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~ Monday, January 13 ~
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Welcome to Stock*Pile Redesigns of 2014. Over the next few weeks each one of us Stock*Pilers (Jesse, Joel, Kansas, & Rian) as well as our buddies Joe Daxberger & Tony Sedani will be redesigning old & new comic characters. We have each selected a character for each other person to redesign. It’s going to be a blast to see what these knuckleheads come up with. 

So Tony Sedani gave me Swamp Thing to redesign. Here is what he said, "Is it possible to take the simplest of designs and improve it?  If anyone can, it’s Jesse!

This was going to be really tough for me. How do you design something that doesn’t have a costume. He is just a naked plant man. I’ve never read any Swamp Thing comics. Everything I know about the character is really superficial. Rian and I reviewed the movie a while back and that didn’t really help me at all. So I thought long and hard about it and the above image is what I came up with.

I remember when DC launched the New 52 that, and I could be wrong, Swamp Thing was going to be a part of the horror line. Believing that is what brought about the new look. I thought instead of just like a somewhat scary plant-dude why not try and make him even more of a monster. So I thought it would be cool to have the skull and the exposed rib cage and then wrap all that stuff in plants and moss and tree trunks. I tried sketching the idea out and I really liked it. I did a couple more sketches before scanning and finalizing it.

There you have it, my Swamp Thing. Something that I would never, ever want to draw. It would be terrible to draw this character in a monthly comic. The cool thing is you could constantly change him, the rocks and vines could be different all the time, I’ve included a couple of sketches I did to get to the final redesign. Hope you dig it!

- Jesse

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~ Friday, May 4 ~
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I’m not so much catching up as staying steadily 2 or 3 weeks behind schedule at this point. And yes, I know I skipped Broken Legacy, but that piece is coming down the pipeline.
Until the New 52, the only Swamp Thing I’d read were 3 issues of the Andy Diggle series which I bought for the Richard Corben art and any of his appearances in Hellblazer over the years (most of which I’ve read). I am reading the new series, but I tend to dislike as many issues of that book as I like. I’m having a real problem figuring out what kind of a book and what kind of a character Swamp Thing is supposed to be. In the New 52 it seems as though Scott Snyder and company are trying to turn him into a superhero, which I don’t believe he was ever intended to be. Personally, I prefer him as the bizarre, mythical figure who just pops up from time to time when he’s needed or disturbed in the Hellblazer universe. Y’know…before DC snatched John Constantine away from Vertigo to turn him into a superhero.
*shakes head*
Anyway, I like Swamp Thing on paper, but I know very little about him other than he looks cool. About 20% of me would like to go back and read the acclaimed Alan Moore era Swamp Thing series, but the other 80% of me knows that it’ll be trippy with lots of over-wordy caption boxes going on at length about the inner turmoil that poor Swampy must endure on a daily basis, which is not a brand of comics that I have historically enjoyed (see: Sandman, Marvel/Miracleman, etc.). So I’ll make due with the current New 52 series until I grow tired of it (aaaany day now…) and that’ll be that.
…I would like to revisit the live-action Swamp Thing movie, though.
So, this sketch is noteworthy for being the first thing I’ve ever drawn that I’m at least marginally happy with which I didn’t pencil before going in with the inks. That’s right, I went straight from a blank piece of paper to my Pitt Pens, and I even used a brush pen! Look at me facing my artistic fears and insecurities all at once. The fact that there’s even a semblance of a decent composition is a miracle of the modern day world. As for Swampy himself, I didn’t bother referencing him at all. I knew that I wanted to make him creepy and less human-like than he normally appears, so I just kept that weird A-shaped thing that goes around his mouth and made up the rest on the fly.
It could be better, but I kind of like it.
Drawn on 8.5x11” bristol, inked with Pitt Pens and Sharpies, touched up with a white gel pen, and turned green in Photoshop for that murky, swamp-ish look we all so desire.
- Rian

I’m not so much catching up as staying steadily 2 or 3 weeks behind schedule at this point. And yes, I know I skipped Broken Legacy, but that piece is coming down the pipeline.

Until the New 52, the only Swamp Thing I’d read were 3 issues of the Andy Diggle series which I bought for the Richard Corben art and any of his appearances in Hellblazer over the years (most of which I’ve read). I am reading the new series, but I tend to dislike as many issues of that book as I like. I’m having a real problem figuring out what kind of a book and what kind of a character Swamp Thing is supposed to be. In the New 52 it seems as though Scott Snyder and company are trying to turn him into a superhero, which I don’t believe he was ever intended to be. Personally, I prefer him as the bizarre, mythical figure who just pops up from time to time when he’s needed or disturbed in the Hellblazer universe. Y’know…before DC snatched John Constantine away from Vertigo to turn him into a superhero.

*shakes head*

Anyway, I like Swamp Thing on paper, but I know very little about him other than he looks cool. About 20% of me would like to go back and read the acclaimed Alan Moore era Swamp Thing series, but the other 80% of me knows that it’ll be trippy with lots of over-wordy caption boxes going on at length about the inner turmoil that poor Swampy must endure on a daily basis, which is not a brand of comics that I have historically enjoyed (see: Sandman, Marvel/Miracleman, etc.). So I’ll make due with the current New 52 series until I grow tired of it (aaaany day now…) and that’ll be that.

…I would like to revisit the live-action Swamp Thing movie, though.

So, this sketch is noteworthy for being the first thing I’ve ever drawn that I’m at least marginally happy with which I didn’t pencil before going in with the inks. That’s right, I went straight from a blank piece of paper to my Pitt Pens, and I even used a brush pen! Look at me facing my artistic fears and insecurities all at once. The fact that there’s even a semblance of a decent composition is a miracle of the modern day world. As for Swampy himself, I didn’t bother referencing him at all. I knew that I wanted to make him creepy and less human-like than he normally appears, so I just kept that weird A-shaped thing that goes around his mouth and made up the rest on the fly.

It could be better, but I kind of like it.

Drawn on 8.5x11” bristol, inked with Pitt Pens and Sharpies, touched up with a white gel pen, and turned green in Photoshop for that murky, swamp-ish look we all so desire.

- Rian

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~ Thursday, April 19 ~
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week 16 (I think) swamp thang 

I once thought that swamp thing was just a pile of leaves and junk, after drawing this picture I have come to realize…that swamp thing is just a pile of leaves and junk. 

week 16 (I think) swamp thang 

I once thought that swamp thing was just a pile of leaves and junk, after drawing this picture I have come to realize…that swamp thing is just a pile of leaves and junk. 

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