With Apologies to Osamu Tezuka

For whatever reason, I thought it would be a good drawing exercise to start taking some comic pages I really dig and try my best to recreate them. Thus, I bring you the first in the JLR’s With Apologies series, in which I do just that.

First up: page 76 of Vertical‘s release of Black Jack vol. 9 (which is great, you should pick it up). Remember, it reads right to left.

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As you can maybe see here, Black Jack is adrift, and is fending off sharks with scalpels. I don’t have the original to show you, but I assure you it looks much better than this. One thing that’s off by a decent margin is the framing; I couldn’t quite line everything up right on my 5.5″ x 8.5″ sketchpad with my Pilot Precise V5 (I love those but they’re kinda thick for this).

Also, I learned it is really hard to draw as perfectly as Tezuka and I think I appreciate his art even more now, if that’s possible.

3 thoughts on “With Apologies to Osamu Tezuka

  1. Great exercise 🙂 I like the idea of getting in touch with the craft. The two things to keep in mind are: 1) Tezuka did tons of tweaks and fix-ups of his art after it was done2) but he also whipped out these pages hella fast. Definitely under an hour from pencils to inked. INSANE

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