CK @ Hal Con 2012

AndBlack Womb by CK now in the “artist @ Hal Con 2012” series we come to something… totally different. And totally awesome. This version of the Womb was done by an artist I only know as CK. She did some work for the Fearsome Fables charity book over @ Ink’d Well Comics (something I only found out after she did the piece) and is apparently working on a very cool-looking web series called “Colt,” which she provided a character book for.

This picture is beautiful. And I mean that in a genuine, aesthetic way. I think all pictures of one of my characters are beautiful in their own way, but this one actually has a grace and elegance to the tone and the shading and the positioning. It’s not a snarling battle pose or a scary look like other artists I pitched to did… she took my design of the character and make it her own. And it is lovely.

I love what she did with the swirls going around and the musculature… and the eyes, the way they’re correct but unique and somehow look alien. This is a very, very elegant version of Black Womb. I imagine this being what he’d look like in those sections of the series where he’s described as graceful… like when he’s taking on a lot of enemies and instead of focusing of the violence (which gets tiresome for a writer to do all the time) we focus on the grace of the movement of the character… like a ballet dancer.

I’m very glad CK did this. She picked up a copy of one of our books (I can’t recall which one), and I can’t wait to see if maybe, just maybe, some imagery in that book (whatever it is) inspires her to do another piece. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see more from her.

Awesome, awesome art.

Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew

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6 thoughts on “CK @ Hal Con 2012”

  1. These BW sketches have been incredible, Matthew. Before my next show, we’ll have to talk about this some more. I can try and wring out interpretations from some of my other artist pals (or new folks I meet).

    I always say that CK is one of my favourite artists for movement and flow. She does an incredible job capturing a character’s essence in her sketch cards.

    Quick thing about Fearsome Fables: A preview image of her piece has been featured in our promotional bits since the summer. Also, since around May 1, her name has been listed amongst the other contributors. http://www.inkdwellcomics.com/page_fearsome_fables.html

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  2. You should pitch a panel design to artists and have them sign a waiver. Then, at the end, you can assemble them into a complete mini-comic and offer it for free via your website.

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  3. If you pitch it right and make sure everything is on the level. It also depends on the preferences and career stage of the artist — and your friendship with them! Haha.

    Someone like Larry Hama, as you learned at Hal-Con, will not draw other people’s work — which is 100% respectable. Someone else may treat it like a regular commissioned sketch.

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