Monday, May 4, 2009

Round Six - Bare Barbarian

In my mind, the really interesting "barbarians" were the ones that went to battle fearlessly naked (or nearly so) to psych their enemies. The Celts, Gauls, Gymnitai, or various African and N/S American tribes. ....Or any excuse to draw an interesting body shape. ;)

I also played a bit with clothing options (a gal's gotta have a wardrobe), so there's "Spring fashion" and "Fall fashion".


  1. The subject is pretty open, "barbarian" comes from the Greek "barbaros", meaning foreign and ignorant, "barbaros" was derived from "barbar" which translates as "speaking nonsense" (basically not speaking Greek and later not speaking Latin), so most any non-greek/roman of the era was a barbarian....

    oh, yeah, this is one more nice drawing and probably more accurate than any of the others
    (my point of reference has been Conan comics from the 80's that Marvel put out....known for their historical accuracy...haha)

  2. I have been waiting to see what Mirana would do. I had checked out your other blog, nice stuff. The result is you blew us guys out of the water...nice job! really nice disciplined approach. has kind of a Alen Davis feel mixed with classic children's illustration or Alexander Raymond.

  3. Wow, nice work here. You've captured the female form nicely and left just enough mystery there. I really like this piece.

  4. Amazonian women were said to cut off one breast in order to be better archers.
    Hardcore. Just like this drawing.

    How did you get your outfit variations to line up so well on top of the original? Did you do that digitally? It looks like graphite but I can't quite tell.

  5. Ben P. - I love conceptualizing with a bit of history in the fantasy! It's especially ironic that the British then used the term to refer to "uncivilized" cultures beyond their own later. It's a really interesting term and idea. I did figure there would be a lot of Conan/Red Sonja and Frank going on already, which is equally fun. ;)

    Ben C. - Whoa, thanks! I actually haven't gotten to do any fleshed out pencil sketches in a while (and definitely no fantastical ones) so I was excited to do some for this blog. :) Not familiar with those artists (quick googling brought little), but having a children's book feel to it must be strange with the subject matter... ;D

    Zak - Thanks! I def wasn't trying to be over the top gratuitous (nothing wrong with that, just not my intent...this time ;).

    Grey - Haha, thanks! They're a little of both. I light boxed the clothing to a separate piece of paper and then merged the scans in Photoshop.

  6. Yeah, Wow… What they said! Did you take classes with Paul Hudson? The accuracy and detail reminds me of his work. Gorgeous!

  7. Scott - LOL! I did take one conceptualize class with Paul, but that wasn't about penciling. To be Paul I'd have to model it out, build the props (out of foamcore first), photograph it in different lighting situations, and do about a 100 drafts over a couple yrs... ;) I don't have that amount of focus or experience! It's a great compliment though--thanks!

  8. Mirana...I would add Burne Hogarth and Hal Foster to your research if you are new to Alex Raymond.

    Zak and I are both influenced by Alen Davis (who is still alive and working, unlike the other three). His work on Excalibur with Chris Claremont is some of the best comics work from the eighties. I have a style of drawing that your drawing reminds me of that is influenced by Alen Davis and Jamie Hernandez; for example check out Sketchbook entry in my Ben Cohen Ink blog dated Tuesday, February 16, 1999.

    Mirana, Scott, Ben...Nice assessment of Paul. A truly great guy in my book. I remember his first Sequential Art class, we took from a horrid teacher Jack Cassidy. Paul was so complimentary in critique, meanwhile he had this masterful drawing up that masked his still developing storytelling skills. Then jack has him brake out the Nsas Paintings...jaws dropped. I finished my BFA and MFA just before him, but by my MFA he was teaching and kicking my ass as a professor and fellow student. It was a wonderful beating. I made the mistake of taking three Paul Hudson classes, during one summer...he was a friend how hard could it be...I produced the best stuff I had up to that point...oh and Ben P. Remember our inking class with John...that was the first time I felt I had a chance with keeping up with did...I...well...not quite. Still like my inks though.

    Wow to much chatting not enough drawing.

  9. I know Hogarth and Foster. :) "Jamie"...or "Jaime" Hernandez (if it's the later, than yes I am familiar...though not as big a fan as I am of Gilbert)?

    Hmm, SCAD Seqa ten-ish yrs ago...perhaps you had classes with my friend Rachelle Fox?