By now it probably looks like most of my submissions to Factsheet Five were horror themed. A lot of them were. A lot of them weren’t. The ones that weren’t were not in the sketchbook I scanned for this set of posts. Of course, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you know I am a big fan of monsters and icky things. Not much has changed since 1990. Heck, not much has changed since 1967 or so, the year I found out about dinosaurs. I’ve got drawings that my mother saved from the really old days. But I’ll spare you those. At least for now.
For this illustration I tried to experiment with different tones by shading with pencil. The art was then photocopied (not scanned – this was 1990, I didn’t own a computer) and then mailed (not emailed, no internet) to Factsheet Five. By the time the art saw print (if it saw print) the pencil shading would have blurred into an interesting texture.
Another spot illustration submitted to Factsheet Five in 1990. At the time I was using a lot of stippling in my illustrations. I like the ethereal look the technique can give an illustration. I’d probably still use it now and then if it wasn’t so time consuming.
I liked this illustration when I did it 20 years ago. I like it now. A lot of the time when I look at my old work, especially the stuff I did before I took figure drawing classes, I appreciate more what I was trying to do than what I actually accomplished. This is one illustration that I like just as it is.
I scanned this from the same sketchbook as my Factsheet Five spot illustrations. I don’t remember if this was one of the FF illustrations or if I used it for a Christmas card myself. Possibly I did both. The tree decorator here is Zipperhead, a cheerful serial killer in the tradition of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger – Freddy Krueger especially since Zipperhead enjoys quipping while he kills. Jason and Michael tend to be silent types.
I invented the character for a series of contributions to a minicomic called All Cover Comics. The premise of the series was simple and fun – each page was the cover of an imaginary comic. Besides Zipperhead I drew imaginary covers for The Midnight Avenger, Steffi (Queen of the Urban Jungle) and … I don’t remember what the fourth series was. Hmmm. One of these days I’ll actually unpack all my old minicomics and put some scans up. There doesn’t seem to be much on the web about the series. And you know the web needs more info posted about obscure limited run publications.