SketchBiN - Sketchbook Review: Bart Sears' Odds & Ends, Vol. One
by Bill Nichols
I mean that in a lot of ways.
For example, his words have power, like when he takes the time to tell you how to draw as he did in Wizard Magazine with his column Brutes and Babes. It makes you want to take up a pencil and paper and give it a try. And that includes this writer and inker. It never hurts to stretch yourself artistically which can extend over into your writing and your inking seeing something like that, seeing things that are possible and being inspired by them. Understanding the process of others can expand what you can do.
Stretch your imagination.
Make sure you warm up first, though.
But man, his pictures have power, with more than enough to spare, even those of "quiet moments" as the figures just stand there.
When I saw the notice that the first volume of Odds & Ends was coming available, I plunked down my money and waited.
Then it arrived in my mailbox.
Going through it the first time, I would stop and look, maybe look back a few pages, then look some more. There are pencil sketches, marker sketches, rough drawings, page layouts.
Powerful heroic figures. Powerful beautiful women. Powerful drawings.
And there will more volumes??? Yes, there will be and you can see for yourself is yourself at http://ominousstudios.com/emporium/ If you can catch them before the release date, you can pre-order for $10.00, $12.00 after (while they last). Plus, for another 10 bucks you can get a sketch by Bart (his discretion, of course, but come on, it's Bart Sears!). I didn't opt for that, but I should have in retrospect.
They are signed and numbered (mine was #76 of 250).
Whew. Going to go look at it again...
By the way, you can pre-order a copy of Bart's book: Drawing Power: Volume #1 The Splash Page. There will be Gold and Silver Editions, due to ship in March. I hope to review this as well.
Btw, artist Fred Lang did a fun photo which makes for an excellent example of how I felt and with his permission, here it is.
And my webcomic with Robin Ator: Arteest http://arteestcomics.com
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