The first thing to quite clearly establish is this is not reality. There may well be a whole load of drawings here which look rather similar to something else and a lot of names which may sound familiar- but I can assure you this is just pure happenstance any resemblance to anything living or dead is unintentional or done as parody
If you have happened to have not read whatever it is that may look similar to this, I am not going to recommend that as a publication you can buy so you can understand what follows as what follows is not for you
If you want me to recommend anything to read It will be League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Secret Service or any comics / graphic novels that are creator owned by either Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons
None of the finished drawings that appear here will be original - they will be redrawn by hand by myself, degraded if you will
We start with the cover...
Join me next week as we enter inside and the story proper begins...
This week we feature probably the most famous creation by Hugo Pratt - Corto Malteste
Which has lots of graphic novels - yes even ones in english over at Amazon
There is even a web site devoted just to Corto Malteste with a lot more here
The drawing I have chosen is from "Fable of Venice"
This landscape image to my eye displayed a talent that could probably draw pages like this in hours or less
The line all suggest life emotion, passion, wear tear and a palatial background all with the minimum amount of drawing
The background in particular exists only as a series of dots and lines which only make sense when looked at from a bit of a distance
By looming much larger than life in the foreground is Corto Malteste himself looking assured. He has seen some fights and action but still he stands tall untouched
In attempting to recreate this I tried to go as true to the original as I could, so i went straight to ink using a berol handwriting pen. This pen had almost exactly the same width as the lines on the original and the finished product you see above took just under an hour roughly
Of course I couldn't pretend to be Hugo Pratt, but this was a joy to draw
Doug Noble , this is on its way to you - thanks for the great suggestion
Voting has closed
And we have a tally of one vote each for each suggestion.
This means I have to make a casting vote as to what will be next. As ever I try to be practical and not embark on a project that is too massive, given my rate of one page a week. As regular readers have seen some pages from Watchmen have already been completed. So it makes sense to continue with those
This week we feature the work of José Antonio Muñoz or simply Muñoz
According to "Wakipedia", Muñoz is "an Argentine artist"… "most notable for his influential black-and-white artwork. His hardboiled graphic novels series Alack Sinner (with writer Carlos Sampayo) is a noted source for Frank Miller's Sin City."
"His style is characterised by a sharp line, heavy chiaroscuro, and exaggerated, sometimes grotesque, faces and figures. His work has had a strong influence on Argentine Alberto Breccia, his teacher. Also British artists Dave McKean and Warren Pleece"
Something that "Wakipedia" does not mention is Muñoz actually did work for Fleetway publications here in the UK working on strips mostly credited to (Francisco Solano) López
Muñoz worked for Fleetway editors Jack Le Grand (1920-1986: Buster, Valiant, Hurricane, Giggle, Jet) and Sidney Bicknell (1922-1991: Valiant, Vulcan). Munoz worked on four strips for the Lion comic: Stitch in Time, Lost in Limbo Land, The Treasure-Hunt Twins and Sark the Sleeper
But Muñoz is probably much better known and defintely more celebrated in France
The Page of Muñoz I have chosen to attempt to redraw by hand is from The Play of Lights or Jeu de lumières which is available via Amazon France in French for those who like the look of it
The page is of course Copyright Albin Michel, Muñoz José, Sampayo Carlos - 1988
We start on a dark highway - overhead the small street lights can be seen dotting the curve of the highway
As the headlights of a car play around the darkness depicting incredible speed flashing and bouncing off the dark until a destination is reached
These play as deliberately stylistic statements of cinema or the idea of moving pictures (this is the dance of light in question) the flicker of light onto a screen
"To get an image as pure as this is something else"
But the man in the last panel is asked in response to this statement to "tell me what you think really"
He (roughly) says he was born in italy but is french - while italy is in his soul
Whatever you take away from that you certainly can not deny the powerful fluidity of styles used and the totally free and unrestrained used of sheer abstract yet heartfelt poetry displayed within
Thanks to Ed Hilyer for suggesting I attempt a Muñoz - Ed this drawing is yours! Just get in touch
Next week - Hugo Pratt and the announcement of what is next for Images Degrading forever - Please cast a vote you have 7 days left! - For more details see the last few blog posts - Thank you
Just buy doubt land issue 4, already
Heck it's the last issue, so if you don't buy this maybe I will have to make another issue just to keep you entertained when reading this blog. I mean you all come here to read these crass attempts at profiteering adverts don't you?
Look it's just one english pound, that's barely tuppence halfpenny in old money - that just about covers the cost of printing - there is no profit made here
And while we are in the land of make believe, there is even a feint possibility you might even enjoy the contents. Note I said Might
But yes -its another month and you know what that means...
May is Doubt Land 4 Month
The final issue of Doubtland is unleashed at just £1 per copy. This title continues to do well, this issue sold out at the comika comiket! As well as concluding the story there are 4 pages of back matter, including a epilogue by Alan Dean Foster and a rarely seen essay by Jim Steranko on the making of the comic book adaptation of outland
That alone must be worth £1?!
Copies as ever are on sale now via ebay and will be for the rest of this month
And a certain Doug Noble (Who long time readers will remember suggested I do 2001 in the first place) has gone for Hugo Pratt (interestingly enough José Antonio Muñoz studied under Hugo pratt)
Well what I am going to do as well as ask you all to vote on one of these three is of course to attempt at least one drawing by each - so over the next few weeks voting will be ongoing and next week I will put up something by José Antonio Muñoz and the week after that something by Hugo Pratt I have already attempted a drawing by Sir David Gibbons OBE but here's another one to tide you over...
For making the suggestions all three people Mauricio, Ed and Doug can have the original drawing sent to them in the post for free - just send me a email
Voting will close and I will make a choice the same day the Hugo pratt drawing goes up which will be Thursday 17th May
if there is not enough votes for a majority - I will make a vote myslef!
Anyone who votes I will give a free sketch to as well, some come on already!
Is that it for may?!
As far as i can remember , but then my memory is notoriously unreliable - I have probably forgot something rather important… I don't think I was getting married or anything ?!
Join me for the final page of Milk and Cheese in 2 days time , Thursday 3rd may