Monday, November 02, 2009
Drawing for Fun - Queen and Country
Ok, here's another piece I'm doing. It features characters from a book I actually worked on, Queen & Country. This one is a VERY rare commission piece (rare because I RARELY do commissions!) for a gentleman who has bought a few pieces of art from be and been incredibly patient with me too :)
I actually LOVED Q&C long before I even drew it. When Oni had first started putting some of my work out I made it clear I really wanted to work on the series eventually, and they were kind enough to have me on.
Q&C is a bit of a disappointment for me though. Mostly because I just rushed through it more than I would have liked. The book had been gradually coming out later and later, and the Oni folks really needed someone to try and get it back on track. So, I hustled like hell to get it moving, even going so far as to ink 11 pages in 2 days on the last issue. (I was also penciling a book called RUULE, which became a bit of a time issue later in the series. But not a real big one as the scripts were rarely overlapped and caused a real issue in scheduling.)
In retrospect, this was terrible a idea. I should have just focused on one book, and should have definately spent more time on Q&C. I take being timely and professional VERY seriously (ask anyone who's ever worked with me) but I should have talked it over with everyone and not tried to catch the book up ENTIRELY on my shift. I should have just passed at least part of it on, but I'm kind of hard headed and have trouble turning down a challenge.
In the end, I'm VERY proud of the book. I just feel that it was a special series, and I wish I could have lavished the thing with attention instead of just rushing along the love affair.