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Fred Lang's Marvel Comics Pencil Test
Fred Lang
post Mar 14 2011, 04:51 PM
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I came away from Emerald City Comic Con 2011 last week with a business card from C.B. Cebulski, Marvel's Senior VP for Creator & Content Development (read: Boss O' Talent Scouts), and a request from him to draw a few Marvel test pages that'd be sent to me later via e-mail.

I got them today.

Now, this is only a PENCIL TEST, not a job offer, nor promise of one down the way. C.B. did not say "YOU ARE SO AWESOMESAUCE--DRAW FOR US PLEASE OR I WILL VOMIT!"--he liked most of what was in my portfolio, and critiqued a few things he didn't like as much. All a pencil test means is that Marvel thinks I don't suck and might look kindly upon me if the pages look good. I have to make the pages worth it to them now, so time to get to work, using the critiques I got from C.B. and other pros at the convention to improve my stuff to the point I can get work with The Big Guys.

I get to choose from an Uncanny X-Men script, an Amazing Spider-Man script, and a Moon Knight script...then pick 5-6 sequential pages from one of them, draw it, and send 'em in.

Pretty. Darned. Neat.

I asked for permission to include any work drawn from these Marvel scripts in my portfolio for WonderCon here in San Francisco in a few weeks, and they nicely said yes. So I get to kill two birds with one...er...pencil.

On to reading and drawing these scripts!

Woo!

I'll post those pages in this thread as I get them done. I'll be starting in a few days.


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MasonEasley
post Mar 14 2011, 05:02 PM
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Awesome bud! Looking forward to seeing how this thread develops.


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Bill Nichols
post Mar 14 2011, 05:30 PM
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Awesome, Fred. We're looking forward to seeing the results!


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post Mar 14 2011, 08:57 PM
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This is fantastic news Fred, congratulations! I too am looking forward to seeing the results.
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post Mar 15 2011, 11:46 AM
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Fred,

You might want to first post layouts for your sequentials and get feedback on that, before moving on to finished pencils. 80% of problems with storytelling, pacing, flow, etc. can be solved in the layout stage.

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post Mar 15 2011, 03:54 PM
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We're all waiting here with bated breaths, amigo. Prepared for you to do what you always do, exceed even our wildest expectations. Time to blow us away, amigo!!!
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post Mar 15 2011, 06:28 PM
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Yeah, don't screw up! wink.gif


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post Mar 15 2011, 10:19 PM
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QUOTE (MasonEasley @ Mar 15 2011, 05:28 PM) *
Yeah, don't screw up! wink.gif


That's the plan! *hahahaha*


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Fred Lang
post Mar 16 2011, 04:53 PM
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Alrighty, here's the plan as it stands:

I can't improve / process the FANTASTIC, positive critiques I got (I heard, "I can see where you're going with this stuff, and I can 100% see you doing this professionally soon" four times by four different folks--whee!) in the limited time before WonderCon here in San Francisco--I'm on fire, and I want to really dig deeply and study those things I'm lacking so that I can really jump forward in my art.

SO, I'm going to hit the study books, notes and websites and DRAW A LOT to improve some things before creating and showing another portfolio, which means I'll be attending WonderCon as a fellow comic book fan and not walking my portfolio around that one.

I also want to concentrate on my Marvel test pages. Those have no deadline, so I think I'm safe in studying for a few weeks before starting on them. I really wan those to shine.

It's hard to explain how motivating Emerald City was--and how brightly the fire is burning in me to improve a bit and show my (new, improved) portfolio again. I have never been so driven in my life--I won't stop until I get to wake up every morning with a page to draw for a cool comic book company.

Off to study and DRAW for awhile. I'll post stuff on my regular "Fred Lang Art Thead" as I get it done, and post the Marvel pages here in this thread once I get started on those.

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post Mar 16 2011, 08:39 PM
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wow fred props! thats awesome! smile.gif


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post Mar 16 2011, 11:28 PM
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I think THAT is awesomesauce. (new word for the vocab.) Sorry am late chiming in.

I'm pretty sure you have a pretty good chance. But that's just me...


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post Mar 18 2011, 07:47 AM
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That's great Fred! Your work is awesome. I'm glad that you are heading in the direction that you want.
You have given me a huge amount of positive and energetic mojo to keep pushing forward and get better
to hopefully follow a similar path. Best of luck and keep us posted!


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post Mar 18 2011, 09:25 AM
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Thanks to EVERYONE for the great comments and positive mojo--the Comics Related community has been FANTASTIC to me as I push further and further toward the edges of finally getting into the industry.

I'm very happy to be part of legendary inker Al Gordon's weekly comic book workshop here in San Francisco. It's three hours every Thursday in downtown SF with freaking AL GORDON, and it's worth it's weight in gold. Everything from critiques to stories of the industry (it's still strange to hear him call the legends of the industry by their first names--to him they're people and pals, to me they're...amazing!) to tips on how things work in comics as a business--it's really brought things into perspective.

Al (see, I'm doing it now) approves of my plan to dive deep into my studio for about four weeks of study on the things I'm still weak in--things brought up by the great critiques I had at ECCC 2011--before starting on my Marvel pages.

Things I'll be concentrating on are:

  • Creating more FINISHED pencils, leaving little actual drawing to the inker.
  • Making my figures flow a little better.
  • Increasing my confidence when drawing fabric, clothing of different sorts.
  • FEMALE anatomy (and adding a large dose of CUTE and/or SEXY to my women).
  • Working out some of the beginner bumps in my storytelling.


After that, I'll get cracking on the Marvel pages and see where things go, as well as prepping a fuller portfolio for Boston Comic Con April 30-May 1.

Now, on to studying, and THANK YOU AGAIN Comic Related community. So many talents here to listen to and learn from.

Fred!

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post Mar 18 2011, 12:43 PM
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Cool, Fred. Years ago, I got a call from Al after I'd sent him copies of my Legion of Super-Hero samples inks (who better, right?) The first thing he said was, "This is Al Gordon. Image hasn't paid me for Wildstar yet; call me back!. Which I was glad to do since he was doing me a favor by reviewing my inks. Pretty cool call.


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post May 2 2011, 11:45 AM
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Alrighty! I've studied the things that Marvel wanted me to pay attention to in my samples, so it's time to get to the art. Here is the set of pages I'll be using for my samples.

Uncanny X-Men #500, Pages 9-14

Art starts today, so I'll post pages as I get 'em done. Going to take my time and get them as "right" as I can get 'em.

Stay tuned...!


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post May 2 2011, 12:45 PM
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Knockem out of the ballpark, Fred!!!
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post May 2 2011, 06:54 PM
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Totally agree with Ron.


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post May 4 2011, 02:49 AM
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We are definitely rooting for you! biggrin.gif


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post May 4 2011, 05:06 AM
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