Archive for April, 2010

Colour test

Colour test

Initially I was planning to finish this one in colour, as can be seen a couple posts down. Inking and flats where already done. But I’ve been meaning to test test out a different way to finish my drawings to gain some speed in comic creation, so I thought this would make a nice test image.

I’m pleased with the result as a one shot image, but I’m not sure if this would work for a complete page. The upside is that this took me roughly 30 minutes to colour. And it also skips the inking phase, so some extra time gained there as well.

Faces 18

Faces 18

It’s been a while since the last “faces” post. This time a bit of a history lesson with the main characters from Get with the Program. That really has been a long time since I’ve drawn them. And looking back at those comics makes me cringe!

Cleaning up

Minions of Cain

The portfolio section of this blog is kinda rubish, so I’m taking a bit of time to clean up some of the stuff that I posted here and get it in my portfolio. The first item is The Minions of Cain. There was always something that bothered me about that image. I’ve updated the faces, changed her pants to a skirt, redid here hair and redid a large part of the colouring. Way better I think.

Something different

Sphereworks promotion 4

I really needed to do something different from the “A great Find” story. I’ve finished page 3, and also placed the flat colours version of page 4 in the portfolio section. So really all I would have to do, is finish up the colours of the final page. But I don’t have any fun in it anymore. This has been dragging on for quite a bit with the pages not really getting any better. I will let this rest for a long time or maybe completely leave it for what it is. I’ve learned a number of important lessons from it so perhaps better to put those into practice with a new project. And actually to get those lessons was the whole point of this story:

  • Do more thumbnails prior to start work on the pages to get the best layout of frames and actions
  • Plan out the scene by creating a map of all objects and characters and how they move through this map: this will keep the lightsource and backgrounds more consistent
  • Do more colour tests before hand. The pages are now big blobs of brownish grey, not very appealing
  • Don’t let a project like this drag on for so long. You loose focus and the end result will be not as good as it could be
  • Practice more action scenes

Anyway, the something different I mentioned: quick drawing I did. Turned out pretty nice so far I think.

A great find – page 3 (5)

Panacea - A great find page 3

Page 3 is done! Well, technically not completely done. A few minor details are missing, but after a very long session working on this I’d better get some sleep and really finish at a later time. Better get a fresh look at it later to do those final tweaks.

For now though, I think that the waterfall is a big improvement over the last post and the colouring as a whole went pretty smooth. Just like inking, I’m getting better at that. Yay! The pages are quite boring when looking back at them though. Whose brilliant idea was it to place this short story in a canyon with just rocks as background?