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Temporal Dave

By Blazej Szpakowicz     December 11, 2005

Welcome to the latest edition of the DCG Artist Spotlight!

Our victim today is Temporal Dave.

Comics2Film (C2F):How and why did you start drawing? How about manipping?

Temporal Dave (TD):My dad has always told the story that I was born with pencil in hand, and that could be true. As long as I can remember I've enjoyed drawing. I find designing and creating the factually non-existent very fulfilling.Manipping I actually started a few years back without realizing it was 'manipping'. Doing what I now know of as 'frankensteining' of family and friends' heads onto movie and TV characters for personal birthday and xmas cards. I did my first conscious manip-work particularly after seeing the manip-artwork here and inspired by the idea of Smallville's Tom Welling as Superman.

C2FWhat is your background in art?

TD:Any spare moment with the proper tools and I'll just find myself drawing. I struggled against a drawing-deficient curriculum in highschool art, but having achieved dux of film as a senior I went to film school where I learnt of the need for storyboard artists in the industry. I set up a studio as a freelance storyboard artist and graphic designer after graduating and have worked on many different projects for the years since, from storyboards for commercials to designing characters for animated music videos and toy design. I studied 2d and 3d animation on the side in 2003 but haven't really had a chance to animate anything much since. I can paint and I can sculpt, but nothing is as comfortable as drawing for me.

C2FWhat drawing tools/software do you use to make your art?

TD:I'm a simple man. I use simple tools. For drawing I often just use a ballpoint biro (the four-colour ones are cool). I'll use it lightly as if I'm pecilling, then go over it more solidly. If I am actually planning to draw something in particular, especially a professional storyboard job for example, I will always pencil it instead with my papermate pacer. Then, depending on whether I can get away with not inking it, I scan it into Corel Photopaint, lasso away all the crap, adjust the gamma and BCI, etc, and finally maybe colour it using Corel's brushes.

C2FHow do you turn your drawings into digital images?

TD:I just scan 'em into my preferred program and neaten them up with lassos and brushes and such until I'm satisfied with how they look.

C2FWhat inspires you? Where do you get your ideas from?

TD:What doesn't inspire me? I love the pop culture world. I love Sci Fi. I love quality comics, TV shows and movies. I love the work of artists and surrealism in particular. The superhero movie news at Comics2Film and the art here at the DCG always challenges me and gives me ideas. But mostly I'm inpired by those who kick my ass. Good art makes me strive to be a better artist. Mort Drucker, Salvidor Dali, Stuart Immonen, Kevin Nowlan, Alex Ross, Humberto Ramos, Alex Horley - just a few among the list of inspiring pros that I must give credit to.

C2FHow do you start an image? Is it different for a manip than for adrawing?

TD:I always have some kind of idea of the essence of what I am to construct in my mind's eye. I'll lay out the general idea, then fill out all the specific features to emulate the preconceived character's essence. Sometimes I'm waaaay off my original sense. Sometimes that's a good thing too.For manips I have the same kind of idea, but have to adapt it depending on the source pictures I have to work with.

C2FWhat's your favourite of your own work?

TD:As far as the DCG I think I'm proudest of myMilleniumBum-Slobobecause I went beyond my usual boundaries for detail with manips and tried out a bunch of new techniques in the process. I'm also still pretty keen on how my original RouthSuperman pic sells the dude as Superman. But I think my latest sketch of theJokerexhibits a whole new level in skill and as primarily a drawer it's probably my favorite.

C2FIf you could redo one of your early manips or drawings, which wouldit be and why?

TD:I'm constantly reassessing all of the pictures I produce. I'm still not happy with a few of my Rogues from the Batman, Superman and Flash Galleries I drew, but a lot of my manips need more finishing off as well.

C2FWhat do you think is your strongest asset as an artist?

TD:My beard. Either that or design. I have a pretty good visual sense. I'm a logical guy and I use that when it comes to reassessing and legitimizing the style of a character. I think that's key to my work. I like to think I have a lot of imagination too.

C2FWhat do you still need to work on?

TD:That much is probably obvious to anyone who has seen my work. I need to concentrate more on anatomy, dynamic perspectives, and shadows. I'm working on it in my spare time, and I think I'm slowly improving.

C2FWhat're your favourite images by other DCG artists?

TD:What a question. Let me put it this way, I have all my favorite DCG images saved in my 'MyPictures' folder on my computer so that they play as my screensaver slide-show. Two-hundred and something files. So I love the work of the DCG. Favorite pics by DCG regulars includeKevin Newburn's work, Sydney Lecter'sawesome watercolours,Ohman's stuff,Rocinate,'s super women,Kevin Leung's Legionnaires,art by Bill Turner,BioHaz,Zac, and of course B's beautifulSongbird.There are definitely many others whom I am too stupid to recall. I do always feel obliged to comment in the UIR when an image really strikes me.

C2FWhat do you enjoy most about being a member of C2F?

TD:That would have to be the lewd bestiality and cross-dressing innuendos thrown about with such depravity and proud conviction by some of the more established members. [Aw, shucks! -B] Seriously, the thing that has always made me keen on the site is the friendly encouragement and constructive, yet always diplomatic critiques given by the DCGers. I have learned a lot, but at the same time been given many boosts to my fragile ego by people generous enough to compliment my efforts.

C2FWhat characters do you want to draw or manip?

TD:I always like drawing Superman and Batman's characters. Batman's villains are always a good opportunity to do something crazy. Being a DC kid there's a bunch of comics characters I'm still yet to try, particularly the Marvel bigshots. The Fantastic Four film gave me the chance at them, so I might do the Xmen, Ghostrider and Spiderman when those dates get closer. I also still plan to finish off my Rogues Gallery series with the enemies of Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner.

C2FWhat (if anything) are you working on now?

TD:I've been busy doing a variety of work projects lately. For the DCG I am finishing off a pic of Vril Dox's Intergalactic Policing force of the late 80's early 90's, L.E.G.I.O.N. as well as more new versions of some of the Rogues. I'm also developing the 13 or so superhero characters I have created into comic titles and I'm about to film a small horror film once I complete the dialogue.

C2FWho're your favourite comic book characters?

TD:I've always been a fan of Superman and Batman. Later I got into GL and the entire JLA really. I think Lobo's pretty kickass. Dr Fate and Red Tornado, I think they're cool too. I also liked Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo and Humberto Ramos' character Impulse while he still existed.

C2FYou're probably best known for your Rogues Galleries series ofSuperman and Flash villains. Which character or characters did you havethe most fun working with in these series? Who did you have the mosttrouble with?

TD:They all had their more difficult aspects but all in all I found doing them a very productive experience.Groddwas a particular challenge being the first ape I've tried... I still likeMetallo,Bizarro andBrainiac a fair bit, they were definately fun.

For more of Dave's art,check out his DCG Gallery.

Interviewer: Blazej Szpakowicz

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