Got to my server, there's a 1400 pixel high version on offer now.
And it's followed by the initial rough and some clean-ups. I had fun doing the final piece, but I still think it lost a lot compared to the roughs.
Each pass, I thought I was improving it, but now I realise that I actually managed to stiffen it up and screw a few other things as well.
As for bassista's :) question, why Popeye, here's the answer:
I saw something nice, done in '99 in Croatia, on my way back from my last visit to the family in the old country. It was a comic called "Black Popeye" drawn by a guy who fed me once some 12 years ago and helped me more than he knows, but has ignored my attempts to contact him lately. I do not blame him for that, I sure can be a pain in the arse.
Annyhow, he is one of the most talented artists from the old place. Each time I see his new work it's that little bit better than his previous stuff which shows that his powers are yet to be fully unleashed...
His name is Stef Bartolic, and I am a great fan of his work.
Well now, although I did not like the story of "black popeye" much, I loved the art, and when i saw a front cover he did for it, I was amazed!
It depicted Popeye shooting up some heroin, with Olive leaning over, accidenatly exposing a big nipple on her breastless chest. Weirdly, I got half-a-mongrel* looking at it.
For some reason, the concept of nasty Characters from the old cartoon stuck in my head, and now the time came for me to get it out of the system.
My work is in no way rip off of Stef's concept, but was definately inspired by it.
Blah, anyhow, here it is all,
*Half-a-mongrel is an Aussie expression describing a massive erection, comparable with the best that porn industry has to offer :)