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Scott Sackett
04-02-2008, 09:57 PM
Here the first 3 pages of the samples I'm taking to the New York Comic Con. Please let me know what you think!

Page One (http://scottsackett.org/thing1.jpg)

Page Two (http://scottsackett.org/thing2.jpg)

Page Three (http://scottsackett.org/thing3.jpg)

There will be at least one more page.


04-03-2008, 10:29 AM
There seems to be some problems with anatomy,in which the waitress's arms seem to be too short .Also,I assume that's the Wrecker,because if that is,he should be more massive than what you have him at.He look almost anorexic.He should be drawn more bigger than what he his.IMO,he should be the same size as Ben.Great storytelling though.

04-03-2008, 09:36 PM
You've almost got it, Scott. Your draftsmanship is excellent, your story telling is clear, but there's something lacking. The whole thing feels a little like an Archie comic in that everything is a little too generalized.

Your anatomy is a bit on the weak side. You should spend some time in a figure drawing class working on gesture drawings, your poses are a bit stiff and unnatural. I think it would really help to add some shadows to your work. Spend some time working from photos until you get a feel for how shadows fall across the figure.

Also, I think you have to change pencil leads or something because your line weights are a little heavy handed. Try a 2h. Always make sure your pencil is sharp. Try to get it down in one, simple elegant line. The only way the heavy outline works is if you have nice delicate lines filling everything else in.

And dirty this up some. Your street scenes are nice but they look a little too pristine. Add some paper and garbage on the ground, some dirt on the walls, cracks, stains, texture, that sort of thing. It needs more real life in there. I always find lots of great ideas just by looking at photos.

Keep at it!

Scott Sackett
04-03-2008, 11:14 PM
jeffo46, Thanks for the advice. I looked at several sources for the wrecker and while he has changed sizes, you're right he could be beefed up some.

Scott Sackett
04-03-2008, 11:26 PM
Hey Cary, Thanks for the kind words.

I draw with a H .07 mechanical pencil. I struggle with finding a style and it mostly seems to be dictated by which tool I use.

Thanks for the advice, I'll work on it!

T.J. May
04-03-2008, 11:27 PM
Storytelling and backgrounds are great. A little too pristine as Cary said, but that could also be taken care of at the coloring stage.

The anatomy is wonky for the Superhero genre, but I think it would work well as it is in more literary genres, comedy or satire.

But yeah, it's not marketable in the supers genre. Not as is, but you've got the basics down it would seem.

04-04-2008, 02:40 AM
if your trying to get a job drawing superheroes you gotta make your heroes and villians look bigger than life. the first thing most artist and editor will ask will be what do you want to draw and try to help you gear towards what you want to work on. as stated city of new york is way to clean in your version, every little detail helps to make it that belivable. 1st page opening shot just feels wrong to me. I sure you want to convay a feeling of warmth and relaxation but your choice of view just feels wrong to me (arkward, out of control)

joh james
04-04-2008, 01:29 PM
I love your stuff, Scott. Brings me back to a time when comics were simple, mind numbing fun! Very cool. I have an interesting experiment for you(I used to ask this of students): Freeze frame a dvd on a random scene, print it out, acetate the details on a lightbox or window pane, and redraw into comic book panels with people(your own). After doing that a few times you'll steadily notice that your eyes will become accustomed to picking out more detail, and simulate more realism, even when you're NOT working from reference. The randomness and amount of texture that exists in the real world will seem overwhelming in comparison. And your people need to come from a more real world sense of anatomy, not an interpretation of it. Use yourself as a model in a mirror for all your poses. Especially facials. Good luck, bro! I'll see you in NYC!