Thursday, August 29, 2013

Outsourcing my past again!

About a year or so ago, I found a bunch of old character drawings I created in the mid-1990's which were downright terrible. I took it upon myself, one weekend, to try to re-imagine those duds and see how my 36 year old mind would approach something that I hacked together when I was 19 years old.  It was a really cool self-challenge and I, suprisingly, fell in love with the characters in their new, better thought out, incarnations.  So much so that I decided to rescue them from the paper-shredder of bad ideas and have plans of incorporating them into my future comic projects.  

Well tonight it sort of happened again.  I stumbled across my old Trapper Keeper in our spare bedroom and decided to rummage through the old wall-drawings, letters from friends and high school and college class notes.  On one of the stray pages of notebook paper in the Trapper Keeper was several sketches of Ren and Stimpy.  But in the corner of the page was a random comic book character I must've come up with during a class.  Next to the inked sketch was a name....a name that instantly stood out to me as the coolest bad comic book character I've seen in a long time.  He was simply named....NIGHT GHOST!!  I instantly knew what I had to do.  I needed to reinstate the Night Ghost for my future comic projects.  But first he needed a makeover.  Judging by the level of skill and subject matter of the entire page of sketches, I would say that Night Ghost was created somewhere around 1992.  So there was definately some tweaking that needed happen to bring him to his full potential.  So while watching the first Pirates of the Caribbean film with Becky, I sketched a couple versions of a new and improved Night Ghost.  So pictured below is the original 1992 concept sketch, from when I was 16, next to the new improved 2013 concept sketch at 37 years old.  Behold!!!  A character 21 years in the making!!!  NIGHT GHOST!!!!