I’m not sure how well it is doing in the marketplace. Since it’s aimed at little girls, and I never really had a serious problem with the client, I’m not going to name them here. I’ll just show you my sketches and give you some background info.
It’s no great hardship for me to draw pretty people in pretty costumes, so this gig seemed like a good fit. Originally, I was just hired to do simple character drawings for a flat fee.
Unfortunately, the job developed what we call “Mission Creep”. The original specs of the assignment bloated, but the pay did not increase with the increase in responsibility. Single character drawings became primary and secondary character and costume design, set design, and limited animation. Usually, you get more pay for this sort of thing, but not on this job. On the one hand, I was excited and happy to be doing animation and primary concept work. On the other hand, the pay was pretty bad. Oh well, can’t have everything!
The client was very pleasant, but also very exacting. There were a lot of little changes. Since the work was paid by the piece, not by the hour, this meant almost every change or extension on the job meant more work for less and less hourly pay. While I liked the client and the job, the pay began to creep down to minimum wage. I’d love to have continued the job to the end, but it was financially disastrous.
I should have refused some of the assignments, but I think the pickings were slim back then. I would have advised any other artist to walk away, but I didn’t. I began to resent the gig, even though it was pleasant work.
In the end, the decision to leave the project was taken out of my hands when I got a horrible case of whooping cough, which went into pneumonia. The client had no choice but to find another artist, and I was relieved. I ended up getting much better work shortly thereafter.
At the time, a small team of artists were working on the project also, but for some reason, none of this team is credited on the final work. My small contributions are also uncredited. It appears that all of the artists were replaced and only one artist got credit for the job. I don’t have any personal knowledge of why this happened.
My contribution to the final work seems to be fairly small, so no skin off my nose.
Hope you enjoyed the sketches!
Some enterprising and clever fans recut the John Carter trailer. And it’s a lot better than the official trailer. I am so taking my dad to see this flick.
Nice Led Zeppelin riff.
New preview of the Disney film, which, I’m hearing, is pretty darned good. The preview looks a lot like one imagines from reading the Edgar Rice Burroughs books, and seeing old illustrations. I never expected anyone to make a film of this, frankly. Thought it was too dated. Then again, Disney managed to update Tarzan in a cartoon, and that was entertaining.
Of course, The Princess of Mars does not go about naked in the film, even though she is starkers but for jewelry in the novels.
TONIGHT: Weds., Oct. 19th
*The Wave in the Mind: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin*
Authors John Wray, N.K. Jemisin, Ellen Kushner, Michael Swanwick, and
moderator David G. Hartwell discuss Ursula K. Le Guin’s legacy from
the Earthsea books to her influence on today’s new writers.
Wine & booksigning after:
TOMORROW: Thursday October 20, 2011 #
05:30 pm – 10:30 pm
*EARTHSEA Marathon Group Read & Party!!!*
Some of New York City’s finest actors, writers and musicians will
gather at the Center to read the entire novel aloud in a marathon five-
hour event. Drop in to listen, enjoy some party food and wine…maybe
even to read a page or two yourself! It’s a party plus a reading, a
chance for people to get together and enjoy good company and the work
of a contemporary American author whose work transcends genre. The
list of readers – which includes John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the
Angry Inch), Dion Graham (The Wire) & Barbara Rosenblat (pretty much
every audiobook you’ve ever loved!) – and details are here:
# THIS EVENT will be STREAMED LIVE at http://www.centerforfiction.org
Both events are free and open to the public, though the Center puts
you on a special list if you RSVP via each event’s web page, and you
will be asked if you’d like to make a $5 donation when you arrive.
More information on the Le Guin Big Read events, which continue
through Oct. 26th: