I was channelling my inner “Kirby” with this.
If you know comics, if you know almost anything at all about them, the name of Jack Kirby is going to be right up there. Arguably the second most famous name in comics, one of the greatest talents in the history of comic book creation, not simply an artist but writer and creator too. Kirby was probably best known for his collaboration with Stan Lee but I really tuned into him when I discovered his Eternals stuff. I’m no expert on that period of his work but I loved the Eternals and Celestials who came through it and his huge great art with massive humanoid creatures, big headwear and his trademark jagged line mechanical suits. You can see the origins in all of this back in his Inhumans phase, which I believe pre-dates the Eternals and Celestials, and is another group I loved – badass but not evil – an excellent group of antagonists for the Fantastic Four.
This preamble introduces this piece which is the result of doodling a few idle moments and these mechanical giant creatures suddenly appeared and then… well I dipped into my Eternals graphic novel by Gaiman & Romita Jr (another great artist – I know not everyone’s favourite but I love his action sequences) and then I had to paint something. I had this vision of a sci-fi city and I am actually very happy with how this turned out. I know it’s not completely anatomically correct and some details are less than perfect but I’m very happy with the look and feel of the piece and how it turned out.
Oh and of course there’s a little bit of Guardians of the Galaxy there – the movies, more than the books. Knowhere and the Infinity stones etc… cracking stuff.
Thanks Jack. You inspired millions!
Oh and this is pretty well the most mixed media I’ve created so far. Pen and ink (using some very cool disposable draughtsman pens by Micron) then watercolour, and highlights in gouache