Monday, January 09, 2006

A stark warning

I should warn you (and by "you" I mean the great, amorphous, possibly-only-actually-existing-in-my-head "you") that there will be endless changes to this here thing while I come to grips with the AWESOME TECHNOLOGY. So it might not be called sketchie forever (because, um, it seems to have been done before, Google says so) and I might monkey around with the template till I get something I feel reasonably comfortable with. Do you care? I don't know.

Alas, I'm more or less stuck with sketchydan as my blogspot name thing (I say alas, because one of the other sketchydans on this here the Internet is some sort of peddler of smut, or so it seems from the cache - I'm too scared to check the actual site because it looks like it's probably TOO HOT FOR TV or whatever). I could change it I guess, but that would mean losing all the lovely precious things that are already here. And I'm not ready for that. Not yet, darling.

Anyway. A picture for your eyes:

This is from my gangster-themed take on Macbeth. That's Banquo and son fleeing from the madness of Macbeth's machinations. It's all about to go horribly wrong, but I haven't drawn that bit yet.


Debbie said...

The Macbeth quip about sleep reminded me of this project. I hope you keep going with it as I really like the premise and this 'scene' in particular is pure movement. It occurred to me at the time (in my professional capacity, don’t you know) of the possibility of using Graphic images to enhance various Shakespeare texts, particularly the tragedies, for obvious reasons. Hamlet, Othello..dark, dark tales. In terms of 'getting kids to like Shakespeare', it would make my job a lot easier. Surely there is a market for this? New editions of the texts are produced all the time.

Dan McDaid said...

I was giving this some thought the other day actually: there really is a niche for comic book versions of the classics. I remember a few years ago, someone did a comic book of Ulysses in the style of Jack Kirby (legendary comic book artist, creator of Captain America, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four etc.) - I didn't read it, but as a way of selling a "difficult" story to people who wouldn't normally bother with them, it really impressed me. In a way, Shakespeare is ideal for adaptation in this way, because it was written to be visual anyway.

Yet more grist for the mill. It occurs to me that my art commitments are going to reach a point where I *literally* don't have enough hours in the day, and have to quit my job. And wouldn't that be a crying shame?