Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A blast from the past

I had a couple of "Runes" magazine (role playing game from the mid 80s) as a teenager I must confess I was very much into AD&D (advanced Dungeon and Dragon) and as a good DMG ; I had to read a lot of documentations (usually in English) ... Anyway, the covers of these Magazines were always absolutely crisp and stunning ... made by Jean-Luc SERRANO.

When I found his "beulogue" last week, (apart from the Blast from the past effect), I was really impressed how he stayed true to his style.

See 1984-1985 Runes magazine's cover below :

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ComicSpace migrates ... whether you like it or not!

A couple of years ago, I was looking for a social network similar to myspace (facebook didn't exist, so I tied an onion to my belt. Which was the style at the time...) but dedicated to comics, because I wanted to promote a few comics projects I had and needed some feedback, I found suits me -- It was a nice place, finding comics was easy, browsing them was a charm but more importantly it felt like a community.

Last week I returned to my comicspace account and surprise a completely redesigned website ... found out later that it migrates to Wordpress ?!

Of course I have nothing against Wordpress (I'm using that blogging platform at

I don't know what motivated the migration, but to me it feels like "Digg v4" all over again, there was comment of people complaining, people deleting their accounts, ... people don't like changes, people don't like to be taken hostage, people don't like not being informed before a major change like that...

I guess the conclusion is "Take it or leave it!" after all it's a free service ... but nevertheless it's a bit sad.

ComicSpace | About it says : ComicSpace is a place for people who like comics.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Small village view and How to give critiques

Found this interesting link on "Giving critique" and thought it would be a good idea to add it for today's post ; critiques are good, they help artists to progress.

Source : Henrik_Lindberg: Giving Critique - a Check List for Critiquers (1 of 2): "There are two checklists: a positive list for the elements that contribute to a successful work; and a negative list that looks at flaws."

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

hustle 3d perspective study

In need of improving my 3d perspective drawing, I put up an exercise by putting some wooden toy parts randomly on a table and tried to draw them as fast as possible (no eraser)

Here's the result

The picture above wasn't used as reference, it was added to get an idea of the whole composition.

hustle : "If there is one key thing I could convey to anyone reading this is to hustle. You will never be prepared for the things you are capable of doing. You will achieve your greatest accomplishments not by building up a grand framework of skill and then deftly creating something glorious, but by starting small and persevering in making it better and better. It is never an easy road and you will gain a grand framework of skills, but you have to push your boundaries to grow."