- Dec 12, 2009
- Reaction score
Muppet Show #1 comes out next week 1/6/10
Tell me about it. But yeah, I really like the Disney animation like flow of the artwork in Peter Pan. It's a nice balance of getting the puppet likenesses down, but in the style of the artist, while making it look animated. It's a great contrast to the wacky underground comix feel that Langridge's work has. You get to see all these different adaptions of the same characters, and I think they're all wonderful. In fact, if there's one problem I had with the Robin Hood artwork, it was that it looked very stiff and the artist just couldn't find his voice with half the characters. Seems like with half of the characters, he was trying to copy Rodger's Style while trying to make that his own. His Kermit and Gonzo are dead giveaways.Piggy IS very hard to draw and give her the emotional range that she has. Indeed, when you're drawing ANY of the Muppets, there's a very fine line between just copying them from life and giving them JUST a touch of tooniness to give them some acting ability on paper.
If you copy them too closely from, say, screencaps, they tend to look stiff.
You've probably noticed with Piggytink that I play with her eyelids sometimes to imply frowning.
To me it seems like he's relaxed into a comfort zone with the characters. And that's a GOOD thing. After doing 8 issues of the regular comic (plus that preview issue and those DA comics that I hope we see the rest of) he's found the perfect blend between stylization, representation, and comfort in drawing them. If you try to draw something at first, you will need to, not so much copy, but you'll need to look at some reference... and after a while, drawing them will be like second nature to you. Sort of like the difference between early Gilchrist Muppet comics being almost exact representations of the characters, and the later ones being closer to his own style. It happens. And I'm glad to see when an artist is comfortable enough with the characters, the likenesses feel smooth.I noticed that the artwork looks a little bit different than previous comics (besides Pigs in Space). I wonder if Langridge was going for a different style or what... Can't quite pinpoint the difference.