Cartoon and Illustration

Artwork copyright © James E. Lyle

The art presented here is a second attempt at this page and I’m very pleased with the result.  I’d heard about the idea of discarding complete or nearly completed pages from friends at CrossGen, but had not been too keen on the idea myself.  But in this case I’d struggled with the original page for two days, knowing it was not right.  Finally discarding it and starting fresh.  The concept for this one is the same, but the composition is much better here.

The tone used for the sky is an actual piece of zip-a-tone shading film left over from my father-in-law’s studio.  He gave me a bunch of this stuff that had dried up adhesive on it.  So the application to this page required the use of spray mount and a bit of work with the rubber-cement pick up (or “goober” as it was once known in commercial art).  At this resolution you can’t see that it was a tone pattern made up of repeating dots in a hand-applied pattern.  This particular pattern was used a lot in The SPIRIT magazine when it was in black and white.  So it had a nostalgic feel for me.  As it is shown here it has the vague appearance of an “aqua-tint” used in print making.

The figures on this page are essentially cartoon portraits of the members of  the Christian band, Soul Embraced, at least as the membership stood at that time.

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Cartoon and Illustration

Artwork copyright © James E. Lyle

This is page 4 of “In the day of Battle”.  While I was not particularly happy with this page, some friends who were visiting (my former minister’s wife and youngest daughter) picked this one as the most interesting of those I’d drawn up to that point.  As they were not comics fans I took their advice hoping that this image would reach out to others outside the “cognoscente”.

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Cartoon and Illustration

artwork copyright © James E. Lyle

This page was really fun to work on, and I particularly like the way that the lying spirits of the media are portrayed in the frog shaped word balloons containing actual clips from newspaper articles.  Of course there’s no telling how people will mis-interpret artwork–even if you beat them over the head with something they’ll still miss the point you’re trying to make.  I had one fellow look at this page, point to the figure on the right, and say, “The evil Dan Quayle!  Ha, ha!”.  I had a completely different vice-President in mind when I drew it. 😉

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Cartoon and Illustration

Artwork copyright © James E. Lyle

This page was intended to look as much like a Marvel page (see previous post) as possible.  It depicts an angel pouring a bowl of judgement on the earth, as described in the Biblical book of Revelation.  While I was working on this story for an ostensibly Christian publisher I came to be less and less convinced of the interpretation being dictated by editorial policy.  By the time I finished up drawing the story I had made up my mind to carefully study the various views of predictive prophecy, particularly in interpreting John’s Revelation.

Footnote on this piece.  I eventually gave the original to Walter Simonson, since it was rather obviously (to me anyway) an homage to his work.

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Cartoon and Illustration

A big one that got away.

copyright © James E. Lyle

This is page one of a 23 page story commissioned by Quest Comics back in 2002. The deal fell through just before Christmas of that year and I was never paid. I describe the story as “Revelation according to Marvel Comics”. The original story was written by Richie Suttles and was intended as all splash pages. I really put my heart and soul into this one. The story was supposed to feature the Christian band Soul Embraced. No fault of theirs that the deal went sour.
Since the deal fell apart and I was never paid, I hold the copyright on the artwork.

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