Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This Is Why John Buscema Was A Better Artist Than You
Years, and I mean years, ago I remember having an argument in a comic book store in Melbourne with some idiot who spent the better part of the afternoon trying to convince me that John Buscema wasn’t as good an artist as, say, Jim Lee or Rob Liefeld, or anyone from Image for that matter. As is the way with such people nothing I said would sway his opinion, so I simply gave up and allowed him to ramble on and on, much to the growing amusement of people around him. Not to denigrate Liefeld, or Lee for that matter, but I’m sure that Rob would agree that he’s nowhere near as good an artist as the late John Buscema. And here’s why.
What follows are prime examples of what Big John would do to warm up before he began drawing proper. Most artists will go entire careers and not get near this level of expertise, and this is John in his downtime. This is John just fooling about, getting his poses and anatomy right before he commits the pencil to the page for publication. This is why John Buscema was always a better artist than the majority of his peers when he was alive, and, if alive, would still a better artist than the bulk of those working today. Look upon these warm-up sketches and learn something – practice makes perfect. There wasn’t a day when John wouldn’t draw something, even if it was just this kind of sketching. Good art isn’t about splashy pages with lots of smoke and explosions; it’s about being able to convey emotion into your work. Plus John Buscema could tell you more about his art in one sketch than anyone can in a thousand words, and if you don’t believe me, then you just don’t know great art when you see it.