Wow reading your stuff takes me all the way back to ghost in the shell and Appleseed. Old City Blues is a damn fine series that captures the feeling so well. I miss the old Shirow stuff now thanks to you.
Hey, that’s really cool to hear — thanks for reading and I’m glad you liked the stuff!
you're a major inspiration! love the moebius stuff and all the cool car stuff you do. any good sci-fi anime recommendations? i've never really gotten into much but the images on your page are amazing. thanks giannis!
Hey, thanks for the kind words — I appreciate it!
If you google sci-fi anime you should probably come up with a lot of well-known stuff. Some of the things I like that don’t get mentioned often — Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, MD Geist, anything by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Eve no Jikan, Kurau Phantom Memory, Bounty Dog, Serial Experiments Lain, AD Police, Virus Buster Serge
Do you have any hard & fast rules/ tips for learning/improving/practicing illustration? I used to draw all the time but life is full of distractions, I'm looking to get back into it but it's hard to start fresh. Thanks!
I think the only real way to get better at drawing and get work done is committing to little rituals. Draw every day, keep a sketchbook around, — even if you just draw lines, it’s still better than not holding a pen at all. Copy from pictures, copy other people’s drawings, copy from the mirror, from outside the window, do stuff that you think is fun.
For me personally, the best ritual to learn how to draw with was doing comics. It creates a little system that helps point out things you can and can’t draw, it helps you think in story, it forces you to think about environments.
An anatomy study is always just going to be a dead thing, no matter how well drawn. A comic is a living world where things happen, even if it’s horribly drawn. I’m saying this because it’s addicting to make up people and places and have them interact and it helps take away the focus from fearing the empty page and bad drawings — and the more you do it (while consciously pushing yourself and yeah, studying) the better your drawings will eventually get.
Hi Giannis, I've just DL your Pdf and it's full of amazing work. I'm going to purchase Old City Blues, my friend Guillaume Singelin told me I could find on import. Anyway thank you for sharing such amazing work !
Hey, Baptiste! I really dig your stuff and your style. (Your female versions of male game characters are great.)
Thanks for the kind words — if you want you can get a free version of OCB here, too.
electronbleed replied to your photo“just breaking in a new maru, from here”
Do you think Shirow will ever return to form? Or is it just techno-porn calendars from here to eternity
I think he’s pretty much done with comics. He’s what, 53 years old, and was at the top of his game (for me, the last Appleseed volume and Gits) like 24 years ago. If I’m getting these dates right, he’s been drawing porn calendars longer than he drew comics (even if you count 1980 as his debut, though it was just in fanzines — and the end in 1997, when Gits2 finished its run in Japan.)
We should all be as lucky as him to enjoy a retirement drawing porn and living off royalties.
I was looking to download the PDFs of Old City Blues on your site because they look outstanding but the links take me to a site that says it's been taken offline due to copyright infringement. Was just wondering if there's another place to grab the PDFs or if you knew about the issue. Totally understand if you don't want them to be free downloads anymore. Thanks!
Hey, thanks — I reuploaded everything recently, and posted the links here. I need to update my website to point to the new links, but hopefully in the meantime these will work. Let me know, and thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.
seangrimm said: i like that as a professional artist your doodle for Cyclops is just “lets throw a bunch of x symbols on him” did you also grow up with the 90s xmen?
Nobody tells you this in art school, but more X symbols = more professional. And yeah, I was lucky to grow up with Blue Team as a kid. I think those comics have had more of an influence on me than I realize