So I’ve been looking back at a lot of sketches & designs for the Art of Bushi Tales book. In the process I have run across a couple of folders containing drawings spanning pretty much my whole life. I did not keep everything just a dozen or so that I thought reflected progress in thought or technique. I think my Mom has all the other stuff. Having been contacted recently about the possibility of doing a few more Comic Book Art seminars I could not resist the urge to take a look at these early attempts at Comic Book art. Here is the first drawing I ever produced at age 5.
It shows, very poorly, two members of the Rat Patrol pursuing several adversaries with their jeep mounted machine gun blazing. The Rat Patrol was a television series produced in the sixties about an elite team of commandos from the 111th Armor Recon during WWII. The series was in re-runs when I was a kid and it was a favorite of mine along with Emergency, Adventures of Superman, Batman, The Incredible Hulk, and The Six Million Dollar Man. Why was this the first thing I drew… I have no idea why. Maybe it’ll come to me one day.
This is the first comic book page I drew. I was 12 or 13 and obsessed with a book on the history of comic books and I do not remember the title. That book featured quite a bit about Bill Everett and his creation of Namor the Sub-Mariner. I re-drew a page and turned it in as an art assignment in school. Subby has been a favorite of mine ever since.
Here’s a drawing from my High School years. It’s a Science Club flyer. We watched the first Terminator movie for a recruitment meeting. This was the first time I felt I had decently drawn something in what I considered “Comic Book” style.
And lastly, here’s a fairly recent drawing of Batman from my sketchbook. Every day I try to draw in the hopes I will master my craft. Maybe one day I will. Until then I’ll keep drawing. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Bushi Tales news next week I promise. Remember… the best is yet to come.