Monday, February 28, 2011


Last year, a friend showed me a few illustrations of the late Alex Toth. I, of course, had never heard of him, which infuriated my friend. Later that night, I dugg deep into anything I could find. Toth's work was everywhere, and rightfully so since he is such an unbelievable illustrator. The simple, yet unbelievably clear illustrations are astounding to me. Most particularly, I fawned over a few Conan the Barbarian pieces. Below is my attempt at his work.
I spent most of the time trying to replicate the shape of the arms and hands.  I would draw a line, erase, draw a line, erase, etc. It was clear that is work is so simple, yet so complicated to capture. It took me at least an hour to create this image, which confused me since it should be easy.
I have since come to an understanding that simple is not easy. Simple images can give you all the information needed to articulate form, but shows all the weaknesses of the artist. Complicated images, on the other hand, can mask mistakes and ignorance. Someday, I hope to have a quarter of the talent that Alex Toth had.

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