Cartoon and Illustration

Now we’re cookin’

Artwork copyright © James E. Lyle

For several years I took this piece around to elementary schools to demonstrate how I work from rough pencils to finished artwork.  But I finally sold the original recently.  It is an interesting story device to show the transition from mediaeval armor to “mecha” as an analogy for the transition to a glorified body promised to believers in Scripture.  They had the “full armor” of God before, but at the point where they are glorified it is no longer tainted by the corruption of fallen nature.  On this point the story is outstanding.  Nice work Richie!

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Cartoon and Illustration

This one should catch someone’s eye

Artwork copyright © James E. Lyle

Page 8 of “In the Day of Battle”.  This may well be one of the best pages I’ve ever drawn.  It was certainly the best I’d drawn up to that point, and I was extremely proud of it when friends came to visit during the production of this story.  You may notice some interesting graffiti in the background: “Sirveaux” is a reference to an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 wherein Tom Servo decided to change how his name was spelled.  A big fan of MST3K, I had to include that–it also kind of works with the mediaeval armor–which again, I am still very proud of.  I know pride can be a bad thing, but in this case it drove me on to trying to work harder to do better art.

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Artwork copyright © James E. Lyle

This page is a bit difficult for me to display, because since drawing it I have come to the conviction that depictions of God in human form are an incorrect thing to do.  A violation of the second commandment (Exodus 20:4), or at least approaching that very closely.  Now admittedly, this is God the Son, who did take on the form of a man–and it might perhaps be argued that this is a generic form based very closely on the description given by John.

But ultimately it IS what I drew during that particular time and so has some historic validity.  But I probably could have put more “glow” around the face, at very least.  I really liked the horse and speedlines in the background.

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The previous post is page 6 of the story “In the Day of Battle”.  Due to some strange queeb in the blog program it kept wanting to add to the caption below the picture.  I don’t know why!  So I gave up and this will be the comments for page 6 in a separate post.

This page falls short of the mark simply because I was trying to do a Paul Gulacy riff and it didn’t really work that well.  Having had the opportunity to work over Paul’s pencils you’d think I would have been able to emulate him better, but all I really got was a flicker of that “haunted eye” look that he does so remarkably.

I’ve recently reconnected with Paul (“Hi Paul!”), and found him to be an even nicer guy than he was back when I inked his “missing” THUNDER Agents story.  Wonder if anyone will ever print that?

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