Saturday, September 30, 2006
So I figured I'd post some of the John Doe stuff I have laying around here because that's what I'm diving into now. I don't think I have to say what an amazing writer Mark Waid is and how awesome it is getting to work with him. The first image is the promo piece I did up. I hardly get to color my own stuff so it's always a bit troublesome to get what I want. There are some really great computer colorists/artist out there and hopefully I'll find the time to hone my skills enough to do some really nice pieces. Mark wanted an ambiguous piece that kept a mystery about the book. A cool tease... I think it works.
The quick sketch below is of the main character. We went for a real world look (nothing fancy and far from a "superhero" look) and something easily put together. I think I'm actually gonna give him some stubble to rough him up a bit. I never really do full body sketches when I'm trying to nail down a character. I guess I figure that the body is the easy part and the part I focus more on is making the character's face distinct. I never wanna be an artist that has a stock look for his characters. I've been trying more and more to really make each character his/her own person. Well I've rambled enough... I'll have more stuff soon.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Here's a new panel I did today for The Pack. I'm really trying to be a bit looser with this book because of the horror angle. I actually watched a few horror movies to get into the mindset before I tackled these pages and I think it really helped. I never liked reading "horror" comics that didn't take advantage of the visual language of horror stories. There really is a more specific shot selection that goes into making it work. Too many times have I seen people just splatter some ink on the page or use moody coloring and pass that off as scary. Granted I'm not sure if I'm gonna succeed but I wanted to really try to translate what makes a scary movie into the book.
By the way... The book is written by Mike Raicht (yes the former Marvel editor Mike Raicht) and if you don't know his work check out his new Marvel book called Zombie. It's drawn beautifully by Kyle Hotz (The Hood) and I really think Mike nailed what makes the zombie genre work.
My pencils were a little light and the scanner didnt pick them up but next time I'm gonna do a step by step. Thanks!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Here's a panel from a new project I'm working on. It's something on the side so it's gonna take a bit to finish. I've been itching to do a horror comic and I'm trying to tailor my storytelling to make it as scary as possible. We''ll see how that works out.
I'll have some scans soon from my main project right now JOHN DOE. It's written by Mark Waid so you know it's good... unless I really screw the pooch.