Friday Mar. 2 was Dr. Seuss Birthday. All this week has been designated Dr. Seuss week where schools emphasize reading. I hope they emphasize art as well. What would Dr. Seuss' books be without his art. The man was a genius with words and his books would still be great. But his art is so unmistakable, so original, it has such a unique groove to it that it just takes on a life of its own. It works in perfect harmony with the words and has become iconic in our culture. One glance and you know its his.
His character was not perfect. He was a sinful human being as we all are (Rom 3:23). I don't agree with all his viewpoints. But I can't deny his craft nor would I want too. I love the dynamic lines. How he builds form and creates value with them. The movement. His color was genius . So simple yet in perfect harmony with the drawing and the words. He used only 4 colors in Cat in the Hat, 2 shades of blue, 2 shades of red-- and it was just perfect. I love it that he cared so much about education. He worked hard to teach kids in an entertaining way. He served his country and used animation to educate and thereby protect soldiers in WWII.
But the best thing I can think we can learn from him is find your own voice, the voice God gives you. Draw, draw, draw, and draw some more unitl it's there. We emulate the voices of others because we want glory for ourselves. Seek God's glory and let Him use you how he wants. I hope to do that by God's grace and give God glory as my creator and redeemer.
Glooma's main henchmen are the Gloomtroopers. They like Glooma herself formerly served the King of Light as beings of light known as Lumens. Glooma deceived 1/3 of these Lumens into rebelling against the King and they became her Gloomtroopers. The Gloomtroopers were based on Jack Kirby's parademons of Apokolips, underlings of Darkseid from Kirby's time at DC comics.
Glooma will also employ a number of Underlings or Bosses. These will be special captains in her dark army. One of which is called Distortion. He is a villain based on a rock guitarist who has the power to distort reality and truth with his guitar and voice. He was another one of those scrap papers.
There will be more underlings of course
The best heros have the best villains. Batman has the Joker, Two-face, Riddler, Catwoman, Rhas al Gul ( hope I spelled that right). Spider man has Dr. Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro, the Lizard. Superman, Lex Luthor, Brainiac. Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom, Galactus. Well, I could go on and on but great heros have great villains. When I started working out ideas for O-boy I started to get ideas for villains. The main villain, Glooma, came from another of those 3 inch scraps and looked like this.
Menacing isn't she? Not exactly arch villain material but the all black clothes gave me the idea for a dark gloomy villian. I kept sketching and came up with this face.
A little tougher but still cartoony which is good since O-boy is a child. Sketching went on and I came up with these.
So the final basic design ended up like this. Keep in mind it is still a rough.
Nezt up, Glooma's minions. Gloom troopers and other underlings.
Christian cartoonist seeking to bring glory to his Creator and Redeemer by being creative.