Archive for October, 2009
Forgot about this, too! After I’d done the black and white Krackle pages, I began to think the flaming symbols could be interpreted as some sort of arcane knowledge thrown to us by the gods. I was sitting on my deck on a warm summer night when I thought how the symbols, in color, might make interesting big canvases. As this thought crossed my mind, I kid you not, a shooting star trailing bright green fire went right across the sky!
This particular piece wasn’t meant to be a finished painting but a smaller mule to help me solve technical problems. The hardest part was laying down the little circles that make up the Krackle so they were nicely round. By thinning acrylic with India ink I was able to do it with quarter inch circles. But the larger, inch wide circles I needed for the final piece never came out right. Also, the tediousness of the technique lost the spontaneity that makes the Kirby Krackle really work
I love the Kirby Krackle. It was one of Jack Kirby’s signature graphic tricks developed during his mid-Marvel years which went on to become an essential part of the Marvel house style. Using nothing but little black dots, Jack was able to create incredible pulsating energy patterns that delighted and amazed the eye.
I like building those pulsations myself, often using nothing but a vague shape in my mind and a loaded Speedball pen tip. This is page one of a (so-far) four page abstract exercise using only the Kirby Krackle. I’ll be running all four pages over the next couple days.
Well, the good news is the hard drive is okay, meaning I haven’t lost any files. But the bad news is that the logic board of my trusty old G5 has given up the ghost and its time for a new mac (along with the latest Adobe CS). To help defray the costs, I’m running a special 20% off clearance sale on the unsold original art I’ve been offering here on the blog! Any pieces that don’t move in the next couple weeks, I’ll take down and return to my convention portfolio. So if you’ve been considering a Veitch original, now will be the best time ever to shoot me an e-mail. Click on the links to see the pieces I’m offering.
First up is the complete 4 page STORYBOOK SMITH story from JUDGEMENT DAY #3. Script by Alan Moore, art by Rick Veitch, lettering by Todd Klein. There can’t be many complete Alan Moore stories available anywhere. I was asking $900 for this complete story, now $720. UPDATE: We have a buyer for STORYBOOK SMITH.
And finally the cover to GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET #1. Was $550, now $440.
Prices do not include shipping and insurance.
From a dream I had in 1973 and later turned into comics. It’s included in the CRYPTO ZOO collection, available at my on-line store.