Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Although the first projects over i intend to ink the entire thing, because... well, because I'm actually buzzing off doing it.
This is the fifth page (of 12) for 'Hotdog Hansel', the first glimpse of the monster 'Gret'. Its coming along, I've stopped putting speech bubbles in, as computers apparently take care of that easier... so yeh any feedback is good feedback.
oh and the rest is on my blog, leehallamillustration.blogspot.com
Comix Competition (Int.)
EnergyEach year, Fumetto – International Comix-Festival Lucerne holds a competition to give comic creators the opportunity to compare their work, present it to a broader public and to exchange views with others. The competition’s theme this year is Energy.
- Deadline: 17th of January 2011 (date of postmark)
- Format: A4 or A3 (other formats will be disqualified)
- Form: only Comics (stories in picture form), no cartoons accepted, no digital entries
- Number of pages: maximum 4 (only 1 comic)
- Labelling: name, address, telephone number, e-mail and date of birth on the back of each page
- Packaging: sturdy envelope, no rolls
- Return Postage: if the return postage is not enclosed or not sufficient, the works will not be sent back but kept for one year only
- For Siwss Nationals: stamps, or money in the value of the stamps needed
- For Foreigners: 5 Euro
- Categories: Cat. 1: 18 years or older / Cat. 2: 13 to 17 years / Cat. 3: up to 12 years of age
- Schools: Please enclose a list with names and details (see Labelling ) of the participating students and information about the school/class.
Friday, 5 November 2010
There are parts of this page that look off to me now, after looking at it again. And I'm not too pleased with some of the colour-work. But I'm determined to finish this, lol.
EDIT: I need to make some changed to the third page, there are a few inconsistencies with the room that have been bothering me.
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
is completely incorrect - it is one that George put up without my knowledge
You should be following this blog, and the brief on the following moodle link only!
sorry about the lateness of this post
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
This is one of my final pages. I think a cel-style digital colour will compliment the bold linework, but I'm not sure. If anyone has any good finishing ideas, please suggest some. Still got to word it, but I'm looking for a suitable typeface. This was a last minute change of idea, and with it comes a different brief, which I'll post also.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
(from bottom to top)
these 3 examples are published by eurotica
first the story of o
similar style to where with development my work may be
second perverts of the unknown
similar niave figure style and shading
similar cross hatching style to the current pages im working on
this is the work of Michael Mannings who im going to compete with i know you will say he's better but he's got 20 years of illustration experience over me so in time i hope it to be of this quality
Monday, 25 October 2010
Regarding submissions, we're easy. Just send us a xerox copy of what you'd like us to look at (or a URL link), and enough postage if you want the materials returned to you. Just please do not attach and send image files to our email addresses. Also, we cannot accept scripts or plot synopses, unless they are accompanied by a minimum of 10-20 completed pages (i.e., fully inked and lettered comic book pages).
Please note that while we do read through everything, it's not always possible for us to respond to each and every person (as the quantity of submissions has been rather surprising of late). But don't let that discourage you. We want to know what you're up to. And we prefer to respond via email, so be sure to include your email address with your submission.
You can send submissions to either Chris or Brett at:
Top Shelf Productions, Inc.
PO Box 1282
Marietta GA 30061-1282
Top Shelf Productions, Inc.
PO Box 15125
Portland OR 97293-5125
For digital submissions to our online comics program, Top Shelf 2.0, contact Leigh Walton at email@example.com with a link or small attachment. For 2.0, short stories work best, although we can also do collections of individual pages or serialize a longer story in chapters.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Just a little practice in the colour dropping we were shown in the workshop on friday,
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
Thanks, and sorry if the question was badly phrased, I wasn't quite sure how to word it.
Over the weekend of the 16th-17th of October the British international comic show was in Brimingham. It was Located within the Millenium Point complex. Which had a series of Writers, Artists and a fair few comic enthusiasts, (suprisingly) out in force.
Unfortunately i was only able to attend the Sunday's talks and exhibits. However it was still a worthwhile and enjoyable visit.
When i arrived i joined a que with a a number of fellow comic fans and geeks, all suited with their favourite characters t-shirts costumes etc. These were enthusiastic people!
