Friday, August 08, 2008

Books I'd Kill to Draw: Jimmy Olsen


Jimmy Olsen is one of only around three things I'd actually kill to draw AND write. I previously ranted about Jimmy here, so I'll try not ramble on too much. I will say that Jimmy doesn't get the love he deserves... and just try to leave it at that:)

Below you'll see the first step in inking this piece. I went in with a marker for all the outlines and little details before I broke out the brush. I actually almost let it be at this stage, but it just didn't feel like a finished piece.
Even though the writing scrawled on the robot's chest and the dinosaurs in the background look like I was just goofing around, these elements were actually taken from a story in Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen #12. If you can't track down the original, it was recently reprinted in Showcase presents: Superman Family volume one. Those old Silver-Age tales were just packed with this sort of crazy stuff!
Anyway, have a great weekend, folks. I'll see ya back here on Monday!

3 comments:

alan said...

The unbrushed version has that French Ligne Claire look, which would've worked well with some clour. But the brush-work really sells it in b&w.

Anonymous said...

This is really a beautiful and strange piece (silver age silliness at its best). Who would build a robot that cost millions of dollars, just to smash a camera? What wasteful spending!!
Great work as always Chris!

jwgav

Dirty Man said...

I love the robot name. Hilarious. I would dig to read those issues. But why hasn't Jimmy grown up yet? So weird. But would you do just Jimmy Olson or the real wacked out stuff like Turtle Boy?