Monday, May 24, 2010

Comic book characters

Was always fascinated by comic books.
When you look back, its probably because of the visual treat that you get while reading a story. And I was more fascinated by the quality of the drawings that were produced in these old comic books.
a sheet out of memory
Some of the illustrations that I liked were those of Phantom, Rip Kirby, Tarzan & Mandrake the magician. The illustrations were three dimensional when compared to Tin Tin & Astrix which were two dimensional.

Not that Tin Tin and Astrix were bad. In fact my pseudo name in this blog Haddock is my favorite character Captain Haddock from Tin Tin.

I was so fascinated by Rip Kirby that I decided to draw the character Rip by magnifying it ten times. So I set about the task of drawing grid lines (in pencil) on the comic book and painstakingly reproducing it. Once I was satisfied, I inked it with a simple black sketch pen. This was done about 25 years ago.
Detective
Once I realised that I could do this enlargement bit, I tried it out on another character from the same comic book (I don’t remember her name) but it did not turn out so well. So I stopped it at that and dropped Desmond (Rip’s butler) from being enlarged. (poor Desmond)
from Rip Kirby comics
Now that I started dabbling with Photoshop, I thought of doing the same in the soft form. Tracing my original work in Photoshop took some time and I must say there are many things that I have yet to learn when it comes to these software tools.
After all learning is a continuous process.

Coming back to reading, I think the best thing that happens when you read a book is that you start to visualize the scene in your mind. But when you watch TV that freedom is curbed as you are forced to “see” the scene that is depicted on the screen.

No wonder they say “What a treasure of books” The treasure is not the books but the freedom of visualization.

25 comments:

Atul said...

... i think this post should now encourage me to start one of the three books i ordered on a whim and are still smelling like fresh biscuits ... so Tipping Point... here i come... :)

Jeannette said...

"Freedom of Visualization" is a good way to put the interactive mingling of the authors's words and the life experience, memory and imaginative powers stimulated in the reader. Nice post...

Anjuli said...

You are amazing! How you were able to draw those characters. What a great talent you have.

I do love Tin Tin though :) Used to have the entire series, but I gave them away years ago. As for books vs tv (or even movies) - books for me win EVERY time! I love the way they allow me to visualize things...if I read I book I never want to go and see the movie because I'm ALWAYS disappointed- it never can live up to what I imagined.

BK Chowla, said...

Amazing--these characters are still alive.

The Holy Lama said...

Fascinated by your sketches. And rightly put, its our imagination to visualize that helps us to enjoy a book. P.G Wodehouse can't be enjoyed by someone who is not competent to visulize the English life.

Madhu said...

When I was very little my Dad used to order the comic books. I think that's where I picked up the habit of reading anything and everything which comes my way.

You are artist! Wow....

*Harman* said...

I love phamton and archie...tin.tin..richie rich ...mandrake...they r all awesome..good memories...still love to read them...

radha said...

I always admire the cartoonist. It must be a tough job to visualise, create a character, and weave a story around them - and to draw so many of them with different expressions. And you have done a good job too - even if it was to reproduce - both by hand and photoshop. Great work.

Jacob said...

Greetings! Now I can see why you were interested in the comic effect I used on my blog, The Villages DP.

It's very simple, a Photoshop "action." Google Photoshop actions and look for one called Comix.

Amy said...

Hi! I wanted to say, thanks for visiting my blog!

Your drawings are great, you should keep doing them!

Mom24 said...

That's exactly why I love books more too.

I love your drawings. Great job.

Rachna said...

Great drawings!

Traci said...

Well done! And I love that your Blog Name is from one of your favorite comics. Very cool.
:-)

A said...

Cool. I always learn something from your posts.

(Can you remove word verification please. It discourages me to write comments)

Neha said...

Every time I travel, I buy myself a Tinkle and any other comic book I can lay hands on! And you are right...books are a real treasure.

BTW, those sketches were nice. You shouldn't have stopped at Desmond :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello:)

Your skill in drawing is very remarkable.

Comics have been my favorite in my younger days and I used to read Phantom, Tarzan etc.

But somehow when I grew up my attention shifted to other things and I lost touch with comics. Now, come to think of it, I should say that comics kept me totally absorbed and entertained and took me to a magic world.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

Reflections said...

Ur sketch of Rip Kirby is just too good....can imagine the hours u dedicated on it;-o.
Captain haddock was my favourite too...his 'billions of blue blistering barnacles' is a dialogue I'll never forget;-D

RamMmm said...

Nice pictures, the shades and just using black and white for the colors. :) True, in your visualization, you are free to create your own world, whatever it maybe and it is the success of it.

anamika said...

U should come up with these kind of posts so that lethargic readers like me gets motivated.

and man sketchhhhhhh is awesome.

sm said...

hope to see more of your freedom
like the pics

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Wonderful stuff...keep them coming!

chelsea rebecca said...

oh wow those are such great drawings!!

penandpaper said...

Wow,amazing drawings. I love (still do) Archies.

Shalini said...

Wow!! This is soooo cool!!! :)

Arundhati said...

I love Asterix, Phantom, Mandrake, Tarzan and Tintin too. Will be nice to revisit them, especially Asterix, I'm sure a lot of the puns were lost on me earlier.

Those drawings are really impressive.

"I think the best thing that happens when you read a book is that you start to visualize the scene in your mind. But when you watch TV that freedom is curbed as you are forced to “see” the scene that is depicted on the screen."

That is so true. I don't like to watch movies based on novels, I prefer to live with the picture in my imagination rather have it shoved out by the visual representation in a movie - I find it jarring

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