Since it has become all the vogue for writers to work full script, whether they have any clue at all about how to construct a picture, artists have in large part been reduced to simply drawing what they are told to draw (which, alas, most fans, I have found, think is how it has always worked, anyway!) and this leads to many, many instances where the artist is asked to draw something that is impossible.
|Posted: 23 January 2010 at 7:54am | IP Logged | 2
Some samples from my own recent experience:
• I was asked to draw Hakwman flying between the legs of a normal sized standing man WITHOUT KNOCKING HIM OVER
• I was asked to draw Hawkman frowning, with his mask/helmet on
• I was asked to draw Hawkgirl with heavy shadows under her eyes, with her mask/helmet on
• I was asked to have the "camera" TRACK (ie, move) to follow the action in a single panel
• Repeatedly I have been asked for back-and-forth conversations between characters in a single panel or…
• …art descriptions that set up Character A on the right, Character B on the left, and then have Character A speak first. Also…
• …art descriptions which place a character with his/her back to the camera when a facial expression is called for
• …art descriptions which call for actual movement of a character or characters within a single panel
• …characters sitting around a table, speaking A B C D E in the first panel, then E C B D A in the second, B A E D C in the third, and so on…
In each case, this resulted in a call to the editor, in which I basically said "I'm going to draw something that actually works. Be sure you fix the script to match."