Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Ranx Integral

I ordered Ranx: Integral from Amazon France a couple of weeks ago. It's a  hard cover collected volume of all of the Ranxerox stories, including the first ones drawn by the writer, Tamburini. The art in the original comics is okay, but the art of Liberatore(whom I will update on this blog sometime in the future) is where the series really shines. The book is well put together, printed on nice quality paper, and the colors look great. The book is divided into 5 chapters: The Origins, Ranx 1: Ranx in New York, Ranx 2: Happy Birthday Lubna, Ranx 3: Amen, and a bonus section of sketches by Liberatore(many of which I hadn't seen before).
Sorry about the bad photos, I didn't want to use my scanner and ruin the integrity of the book's spine. Too bad I can't read any French, but I have read all 3 volumes before. Out of the three Liberatore volumes, I still think that Ranx 1 is my favorite, both in terms of art and story. I find the style to be the most unique of the three, and in my opinion, Liberatore seemed to go overboard sometimes in his rendering of Ranx 2. Ranx 3 still has a great style, and Liberatore also manged to get a better grip on drawing female faces in this one, but the story, as other people have said, wasn't quite as good as the first two(most likely due to Tamburini's death before it was finished). As a bonus, I uploaded a couple of the sketches from the back of the book.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Shadowrun Sketches

Phobos here, wanted to show off a couple of sketches I did. These two characters are "runners" you can hire in the awesome game, "Shadowrun" for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System(or SNES).

Here they're pictured in their in-game portraits:

And here are the sketches I did.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Favorite Artists: Burne Hogarth

Along with Andrew Loomis, Burne Hogarth has to be one of the best anatomy instructors you can find. He practically defined the word, Dynamic with his drawing books. Besides his Dynamic Library, Hogarth is best known for his comic adaptations of Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan. The way his figures are built are just so simple to understand, and easy to follow. Every aspect of his style is just plain Dynamic (I hate to use the same word more than once, but you'll find that it's very appropriate). I don't have much else to say about the guy, but the addition of his books to my collection have vastly helped me to improve with my own artwork.

Here's some amazon links to his books, if anyone's interested.
Dynamic Figure Drawing

Drawing Dynamic Hands

Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery

Drawing the Human Head

Dynamic Light and Shade

Now you know why I used that word so much.