August 11th, 2011

smokin'

Sin City Pin-Up




This was commissioned for a Sin City series, if I recall correctly, but it ended up being published (several years after I turned it in) in The Art of Sin City, one of four books in a slip-cased set entitled Sin City: The Frank Miller Library Set 2 from Dark Horse in 2006. I think there's a standalone version of the book,  published earlier and then repackaged in the library edition.

Sarah helped with the logos and text stuff and assembled the art on the computer (the small figures were drawn separately and dropped in). If I had it to do all over again I would probably have gone with a different concept. I like the idea but I didn't have the chops to pull it off. I worked hard on it -- it was a good paycheck and I was flattered Frank asked -- but I'm not a good design or graphics guy, I don't paint, I can't do tones or gray washes or anything like that which would have more effectively put over the paperback approach. After I finished it I came up with a two-page gag strip that I wish I had done instead. I convinced myself Frank didn't like the pin-up and that he was disappointed that I didn't turn in a humorous piece. This comes not from anything Frank said or did, this was purely my own self-doubt and paranoia. Every job I do has that wonderful element added to it to some degree, it's a great way to work.

Anyway, there's the exciting story of my Sin City pin-up. Few folks have seen it so I thought it might be of interest. 

Back to work. Having trouble doing what should be a series of simple layouts. Very frustrating.