As the line slowly dissapated and we filed into the lecture theatre, a small table was visable with a collection of microphones and the always necessary bottles of water. We took our seats and waited expectantly for the talks to begin. A beared man sat down along with UK writer for Doctor who and comics Captain Britain and Knight and Squire, Paul Cornell. He and the beared man who i then realised was the host or interviewer for the talks, began discussing his favourite comics and characters, what he dose in his field etc. They were then joined by Yanick Paquette, Marvel cover artist and serial illustator. He talked about his methods of work and how he treats the scripts he is given for illustration, his methods of work, how he takes whats written and see if he can adjust to what is needed and what he can push ideas further.
Finally we were introduce with Jimmy Broxton DC comic artist. this was one of the most interesting parts of the talks featured as he and Paul Cornell had and are currently working together on the Knight and Squire comics for dc in britain. They went on to describe how we in britain differ to the american audiences, the way we are able to get away with more risky elements in comics opposed to the more formal american comics. They went onto discussing the relationship of writer and illustrator how they have to work very closely and edit or change elements of each through discussion and trials to see how each could better the other, how it is more of a symbiotic relationship.
This gave food for thought in how to approach my own works present and future. As the talks came to a close people poured out of the theatre only to see Johnaton Ross signing autographs and promoting his new comic series called Turf.
After the stargazing i wandered aimlessly trying to find the poorly labeled and almost hidden exhibit hall, In which had the professional and would be artists were displaying and promoting their works. It was interesting to see what was on show. I saw two artists in particular that i recognised and owned some of their work, Kev Crossley and Sean Philips unfortunatley the ques for both were very busy. Other than this room there was very little else to see.
Overall i enjoyed the afternoon spent there, i learned some intersting facts about the life of illustrators and writers in the industry, along with seeing some fine works.
My only complaint was i wish there was more on offer maybe a few more recognisable artists and writers available for individual talks.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
http://www.stevenappleby.com/news/videos/howtodraw.mov (for the dress code)
Friday, 15 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
"The Coat Of Courage"
I stand in line, waiting.
It used to be that I'd stand and wait to be served, to draw my money out without passing a glance and be on my way.
Now it feels like so much more than that.
I'm waiting for an opportunity, for my moment, my time.
Days come and go but my moment never comes, never stands shoulder to shoulder with me, to whisper in my ear, 'Just ask her.'
But maybe there won't be a sign, something physical, something real.
Maybe it's a feeling.
Maybe I won't know until it has gone.
Maybe - my number is called.
My lucky number.
Maybe this is the sign.
I approach the desk.
Asks how I am.
Ask her back, stupid.
She counts out my money.
Hands it to me.
She looks at me with those piercing blue eyes.
She does not recognise me, "Have a nice day."
My moment has passed.
I walk out into the cold November morning, the frosty air siezing my face.
I take a deep breath.
All it takes is a little self-belief.
A little bit of courage.
What was it she used to say?
It was so much more than that.
'The Coat Of Courage'.
The on thing more than anything that released me from my shell, gave me the strength to face the challenges that lay ahead of me, to overcome any boundaries.
Primary school christmas play.
I was chosen to play the lead, King Herod, in an effort to bring me out of my shell.
I couldn't do it.
Those first rehearsala, the bright spotlights that cast gloomy shadows over the audience's faces, highlighting their eyes.
Just staring at me watching, waiting.
I ran home crying to Mom, told her I couldn't do it, I couldn't stand the pressure.
She knelt downin front of me, gently brushed her hand down my forehead telling me to close my eyes...
"Close your eyes. Now picture yourself on that stage. You have your costume on, your crown is on your head. You're looking from the audience. You can see yourself, nervous, scared. Now you're on the stage, looking out. You put a coat on. Not just any coat - this is a special coat. It's invisible, and no one else can see it but you, no one else can feel it but you. It's 'The Coat Of Courage'. When you wear it my son, it makes you strong, brave and fearless. It makes you whatever you want to be."
Mom would motion over my shoulders putting on the 'The Coat Of Courage".
The smell of her perfume surrounded me.
The coat was on, and I felt it change me.
I opened my eyes, a new boy.
For the rest of the day I wore 'The Coat Of Courage', only taking it off after I came off stage.
I kept it.
