I love the sky in this picture, the way it's so textured and twisting and the way it seems to emanate from the skeleton. It seems like the kind of sky under which a body might rise from its grave. I also like how the tombstones are all tilted in different ways; it almost mirrors the twists of the sky. Cool composition.
Bryan, if you "struggle" with color (as you put it), I sure can't tell...your color work is nothing short of AWESOME! But I DO REALLY like your black in white stuff, like everyone else.
Is it possible that your skill with black and white stuff has something to do with your apparent attraction old horror movies, alot of which were done in back and white?
It seems those old movies had a lighting/shading/shadow scheme all their own...they weren't just color movies without the color. The best of the old black and whites, in my opinion, was "BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN". You've more than likely seen it, but in the remote possibility you haven't...PLEASE DO! It makes you wonder why anyone would ever bother doing color movies!!!
Thanks so much for the kind words. And yes - of course I've seen Bride of Frankenstein - probably about 80 thousand times since I was a kid! Haha.
I think the real reason my black and white work is generally stronger than my color work is because, as a kid, all I ever cared about was drawing monsters and superhero characters and stuff, but I never wanted to spend time coloring anything. The second I finished drawing one character, all I wanted to do was draw the next character. Stopping to color anything just seemed like a big, time consuming chore that would keep me from getting to draw the next character for longer than I could stand to wait. So even most of my childhood artwork were just black and white line drawings in felt tip pen. As time went on and I started reading books about how comic books were made, I learned that in the comic book industry, there are people called colorists, whose job is to color all the stuff the artists draw. That made me say, "Oh cool! So I never have to worry about coloring anything! I can just draw!" And yes, you are right, I suppose, because I loved black and white horror movies, and started seeing a lot of Bernie Wrightson's black and white comic book art, even from a very young age, I realized that artwork could be very effective in black and white.
But then, of course, starting in my Freshman year of high school, I took a class called Basic Art, and my teacher, Mrs. Carol Walker, refused to let me get away with any such laziness. She said, "Nope, starting this year you are learning how to do color!" And by golly she made me start using acrylic paints and stuff. She's also the person who forced me to try real pen and ink for the first time, when I was scared to do it because it seemed so intimidating and messy. She's also the person who wouldn't let me give up pen and ink when the sloppiness of my earliest pen and ink efforts were driving me crazy. Now, here I am 34 years old and I use pen and ink on a daily basis, for all my comics and illustrations. It's my favorite drawing medium. And while I suppose I got a late start on color, at least somebody forced me to pick it up just barely early enough to not be dreadfully inept with it now!! Haha. Carol Walker deserves a hell of a lot of credit for whatever level of quality I've achieved with my artwork.