Saturday, 30 July 2011

Beauty and the Beast

This is really unique must have taken some intricate cutting skills and unfortunately the original book is destroyed but it looks really interesting.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Clint Magazine & inspiration

Check out clint magazine - run by folks like Joe Cornish (of Adam & Joe fame) and Mark Millar, calling for comic artists -

Magazine very much in the spotlight featuring stuff from Jimmy Carr and Jonathan Ross amongst many more 'real' comic artists.

also this vid/advert is really cool

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Beauty & the beast - finished(ish)

Howdy y'all

Here are my five pages for Beauty & the Beast.

They are 'finished' but I am still keen to tidy it up and make improvements - especially on the text, both actual dialogue and visual presentation.

Thoughts & comments please

Friday, 15 July 2011

characters and colour

Started drawing stuff and generating ideas, these are a few of the initial ideas and experiments. I will move on to developing a more refined narrative. Im unsure of what approach to take and would appreciate some constructive criticism/feed back.     

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Creating Worlds

I've been focusing on the 'World Building' chapter of Making Comics as my environments are very lazy, but also trying to work on my making my characters more expressive, compositions more interesting and generally working on a more professional aesthetic.

Here's my (very) rough storyboard:

There are three environments in the story; The bar, the desert and the cave all of which I will work on before creating the final pages.

As for the mountains I like the one with the holes best, inspired by Moebius and Max Ernst who I'll look at in more detail when drawing them all proper like.

Pencil study for the cave:

And a pen one which I much prefer:

Finally I got a bit sidetracked by a painting of the bar scene, still not quite finished but you get the gist:

I stand by the fact that this was useful for refining the seedy bar characters and the environment of the bar itself, but it would be extremely time consuming to paint every panel in this way...

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Rules are made to be broken

I found this in a Milo Manara story...who says speech bubbles can't interact with characters? Haha

Monday, 11 July 2011

Short Graphic novel competition


Thursday, 7 July 2011

Pages 1 and 2

Pretty much final, but obviously there's always plenty of room for improvement. I don't really know if I'm happy with them or not. The story is still a bit incomprehensible at this point. The Beast is the misunderstandings between a couple basically, and in this world it's turning the guy into a "beast" (he looks a little more beastly as it goes along and as he falls in his misunderstandings more and more) while the Beauty (always the saviour in this fairytale) is trying to bring him back down to earth. I tried keeping a few elements of the original fairytale - the "Beast" in the castle, the rose (although that's a lilly) under the glass case, etc. Also I stuck to handwritten text, slanting it when she's talking just so they look a little different, it's definitely not a very high standard of lettering but I think I prefer it to computer fonts... Aaanyway, let me know what you think while I crack on with the rest of the pages :)
(ah also my scanner is not very good, but I'll photocopy them as soon as I get the  chance so they'll look nice and smooth)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Visuals by Sound

Have started to record my progress of drawing using my diverse range of music as a guideline for future creative ideas this rough wacom tablet drawing is inspired by the sound track to rockstars L.A Noire composed by Andrew Hale.

I will continue this series as a development for ideas and to show my rough work in motion. 

If anyone knows of a better free screen recorder please tell me so that stupid watermark dose not interferer with the viewing.