Sunday, May 04, 2008

Taddle Creek magazine cover


Taddle Creek is a local literary magazine which was kind enough to run one of my comics years ago as their very first comic feature.  Since then, I've drawn a few other comics for them, and have always enjoyed the experience.  A couple of months ago the editor, Conan Tobias, approached me with the idea of having me do a cover for them which was very flattering.  I always like the freedom Conan gives me to do whatever I want, and this case was no different.  So, of course, I had a great time working on this image.  

The concept was easy enough, and came to me in an inspired moment, and I knocked out a sketch and colour rough over the course of a couple hours.  The final itself also came together nicely, without any real problems.   I usually prefer to work on drawings with this kind of vibe really late at night, while listening to music on my headphones.  I like it when my whole downtown neighbourhood is quiet and I can just lose track of time while drawing. 

For those who are interested, you can check out some steps of my process toward the final below.  I actually did a really quick marker drawing before the thumbnail pencil, but it was so dodgy I decided to not even scan it.  The colour rough was what made the whole thing work for me.  Once I drew that one, I knew the final piece would work out fine.

12 comments:

Don Van Horn said...

That's awesome Mike. A really lovely illo.

Don Van Horn said...

PS. Love the vintage pin-up mags.

Jason Chalker said...

Nice! I really like this one. You always do such an awesome job of capturing a mood.

Have you made it to Iron Man yet? It's excellent. The whole movie's pretty much one big nerdgasm. Make sure and stay through the credits.

john montgomery said...

Nice job Mike. I hope you like the colour we chose for the masthead as well. And congrats on the NatMag nomination! I hope I'll see you there.

Michael Cho said...

Don: thanks, buddy. Yeah, I love those vintage pin up mags too -- I used to own a collection and the ones in the picture are kind of an homage to my memories of them (especially the copy on the covers "Cannibals in Tahiti!" and and all that).

Jason: thanks, Jason. I always enjoy the challenge of trying to capture mood and atmosphere. And yes, I totally saw the Iron Man film -- and a couple of other people were telling me to stick around for the end which I did :)

John: thanks, John! The completed cover with masthead looks great. Its always great to hear from you :)

Joyce Byrne said...

I love it, Michael! And the name of the illustration, which appears on the contents page, made me giggle.

Is that a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg?

Michael Cho said...

Hey, Joyce! That title was an inside joke for people like yourself, me and Conan. I actually don't like titling things, but when he insisted, I thought I'd riff on something that he'd get. :)

Always nice to hear from you!

Roberto Zaghi said...

Love the drawing and the mood. The final printed cover must be really something! It's always interesting to see your work process Michael, thanks for sharing.

pbasker said...

Poor, poor, Michael. Can't seem to get away from the cigs -- even if it's only in his drawings. How are you doing with not smoking by the way?

Michael Cho said...

Robert: thanks, Robert -- glad you liked seeing the process.

Paul: lol -- not all my stories are autobiographical :)

jeremy said...

Beautiful cover! The wood grain, the lighting, the shadows, and not least of all the skin mags really make this compelling.

I may have to make an investment, or plan a trip to toronto to get this. What a great excuse!

gringogidget said...

I haven't read this comic, but I was compelled to buy this from you at Comicon today.

I just realized that it reminds me a lot of this:

http://neweconomist.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/cindy_sherman_untitled_96.jpg

Who hasn't had a moment on the floor consumed by thought?