Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Page 4 - Fire in the hole!

More from my sketchbook comic project.

Only one way to get past.... drop a grenade.

Page 3 - Bottleneck

Page 3 of my sketchbook comic project. The team gets caught right off the bat due to a bottleneck. Pinned down and unable to proceed.

Page 2 - Main door

Continuing with my sketchbook comic...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Page 1 - Infiltration

Penciled up a half dozen pages today of an idea... here is the first page

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Morning pleasure

I like to imagine that most women wake up and dance around half skimpy clad listening and dancing to music. I have never born witness to this myth though so do have my doubts to its truth. ;p

Step by step traditional comic art with new tools

Today I picked up a small pad of tan paper, some grey tone markers as mine were all dried out and a white highlighter marker. I had not used this paper or highlighter pen before and its rare I work so small but in looking at my past sketchbooks... seems my best work is done tiny. Armed with this knowledge and these new tools... today I set out to experiment and here is the results.

Friday, March 21, 2014

My digital process on the Note 10.1 tablet

So I am working on a story idea... not sure where it will go but hopefully far (as I hope with all my failed projects)... I decided to break down in steps a page for you folks who might find it interesting. It's all done digitally on my Note 10.1 Galaxy tablet and in layers. As I move along colouring I will merge the layers otherwise I would have a few hundred of them and the tablet only allows so many at a time. I'm using SketchBook Pro in this example. I do one layer with the frames I made. One layer in Orange sketching and then a layer in ink. The frames layer stays at the top, the ink layer underneath that and everything below is the colouring. As I finish a panel, I go to the bottom most layer which is the orange pencil sketch layer and erase the orange to see if I missed anything. Then I merge the colour layers only and begin again on the next panel. Sort of like this:

Frame layer
Ink layer
Colour layer
Colour layer
Colour layer
Orange sketch layer

As you can see there can be multiple colour layers... sometimes many indeed. They just get all merged together once I'm done.

Here is start to finish of a page:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Middle Ages 2

In this the 2nd episode of The Middle Ages I went with traditional inking and water colours to see how I like it. I'm still on the fence with stylizing.

Forgive the typo in panel two... supposed to be "drawing". Because this is all just experimenting I am not too concerned with fixing it up.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Middle Ages

Yes, it's a play one words. I'm in my middle ages hence the name. Ick. No idea how many of these I might make... right now its all just experimenting, trying to find my way in the illustration world.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Back to the future

I haven't worked traditionally in some time now but been feeling the pull. So tonight I gave it a go. Used tech pens only as I was thinking of using water colours and these pens dont run but then changed my mind. Should have used my brush pen I guess. Ah well... it was just nice to do some work on the desk this time around. The pic is now the property of my daughter. She loved it.