Here’s a three page wolverine sample I’ve done to add some pep to my portfolio for the London Super Con which I’ll be at this weekend (Saturday I’ll be milling about Warwick Johnston Cadwell’s table, as he’s there on Sunday) and I’m sure I’ll make an appearance at the 2000Ad booth.
I’m hoping these look good, I think if I had more time I’d finesse the backgrounds, but, with a bit of luck and a following wind the energy on the page will carry them. It’s not an ideal form of sample, in a perfect world I’d have six pages – two or three would be people walking and talking rather than just balls-out action, but I’ll put some other stuff in the portfolio and see where it takes me. My intention is to do a monthly set of samples like this and throw them to the big two and see what happens.
I’ve sent these off to some friends whose opinions I value, to see if I can’t improve them but I really have limited time (heading off to London early tomorrow) so hopefully nothing radical will come from it (though if it does, I’ll pin it and figure out where I went wrong).
Oh, if you want to see the process of making page one of this sample, I storified a whole bunch of twitter posts I did as I did it, you can read that here:
Last year I made some promises to myself, on keeping it all analogue – this all fell through a bit, I ended up drawing bunch of pages digitally. This year I’m trying again. Derailed a bit late in to the year by the arrival of a 27″ cintiq. An amazing tool which sort of subsumed all of my analogue drawing into it (literally taking over my drawing table). But I’ve cleared space and put it in a corner leaving my drawing table free.
I’ve some Dredd lined up this month and next, a backup strip for mythic and… well, that’s it. Things usually crop up. It would be nice this year if I could finally get more than just the occasional toe back in to the US market, though if I spend all year drawing stuff for the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic that would be fine too.
My system for working worked quite well, refined a little over the course of the year and I’ll be sticking to it. Hopefully there’ll be no serious injuries (or either me or my family) to upset the apple cart (though this is the year Nathan enters Secondary School, a big transition year for him and especially tough for kids with ASD as he does).
Going to try and detox the studio of all visual stuff, no watching tv when working (when I’m in full flow I CAN watch tv while working, but until I get to full flow there’s a real danger of me just sitting gawking at the tellybox and not actually drawing a damn thing).
So to put those resolutions in to some sort of simplified order:
All analogue drawing this year. Get better with the tools of the trade.
I love one page stories. They hold a special place in my heart. You can draw an entire story in one day and within that story is an entire universe, you can go as crazy as you like, experiment how you fancy. It’s 2000AD’s future shock format compressed into an even smaller place.
Here’s the one pager I did, written by Corey Fryia and lettered by Micah Myer.
Hope you liked it, now the background!
On twitter, someone I didn’t know – Corey Fryia, was RTd looking for an artist for a single pager. I had an itch, and there was the scratch. I’m sure I was as unfamiliar to Corey as he was to me.
Anyway, I volunteered, Corey sent me a script, and, in the worst way imaginable I drew what I wanted, script be damned! (hey it was one page! and he said it was ok!). The original script was didn’t specify that the firing squad where basically various pixar characters (that was me) and wasn’t even about a Clone. That was me too (though I may have brow beat Corey with that one).
Unheard of, for me, I even dropped a panel in the script – largely because I wanted to draw less panels and it felt superfluous (panel 3 here was originally two panels, one with the commander saying fire and the next with people firing).
I’m pretty happy with my story telling in the strip – I think it’s pretty readable sans dialogue (a good measure!) happy with some of the faces and some of the colouring. It still feels too laboured on the colouring front – too heavy in some way. No idea why or how to fix it (maybe I need to not colour so much – maybe make the texture more subtle?). The final panel doesn’t work as well as it could – to be honest, it’s not well enough drawn which is a shame as the twist turns on it a little. I think I could draw it as well as it needs but it’d take probably as long as the entire page – maintaining a likeness at those angles is tough and would require lots of planning
Still those caveats aside, fun to do, and on to the next thing!
I pencilled this drawing an age ago, finally got around to inking then colouring. My first pass at colouring was done on procreate on the ipad, but I have some terrible habitual problems with procreate – an over reliance on the same brush tools being the main one, which fools me into thinking I’ve done something really nice, but it does tend to give everything the same texture. I have the same problems in Manga Studio, but I’m more willing to forgive myself (probably because the resolution is so much higher).
I was commissioned by Adam Crossingham to do a cover for Sixtystone Press‘s WWII RPG game “Investigator Weapons: World War 2” (which, unless I’m mistaken, promises WWII action and Cthulu style monsters), the book should be out early next year, but you can see the cover now…
(some notes: traditional pencils, with digital inking in Manga Studio 5EX – colours also in MS5EX)
I know, I know. I’ve missed a few. Ah ha! Got ya! I’ve been drawing but not scanning, so here’s a catchup –
(ok, there’s still a few missing, whatcha gonna do!)
If you like to buy any of these, hit me up in the comments (or the contact me page) £50 for any of them, £60 for killer croc (spot colour) and £60 for MODOK (spot colour – they both have a red ink spot colour, but I’ve rejigged the colours here for variety)
Droids is drawing to a close, sadly! the constant fear that I will incur the wrath of Tharg is keeping awake at night (well, that and the incredible gut pain I’ve been suffering from… possibly related…?)