Sunday, 26 June 2011

hey guys

i need some help please!
i need to figure out whether to use colours to fill outlines like this..

or keep all lines black like this...

or to completely go against everything i believe in and combine the two?

this is bells father by the way. i've decided against the normal 18th century dress, i've done it so often and i just wanted to draw a completely different era. so this is pre ww1. it's a pilots outfit. mmmmhmm

and i know it's really scrappy and badly coloured and whatever, but it's just a draft until i figure out the best way to do the silly outlines!

Welcome to my world for the moment

Its been a while since I posted anything on ink soup but this is to generally give you an idea of exactly what sort of world and style I am going with for my practice. I want to have a blend of realistic environments people and situations contested by cartoon elements and characters. Essentially a Roger Rabbit sort of universe with the distorted architecture of Cool world but each area will be different to the last.

This is a rough digital drawing I did combining elements of the secondary photograph (I will try and do my own for the projects) with the characterized objects and figures in the composition this also will help in my colour theory which is why photography will help make this style more practical and accurate.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Concept for devil character

New direction for the devil character, think this is much better than the cartoony version i had in the draft?

I think i like the original pencil sketch i did of this better than the finished version. ho hum!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Beauty & the Beast final draft

Hey guys,

In the spirit of community critique and all that jazz here is the final draft of my piece for Beauty & the Beast.

The drawing is pretty rough as I was concentrating on getting the narrative pace, plot clarity, frame comp, etc rather than the aesthetic.

I am pretty happy with it so far, Couple of things I will change - firstly on page 2 the top two frames , Firstly frame 2 is not clear enough - it is supposed to be the candles flaring and filling the room with smoke, secondly i dont think it is clear that the boy is causing the candles to flair - there is not a strong causal link (i was thinking of having the boy clicking his fingers?)

From here I plan to develop the aesthetic with particular focus on characterisation - I want to make the priest more creepy looking (i was thinking hook nose and pointy chin like the old punch & judy puppets) The boy needs to be cuter and more innocent at the start to emphasise the transition and major one is the devil as he is massively cheesy!

Anyway - THIS IS HERE FOR CRIT!!! please don't just tell me it's nice! constructive feedback please.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Panna a netvor.

The Czech version of "Beauty and the Beast" - dark, poetic, and subtitled. It's all on youtube if you're patient enough to click on the next part every ten minutes or so :)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


After last week's meet up, I pretty much just kept going in the same direction. Character concepts, areas of focus and narrative.

This was a little side project, Mostly looking at action-to-action sequences and expressions, following Eisner's chapter of expressive anatomy. Also, when possible, this will be a perfect piece of work to experiment with finishing styles on.

These were some quick character concepts, focussing more on the juxtaposition of the two characters, further edifying the idea of Beauty and the Beast. Personally I'm not really happy with the scientist - I'm planning on doing more sketches until I feel comfortable with the design as a whole, whereas the assymmetric design of the monster i'm far happier with.

Unfortunately, I have work all of this week (foolishly assuming that a bit of extra work could accomodate the cost of books, art supplies and cider), which I will intersperse with reading the rest of Eisner's and McCloud's books.I also have a brief narrative sketched out, with this week being spent on transferring this into an actual panel to panel script, with A5 communicative drafts supporting it.

Also: Chiu wanted to see these... They're something a guy working for Disney threw together, identifying some common errors that crop up in sequential art, so... Enjoy!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Beauty and the Beast

Here is my first attempt at a comic for this issue's Ink Soup! Any comments are welcome! Thanks.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Monday, 6 June 2011

Mr Wonderful - by Daniel Clowes

Mr Wonderful , an ironic title with its narrative about a man who is by all observations shy, neurotic, and like many self-examinations of "post-modern" american life, unable to amount to what he would liek to be.

Enki Bilal, dessinateur de bandes dessinées

fans of Enki Bilal interview on his new book romeo and juilet (in french)