Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sumo Alfred

A Sumo Alfred E. Neuman for an Australian MAD Supersize special.

I used the same method that I do with all my MAD covers- pencil, Photoshop, Painter (see Paperboy tutorial), but this time I made more of a conscious effort to blend the linework into the painting. It's still there, but nowhere near as strong as this method usually produces. Gives it a slightly more traditionally painted feel, I think.

Also below are a couple more of my MAD Supersize covers from last year.


Blogger paulinho said...

Great job! I always learn here.

7:08 AM  
Blogger bla said...

Hold on, I'm still recovering from the Chewbacca Illustration O_o

hehe just kiddin' ;)

Great as usual!

8:26 AM  
Blogger jbjose said...

Hi Chris,

Fantastic stuff as always!

This is probably the wrong forum for my question but I couldn't find an email... I just wanted to ask:
- What kind of art training have you done?
- How did you get your start in the industry?


10:51 AM  
Blogger heri said...

Another great one Chirs. and yes, I'm back!



5:59 PM  
Blogger Michael Dooney said...

Another beauty. Great skin tones, your pencil to color technique is facinating. I'd love to see the original pencils for the Alfred sumo.

7:22 AM  
Blogger greg oakes said...

wow... freakin' incredible!! it's so slick it's sick!! ;)

10:24 AM  
Blogger J. Nowland said...

Hey Chris... Dope Sumo... PEACE!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Townsend (JERT) said...

are these covers only used in Australia or are they used in the united states as well?

7:43 PM  
Blogger SEILER said...

That is really cool Chris, I love how your digital work really feels traditional . . . you're a genious (not sure if I spelled that right? So you're a really smart guy, like a rocket surgeon or something.)

1:38 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thankyou all for your comments.

jbjose- Thanks

To answer your questions-

- Completely self taught (no art training except for an extensive library of books)
- My first professional freelance work was for MAD magazine, who I approached at a comic convention with a portfolio.

Before that though I was self-publishing comics and working at Walt Disney Television animation.

Oh and my email address is back up in the profile section. For some reason it disappeared when I switched to the new blogger.

Michael- I'll post the pencils when I get the chance (have to rescan them)

jert- Unfortunately, Australia only.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, another amazing piece Chris! bravo! Viva Australia!

4:39 AM  
Blogger Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Hey Chris, Thanks for the post. I'm sorry I haven't commented recently. Your stuff still looks great. How was it working for disney? I keep hearing two very polar sides. Great or terrible. I'll keep in touch and try to comment more often.


3:05 PM  
Blogger Marco Bucci said...

real nice work! That's a tough challenge, to get all those hangy forms right at that angle and pose.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Henry- Back when I used to work for Disney (91-95), it was a very laid back atmosphere. I never went to uni or college and for me working at Disney was the next best thing. I didn't learn a great heap about animation (although it did improve my linework), but the mix of all the different arty types that worked there was a fantastic learning ground.

They've since shut their doors here in Oz, mainly due to the Pixar revolution and lack of demand for 2d animation.

Oh and while we're on the subject of Disney, I'm not the same Chris Wahl who animated on Aladdin and Over the Hedge etc. It's been a common misconception since we both worked for Disney (we actually met briefly back in the early 90's, real Twilight Zone stuff). Quite frankly I can't animate to save my life.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Gonzalo Facio said...

I really love your work!!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks gonzalo!

5:19 PM  

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