Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Yo!

Yo! Originally uploaded by Gelatomettista2.
(entry: Carlitos)

Hey y'alls, how's it going?!? long time no see! (^_^)

... you know, for the longest time, I just wasn't sure what to write about that I hadn't already done a bunch of times in the past, then after that, good ol' procrastination and deadlines took over. :)

Anyway, I wanted to jump back in and become active on the 'Metti again, so here I am.

... you know, I've been meaning to ask a question to all of you who visit us: what are you interested in more specifically? what would you like us to write more about? do you like the finished drawings posted on here? or are sketches and 'prelims' more informative? We (at the studio) try and think about what would be cool to show fans on the blog, maybe things that WE would have liked to have seen before we became 'pros', but really, when it's all said and done, we've been at this 'professionally' for quite some time, and it can give you a bit on tunnel vision, SO, ball's on your side of the court ... what would you like to see more of?!?

... oh yeah, and just in case you guys don't know what my next 'gig' is, this is a sketch idea for a DEATHBLOW cover, my next project for WILDSTORM with 'Mr.100 Bullets' himself, Brian Azzarello (and yes, I am grinning from ear to ear at this moment) :)

alright y'alls, glad to be back!

laters'

Carlitos

48 comments:

bat2supe said...

Hi Carlos!

Personaly, I came to the blog following the Art of Jim Lee MSN group link.

I enjoyed seeing how u interact with each others @ Wildstorm & how u enjoy your work.

The sketches are cool because we can see your work in progress & sometimes guess what did u change & how the idea became a pencil.

I like the Iron Chief Battles, the videos or simply when u share your personal tastes.
Being a witness of Ale's Skye Runner, sharing Rich love for his work with Leinil Francis Yu, the Wildstorm reboot...

Continue like that boys that's all good.

WOOT! WOOT! or SHOOP! SHOOP! (like would say some G-Crew member ;))

P.S: More Iron Chief Battles & Videos would be cool.

Wraeththu said...

Personally, what I like to see are sketches. My absolute favorates are you all trying to flesh out how a character will look etc... but sketches in general are also good.

Fochod said...

Basically, I would like to read and view everything that you would like to post ;)

The Iron Chef battles and videos are really cool, the various sketches and finished pieces are amazing and it's really great to hear you guys talk about upcoming projects you are working on.

Right now, I think it would be informative to tell us how the Artist Search went and the insight you guys have gained from it.

dallasp said...

I really loved the video that Jim did for the Jenny Sparks sketch! Stuff like that is such an inspiration. I'd like to see more content like that as well as sketches!

Keep up the good work!

SteveZegers said...

I love seeing the whole process. Sketches all the way through to the finished piece. Can't see enough of that kind of stuff.

bizr said...

I'd like to see quicktime movies of the start and finish of pieces. Just to see how it is approached.

finn5fel said...

I like everything you guys post, but I would love to see more videos of y'all drawing. (Sí, lo sé: muy original.)

NY Comedy Bling said...

i think the best posts are when you tell stories about recent projects:

AKA: Check out this deathblow cover, i'm working with brian azzarello. i liked his work on 100 bullets and Jim knew it so he hooked me up when they were looking for an artist... [insert funny/interesting story]

and then we see it on the shelves and I already feel like i have a personal connection with the book.

meek? said...
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meek? said...

Welcome back! I personally love seein' more of both final drawings and preliminary sketches.

Final drawings of characters or landscapes that we usually wouldn't be able to see from y'all individually (i.e. Jim's sketches of John Stewart and Supergirl).

Preliminary sketches that clue us in on yo' respective processes and progression related to character designs, experimentations w/ other media, and unused art.

Congrats on Deathblow!!

Peace...

fatjester said...

I like the sketches and pencils, the things that you don't get to see in your published work. I'd really love to see some progression - like thumbnails to more polished sketches and drawings. Things that show the process really help get to know the artist.

It seems some artists build up "flesh out" their drawings, where it looks like Jim Lee seems to have some very awesome contours of characters instead, and that's the stuff I love seeing.

The finished work is cool, but it seems like the copies are too small to fully appreciate and I'll end up seeing it in the store anyways.

