So Kieron Gillen says he has something for me to draw. Well now I'm excited. When he says it's for Phonogram my excitement is doubled and Jenn is jumping up and down. As I've said before Kieron writes the coolest shit for me to draw:
It's an impressionistic take of Diamanda Galas in concert – we have a stage centre. Towards the right, we have the shape of Kohl, with his back to us watching. There's no-one else visible – it's as if they've been blasted out of existence, or at least, they no longer matter.
Diamanda is a black shape on stage, in front of a piano. Emerging from her – not just mouth, but all over – are warped black shapes – all coils and sharp edges and intrinsic body-horror shudder stuff. Like brambles, with wicked looking thorns growing out of her, forming a towering tree spreading out of her. In the thorns we should have the shape of her face, but larger, or perhaps her eyes in it – bits of her, sprung up and played with. The stage and everything else apart from her and the things that emerge from her are impressionistic, soft edges, not quite there.
A light glows out of them – a blue, violet sort of light, as if black could shine. It spreads out in all directions, and sprays across from Kohl.
It's a little as if this is the climax of a Cthullu story, and something evil and monstrous and majestic has just entered reality. Kohl and everyone else is clearly doomed.
Yeah, I'll tighten up what I want here, but the mood of the thing is most important.
CAPTION: The Night:
CAPTION: Diamanda Galas opens her mouth.
See now how cool is that. I turned around this sketch as soon as I got the script. No it doesn't usually happen that quick but I was very inspired.
From there I was onto refining the drawing of the Thorn demon. Using a small photo of Diamanda Galas as reference I went to work. I composited that little drawing with the piano reference I had and printed up a faint outline of the face and piano. I drew over that with MY FAVORITE pencil in the world: Prismacolor Col-Erase Blue Pencil.
We'll pick this up again tomorrow with more process. Yay.