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March 5th, 2012

Six-Year-Old Horse Thief Page 07 of 08 Comments about this page

Six-Year-Old Horse Thief

(G; Childhood Memoir) A personal story, from a time when there were no cellphones, no iPads and only one Starbucks. At six years old, I tried stealing a horse from the Catskill Game Farm. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

The guards are based on Caroll O’Connor and Yvonne Craig as they looked in 1968. Festus Haggen (played by Ken Curtis) was the “hillbilly deputy” comedy relief character in the radio and television series Gunsmoke. The TV show ran from from 1955 to 1975, making it Hollywood’s longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes.

I’m still struggling with coloring, but am finally hitting the goals outlined in “Learning to Color Like Jean Giraud“.

Talk Back! Most recent of (7)

More, More, More!

ANSIS | Posted on February 29th, 2012 at 7:58 pm   

Dave, you should be coloring (and drawing) for the mainstream DC and MARVEL houses. I can’t get enough of your color sense; it makes me happy. More please.

Reminding Me Why I Don't Like Comic Books

Karen Cali | Posted on March 2nd, 2012 at 9:26 pm   

I just got caught up with the completed pages of 6-Year Old Horse Thief, now I’m irritated I can’t read the whole thing at once. It reminds me of why I don’t like comic books–the good ones don’t LAST long enough. I am also reminded of how a common passion (art) can forge friendships between people of very different backgrounds, like yours and mine. Anyway, I am enjoying the story a lot; work faster!

re: Reminding Me Why I Don't Like Comic Books

David Marshall | Posted on March 2nd, 2012 at 9:36 pm   

Karen and I were illustration students at Massachusetts College of Art. Since then she “got detoured by graphic design” and is now an excellent painter and sketch artist. Do your eyes and soul a favor and visit her online portfolio at today!

Oh yeah, “Six-Year-Old Horse Thief” concludes up next week. Hope you’ll take a peek.

In Living Color

Jesse Farrell | Posted on March 3rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm   

I also think the colors are really successful (and make me want to go back and do coloring, which is practically unthinkable). You make unusual choices- like the light violet for Carrol O’Connor’s eyes and teeth!- look perfectly natural. Great work.

re: In Living Color

David Marshall | Posted on March 3rd, 2012 at 9:41 pm   

Thanks, Jesse. Some of the unusual color choices come from a Giraud-induced coma, aiming for subjective storytelling, page balance and outdoor lighting for specific times of day. I spend a lot of time adjusting Photoshop’s HSB sliders ’til it just “seems right”, or at least “less wrong” than everything I’ve tried so far. Forcing myself to go public on a weekly basis helps move the Wacom stylus even faster. Hopefully this will lead to a more efficient coloring process. So far, every panel’s a struggle.

Great Read!!

Berenice | Posted on March 20th, 2012 at 10:37 am   

Hello! I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I am definitely enjoying every little bit of it, and have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

re: Great Read!!

David Marshall | Posted on March 20th, 2012 at 11:12 am   

Why thank you, Berenice. Judging by how much you like this page, you’ll really like the Earth-shattering conclusion, and the entire story.

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