I'd love to see videos recorded from the Cintiq (if you guys are getting to use it much) similar to Brian Haberlin's coloring tutorials using Camtasia. That would be incredible to really see the process unfold in front of us.

I'm really just grateful that you guys do as much as you do. It's awesome to see what's going on "behind the scenes".

Thanks!

Jon Tsuei said...

I think I agree with Meek about wanting to see artwork that doesn't make it to the printed page (both finished or in progress).

I also really like to see finished pencils, before the inks and colors. Thanks for taking suggestions.

MR FURIOUS said...

I LIKE EM ALL!!! whether its sketches, finished products, iron meti challenges, recent european trips (of course only jim does this much traveling), new ideas/projects you guys are working on... etc...
its all good. i am a fan, i visit daily, if there's nothing new on, i try to read most of comments, if there's something new, then its great! this site is just such a treat for us fans and i'm sure some pros out there too. keep it up.

thanks a bunch

alexander - big fan

Dan said...

Definatly the process behind your work! I seeing how various artists and designers work out various ideas to create a final product.

Sagar said...

Keep the unfinished sketches coming! I often like to see them more than finished products.. get a feel for the process.

missleman said...

First and for most I think we like to see the art and stuff about it- I'm sure that is what made us fans in the first place. The slice of life stuff is fun and it is nice to see what you guys are up to from time to time but we like the art most of all…

I love the preliminary stuff- so sketches are great- but, anything that shows a process is the best thing you can put up in my opinion from conceptual sketches to your thumbs- layouts- pencils- inks- and finals are awsome, being able to follow you( not stalk but follow your process is awsome).

Convention sketches are great, I know I havent been able to get a sketch from any of you guys at conventions but you guys are awsome and I have bought your sketch books at some conventions and its always nice to see what was drawn at the con and live vicariously through other sketches, when you post those sketches its like you did them for us, not just that one fan (which makes it nice).

And, of course, the Iron Chef competitions are fantastic, not just for raising the dough for the CBLDF but I'm sure you can tell the type of traffic that shows up during that time frame.

So the art is what brought us to you in the first place, and the blog should be a celebration of that, whether high or low, it should be posted, and if it is we will be happy.

Sam Out-
http://manofmissle.com

Astroco said...

loose sketches and layouts are really helpful. i would also really like to know what art supplies, pencils, paper, etc., each of the artists at the studio use. although i have tons of artbooks and have read as much as i can find from various artists, i have found very little on specific penciling techniques. i'm also really interested in learning more about the mentality of a working artist. how do you guys get jump-started in the morning? caffiene? music? how do you maintain a positive attitude, especially when a piece doesn't seem to be working out like you have planned?

thanks!

Kepr said...

Carlos
one of the things I have appreciated most, but don't see enough of, is discussion into art theory or application of art principles and tecniques as applid to comics. One of the most informative pieces I have read in years was Jim's post on the Golden Triangle theory. I had never heard of it before but found it to be extremely useful. More, more, more of that type post would be greatly appreciated. Oh, and rich better talk about inking technique a lot more too!!!

miracle.eli said...

Ditto that last comment - blogs about tools/supplies are really cool and helpful to me. And I love the sketches, but would love to see the actual "building" of sequential pages in addition to the pinup/cover images. Not that you guys aren't posting a phenomenal amount of info as it is :) Thanks for a great blog!
m.e

jtruong008 said...

Some more Contests! Sketches, pencilled work in a large format (for those aspiring inkers out there), Iron Chef battles. Oh, and some more contests

Requius said...

It's cool to see character sketches, though I'm far more interested in your (Wildstorm's) take on an elaborate perspective shot, say, like a cityscape that isn't just traced. I imagine that when you deal with perspective problems on a daily basis, you devise shortcuts that would streamline the, often, tedious process. But I'm not going to angle for trade secrets without something in exchange...a quick method that I discovered for establishing diagonal vanishing points in any given panel is to take the distance from the center of vision to the farthest edge of the panel and double it (the distance). That will provide you with those points and also the station point in a snap along with a scene within a 52.5 degree cone of vision - which is exactly between the 45 and 60 degree guidelines that every book I've ever read on the subject recommends. And I've got more techniques that occurred to me during episodes of perspective induced psychoses...

