A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


I've been on a bit of a James Wong Howe kick lately, having watched "Sweet Smell of Success", "Hud", and "Seconds" most recently. Howe is a master of the art of cinematography and has contributed to an impressive catalogue of films (of which the three listed above are just a sampling). The shot below from "HUD" I found particularly arresting; all of its visual elements are hard at work here (Howe went on to win the Oscar for Cinematography for Hud, in addition to an earlier Oscar win for "The Rose Tattoo").

Monday, December 01, 2008

ROSE 1888

I'm still trying to figure out what 46 year-old Rose is going to look like in the Cora story...here is one of the many designs I've tried so far. I'm not happy with any of the ones I've drawn up to this point and I feel it's going to take a significant amount of outside-the-box inspiration to find what I'm looking for.

I've been questioned several times about Rose and her role in the new books, which I haven't said too much about other than 'she will be back'. The image below is probably more what she'll look like during the "Wild West" era, around 1876 or so, pieces of which will be shown throughout the Cora story.

Once I find what her look will be, I won't be posting it here. That will be a surprise to be revealed in book 4 or so.