That’s right guys, that’s my art with Carl Clark’s fantastic jazz music! We’ll be at Cincy Comicon, Sep. 5-7 in the Artist Alley, with the comic/album set as well as tons more art and comics, including The killing of Dreams and Dog Street: Part 1! Come see us there!
Carl says this song was directly inspired by my piece “Atomic Jazz” and the story behind the picture. I couldn’t be more proud to have inspired such gorgeous tunes! I’ve heard most of the album, it’s mindblowing. Every song is different and they all highlight a different wonderful artist. You don’t want to miss this! If he releases any more music I’ll share it here, I promise. It’s awesome.
They’re all March 2006 News4U and they all say “Best Wishes Heather” so I will not fatigue you with 6 identical-looking blurry shots.
But yeah, how crazy is life? Here’s the strip he autographed:
The strip is about the process of making the righthand piece from this post. Is the madness starting to make sense yet??
Yipes! What have we here? Well, he may look like the Boogeyman, but this is a plague doctor. He’s a character from a comic one-shot I’m working on called The Ocean. Back for November NaNoManGo I did 30 concept drawings for this comic, I’ll post them soon.
But to continue, the doctor is covered in voluminous protective robes treated with wax. His beak is simply the medieval version of a respirator or gas mask, in this case a cone filled with herbs and potpourri that are supposed to protect him from airborne disease and I would imagine from the stench of the mounting population of plague victims. The gloves, goggles and hat are further protective measures, basically the man is in a Hazmat suit. The smoke in the background is from the incense burning in an unseen censer he carries on his person as an additional protective measure.
I took the outfit design from an old engraving, including his curious winged-hourglass staff. Supposedly plague doctors used their staves to prod their patients instead of touching them, and perhaps even beat them or force them off if they threatened to get too close. (My doctor is doing so here.) Other things I read suggested that plague doctors were drawn from the most untalented and untrustworthy members of the medical profession, and that their casualties from the disease were very heavy.
I personally don’t know what’s true and what’s myth, but whether he is a kind man or callous and neglectful, the Plague Doctor and his fearsome alien appearance play a part in the beginning of my story.
I mentioned comics the other day. Here are a couple of characters of mine from a long-format comic I have on the docket. They’ve been around in my head for quite a long time! I call them “Resurrection Men” and after a couple of famous unsavory resurrection men (body snatchers) from the past I affectionately refer to them in my head as Burke and Hare. Burke is the one with the striped scarf and black hat and Hare is the one with the odd “brass magnolia” glasses.
I’m sure you can tell there’s something wrong about these gentlemen…this old post also features a sketch from the same comic. I’ll post more concept art from this work as I dig it up…in the middle of an equipment change!