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Chicago, Illinois, United States
I'm a south side/Park Manor native, I graduated from Simeon Career Academy class of 2004 and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the American Academy of Art. Illustrator & Graphic Design are my skills of trade. Typically draw athletes but I also like topical illustrations as well. Contact for commissions: jess.nelsonjr@yahoo.com

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This has nothing to do with me...

but it's my blog and I can do what I want.

I saw the trailer to Sucker Punch, finally and it blew me away.

It's five cute young ladies (Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Abbie Cornish battling it out with Dragons and machines in a World War II type setting. Looks cool and is directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen). This will be his first major movie with his own original story. It's got all the potential to be a really awesome big budget B-movie with the girls, guns and monsters angle.
With that said it made me think about my own originality in my artwork. Snyder came on to the big screen by doing a remake of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead", then hit a huge payday with his adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel "300". That was almost shot for shot the same as the book, but his next film was Alan Moore's classic graphic novel "Watchmen".

He caught a little flak for either being too close to the book and not being original and he caught heat for making the minor changes he did. But with Sucker Punch (due out next year) he gets to make his own call, and direct with not constraints.

Well I kinda feel like I constrain my work too much. I try to think of new and fresh ideas but it always seems to familiar. I do come up with good, deep stories for already existing properties. I've been working on an X-Men story for a few years as most of you know and I think it's solid, my family likes it and my friends like it (legitimately). Some of my closer friends have helped me edit the story so it could make more sense. I hope that I get the chance to show it to Marvel and hopefully they like it.

Even with that, seeing movies like Sucker Punch, and Chris Nolan's wonderful "Inception" (I'll review it when I see it a second time) and also reading different art magazines like Juxtapoz, make me think about being more creative and more out there with my and not be so literal all the time. With more practice and experience it shall come, and the one day I will be able see my work in the same light as some of these modern day geniuses in the art world.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wonder Woman

Still needs a bit of work, but here's the pic of Wonder Woman vs Giganta that I've been working on for a week and a half. It's featuring Giganta more so because I wanted to do a fierce warrior looking version of her compared to the new modern take on her in the comics. Also I stuck with the regular Wonder Woman costume style as opposed to the new tights and jacket look. Not hating on it, but for a Amazonian-sized battle I figured Amazon clothing will do.

I need to work on my lighting techniques as well. This pic right now lacks the drama that an epic warrior battle should have. I need the darks of Frazetta, gloss of Luis Royo or the sexiness Julie Bell's muscled women have in their pics. I gotta turn it up just a notch to reach the place I want to be in my art and this pic was definitely a huge leap for me.

Wonder Woman and Giganta are copyrighted characters by DC comics
all other images in this post are done by Luis Royo, Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell, Simon Bisley and Frank Frazetta respectively.