Monday, March 06, 2006

Kirby is King!

I really love the art of Jack Kirby. I've spent years studying his work, and have never grown tired of looking at it. It's just so unique and powerful. One of the nice things that's happened since his death is the amount of scholarship and care being put into maintaining his legacy. There are many sources online and in print of great Kirby art and information. For me, like countless other fans, the benefit of it all has been seeing some the wonderful rare work he left behind, like photocopies of his original pencil art or personal drawings and self-rejected pages.

Here are some Jack Kirby pencil drawings that were scanned in from magazine sources and then printed out and inked by me. I am in no way pretending that I can ink Kirby as well some of his inkers like Mike Royer or Joe Sinnott -- I was just having fun inking some drawings by the master and trying to learn what I could. I kind of view inking a Kirby drawing like doing the adult, professional equivalent of colouring a colouring book -- a fun diversion for an afternoon and pretty much foolproof as long as you stay within the lines.

Thanks always to Jack Kirby, who left behind such a rich resource of material for future students to learn from.


RLS said...

Awesome job. Those inks look as slick as Sinnott.
Sorry, couldn't pass up the alliteration.

Jeremy Mace said...

Kirby is King, but Cho is a prince! These are awesome - I have Captain America Essentials where his stuff is all in black and white and it is killer. I just finished reading some of the New Gods stuff which blows me away. We owe alot to the King and I hope that this next generation of comic fans will seek out his work and he will get the respect he deserves. Thanks for the post - How can you go wrong with Kirby pencils?

Mr. Walters said...

Great work on the inks! Kirby was a freakin' dynamo, and we may never see another like him again. He truly understood the medium and his character designs are truly inspirational.

logan's runner said...

Wow dude, did you freehand those!?


Rich Faber said...

Hi Michael,

I've been admiring your work on this blog for a few months now, but decided to finally speak up. You did a great job on the inks over Kirby! I really dig your linework, and you've definitely captured the Kirby/Sinnott style.

I was intrigued by this post, as I've been working for the past several months on a cartoon for Adult Swim, called MinoriTeam. In my capacity as one of the Illustrators on the show, I have to rework the pencils I'm given, and in my inks I'm supposed to emulate the Kirby/Sinnott style. It's really a lot of fun, and I know exacly why you're enjoying inking this stuff too!

Aside from this work, I also enjoy your illustrations. Keep up the nice work! Looking forward to seeing more!


m cho said...

Thanks, everyone!

RLS - We both know NOBODY is as slick as Joe Sinnott. And he's still doing it!

Jeremy - Great taste in Kirby stuff -- I have the same books and I gotta say I love seeing his work in B&W. I also really liked Giacoia's inking on Cap.

Mr. Walters -- great to hear from you!

Bmac -- whut? Freehand? I just trace the lines!

Rich Faber --That Minoriteam style looks COOL! Thanks for the comments and I hope you'll keep dropping by.