Its a great day to announce that zum zum books is now up and running, and heading into the home stretch as we get ready to put out an entire series of illustrated classic novels, original graphic novels, and some unique kid books thrown in for good measure.
Join us at the zumzumbooks.com website and let us know what you think.
Here is a small concept study for Voltaire's Candide which I believe will be one of the most unique, zum zum books!
Happy Labor day everyone!
I have a lot of news to share, and in the next couple of days I will be posting about it all. Right now I just wanted to say that my old website frankespinosa.com is now mine again, and little by little that work in progress will get up to speed.
Here is a illustration from the upcoming zumzum book of Bram Stoker's Dracula!
Enjoy and Happy Labor day everyone.
Thank you for your support.
Its been a while since I posted and I will be posting much more new stuff this coming week.
In the meantime I have to make all of you aware that there is an impostor passing himself off as me. He has taken my signature name of FrankE, my old website frankespinosa.com which all of you should stay away from. He has posted his website links to my personal wikipage and my rocketo wiki page.
This person when they are found out will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Thank you all for your patience and please spread the word that as of now all the email links that send you to the frankespinosa.com website are FALSE.
Two pieces that I did recently and both of them have gone to very good owners..
One of them is the great Dr. Henry Pym.. What a great character, Mr. Pym is, or was..
I have not read his adventures recently, but I do remember the Mr. Pym that I grew up with. He was a resourceful man, lived on his wits and his intellect, and wanted to be a superhero so bad he would go through multiple identities during his career. That wonderful idea to shrink and communicate with ants was fun as hell. Considering that insects have so much bio mass on this Earth, one would think that a man who can control them, would really be one of the most powerful forces around.. How can anyone defeat this guy? Yet they laugh..
The other fellow is SCOTT FREE!! aka Mr. Miracle! What a name! One of my all time favorite Kirby creations!
Books can be written on this wonderful character. His birthright has been stolen from him, he has been forced to live within a system that crushes ordinary humans into dust. Still, Scott is so full of that living will for freedom, that not even Granny Goodness and her hordes can crush him. It is amazing mythology and one that touched me as a young man reading his exploits. I am a huge, Harry Houdini fan, and this was the perfect book for me, the ultimate escape artist, plus Gods fighting for the fate of the Earth.
Had a wonderful morning with all the amazing people that run the Ferragamo flagship NYC store on 5th ave. The windows are full of the graphic novel pages, and we had a fun press conference with some very gifted folks!
Take a look at the windows no matter if you are in Europe, Asia, the United States, even Russia, the Ferragamo stores will be having this great showcase of graphic novel, meets fashion. Proceeds of comic book sales will benefit "Un Cuore, Un Mondo", a non-profit organization with the aim of promoting and supporting activities directed at helping children suffering from heart disease in Italy and around the world, with particular focus on developing countries, through care, healthcare assistance and charity work. Over seventeen years, "Un Cuore, Un Mondo" has supported more than 2,500 children and set up fourteen projects in twelve countries around the world: Libya, Eritrea, Kenya among many others. It is a wonderful cause. Here are some more pages of the graphic novel and others..
Here are some color studies I did. Just to understand the overall color of the pages
Above a color rough for some of the panels, and the finished page below..
A color study that never made it into the book but did set the tone for one of the panels.
Ferragamo's Hollywood years. I wish I could do an entire graphic novel on this part of his life..
One of the double page spreads in the book, Ferragamo leaving America and returning to, Italy.
Wow, it has been awhile.. So sorry that I been off the world of blog, but so many things kept happening that it was better to sit, concentrate and get the work out.
One of the wonderful projects that I can finally talk about was doing a graphic novel about the life story of Salvatore Ferragamo, the great Italian shoemaker, designer, artist.
It took about three months or so to write, draw, paint and get it all together. The artwork is now the property, and on display at the Ferragamo museum in, Florence, Italy.
I got back a couple of weeks ago from one of those mythological trips that a person takes once in a lifetime. Met some amazing new people, some wonderful artists, and got to tour, Florence and Bologna in a way that both unique and educational.
The graphic novel is at all the Ferragamo stores, or should be, by now, and the Ferragamo company has been amazing in that starting this week, all the stores around the world will change their window displays, and put up the pages of the graphic novel, so go out and take a gander.
Lots more to share, I have a couple of great pics of the Ferragamo Museum show, that I will post later.. no not next year..
Right now it is all about saying hello to all you artists out there, and getting back to posting every week something fun and new. Lots of painting was done in the last couple of months, so I hope you all enjoy some of the new work.
Here are some of the interior pages that were done.
Yeah, even high fashion needs Giant Robots..
And here are some pics of the exhibition at the Ferragamo Museum in Florence.
The wonderful Andrea Plazzi one of the magicians of Symmaceo publishing who with his support, along many others: this job sailed like a charm.
Unknown girl the day after the exhibit open.
All the sketches that went into the project was also part of the exhibit, so that one could understand how a graphic novel is put together.
Working faster than anything I have ever done before, sort of liberating!
Hopefully another couple of weeks and this thing will be done. Here are two illustrations from Frankenstein.
The first, is the scene after the creature has been created, Victor Frankenstein wanders almost naked through the cold rainy night, aghast at what he has wrought. Lost and scared, he is welcomed by an old friend who appears out of a carriage. One of the great themes in that book is the emptiness that comes after the long creation process. It is one of the reasons I choose that moment to illustrate. That feeling is something that artists, and writers feel first hand. More rain will be added later, right now time to move onward.
The other illustration is after the creature has told his version of events to his creator, Victor Frankenstein. I loved the description in the book where Victor talks about how fast the creature moves over the ice pack. We are so used to the slow moving monster, that we forget that Frankenstein is the first superhuman ever created. He is faster, stronger, smarter than any being on Earth.
Went out with my oils and sat on 187 and St.Nicholas ave, what a place.. it buzzes around with a life of its own at all hours of the day and night. I figure while I am here I should paint some of the Washington Heights area, since I am working on a book on it.
So I sat there, mixing and painting fast while people walked around, and thought I was nuts.. this was just after it had rained, so the clouds were moving west.
Anyway, I realize that oils is not the greatest medium to put in a sketch book, walking around trying to make sure the pages did not stick was a laugh. I am sure I will do that again, but be more prepared.
Best to all.
Frank Espinosa is the creator of the series Rocketo, published by Image comics and nominated in 2006 for three Eisner Awards. Frank has also been the Art Director at Warner Bros. Consumer Products and at Disney Consumer Products. Recently Frank taught at MIT in the CMS dept., teaching mythology, worldmaking and character design.