I never get tired of drawring The Joker. In the most recent story arc, he's willingly had his face removed and is parading around wearing his own face as a mask. This is my attempt to capture that grisly image.
Nice to see you're still at it. I've actually tried writing you a few times. The problem is, whenever I write, all I want to do is curse. And once I begin to curse, I never want to stop. I really don't enjoy writing very much at this point. Either way, you're as great as always with markers, so keep on going with it. With the flesh and anatomy in particular, one who had never seen it done or couldn't do it 'period', would not think one could capture that kind of expressiveness with markers. Anyway, whenever I actually finish any of the other shit I am working on, I will arduously try and finish my already lengthy and vitriolically embellished letter, notifying you on my having done the seemingly impossible.
By the way, have you seen any of the released material regarding the Batman: Arkham Origins game? Wow.............
Long time no correspondence man. I hardly ever log into Deviantart anymore. i really should remedy that.
How have you been? What have you been occupying yourself with? I appreciate your critical compliments of my work, as always. Have you been working on any new pairings? I've actually been picked up by a local magazine along with expanding my network among the local artists. It's not too shabby. I've seemed to gain a tiny cult following with my comic strips. They're not my primary preference of medium, but people really seem to like them, and if the shoe fits, right?
I still have the itch for some highly detailed and morbid work that I have to scratch every now and again. I still am leagues away from your level of skill and detail. I don't know that I will ever have the patience and attention to detail that you show to your work, and trust me, it shows.
Sorry that I'm getting back to you about six months late. Hope you're doing well. I don't know if you've played Arkham Origins yet....but I have mixed feelings.
If you want to keep a more consistent flow of conversation that isn't broken up by months, you can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark, the lagging between dialogue generally comes from a growing dislike of writing in general. So don't worry about any delays on your part offending me. At this very moment, I am also writing a reply to the man who has used my paintings for a few of his record label's releases. Now it would appear that another may be coming soon, I'll let you know of any developments on this front. Perhaps I should email you some snippets of the random rants that have crept into my letters to him, and you may get the picture. Writing is a fucking rabid phoenix that I have a hard time steering.
It is simply a very unwieldy medium, at least for me. Writing's foundation is compromise and stasis, it never feels fiery and primal and full of spontaneity the way images and raw sounds strike me. Anyway, I've been trying some different approaches as of late, and though several paintings are nearing a state where I can't conceive of anything more to add, I've really been multi-tasking my ass off, so I am not entirely sure when I will upload again. I get on deviantArt fairly regularly, just to browse and the like. I notice every now and then, someone new watches me. I probably drive them all nuts.
Once my schedule returns to some kind of regularity, I'll be able to take some of these more recent efforts to the scanning shop once again. In late November I quit my job. In hindsight, perhaps the worst time to quit a job and go looking for another, but you know all about illiterate morons born into cushy positions who meddle with shit they can't handle or understand who inevitably make certain places impossible to work in, so I probably need not elaborate any further.
Have you heard of Denis Forkas Kostromitin? He's done a few covers for Behemoth now. Sure, not really my thing, but he does album covers for all manner of fringy musicians, some of them very weird indeed, just enter his name in the Metal Archives, you'll see. That's the point, his talent is Renaissance-caliber, but he doesn't choose a cushy role painting preconceived covers for hardback editions of New York Times Bestsellers, no, he specializes in album covers, and they're fucking great. Far more technically advanced than I am, a bit on the ethereal side, but taking a similar approach. Album artwork is once more proving its merit, regardless of what Picasso-pushing Dadaist fuckstains looking down their noses from behind their opera glasses might say.
On a related note, you needn't compare the merits of your own work against mine. For whatever reason, perhaps a pathology resembling religious fanaticism yet bereft of reverence for orthodoxy or humanity, there are simply certain arenas such as drawing and painting wherein I feel compelled to experiment in multiple directions at once like some methed-out mad scientist tinkering away in a makeshift laboratory nestled away in some abandoned grotto in Chernobyl. Thus yields the strange tableaux I come up with, they are what they are. When I first saw your drawings, it was perfectly clear to me that you approach the said arena with more playfulness, more of a sense of humor, as opposed to fanaticism.
