Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Rough

Another Vampirella pin-up rough. I can never remember her costume. I roughed in the figure loosely with the side of my pencil, then returned with the point to commit to details. It reminds me of an article I read in the 90's about classes that Marvel Comics held for its pencillers in the '70's or '80's. John Buscema would teach them the most efficient way to pencil for maximum gain i.e. meeting deadlines. His method was to use a chisel-point pencil to rough in layouts, avoiding any details, "make the inker earn his pay". This explains how Buscema was able to blow through his monthly page count so well. He was lucky his inkers at the time were from the Philippines (generally) and were used to doing top quality work for minimal pay.


  1. Now, dude, exactly why can't you remember what Vampirella's "costume" looks like? Hmmmm?

    So I take it that cheesy horror-rag art from the 60s wasn't done from live (nude!) models?

  2. Emphasis on "Cheesy" and "Rag"! In answer to your question- It's obvious they were painted from UN-dead (nude!) models!