Saturday, January 31, 2009

Seven colors and black...

Here's another "faux blacklight" image I did recently. This and the previous image are hi res poster sized files. Sadly, there's not an economical way to print them. As RGB files they look pretty much like florescent inks, but as CMYK, they would not look anywhere close to what you see here. If anyone has a solution to getting these files from monitor to paper without spending an arm and a leg and having them actually be blacklight reactive, let me know. I have one more image to show that draws from a more recent source. Click the pic to make it bigger!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More "blacklight" MADNESS!!!

As mentioned in the previous post, I have been playing with emulating the look of the 1970s Third Eye blacklight posters. Some of the most memorable pieces offered by the now defunct New York company were made from panels of Jack Kirby Marvel Comics art. I began to imagine...

What if Kirby's work at DC in the 70s was incorporated into additional posters from Third Eye. What would THAT have looked like? To satisfy my own curiosity and explore the color palette and inherent challenges of printing with only black and seven florescent colors I undertook the laborious task of scanning Kirby art from a black and white reprint volume, eliminating the gray tones and then coloring in the Third Eye style.

Shown here is the first image I did. The art is by Jack Kirby and is reproduced here only for purposes of instruction and historical significance. My only contribution is the color. The original source image is property of DC Comics and I make no claims of rights or ownership.

This is... "The Infinity Man"!

Click the image to see a larger version.

PS - I will probably add these to my Facebook page, but Facebook all but destroys the color saturation on these when the process uploaded files for display. They look practically identical here to their appearance in Photoshop, so I had to let my friends see how they "actually" appear.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Just so you can see it better...

I've been experimenting on doing faux blacklight poster images in photoshop. I've done a couple of Kirby Fourth World images and a Dave Gibbons Rorschach, but while I may show those here eventually, I thought I would offer a better look at the dayglow self portrait I am using for my profile pic...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Batman dead? Yeah, right.

I bought and read Final Crisis #6 just see to see the on page death of the second greatest comic book superhero of all time. Granted (pun intended), I had not read the first 5 parts, but this issue's story was incomprehensible until finally, almost at story's end, Batman confronts Darkseid. I won't go into details on the odd chance you want to read the story for yourself and haven't already.

I'm reading a lot of debate online about Batman's actions prior and the method of his "death", but all that is really moot. The real question is, after some time goes by and someone else steps in to fill the cowl, "how will DC bring Bruce Wayne back?". Because, you KNOW they will bring him back.

Haven't we seen enough of this kind of publicity stunt in comics? Spider-Man's a clone! Aunt May is dead! The FLASH is dead! Superman is dead! Robin is dead! Spider-Man unmasked! Captain America dies! Peter Parker and Mary Jane make a deal with the devil and were never married! And now... BATMAN IS DEAD!