Friday, September 01, 2006

On the Easel - Fables TPB 8 "Wolves"


> I'm currently working the next Fables trade paperback wraparound cover. This is the sketch blown up and printed out, the sections taped together. I transferred the image onto a sheet of grey Rives BFK with blue transfer paper.


> My "drafting table" consists of a piece of MDF board propped on a paint box. A french easel holds up another piece of MDF board with the sketch taped onto it so I can refer to it while working on the final drawing.



> I inked the drawing and gave it 3 or 4 coats of acrylic gloss medium. I left the faces in blue pencil since I anticipate the edges there being softer than the rest of the composition. Now it's ready for paint this weekend . . . more updates after Labor Day!

27 Comments:

Kurt said...

Dear JJ,
in the drawing I like the suave faces opposed to the wild-looking wolfs, and I love the surrealistic mood and the disclosure conducted between big and little figures. As (former) art student, I also wish to thank You for posting these photos, watching them I recovered the same steps I used to follow and since I really love your art this makes me more empathetic. Bye, Kurt

1:55 AM  
Christian Ward said...

this could be your best yet...jean...would the sketch or finally painting be available?
and what happen to those prints mr jean?

2:27 AM  
Jakob Westman said...

This is gonna be good. I can tell already. And thanks for posting these step-by-steps. It's really sweet to take part of the process.

5:44 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi James,

I'm really happy I found your website and weblog. It is great to get a view behind the scenes from you.
I can't wait to see what the final painting will look like. It looks very promising.

6:44 AM  
M said...

You, sir, are amazing. If you would post a detailed process in your next painting stages, that would be very interesting.

8:53 AM  
pbcbstudios said...

cool! can't wait to see the finished piece.

10:14 AM  
Christian Ward said...

also..was your drawing for the host illustration ever available?
ps..saw the host monday nite...man it's good.

10:57 AM  
Sam Hendricks said...

I'd lost some will to draw and paint until recently, but you've just helped re-inspire me. Thanks. The drawing looks great so far (from what i can see). I can't wait to see the painting.

1:50 PM  
F L E E said...

I enjoyed looking/reading the process of how you execute your project. Its always good to explore other illustrators working habits and studio practices. Will keep a look out once Fables hits the comic stand.

2:29 PM  
Manuel Lariño said...

Great post! its probably my favourite one, you explained with more details how you work and you showed a little bit of your studio space.
Have you ever thought of using a projector to transfer your drawings? i hate using transfer paper.

2:49 PM  
dex mission said...

its really amazing how you can keep everything so clean. even your initial sketches. thank you for the post. its always great to see the behind-the-scenes stuff.

3:05 PM  
chris hope said...

Can't wait to see the final art. What did you ink the final with?
Nice Horkey poster. ;)

5:20 PM  
Ethan said...

Really cool to see a little of the process behind your greatness.

6:30 PM  
Shawn Escott said...

Always inspirational! Thanks for posting ... can't wait to see the final!

6:20 PM  
eli said...

This really helps with figuring out a good way to set up a studio in the house. Small apartments aren't the best accomodations for studio space. I'm anxious to see what the final product looks like. So many good ideas that I can't wait to utilize. Thanks.

8:52 PM  
Barbara said...

James! The first thing my Color Concept teacher told us was to never leave your brushes standing in water! :O

10:43 PM  
Djavan said...

Man, I don't know how you do it. I can't wait to see the end result. :)

2:14 AM  
Queen Anarchy Mob said...

hey there,
i was looking on your webpage the first time since i enjoy the fables covers of yours so much and I suddenly saw that you were in Graz, my hometown - even funnier is, when you went figure drawing you drew the same guy (the old wrinkled one) I always drew when I went figure drawing. I love coincidences like that...anyway, I love your work mucho grande!
Anna-Maria

2:54 AM  
Anonymous said...

Really really awesome! This just makes me happy. I like how you positioned everything and i love seeing the steps and process. Can't wait to see it finished.


-Adam

10:48 PM  
nobogobo said...

when i'm drawing wolves you're drawings wolves, but.. so much better. i love how you captured the eyes. It seems really simple at times, but i think there is a real beauty to wolf eyes. great job! no, thank you required. :)

11:24 PM  
k said...

Oooo... waiting in anticipation. Can't wait to see the painted version.

Love the drafting table! ;)

Excellent work.

3:48 AM  
Michael Meier said...

like "k" i can't wait to see the final version.
cheers

5:05 AM  
Anonymous said...

thanks so much for showing off the process of your work.

11:35 AM  
Manuela said...

This is a beautifully romantic drawing. I absolutely love the composition. Can't wait to see the final version.

7:25 PM  
Richard Mitchelson said...

Having just stubled across this blog my initial reaction is that this work is sublime. I am currently listening to the GUILLEMOTS a british band and the music works so well with this wonderfully flowing life drawing. I shall return, if only to revel in how life drawing should be done. Thanks

6:30 AM  
MBKKR said...

First impression... WOOW

That looks beautiful , wild and crazy.
Love to see this piece when it's finished.
Youre a big inspiration, thanks

MBKKR

7:16 AM  
Woe said...

As always, it's a pleasure to see you work. Since the Snow White / Bigby Love Story is one of the best parts in Fables for me (always a sucker for romance), I was really taken by your cover to Fables 50 and am looking forward to the reimagining of the story on the cover for the trade.
With this, I hate hate it more than ever, that I will never be able to afford one of your originals... Maybe another print then :)

Always a pleasure!

Best wishes from Germany
Christian

7:56 AM  

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