Sunday, September 21, 2014

Daily Sketch -- The Flash Layout

When I was a kid and first thinking about drawing comic books, there was a Flash 80-page Giant that contained a 2-page section by Carmine Infantino called, "How I Draw the Flash" and it was the first real instruction I ever had on constructing a body or face. I think because of this short feature, I became a huge Flash fan. Makes no sense I realize, but there you have it. So over the years I have played with the Flash over and over. This is just me trying to do some storytelling using a static six-panel structure.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Royal Southern Brotherhood

We will be cruising with the Royal Southern Brotherhood in two weeks! Lucky us!

Daily Sketch -- Contemplation

I drew this a long, long time ago, maybe in the 70's even. It was the beginning of a page layout for a story about a guy contemplating suicide. I don't remember anything else about it.

Bernard Allison - Voodoo Child

Two weeks from today we will be cruising with Bernard Allison. Yeah baby!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Daily Sketch -- Posing

Just a page of miscellaneous poses from my sketchbook. Just me doodling around sometime in the distant past.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Daily Sketch -- The Star Queen

I have no idea how old this one is. This is a character I created in high school, The Star Queen. I haven't seen her in a long time. What a surprise to find.

This Could Be the Last Time

People always talk about the first time they did something; the world seems to revolve around it. Parents remember the first time their children walked, the first time they talked, their first tooth and their first day of school. People remember their first kiss and their first date, their first job, their first car and their first real relationship. That’s the way life is supposed to be, a collection of firsts. They fill your memories and get re-experienced in your dreams. But for Eddie, it was all turned around, all backwards. He couldn’t remember the first time he did anything…but he remembered the last times.

His healthy body he had taken for granted; he had always had it and always would, or so he had thought. He sat in his chair and looked out the glass doors onto his patio and at the brilliant sunset painted in reds and oranges and startling violets across the expanse of sky, and none of the beauty registered in his consciousness. He sat in his chair, sipping a cold beer and the reflection on the window glass made a sort of canvas upon which the movie of Eddie’s lasts played over and over.

On it he saw Emily Connors as he picked her up in his arms and carried her to his bed, where he gently laid her down and then crawled on top of her, kissing his way up her body. He didn’t know that would be the last time he felt the full weight of a woman in his arms. He saw himself in the gym, his strong muscles pushing against the leg press for the 10,000th time, never guessing that the last time he slipped off the machine was the last time he ever would. He saw himself walking to the green and addressing the ball and sinking the four-foot putt, never considering in a million years that it was the last one of his life. He saw Betsy Sherrod, glistening with sweat as he took her hand, his last dance, and her glistening again later that night, his last fuck. For Eddie that one hurt the most. He prided himself in the pleasure he could give to a woman and now that thing in which he had assigned so much pride, so much of himself, was gone and nothing he could do would ever get it back.

It was times like this that Eddie was pleased that he didn’t own a gun. 

Copyright 2014 Barry Keller. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Daily Sketch -- Back to the Creeper

Or maybe, "Back of the Creeper" would be a better title. Another of my Creeper sketches. There is just something about that unusual Ditko costume that keeps drawing me in. This might have been done around 2000 or so.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daily Sketch -- Canyon Living

Rough sketch for what a much larger piece I did as a possible portfolio page for Mayhem #3. This is called "Canyon Living" and it is an alien world where humans can only live in the depths of canyons and have built a city into the canyon walls. You can see on the right that I added a scale to use when moving this over to a larger art board.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Daily Sketch -- The Creeper

I have found literally dozens of Creeper sketches in my old sketchbooks. I always loved the character and wished something more had been done with this Steve Ditko creation over the years. Most of my Creeper sketches are like this, half-assed and unfinished. This looks to be from around 2002.