I hope I’m not stepping all over Kansas’ post (considering that he’s gotten his piece up by his deadline for the past 2 weeks in a row!), but I’ve been working on this damned thing all night and I just feel that I need to post it and move on with my life.
So, The Venture Brothers is easily one of my 5 favorite shows on TV these days, and definitely one of my 10 or 15 favorite shows of all time. Every episode makes me laugh no matter how many times I’ve seen it, and I love the characters to death. These year+ long breaks that they take in between every other season drive me nuts because I want more episodes so bad!
Anyway, it took me forever to come up with an idea for this sketch because I wanted to convey my all of my love for The Venture Brothers in one image. I sketched out some montage/group shots and portraits of individual characters, but nothing clicked. With my deadline fast approaching and no firm ideas in mind for this week’s sketch I decided to look through some artbooks I own for inspiration. It was in a book called Dames, Dolls & Delinquents: A Collector’s Guide To Sexy Pulp Fiction Paperbacks that I stumbled upon the cover of an old Venus Books paperback by Gene Harvey called “Cutie”, which has essentially the same layout and design as my piece. When I saw the guy in the uncredited cover painting standing there in a brown suit wearing that hat, it suddenly hit me…Why not do an homage to one of my favorite Venture Brothers episodes: Everybody Comes To Hank’s?!
The drawing and inking were a piece of cake, but I knew in my heart of hearts that in order to really make this piece shine I’d have to push my extremely limited knowledge of Photoshop to it’s limits. Getting that old, torn paper look was a pain in my ass. I’m sure that there must be an easier way to achieve that effect than how I went about it, but regardless, I’m happy with how it turned out.
Drawn on 8.5x11” bristol, inked with a crow quill, some Pitt Pens, and a bit of dry brush, topped off with a heaping helping of whiteout, and mucked around with in Photoshop until I feared that my head might explode from frustration.