I'm also interested if Jim is able to utilize his Cintiq for quality linework in reference to the previous post on the matter.

Thanx for asking.

antonio said...

Congrats Carlos on the Gig!!!

JESUS ANTONIO

Carlos Martinez said...

I like it when we get to read Jim's day to day activities during the different cons. It truly gives all us fans (especially those of who haven't been able to get to a con to meet Jim in person) a good backstage view as to all Jim goes through during the cons.

Tyler Wilken said...

I hear what you are saying man. Not like I really matter too much, but I've been MIA for a while too. If ya want my honest opinion, I kinda like to see the not so common stuff. When Jim posted the stuff he did as a kid, then said he was gonna try and re draw it. That kind of stuff intrests the hell outta me. I guess I would say "not the norm". Anywho congrats on the project, and keep up the awesome work.

Tyler

BrianChing said...

Hey Carlos,

Very cool stuff. I love the energy in your drawings. I'm looking forward to your run on Deathblow.

--Brian

nohoohboy said...

Everything. And thanks to the whole gelatometti crew for drawing in my book! You guys are awesome!

GoingNuckinFuts said...

I pretty much enjoy reading anything you guys post up. Whatever you guys can post up that is. But sometimes I find it a bit too repetative??? Not to sound negative or unappreciative or...greedy?? I love this site and I think its great you guys can make time to entertain us but I think if you guys explained or gave us some insightful info that it would be much valued and appreciated. Kepr's comment down belowv explains it better.

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Kepr said...
Carlos
one of the things I have appreciated most, but don't see enough of, is discussion into art theory or application of art principles and tecniques as applid to comics. One of the most informative pieces I have read in years was Jim's post on the Golden Triangle theory. I had never heard of it before but found it to be extremely useful. More, more, more of that type post would be greatly appreciated. Oh, and rich better talk about inking technique a lot more too!!!
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Aaron said...

As everyone has said, I really appreciate everything that you'll post. I think the stuff that I really enjoy that has been missing for awhile is the play by play of what you were thinking as you put together a piece. "I didn't leave enough negative space..." "This is why I composed by black areas this way in this piece..." Any insights into the your process is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!

COMIKXGUY said...

ALL THE ABOVE EPECIALLY THE COMMENTS FROM KEPR AND REQUIUS

ALSO BIGGER VIDEO SIZE,IT'S TOO SMALL TO SEE OVER THE ARTIST'S SHOULDER,WHEN U POST VIDEO I USUALLY WILL WATCH IT MANY TIMES,PLEASE ALSO PUT SOUND AND EXPLAIN THOUGHTS LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO U TODAY @ HOME OR @ A CONVENTION OR @ THE STUDIO

BY THE WAY JIM,GO PADRES!

spinkick said...

hey Carlos,

thanks for asking us fans what we'd like to see on blog... Personally, I think it would be cool to have a semi-frequent art lesson for us wannabes... maybe give us a drawing assignment or something...? (realizing you guys don't have time to critique everyone, but it could still be fun) How about show some more prelims or progressions of work from sketch to completion, pencils to inks to colors? I'd love to see some coaching from Rich on inking technique how to's...

spinkick said...

... also to add to my previous post: more videos would be cool -- I loved the Jim Lee how to from way back... and the Iron Chef battles are my absolute favorite thing about this blog.

MadPowerBomber said...

I keep on checking here 'cause I'm a huge WildStorm geek. Art wise, I like to see experimentation; stuff that we don't usually see from you guys in the comics field for whatever reason. The stuff that Rich does is amazing, Jim's digital experiments not too long ago, Ale's pinups of various colors, all that kinda stuff is immensely cool. It's nice to see a group of guys doing stuff, or posting stuff, on the 'net that they don't have to.

The only thing that would make this place infinitely cooler were ninja pinups, zombies, and doodles of Harley Quinn.

crazyfeetmcgee said...

I like to see everything and anything as long as there is a good story or some helpful hints to go with it.

Chuckeedee said...

.... awesome, thank you very much for all your input everyone ...gives me some ideas :)

kong said...

i also came here from the msn jim lee group and i like to see more preview art for you upcoming projects. its nice to see what everyone is up to. I love the sketches and iron chef battles. maybe collaborative images from all the guys in the studio (when you have free time of course). just some ideas of course! :)

Elizabeth Whelan said...

