This past weekend was the Grand Opening Celebration of Salisbury's newest comic shop, PHOENIX RISING. It was a fantastic event and I'm proud to have been a part of it. A lot of cool people showed up and I was able to chill with the areas best local artists & creators, along with having the pleasure of meeting a few new ones. An excellent experience all around.
While there I began working on the piece we have here. Being setup in the comic shop, I was inspired to get back to those comics-hero roots so I decided to try my hand at Joe Simon & Jack Kirby's legendary Captain America.
Working on this I had some cool conversations with folks too, including Mr. Adam Timmons (writer of Charm City Chronicles), who noted a few interesting characteristics about the drawing, and some that were floating just below my consciousness.
One being that I chose a less-than gradiose depiction. A lot of images of Capt, especially since he's a classic super-hero (and birthed from the finger tips of Mr. Kirby), are monumental. Very dramatic and with a consistent sense of action. A staple even when standing still. So I chose to try something of the opposite and take a rather subdued, quiet shot of the star-spangled Avenger by showing him mid-walk (not run). Almost as if leaving something behind, more consumed with thoughts than his surroundings. Adam noted too the lack visibility of two of his most iconic symbols, the "A" on his mask and star on his less-than-barreled chest, along with the fact that his shield, another iconic symbol, faces away from the viewer. All adding to a subdued atmosphere.
It's inspiring to hear what others see in an image, as well as to have them discover those small, yet large, details that the artist, in this case me, had passed over. Or maybe unconsciously included. I'm still on the fence with the background so if anyone wants to toss out their own thoughts feel free to do so. I'm all ears.
Thanks for the comments Adam. Hope you all enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!