Trying to nail down a schedule for FireFly #2. This is the grind for the next 2 months, plus the day job. #makingcomics #art #drawing
Figured I’d get back into posting on my Tumblr with a bit of some behind the scenes stuff and how I tackle a cover layout. Here we go:
I came up with a few different ideas in my sketchbook, scanned, and sent them over to Terrell Smith, head of rapidfireentertainment. He chose layout C, and added a few notes and I got to work.
I start doing the rough in Manga Studio. Here I can tighten up the initial wireframe and nail the perspective without a million erasures, ruining the paper. At this juncture, I realized this was almost a wasted step (I was out of ink in my printer, where normally I would blue line this rough and print it onto a clean comic board). I say almost because this step at least got my brain wrapped around the composition as a whole.
So, I had to backtrack a bit and layout the composition in blue pencil on 11x17 Strathmore Bristol. I managed to tighten up the rough even more and fine tune the perspective and foreshortening. I also roughed in the background at this stage.
Working on the figure.
Final pencils. I can keep things fairly rough and open to changes since I ink a lot my own work.
I start the inking stage. I ink with a Winsor & Newton Kolinsky Sable brush size 1. This size brush can get the thin lines I need for crosshatching and with some added pressure, get really nice thick to thin lines. For straight lines and buildings, I use Prismacolor multiliners.
Final inks, cleaned up in Photoshop.
Hope you enjoyed this. I think I’ll try to do more of these, especially for comic pages (if I remember to). Until next time
Seems like every year I set goals for myself, my expectations are let down. I can’t keep doing this. This year has had its fair share of ups and downs in my art. There was definitely some great moments but overall things have regressed a bit for me. Commissions were once a way to pad my pockets for the hard times. Now, not so much. Something’s gotta give. So here’s my forecast for the rest of 2013 and forward into the new year:
I realize that I haven’t updated on my art as I should be doing. Here’s what’s currently on my table. Working on a pinup submission for a talent search. More details later. I’m putting my all into finding steady comic work for 2014, and this is just the beginning.
That’s right, folks! The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. The Imaginos Workshop out of Detroit, Michigan has launched a Kickstarter Campaign for their anthology book: iMAGiNOS PLUS. I will be a part of this fantastic showcase of stories along with other great artists. Once fully funded, I will be finishing pencils on the title Candy Coated.
I was going to save this as a Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sale, but I figured why not just run this all the way through till the end of December?
So, for this limited time, I’ll have a sale on 11x14 sized Marker Commissions for $25. This is a single character mid-thigh or full body shot (depending on the pose) with a simple background, done in a combo of Cool/Warm Gray Copics (and maybe an accent color if I deem necessary).