I knew it was my secret weapon, what I'd need again one day.
It was time to dust it off.
I stood outside the bank wearing 'The Coat Of Courage'.
It was now or never.
As I walked in 'I can do this'.
All my life I had been afraid to take a risk.
I stood in the queue.
There she sat, smiling brightly, her eyes the colour of summer sky.
I approached the cash desk.
I felt different.
My posture, my eyeline, everything about me felt different.
I was a presence.
She spoke to me, her usual 'by the numbers' customer service.
Then she looked at me...
I looked her square in the eyes.
This time she noticed me.
She spoke, 'It's Joe right?'
She didn't read it from the screen.
Realising this, I squeezed the inside of my coat pockets for support.
I spoke back, our conversation flowed, I made her laugh.
My courage shone through me and made me stronger.
I loosened my grip on the coat.
As I turned to leave I siezed my opportuninty, not knowing when the next moment would occur.
Using everything the coat had to give me, I asked her to meet me sometime.
She agreed, giving me an honest wave and smile.
I stepped out into the street, a reinvigorated man, I thankfully wrapped my arms around the coat.
I knew I had it inside.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
Page rough outs very basic idea
boy makes a wish at devils creek for a friend, the devils hear his wish and they think it’s the perfect chance for some mischief and start making him a little gift they take the gift to him.
the boy turns and finds the gift and goes to it
the boy picks it up and hugs it tightly, the gift gives a evil grin cuts off,
showing the location of the story, boy sits with gift at dinner table mother cooks in kitchen, gift turns to boy and tells him to throw food at his mother
splat mother is hit with food turns around, and yells at boy boy tries to tell her about the gift, but thinks his lying because it’s a toy
boy walks down road, gift tells him to smash a car window, the boy picks up rock and then drops it
smash the cars windows broken, owner comes out and chases boy
boy gets home, mother finds out, boy in trouble
gift tells boy to get rid of her boy squirms and protests and fights the idea
gift takes it into his own hand and attempts the assassination boy and mother shocked
boy fights gift
boy fights gift mom grabs frying pan hits gift
bear hits floor and goes to move when bam his hit again
boy grabs bag mom grabs the gift ties it up puts in bag
fast diving to devils creek out of car mom holds bag out and sets alight and drops it into the creek
Page16 bag vanish mom turns hugs her boy devils reappear and find the out come amusing
I find it helpful to rough the pages out first this is a very rough idea page one has been scirpted basic breaking down a story i think it needs more excitement its based of ape entertainments ive been studying two comics from this publisher there stories are simple and easy to understand im just affaid this idea is to simple
Godman Meets Aphrodites
Introduction - Godman is introduced to the beautiful Aphrodites, daughter of Uranus.
Activating Agent - Godman falls in love with Aphrodites.
Rise in Conflict - Aphrodites has no interest in Godman and goes out with Adonis who has the hots for Godman.
Climax - Adonis tries it on with Godman to no avail. Godman tells Aphrodites he loves her and Adonis cannot.
Resoloution - Godman gets the girl and Adonis falls for Cupids bow!
Scene 1 Godman Meets Aphrodites.
The scene begins in the beautiful setting of Ancient Greece. Everybody is wearing togas and ancient greek jewelry. The first scene is set in Cyprus just off a cliff looking over the sea, the weather is almost like paradise. There are two men , Godman (our hero) and Uranus (camp as christmas and father to Aphrodites) and one woman, Aphrodites (a very beautiful woman) standing together...
Panel 1: Establishing shot of setting and characters Width of page height of one panel.
Godman - Hey Uranus!
Panel 2: Uranus looks behind as a gust of wind blows up his toga showing his butt. Godman looks on in shock.
Panel 3 -Uranus looks at sky while pulling his toga down embarrased.
Uranus - Oopsiee! Shouldn't stand so close to this cliff, Hello Godman!
Panel 4 - Uranus reveals his daughter Aphrodites, a beautiful looking woman in her 20's, wearing a drape covering her nakedness with one hand on her breast (she is always in the same classic pose of Aphrodites). Flowers flourish by her appearance alone and birds sing.
U - Have you met my daughter, Aphrodites...?.
Panel 1: Godman and Aphrodite have a one to one. Godman in mesmerized by Aphrodites beauty...