I stumbled across your site a while back and visit regularly now, not only to enjoy looking at the artwork but also because I am an illustrator myself (although diff. subject matter) now freelancing... and I miss the fun of seeing other artists' work in progress (as one does in a studio/ art dept).
Visiting your site reminds me how much I love comics and storytelling, and keeps me connected with the world of those of us who draw for a living. I see your pencils, and I know a little about you!
Keep up the great work, and thanks for taking the time to put it out here for us.

Colloton said...

As an aspiring hobbist artist I really enjoy watching videos and learning the techniques you use to create your art. I learned quite a bit from some of the short QT films you did in the past watching Jim, Carlos, Ale, and Rich create in the Iron Gelatometti competitions.

The Edge said...

Hey Guys,
I think tutorials on how you guys do what you do are the greatest. Show us how you pencil, ink, and color. Talk about the process of making a comic. Get some writers up on this site!
I am not really a fan of the iron chef battles. They are fun, but at the end of the day I personally don't feel like I am walking away with much.
The contests you have for the fans are fun. Also any previews and sketches you guys do are great. Whether they are comic related or not. Rich's paintings of the Mars Volta were neat to look at. I am all about the techniques and materials used. I would love to see more QT videos of you guys doing your thing. Someone other than Jim too. We all know and love Jim but we want to see the rest of you guys in action.
Take a look at the Gnomon Workshop DVDs as a template to go by.
That is my two cents...
Edge

Brooklyn13looded said...

As an aspiring artist, I'm interested in the enitre progress from roughs to the finished product. I'd like to see prelimary sketches, and the artist's thoughts layed down, all the way throught the final inked piece. This way I can see the thought process. It also kinda makes you guys seem more real to us, and makes it more possible. Thanks and keep up the great work!

-Maz Adams

infinitydarkness said...

All I can say less Rich and more everybody else.

Marvin Durán said...

Mr. Carlitos, to answer your question directly: I like to read about upcoming projects, or a behind the scenes comment on a published piece. Artwise, it's always great to see a sketch or two.

Best,

MarvinD

Luc said...

I have to go along with the others who have mentioned the videos. I learned alot watching them. I also like sketch posts, and would like to see high(er) res scans of some finished pages. Collaborations like the ones you and Scott did are cool too (where he did some washes on an old drawing of yours).

ps... you ready for UFC this weekend Carlos? :)

Matt said...

Loved the Videos, Iron Chef battles and when there was the Jim Lee page posted and people inked over it.

Batgirls--itch said...

It would be nice to have a little fact sheet that goes along with each art page that is posted. Something that helps the viewer get in the mind of the artist.
Jim makes a point to always describe his medium to the reader at times and this great
If there was a small spreadsheet with maybe 5 or 10 established questions for the artist to quickly answer regarding their work, more of the readers would be able to get a step towards understand what's behind the pen and ink rather then just seeing the product. In turn this would also help the artist remember what they used and what thoughts were going on in their minds.
At the same time this might require too much work and discourage artists from posting.
Keep posting and thanks.

Chuckeedee said...

UFC this weekend?!? the show or a pay-per-view thing?!?

nohoohboy said...

Thanks to all the Gelato crew for hookin me up! If you guys wanna check them out:

www.xanga.com/richyrichoh

Thanks again guys!

Nicolas said...

Hye Carlos
i am new to this blog ( and i am french, so i apoligize for my english ), so hello every body at Wildstorm studio.
I am not an artist myself, nor a writer (not yet :) ), and what impress me the most is the artwork, and i think it will be really cool to see the artwork process, or just some artwork researches, even unfinished, and why those ones were chosen instead of another one, for example.

Thanks to you Carlos
See you soon on Deathblow.

savon599 said...

I'm feelin' anything Rich, Jim, Carlos, and the rest of the gang put out...(shout outs to J. Kirby and R. Benjamin too!) Everything is on point... I'm diggin' everything y'all are doing but you guys really need only one thing...more Sandra Hope! Dayuum she's stunnin'! Is she still married? If not, does she like chocolate?...'cuz my kisses are sweeter than Hershey's...holla back Sandra!