Fabulous!! This is a dynamite recreation, Tom! I'm glad to see that you're starting to post these older pieces again. They're really great, and the sooner you get them all up here, the better! Kirby's abstract use of black spotting reaches new heights on this particular picture and gives it the kind of spark and personality that no other artist's work could ever match!
...some drawing skills of your own, Tom. There's more to tracing that's going on from you. You have the right touch and feel to the recreated pencils that it is very close to the original pencils by Jack. Nice work on your contribution to these recreations. I look forward to seeing more.
Yes John, I added a couple more and made sure I kept my promise and added this one you requested. I hope to get more up but they take so darn long to do, about an hour a creation. I'm not using much from the old site since they were low resolution. Everything is rescanned at archival resolution then reprocessed.
I think I have about 14 or so remaining. I plan to balance this with adding new art to the gallery section and doing ongoing news postings.
Thanks for noticing Frank. I recreated the pencils for all the creations I commissioned from 2000 until about 2006. These days Royer (if he is doing the creation) prefers to do the pencil recreation himself so I no longer do this for his creations. I love drawing and lightboxing Kirby's pencils, I studied them in detail, learning the steps he took for every stroke of the pencil. The trick is not to over think when you're penciling so I study the lines and then just go for it with quick fast strokes, as close as possible to the way Kirby did them originally.
Hey, Tom--seeing how Mike wants to do his own pencils for the recreations--if you're itching and want to revisit light boxing Jack's pencils I'll ink some of those pieces you would recreate. I'm just saying.
...you're a man of your word. As a lifelong Kirby fan, I greatly appreciate all the hours of hard work you dedicate to this website and the tremendous efforts you continue to make to keep Jack's work in the public eye. There's something new and exciting to look at nearly every day on this site, and between WHATIFKIRBY and Rob Stiebel's excellent KIRBY DYNAMICS blog over at the Kirby Museum, there's always lots to keep people interested and informed on all things Kirby -- and I'll be very interested in reading your ongoing news postings as well.
Incidentally, I think another great thing about the site is that it gives us hardcore Kirby fans a chance to chat in a casual fashion with others who share our enthusiasm for the King's work. It's great to see the remarks from guys like Krackles, Frank Fosco, Erik Larsen and others, who all display such great taste and insight in their comments. By the way, I wholeheartedly concur with Frank's assessment of your artistic contributions to these recreations. You've done a tremendous job with them.
And speaking of these awesome recreations, I'm gonna put in another request for a Royer recreation of the unused cover for ETERNALS #2 before I go. It's just gotta happen eventually, and my life won't be complete until it does! But in the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy all the other great stuff you're putting up here!
So thanks again, Tom...and Long Live The King!!!!