Posts Tagged ‘original art’

ART SALE: Hicksville pages 163, 123, 90, 91

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Here’s a few more pages from Hicksville that I’m selling at half price, while I work at getting my online shop set up:



Hicksville page 163:

Leonard walking to the Hogan’s Alley Day party, dressed as Captain Tomorrow. Highlights include: some clumsy drawing, lots of stars in the night sky (each one drawn with white-out and then touched up with ink), more white-out in panels 2 and 3 (where the drawing was even clumsier than usual), a general air of mystery.

Hicksville page 163
(marker pen & white-out on ivory board)
420mm x 299mm, 16.5 x 11.8 inches
US $ 79
(including postage)

(Click through to see more pages)


ART SALE: Hicksville page 115

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013



Another page at half price, while I work at getting my online shop set up.

This one’s the original art for Hicksville page 115.

Sam is at Dick Burger’s birthday party, feeling awkward and out of place. I’m quite fond of this page. Some highlights include:

  • Cincinnati Walker’s first appearance (Cincinnati is one of my favourite characters. I’ve planned a whole story about her & Sam set a few years after Hicksville, which I hope to draw one day).
  • Stan Lee cameo in panel 1.
  • You can see where I fixed up a spelling mistake in Cincinnati’s name. Also where I had second thoughts and whited out a tattoo on her right shoulder.
  • OK, so if you want this page, hit the Paypal link below: (Sorry – someone bought it already)

    Hicksville page 115
    (marker pen & white-out on ivory board)
    430mm x 292mm, 16.9 x 11.5 inches
    US $ 79
    (including postage)

    Making scratchboard art with Line Hoven

    Friday, March 8th, 2013


    Line Hoven Liebe schaut weg Reprodukt german comic

    Get this book!

    Yesterday I attended a workshop run by Line Hoven, whose beautiful graphic novel Liebe schaut weg (Reprodukt) is due to come out in English as Love Looks Away from Blank Slate Books.

    Line is visiting New Zealand (along with fellow German cartoonist Mawil) thanks to the Goethe Institute, whose exhibition Comics, Manga & Co: The New Culture of German Comics is currently showing at the St Paul St Gallery (alongside an exhibition of New Zealand comics, Nga Pakiwaituhi). Line and Mawil are also doing workshops and other public events in Wellington next week. Thanks also to AUT University and the Auckland Arts Festival.


    Line Hoven using my coloured pencils to make something fabulous

    Line works with scratchboard (also known as scraperboard), and her workshop was the first time I’d really tried it. Scratchboard is an art board with three layers. The top layer is black ink, covering a layer of white chalk. You use a knife to scrape away the black ink, making a white line.

    I’ve always been intimidated by it as a medium, but Line quickly overcame that fear and everyone there was soon happily scratching away, discovering a whole new way of making art. By the end of the day, I’d fallen in love with the process, which is slow, pleasurable and almost meditative. Each movement of the knife reveals a bright new line – kind of like pulling away the curtain to let in the light. It’s delicious.

    The work I made was based on the cover of Atlas #2. It’s 250 x 307 mm, and you can buy it below (sorry – it’s sold).

    ylena scraperboard

    (Click for larger image)

    (250 x 307mm, 9.8 x 12 inches, scratchboard)

    US $100
    + $9 postage


    ART SALE: Hicksville page 59

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013



    OK, so yesterday’s art sale went so fast it left a few people disappointed. So here’s another page at the same price.

    This is the original art for Hicksville, page 59. Marker pen on ivory board (430mm x 297mm, 16.9 x 11.7 inches).

    Leonard Batts interviewing Dick Burger in Los Angeles. Includes some memorably ironic dialogue: “I guess there isn’t much of a comics scene in Hicksville” and “Just forget about Hicksville, okay? There is nothing interesting about Hicksville. We’re not going to talk about it.”

    My favourite thing about this page is the black border. If you look closely, you can see decorative patterns drawn behind (or within) the black. That’s because the black border was inked by my adorable wife Terry, and when she got bored she would start drawing patterns and flowers and Pacific motifs before covering it all with solid black. None of that is visible in the printed book, of course, but it’s clearly there in the originals.

    US $ 79 (including postage)