Wallace (Wally) Wood was a comic book, poster, album and book cover artist who worked in the United States of America from the late 40s through till 1980. He was the first inductee into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame (for comic book artists).

At one stage in his career, he quickly sketched up these 22 frames (kudos to Joel Johnson) , as a sort of cheat-sheet for himself and other artists. It was photocopied many times, and he often had it pasted up to a wall in the drawing rooms where he worked.

A couple of years ago someone on LiveJournal posted the challenge: re-produce Wally Woods original frames, with your own interpretation. In doing so, you learn a lot about illustration framing and composition. I decided to give it a go, and here are my results.

“Woody” used these images to remind himself to ‘work less’. To stop ‘noodling’ on the page, and get on with it. He also used to say “Never draw anything you can copy, never copy anything you can trace, never trace anything you can cut out and paste up.”

My version is quite deliberately Steampunk themed.

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  1. 5tephe » Blog Archive » Artwork away! Says:

    [...] have created a couple of sub-pages on the art part of the site: one for my Wally Wood’s 22 Frames that Always Work, another for my 1,000 Words experiments. Posted by 5tephe Filed in [...]

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