Thursday, June 14, 2007

Orion Fights for Earth!


Whoa! Sorry about the delays in updating this blog, folks. Its been a hectic week or two with the recent Toronto Paradise ComicCon and a couple of other signing events. My thanks go out to all the nice folks who stopped by my table to say hello -- I had a great time doing sketches and selling some fancy new giclee prints I had made.

Now, when I got back into to my studio after a few days away from the drawing board, I realized my artistic chops were stiff, stiff, stiff! Luckily, I was able to work out some of the kinks by drawing and colouring this little picture of one of my favourite Jack Kirby superheroes -- Orion of the New Gods! And since I was doing it purely for fun, I couldn't resist going all "super-deformed" with it and giving him a big head. It kinda makes him a bit more cute than killer, I know, but hey, its my blog and I'll draw what I want to!

And of course, as is usual lately, you can check out my original pencil sketch for the piece below.

25 comments:

Chris Wahl said...

Super slick as always, Michael.

Love the Kirby crackle.

Don Van Horn said...

That's sweet. Love the Kirby style. You do it so well and still manage to keep it all you.

Wish I could have made it to the con or one of the signings. Oh well... Next time.

Jason Chalker said...

Mike, great drawing as usual. I really like the composition. The s-curve of the Kirby crackle, his positioning with one foot over the planetoid and one in the crackle, and the lettering. You do great lettering.

Joel Priddy said...

Lovely, stuff, Mr. Cho.

So, looking at the original, does this mean that you have an image of "KirbySpace" on file to drop into pieces like this? Or was the BG drawn seperately or digitally?

Hey, look! I'm being a process-nerd!

Jeff Durham said...

Tremendous! Your big-head Kirby work is always great to see. If you feel like doing an Orion vs. Omac Cho-style comic I would definitely be on board for that!

Eric Talbot said...

Look at that PLANET! Hey - I never did get your stickers in the mail. I'll send em out tomorrow.

Are you going to the Toronto comic show in august?

Toyebot said...

great job Michael!!!

Joel said...

That just blew my mind!! I love it. I have nothing else to add ...

Michael Cho said...

Chris: thanks, Chris. Nice to hear from you. I love that Cosmic Crackle too -- its one of my fav. kirby design elements.

Don: thanks, Don. I thought this one had more me than Kirby in the figure. And yeah, it woulda been great to see you at the con over the weekend.

Jason: thanks, Jason! I actually totally love doing lettering, so its nice that you like it too.

Joel: thanks, Joel! Ha, well, as the possessor of the original art for this now, you are entitled to an answer! Actually, I DON'T have some kinda Kirbyspace file that I drop into drawings in photoshop. I drew that space background as part of my 2nd plate "shading layer" process that I showed you the first time you came by my studio. So it was all tediously hand drawn with fat sharpie markers along with the shadow cuts on the figure and then composited with the inked line-art. Same with the lettering, which I did separately with a brush and then composited.

There, now we've process-geeked out together!

Jeff: thanks, Jeff! I would love to see an Orion vs. Omac comic! But when you say you're "onboard for that" -- does that mean you'd help draw it? or that you'd just read it? Cause if YOU'D draw it, I'd totally be buying that!!

Eric: thanks, Eric. No worries on the stickers, dude! I know what its like to be delayed getting stuff to the post office. As for the August con -- if you're meaning TCAF, then yeah, absolutely: its my favourite event in town. If you're meaning something else, then the answer is...maybe?

Toyebot: thank you!

Joel: thanks, Joel! I know you're such a new gods fan and was actually thinking of you while I was drawing and colouring this one. If you want it for your 4th-world blog, you're welcome to post it there.

Daniel Lafrance said...

Really cool drawing! Tried to stop by and say 'hi' at the ComicCon on the week-end but everytime I walked by you were really busy. Did that kid like the Batman punching Spider-man drawing you did for him?

RLS said...

Mike, that piece is freaking awesome. I complimented you before on the colours but I just have to say it again. I really love how you worked the contrasts to make everything pop.
I love the slightly deranged expression on Orion's face too.
Masterful job, my good sir.

Paul Conrad said...

Yep....you got it goin on man.
The colors, (love the brown line on the moon)...
the inks, and that sweet lettering...holy smokes.

I've said it before, but the day that you are putting out a monthly can't come soon enough for this true believer!

Michael Cho said...

Daniel: Thanks, Daniel! Wish we could have met up at the con -- yeah, there were some periods there were I was swamped with sketches to do. But then there were really strange lulls too -- so I guess it was just bad timing :(. And yeah, that nice kid seemed to like his sketch - he's actually the son of my old highschool art teacher, so I really wanted to give him a fun sketch -- and what's more fun than Batman punching out Spidey?

RLS: thanks ,Ron. Always nice to hear from you.

Paul: thanks, buddy. But my colour work ain't nothing compared to yours.

Steve Simpson said...

excellent as always. Great to see the original sketch. Is there a stage before that, an initial sketch? would love to see the whole process!

Mike Thompson said...

Great work, Mike, as usual.

HartCactus said...

DIG it!!!!

Michael Cho said...

Steve Simpson: Thanks, Steve. To answer your question, no, that pencil sketch was the very first stage. I drew the figure and moon in my sketchbook, then I scanned and printed it out in blue a bit larger than my original sketch to ink up. Then, after inking it, I decided to draw the lettering and background "kirby crackle" on a separate page and composite it all together before colouring. So, sometimes I plan my drawings completely, other times, I just start with a doodle in my sketchbook and add stuff to it to make a final image.

Mike: thanks, Mike. Nice to hear from you again. Hope you're having a good summer.

Hartcactus: thanks, Hart! Hope all is well with you too.

Brian Churilla said...

Hot Damn! Awesome.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Brian! I've been looking through your stuff and its AWESOME. You do some kirby-tastic work, dude!

dobby said...

you are one of my favorites artist man! i love your work

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Dobby -- that's a very nice compliment!

Bobby Chiu said...

Pure awesomeness.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, digital Bobert -- hope I'll see you again at another convention soon!

chrishaley said...

So, according to what Joel (Priddy) tells me about you, we need to get together at some point and gush about The Fourth World.
Also, I hope he conveyed my overjoyment over the art to you.
In case he did not, let me tell you.. I was overjoyed.

Michael Cho said...

Chris: thanks, Chris. Yup, I'm a total Kirby 4th world geek, as Joel and his wife know...to their detriment!! Glad you liked the drawing -- Joel literally took it out of my scanner as I was working on this piece. I was a little reluctant to part with it since it was kinda only a quick sketch, but when he told me you were a 4th world freak, well, then I just HAD to let it go. I'm glad you liked it. If I ever see you in person sometime, or if Joel comes by, I'll pass on a nice big poster print I made of this one to you.