Featuring: The Unimaginable Menace of… THE TANGENT!!
Following up the last post, here is a really rather nice Conan pinup by Gil Kane from Savage Sword of Conan #67 (1981). What’s interesting, and unusual, about this piece is the way Gil has rendered the large demons… it’s a very stark chiaroscuro not dissimilar to the technique Frank Miller used a decade later on Sin City. As far as I know, Gil never really did anything else like this… unless anyone can point out other examples?
Anyhow, it’s a strong image.
Except… except for that tangent. Right?
I mean this tangent:
A tangent (in case you didn’t know) occurs in art when lines interact in ways that clash and are somehow misleading or confusing. In this case, the Demon’s abs look very similar in size and shape to Conan’s fingers—unless you look closely, it almost seems like they are two of Conan’s fingers, folded into his palm.
Gil was not generally prone to this kind of thing, but this looks like a pretty freeform workout. It happens. It struck me though, that it was so easily fixed… simply by continuing the diagonal shading Gil used down that side of the demon’s trunk (virtually the only texturing he put on these monsters!). Like so…
No more tangent! Not that I have any business showing Gil Kane what to do, but…
Whaddaya think? Any thoughts on tangents in general?