The Vergara Case: Sleeping Dragons Continue to Lie…(plus Bonus Color Content!)
First things first. That’s in color. I’ve had a large number of questions in the past two weeks about the process I use to make an image color, and thought I would address them. Also, it was #$%^ing cool, so I thought it should be in color. Everyone wins.
The caption talks about it as symbolic. That’s true. I was thinking about the Vergara case when I drew it, and each element represents a part of my potential involvement. See how our hero isn’t fighting, but is ready? That’s how you know its “potential involvement”, and not actual action yet. Clever, huh? I’m still providing links to the case, so I’m still interested…it does support the basic civil rights of my students.
See the bear? Same bear from the California State flag, which our hero has punched out in a prior post. Why is it in this post? Because it’s Vergara v. California, not Vergara v. UTLA, or Vergara v. CTA. As I’ve said before, the case goes before the court in assault of the Organ Grinder, not the cute performing monkey dressed like a bellhop.
But wait…that’s why the armored communist warlord. To be fair, I’m not equating communism with Unions, also they both involve uniting workers. I’ve already used Red Hulks and different Red Darths to represent UTLA, and CTA…the Parent Union at the state level…stepped in prior to me, as an “intervening defendant.” I needed a tough, red tool, and that armor seemed to work. If you’re curious about “intervening defefendants” click here. Note how in the header, the California Teachers Association attacks the suits as “baseless and meritless.” The suit is about the civil rights of my kids…it scares the hell out of me that the organization that claims to represent teachers for the State thinks that it has no foundation. That instead, an attack on “teacher professional rights” has more validity than an inner city student’s chance at a life like say, mine.
I’m not as fond of “my side” as you’d think, though. I’m ready to testify in court, write op ed pieces (kind of like this, but less casual) and do press conferences against my own Union, in favor of their side. Most teachers I know are TERRIFIED of speaking out against the Union, fearing Hoffa like reprisals. Much like Tony Stark, I regularly call them out and give my address, because really, such reprisals are impossible. Still, the lawyers on my side have yet to contact my team and me, to set up some real ground rules and press.
These lawyers are huge…not like the Reed Case, which had ACLU, and a side brief submitted by E4E. My own legal team told me that the above link were “big scary lawyers” that I would, “want on my side in a fight.” I’m good with that. I love that. I’m quite frankly wary of trying to bring in individual teachers, who need motivation to stand up to a Union that bullies them, at the last minute. Students Matter has been trying to stay in touch, but that’s why the big Dragon. The Dragon represents the powerful legal forces, that much like Tolkien’s dragons, are sometimes napping on a pile of Gold.
Also…the Dragon is modeled after Fin Fang Foom. Fin Fang Foom was orange in his first appearance, people, look it up. Beside that, a friend and I loved all the “Easter egg” Fin Fang Foom art in Iron Man 3, so I needed to reference it. If your weren’t staring at Guy Pierce’s chest, you might have missed them. Also, the sculpture behind Ben Kingsley’s “Mandarin.”
Gwen Stacey looking concerned? Well, there are a whole lot of people that think I should think twice before spitting in the Union’s eye on such a grand scale, and will be caught up in it, one way or another. Many of those people will need to be protected.
There you go…the full metaphor of the image. I’m in rabid support of the idea of the case, and you should learn more about it here. That’s what the media has to say, natch!
Now, on to the color process!
First, the unsullied black and white image:
Then, I make a copy. Why? I am terrified of @#$%ing up the original.
Next, I “ink” the black lines of the image. That’s in quotes, because I use a black colored pencil. Colored pencils are my preferred media, for really no good reason.
After that, I pick a color that there would be a large quantity of in the image. In this one, it was red, and I draw the majority of the red sections in. Reason? I don’t need to keep changing pencils.
After that, if shading of some kind is needed, I apply that by moving along the color scale. To orange, for instance. In the real world, colors happen in gradients.
Once I’m through that half of the spectrum, Red, Orange, and Yellow, the image starts to take shape.
After that, I tend to do our hero’s jeans, and then if we are on break, her shirt. Being fair, the Jim Lee uniform often needs some color, even though it is white. If she’s wearing her coat, I tend to fill that in capriciously.
There you have it. The image at the top of the post has an added green and red background accent, but ultimately, is identical to the image above.
Hopefully, that wasn’t too boring. You did ask, Gentle Reader.
Tomorrow’s Issue: ITD Returns!