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    Giving Back to Gene Colan

    Everyone by now knows that legendary artist Gene Colan is not in the best of shape. A few weeks ago I wasn’t privy to that fact when I e-mailed him. You see, we’re trying to close out issue three of Comic Foundry Magazine (which is also why the blog has gone bone-dry), and I was working on this big feature package we’re doing that’s full of tips, tricks and advice on creating comics. I’d been reaching out to a lot of incredibly talented people to contribute and Gene was on my short list. So I e-mailed him, asking if he’d be interested. I got an e-mail the next day from him explaining that he was not only interested, but he’d already written something up for us. Fantastic. Drawing advice from Gene Colan — does it get much better? Obviously I was floored. And then I found out he was sick. For him to make the time to do a write-up for me on top of his condition — that was something that tugged on the heart strings.

    The honorable Clifford Meth has been helping organize a call to action and had been requesting donations in various forms from cool artists and writers. And while we’re certainly not either of those, I wanted to do something. So, any issues of Comic Foundry Magazine you buy through our site next week, from the 18th to the 24th — those proceeds will go in full to Gene Colan.

    And as a bonus here, I wanted to share the advice Gene gave the magazine for someone who wants to be a better penciller:

    “The best advice I can give an aspiring penciller is to draw. Draw everything. Everything you see. draw it! if there’s no time at that moment, then photograph it and draw it later. Carry a camera everywhere. Draw people talking, sitting, running, reclining. draw from every angle. That’s a point I notice few novices understand. You can’t keep drawing something dead on. There’s no way to tell a story in a comic book with everyone shot from the same dead on perspective. Draw women, not just pretty. Old, ugly, beautiful. Same with men, children. Draw someone getting out of a car. Walking into a store. Literally everything you see that you’d think is mundane, is the stuff story telling is all about. You can’t draw a superhero or villain if you don’t know how to draw all the elements around them! Always have a camera, pencil and sketch pad. try out all sorts of art pencils to see how your work looks with them and which you favor.

    Best Wishes to you all! Gene”

    Posted by Tim Leong on May 16th, 2008 filed in Blog |

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