Granted, there are always things people can do to refine their skills, and while there are plenty of 'artistic types' who clearly are nothing more than untalented and decadent jizzmarks, there is no clear definition of what a skill must or must-not be. Understand that one reason I am so willing to part with my painting when I am done with them is because I've really been satisfied with what my efforts have yielded. When you talk about the skills I may have, perhaps its a case of that old adage, the grass is always greener…, and you're most likely referring to my tendency to experiment. However these tendencies would be superfluous in work such as yours. With the exceptions of Arkham Asylum, Yaegral Urm, and a few other cult comics, all of which were handled by artists whose abilities eclipse mine, such unreasonable approaches to linear story-telling and illustration would be, just that, utterly unreasonable.
Yes, I too had somewhat mixed feelings regarding Arkham Origins. Sure the combat was improved enough simply by dropping the needlessly distracting command icons that would appear on screen during combat like the FreeFlow messages. I also like the more Dark Knight Returns interpretation of Batman's character as opposed to Nolan's asinine family-friendly and self-righteous one. Really, I am just not impressed by Christopher Nolan at all. They need to just drop his influence and leave that universe the fuck alone for a while as far as I am concerned. Yes, there were problems I had as well, but my hands are getting tired of typing.
Either way, I will get back to you when time permits. Thank you for reminding me of your email. Best Regards.
Good to hear from you again man. I had a sneaky suspicion that there may have been a change of employment in your world at some point. I know the inter-colleague conflict all too well. As a matter of fact, I recently had a very ridiculous feud with the abominable woman who took over my former department and proceeded to bully and intimidate everyone into doing leagues beyond what should have been reasonably expected of them with absolutely no thanks for their efforts, monetary or verbal.
And she had everyone so terrified of losing their job, nobody dared to cross her, because any naysayers got watched like hawks by her little minions and reported on daily. Every time they left their desk, every word they uttered, so on and so forth. As you can imagine, I didn't play along with this nonsense, and I told her the truth when she asked me my opinion. She didn't like what I had to say, so I had a great big target on my back.
Fortunately, I was able to transfer to the fraud prevention dept, which is a completely separate entity from the rest of the office, so she has no authority over me. I will admit getting some smug childish " I win" joy from the fact that she glares at me every day because I'm the one who dared defy her and I still work here, and there isn't a bloody thing she can do about it.
But, I digress with the workplace ranting.
I am actually a big fan of Forkas. There's something that makes a striking album cover that few artists can really capture. Especially with that style of music. Forkas is one, as is Vince Locke, and if you don't mind me saying, you. I was gushing about the striking and intricate level of detail in your artwork in my previous message, and I can think of few "commercial" purposes your work is more perfectly suited to than album covers. I'm glad to hear you've continued to have development in that field. With luck, word will spread.
I've been on an artistic hiatus for a month or two due to life getting in the way. Most recently, the sudden and very unexpected death of a family member. I have some requested work from a few people with my comic strips, which people seem to really have taken to. I resented it at first, because I did them more as a past time, and what i viewed to be my "real" work was getting overlooked in favor of them. But, when you think about it, I have no business complaining if people like my work. Regardless of what it is.
While I completely agree that Arkham Origins was definitely taking pointers from Nolan's liner notes, I don't share your distaste for his work on Batman. I don't necessarily consider that incarnation to be self-righteous or family friendly. The way I see it, as far as character goes, that is the most faithful rendition of the character and that world ever put to screen, and likely will remain so for years to come. I'm amazed they got away with some of what they did. But, the Arkham games had created a delightfully dark and twisted world of their own that was a happy meeting point between comic and dark thematic visual story telling. They should have kept with what they were doing, not try to incorporate the most publicly recognized version to broaden the already VAST demographic for the games.
But, the fact that Kevin Conroy let slip that he's been working on a new game for months, and the act that Rocksteady studios has been dark for the last few years makes me think that the originators of the series are working on something new behind the scenes, and Origins was just to quell demand while they work.
Yes, I have to thank you for giving me your email again, because there's too much to respond to here. I'll try and get to that shortly as possible. By they way, I rarely ever laugh at some that's static like a comic strip, usually I require some live movement. However, that piece regarding seriousness of message and and undeniable public display of artistic integrity was fucking hilarious. I won't tell you what to do, but I sure hope that's not the last time I see posh cosmoMark and frothing meltdownMark locking horns.
Which comic was it you're referring to? Was it the one where I express doing elaborately detailed panels to validate myself as a real comic strip artist in the ever critical eyes of the art community, only to declare it takes too much time and I don't give a shit, and finishing the strip with a crude stick figure? Was that the one that got a laugh out of you?