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Thomas Yeates' third sketchbook has pen & ink and pencil drawings of Tarzan, John Carter, Dejah Thoris, and many other lesser known Edgar Rice Burroughs characters; plus Sheena, Domino Lady, Doc and Pat Savage, Zorro and more. Jane, La of Opar, Dejah Thoris and others are often partially nude and very attractively done. These are mainly spontaneous convention sketches of characters and scenes, selected by the customer, drawn by hand in pencil and finished by hand in wet india ink. Yeates is the current artist on the Prince Valiant Sunday strip—who also appears here with Aleta. Thomas started his career illustrating with The Swamp Thing for DC Comics in the 1980s.
Not a single piece of artwork collected here has been published previously. This includes a page and a half Introduction by Yeates, where he talks about his “baptism by fire” during his first signed event:
“Many many years ago during my first months at the Joe Kubert comic art school in New Jersey, other students and myself were “guest artists” at a comic book shop opening in a large local shopping mall. We were there to do sketch art on demand and probably paid some small fee for the day’s work. None of us had much of any professional experience and almost no published work...
“The work entailed drawing quick sketches for the mostly young fans who enthusiastically lined up at our tables. Rick and Steve Bissette rose to the challenge fairly easily as I recall, but not most of us. My art is usually drawn rather slowly, carefully penciled, erased and re-penciled until it’s ready, then carefully inked. As I was going through this usual process at the shopping mall I noticed the line in front of my table was growing longer and longer, with the first sketch still unfinished...
“The drawings in this book start about 17 years after that all day sketching event...By this time I was getting paid for each drawing and spending 30 to 90 minutes creating one. These are carefully penciled and inked, but quickly and with an economy not always present in my regular published work, and some are of course more successful than others. A few years ago I was reflecting on how I was able to do these, and realized the debt I owed to Bernie Wrightson. Bernie’s art was a big influence and inspiration to me throughout the seventies, my formative years, and this influence led to my being hired to re-boot his Swamp Thing series at DC in 1982, launching my career.”
- Additional Information
Item Code TWIS Publisher Bud Plant Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781532372414 Print Status Out of Print Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 48 Color b&w
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