Hello I'm Mike Manley, welcome to my studio Blog. I am veteran comic and animation artist and I created and edit Draw! Magazine. This blog is a chronicle of what's happening in my studio. Follow my process and path as an painter, cartoonist and teacher and find out how they inform and enrich each other!
Thursday, April 28, 2005
A drawing of one of my students from our on-the-spot-drawing field trip to a local mall, done in prismacolor pencil and some other quick gesture drawings done while in the mall with my students.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
The wall can be a wall of shame, wall of pain or wall of fame. It's up to each student to decide that by the work they have to post weekly.
Monday, April 25, 2005
Last weekend while hanging out on South Street in Philly with a pal visiting from out of town, we decided to venture into the comic shop a few doors down from Tower records.
I Was feeling pretty good, having swilled 3 pitchers of margaritas at the Coppa, across from Jim’s Steaks on South and 4th. My buzz was still in good effect as I walked up to the rack of new comics and proceed to find nothing worth buying, disgustingly flipping thru and the flopping back down the ugly, greasy-photoshop-rendered comics. Alas nothing worth spending beer money on. As I scanned the sheleves I was treated to the quintessential comic shop conversation. Quetin Tarantino couldn’t have written a better one himself. The conversation follows..
Comic geek: Do you have the trade where they bring back the new Green lantern?
Comic shop employee: You mean Silver-age Green lantern.
Comic geek: Yeah the real Green Lantern.
Comic shop employee: Well there is more than on real Lantern, you need to be more specific. The Silver-age Green lantern, he was always my favorite as he has the ultimate weapon.
Comic geek: Now way, Superman is the most powerful hero in the DCU.
Comic shop employee: Nope Green lantern is. He has the ultimate weapon as his ring is powered by his mind, so whatever his mind can imagine he can make happen. He could kill superman, he’s only limited by his willpower.
Comic geek: No way. He’s lame. He’s always making big shovels and stuff. Superman never has to rely on gimmicks like that. He could just move like the Flash and knock you out.
Comic shop employee: No that was the golden age Green Lantern and he was weaker because that just what his mind could think of. Big boxing gloves and clothespins. But the current Green Lantern could make all kinds of intricate and deadly weapons. And his weapons move at the sped of thought.
I could kill you in a blink if I had the Lantern’s ring. Oops sorry, I can’t because you are wearing a yellow t-shirt. Hahaha!
I had to get the fuck outta’ that place before my head exploded….
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Gesture, Gesture Burning Brite
BELOW is a layout for a page from the POWER of Shazam Annual I did about 10 years ago. The goal for me is to get the same kind of gesture energy seen in the sketches from LIFE I've been posting in my comic and stoyboard work. So often I get it in my roughs, and loose some of the juice in the finish. There is an egergy in a sketch, rough or sketchbook drawing that is raw and alive! It's always a fight to have the same vitality in finished work, and the more steps in the process, the more chance that energy will evaporate. the layout below drawn at print size has energy and despite some wonky or off drawing, I prefer it to the finiahed page.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Mall Rat Gestures
drawing class to the mall Wednesday.
I wasn't able to do much, and my concentration was a bit scattered as I
had to do the rounds and keep up with the students, coach, teach etc. So
these were done in spare moments or to show examples. Everyone did much
better this time, the same class did this last fall and they could see
themselves the improvement in their drawings. Doing this often is one of
the best things a cartoonist can do.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
KILLER STUNTS TRAILER
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Seem to be on quite a phot jag these days. I love my Canon Powershot 80. I bought it last summer when I bought my 17' Apple laptop. I'm still getting into figuring out all of it's myriad of functions. It's made snapping pics such a breeze. I take it with me just about every time I go out. You never know what will be there to SNAP ON.
One of lesson points I re-interate every week with my students is that art is all around you. It's everywhere constantly, 24-7-to the end of time, or this reality anyway. All you have to do is pay attention and notice it. I am struck by beautiful compositions everyday just walkinh down the street, or in the car. The sun will strike a wall at a cool angle, cast a shadow, I'll notice a really interesting person with a face aged with character, or a beautiful girl who moves with youth or grace. My dogs are both a constant source of humor and inspiration.
I snapped these pics walking back from school last wednesday along the two blocks I walk bewteen DCAD and the lot where I park my jeep in downtown Wilmington. Like Philly, Wilmington has lots of old decaying buildings and streets loaded with chram, decay and character. It's a city that is crack-house rough for a few blocks then suddenly it's a area which has been renovated. They seem to be trying really hard to bring it back, like many old eastern cities I hope that when they do bring it back they don't loose the character that makes Wilmington cool. The flava! I downloaded the snaps I took into my laptop and opened them in photoshop, and turned them into black and white photos then added a hint of sepia with the duotone filter to give that "old time flavor".
DCAD where I teach. This semester I'm teaching figure drawing.
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Thursday, April 14, 2005
featuring a lady detective
and her pet monkey
The Venture Brothers dancers featuring DR. Girlfriend
A drinking contest
A mermaid who sang a song about wanting a vagina
More Superfriend action!
After all this, plus airing of new episodes of Tom Goes to the Mayor, Venture Brothers and Sealab 2021 I headed back out into the cool Philly night and home to dream of strippers and their pet monkeys.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
South Philly Style
Swimming with Sharks
Ladies and Gentlemen...BLACKLIGHTNING!
I'll spare you and me the next few pictures dear reader...
You're a mean one MR. Grinch!
More tomorrow!! Pics courtesy of my brother Marc Manley