Yeah! I did that back in 2010. Thats cool that she digs it despite not following comics. Tell her I said thanks! Where else have you seen it? It’s hard to keep track of who’s paying attention to my work.
Back in 2010 I did an extremely informal tutorial on my creative process:
I’ve received a handful of inquiries about my creative process, so Today’s Daily is dedicated to just that. I’ll show you step by step, the completion of an illustration of one my favorite comic characters using a pencil, Prisma markers and an opaque white marker.
STAGE1: THE SKETCH
Every illustration starts out as a rough sketch. I sketch…
until I find something I like.
STAGE2: FINISHED PENCILS
After establishing the idea and layout with a rough sketch I do a tightly rendered drawing. I made the lines light so the pencil lead doesn’t smear while the Prisma markers are applied.
I didn’t post the finished pencils because they didn’t scan well. I ended up changing her pose slightly also
STAGE3: GREY SCALE
At this stage I use warm grey Prisma markers and go to work…
Here, I color right over top of those warm grey markers…
After stages 3 & 4, the pencils from stage 2 are pretty much gone. so I go in and reestablish those lines with my pencil. I also add highlights with an opaque white marker.
Here’s a close up of her face. I like drawing faces…
Hope y’all like. PEACE!
Movie Mondays: “Burning An Illusion” - Dir. Menelik Shabazz (1981).
Pat is a single woman, employed, financially independent, carefree and living in her own flat in London, until she meets suave and smooth talking Del. The two start dating and it isn’t long before Del moves in with Pat.
At first, things seem rosy between the them, that is, until Del quits (or loses) his job. As newly unemployed Del becomes more complacent with his situation, fully relying and taking advantage of the care that Pat and her job provide for him, their relationship takes a quick downward spiral and it isn’t long before things heatedly escalate.
Burning An Illusion is a powerful and important film for so many reasons. Not only does it feature a black woman as the central character, Pat - played by Cassie McFarlane - is a woman with complexities that defy stereotypes of black women throughout the history of Western cinema. She’s both strong and sensitive, defiant and desperate, lovestruck and lonely.
The film also tackles a number of issues related to gender roles and expectations within the Afro-Caribbean British community, black consciousness, race, class and other socio-economic factors that personally affect the film’s many characters.
In making this film writer and director Menelik Shabazz, born in Barbados, became the second black filmmaker to produce a feature film in Britain. Shabazz is also the founder of the BFM (Black Filmmakers) Film Festival in England.
The film won the Grand Prix at the Amiens International Film Festival in France, and actress Cassie McFarlane won the Evening Standard Award for “Most Promising New Actress”.
Burning an Illusion and director Menelik Shabazz were honoured with a Screen Nation Classic Film Award in October 2011.
The relationship between Pat and Del at times reminded me of the couple in Nothing But A Man.