G - Is she?
Panel 2: Uranus gives an all knowing look while shrugging:
U - Naked? Yes we all are, It's ancient times you know?
Panel 3: Godman stares while pointing at the hand on Aphrodites left boob:
G - Why do you have one hand on your boob like that?
Panel 4: Godman attempts to remove her hand from her boob, Aphrodite looks down slightly shocked slightly annoyed.
Panel 5 : Close up of Godmans hand peeling away Aphrodites hand to reveal...
Panel 6: Pan out as Godman is violently slapped around the face:
G - owww!
Panel 7: Godman faints and falls into a dream...
Not a great interview, but it's kinda fun and interesting.
- · Weather wet and rainy
- · Many ethics and groups can be observed from the disabled seating area
- · Atmosphere and emotion is loud with social discussions and talks. While at the same time people are restrictive to make eye contact or speech with any other members of the public.
- · He/she
- · Silently looking down away from the clutter and mess of sounds
- · Maybe stressed
- · Physically looks a bit of a scruff
- · Bored
- · Middle class
- · Stereotypical female Chav
- · Scene 4 and 5 is a action to action transition
- · She is Oblivious to the smoke
- · Illustrates her desires and dislikes about herself
- · No one seems to be ware or even care about the trippy shenanigans
- · The movie could be a lose parody of a recent movie or a popular genre
- · Many different ideas and concepts appear from every mouth but the visuals start crossing paths and connecting to each other within the entire interior.
- · Student needs to be centred to show the amount of pressure they are under.
- · There’s no weight or visible walls so the figures are now arranged around the space to demosate the sheer imagination all theses people have.
- · Not one single reaction from the surrounding public after all that
- · Student sweating and clinging to their chair in sheer worry
- Weather is damp but clear
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Doing the observer brief.
The main character stereotypical high up banker late for a meeting. He will be talking on his Bluetooth earpiece to someone who is at the meeting already. The man who is late will cause the lift to break down, and keep attempting to fix the lift from the inside but clearly just break it more.
The concept is that it is a metaphor for the idea that bankers are largely responsible for the state of the economy at the moment. Also going to include a young barefoot boy in the lift also symbolizing the recent ideas of lowering child benefits.
1. Banker stood talking to someone on Bluetooth earpiece, “Tell them to hold the meeting, im literally 10 minutes away I’m coming now”.
2. Number 14 on the lift lights up ‘ding!’.
3. Banker stood in front of lift as doors open still speaking on blue tooth, “DON’T START THE MEETING WITHOUT ME!”.
4. Banker stepping into lift, “mmhmm, mmhmm”.
5. Banker stood pressing button in lift, “come onnn”.
6. Young boy runs into lift as doors are shutting.
7. Banker says to persone on Bluetooth “some little brat, im in the lift at the moment”. Kid in background playing on hand rail in the lift.
8. Banker franticly pressing groung button as he is in such a hurry, “come on bloody thing”.
9. Breaks the ground floor button.
10. Silhouetted all round view of them in the lift showing its started moving. Banker says “Paul im 10 minutes away just hold it”.
11. Banker saying “well tell them there’s nothing wrong with the bonuses”, boy in background looking at the man.
12. Banker “we deserve..”
13. Lights go out as lift breaks down, “shit”.
14. Lights still out banker says “whats going on”
15. Lights come on banker says whilst panicking “Paul get help, call 999” - ”Its gona be ok kid”.
16. Banker trying to open the door, “this IS a fucking emergency”.
17. Banker franticly trying to fix lift taking off the panel n playing with the wires, “shit shit shit come on”.
18.Still panicking trying to work out a way out, banker pulls off roof panel.
19. Banker accidently drops roof panel onto boys shoulder “sorry sorry”, boy “ah”.
20. Banker palming all the buttons trying to get it to work again, “no no no, come on!”.
21. Caretaker unscrews lift button on the ground floor to let them out.
22. Door opens to see fat banker stressed out and sweating.
23. Caretaker having a look at the lift, “what the hell has he done here”.
24. Banker running off muttering reasons why the life bloke, placing the blame on other people, “you really need a new electrician – such dodgy wiring – cheap roof pannels too mate”