Confessions of a Failed Comic Book Artist, Part 4 (a.k.a. Some Drawings That Don’t Totally Suck)

I realized as I’ve been posting some of my old drawings that my self deprecation and self criticism has been pretty harsh. In all fairness, the samples of my art that I’ve posted was bad. Sure, I was just a kid when I drew most of that stuff, but that doesn’t change the fact that it sucked. Not everything I’ve drawn, however, has been terrible. In fact, some of it has been passably decent. And so that no one gets the idea that I was completely devoid of artistic skills, I have a few pieces to share with you.

First, we have a caricature of Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.I drew this back in 1989, and then colored it in 1990. It was after this that I realized I couldn’t keep coloring my work with markers. I never really learned how to use any other medium other than markers, but I realized I was ruining whatever quality my work may have had. I started moving more towards more humorous work in the late 1980s and early 90s, favoring cartoons and caricatures. This Batman piece was to be one of many caricatures of characters from film and television that I loved. I only got around to doing a handful of pieces like this, before “retiring.”

This Leatherface piece was done in 1989, just as I was really hitting whatever stride I had with my adopted cartoonish style. I did this piece right around the same time I did the Batman and Robin piece, but clearly I kept it black and white. I used shading film, which was my preferred weapon of choice in creating depth and texture in much of my later work.

And here is another caricature of Leatherface and his brothers, Choptop and the Cook from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. For some reason I never signed this one, so I have no idea when I drew it, though if memory serves me correctly it was before the other piece.

I hope this guy is recognizable. This is from 1990. I had done several other drawings of Mr. Spock. This was meant to be the first in a series of Star Trek caricatures, but all the others turned out really crappy.

This is an illustration I did in 1990 of gorilla soldiers from Planet of the Apes. Even though I was working mostly in the more cartoonish style, once in a while I’d try to get a bit more serious.  I never colored it because I was worried I would ruin it.

This last piece is a single panel cartoon I did in 1990. I started doing a lot of single panel stuff in the late 1980s. My best works were these single panel pieces, which started out humorous, but took a much more somber and political tone as time progressed. I did a series of pieces about apartheid in South Africa, then moved into the area of gang violence. This piece represents one of the last, if not the last of my single panel strips. I won’t go into the full meaning of this piece, but there is more going on than what is most obvious, and clearly I had a lot on my mind with this one.

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