Friday, October 24, 2008

THE INFIDEL: The Majors


17 comments:

Mike Thompson said...

Now that's something else!!!! Bosch, friggin' fantastic, my friend. You ARE my hero. Exciting as hell.

revereridesagain said...

That's a cover! Covers can mean closer to publication. May we hope?

Love it!

Are the brothers twins, Bosch?

Damien said...

Bosch

Excellent art worked. I love the image of all four characters in the same picture. The expressions on their faces are perfect. It gives me a good idea as to what each of them might be thinking.

I do have one minor criticism though, shouldn't the color scheme on Killian Duke and Salaam Duka be reversed? I mean hasn't Salaam turned to the dark side, so to speak? Shouldn't he be red and his brother be in blue?

Joe Maurone said...

Nice design, Bosch. Love your use of color here...

Mike Thompson said...

Damien, I think the color-scheme is perfect as is. Maybe you're thinking about Star Wars light-saber colors or something. The red band with Killian's name flow directly to the right side and joins seemlessly with Pigman's. The dark green and dark blue are of the same value and coordinate much closer. Bosch has carefully selected his color combinations not only for beauty, but also for symbolic meaning.

Hope I haven't overstepped my bounds with this reply, Bosch.

Mike Thompson said...

Plus the fact that Bosch's favorite colors are red and black. And seeing as how Killian represents Bosch to some degree, it would only be fitting that they share the same color preference.

Godfrey of Utah said...

Very, very, cool! I think I can see the symbolism behind the chosen colors for the characters and the directions they all face. I have learned to look for
symbolism in your works. For example: the Green that covers SuperJihad is like the color "Islamic Green" that is used by the terrorists so much and how the Orange of Pigman is an opposite to the "Islamic Green". Sorry if I am at all off base. I personally prefer Irish Green, even though I am not.

revereridesagain said...

Just looking through "Table for One" again and caught the temporary alteration in Kripnik's hair sheen when he first sets eyes on Cherry...

Oh my, when I think about what you can do with a graphic novel full of Islamists...

phuckie slum said...

It's awesome... Looks very movie like.
Very contemporary to cover pages, very mainstream, almost suitable for the Politically Correct world.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Mike,

Glad you really like it, have to say I'm very happy with how it came out as well.


RRA,

Thank you, and I can't make any announcement yet, but I can't wait to when something breaks. And yes, the brothers are twins and in the image, they're framed within The Twin Towers.


Damien,

Thanks, and re; the color:
If you notice, the colors for Killian and Pigman are warm, connoting life, as opposed to the cold blue for Salaam and the Islamic green for SuperJihad. Sure, green can mean life, but it can also mean mold and sickness and it happens to be a 'bad' color in my book, in Salaam's green eyes and clothing, etc.


Thanks, Joe, I do like how the colors came together.


Mike, I appreciate the fill in and never mind it my friend.


Godfrey,

Thank you, glad you like it. This being my first color book, I'm being particularly conscious about the colors I choose and why and this image has a taste of that.


RRA,

No matter the difficulty at times I have with this book which I have a love/hate relationship with, there's always room for some sheer fun in getting some visual puns in it, not obvious ones, but for those who are really looking, they'll be a nice extra.

Thanks, P.S., it's definitely a more polished image than some of the others.

Damien said...

Bosch,

I'm surprised I didn't think about the color scheme that way, now that I think of it, it is obvious. The same thing can represent polar opposites depending on the context.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Right, context is key.

Fellow Infidel said...

Hi Bosch and all, the color discussion is great. I think that is one of the hallmarks of Infidel / Pigman art: everything means something. Nothing is done by accident or convenience. It seems like every single detail is thought through. For the reader / observer, that creates significance and nuance in every piece. I love it!

Question: Bosch, how to you electronic-ize your art? Do you do everything on "paper" and then scan it? or do you do computer graphics for some items? just curious.

Carry on, brothers in arms.
FI

Bosch Fawstin said...

Fellow Infidel,

Thanks for the compliments, particularly for your words re: my art that 'everything means something. Nothing is done by accident of convenience.' Means a lot, appreciate it and I do make it a point to bring as much meaning as I can to a piece.
Regarding my work process, esp. using color:

I sketch things out on newsprint for a while, until I'm happy with the ideas/design, I then use tracing paper to pencil in the best of the sketches. I may then go directly to scan the image from the tracing paper, or I may transfer the image to a bristol board. I then ink the image with india ink, sometimes with a brush, sometimes pen or marker, and sometimes all three. I've water-colored some of the images you've seen, but most of them have been colored through photoshop.

Mister Myst said...

Cool to finally know the names of the 2 brothers. Then again, I haven't been to your site in a while. You may have announced the names earlier and I just missed it that time.

I hope that Salaam gets his ass handed to him.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Mister Myst,

Things do go down with the brothers, looking forward to your thoughts on the actual book.

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