Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Marvel Samples are done!!

Well, I got four pages drawn for Marvel. I had done five pages of layouts back in May with the idea that Scott Hanna and I would work together and Scott would do finishes over my breakdowns.

The BLACK CAT page that I posted a while back was from that group.
Someone at Marvel requested some sample pages of finished pencils. I finished one that was the next page from the Spider-Man story that I did the layout pages for, but I was very unhappy with the results so I stopped after laying out the next one and did a bit of self evaluation.

After some contemplation, I decided that I needed to start something different. Scott had sent me the script to ULTIMATE X-MEN #74, so I read it and decided to do the first four pages as finished pencils.

I'm posting them at the same time as this blog post.
Let me know what you think.

Chris Allo at Marvel gave some good initial positive feedback, but nothing will happen until after the San Diego Con which is this weekend.


Charles said...

Whoo! Go Tom!

I think it's interesting to see how any artist's work changes over time. I'm certainly no expert on your work, but I've seen examples of it from the eighties to the present, and (even though the earliest stuff is still better than I can do now) it's awesome to see how much more dynamic you've gotten.

In your earlier work I've seen, despite good compositions and figure poses and such, something about the lines and forms tends to make them look a bit choppy at times. The line quality in newer things, and especially these X-Men pages, by contrast, is much more fluid, and leads my eye around a lot more gracefully. (The hair and fabric, especially, look awesome.)

You can even see some of this difference between the X-Men pages and the Spider-Man spread below them.

Anyway, that's just my two cents. Yay Tom!

Tom Lyle said...

Thanks, Charles. I can see some of the change and growth, but I don't see it all. I'm always trying to change and morph with the times, though, so I'm glad to hear that my efforts aren't in vain.

I actually think that my time at SCAD has been very good for me in terms of growth and dynamism.


mr.Imal said...

Hi Tom,
Nice work as always.
I stumbled across your site and realized we haven't talked in ages, so I figured I'd say hi. ( not the most appropriate place, I know, sorry)
It's Dan from Tennessee via New York, or vice versa.
Hope you are well.

Drop me a line if you'd like.
e-mail is my user name @comcast.net.