Sunday, 24 May 2015

Waterton Comic Inking

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More comic inking, light boxing rough drawings/layouts using a MiniSun Light Pad. Materials used are a 0.3 Uni Pin Fine Liner and a Pental Brush Pen on Derwent A3 Watercolour Paper 300gsm.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Waterton Pencilling/Under Drawing

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The drawing on the left is the pencil drawing for a panel I was struggling with yesterday. The fine liner drawing on the right is using the photo ref I was playing about with. Not an exact copy of the photo but enough to get me over the composition hurdle.

I'm sure it will change again when I ink/letter and colour the final drawing.

Waterton Comic Character Sketches

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A quick sketch of a couple of characters in the background, Waterton's brother and a boatman.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Waterton Drawing and Reference Shots

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I spent the morning inking a few panels. I struggled on the next half of the page, there are two large panels that have to convey a lot of information and I had particular images in mind. I got my camera and tripod out and did a bit of Waterton, feverish with the 'Black Vomit', roll playing, I also became his brother behind him and a boatman behind the brother. I 'comped' them together in Photoshop and Pixlr on my phone with some of my Waterton Hall photographs, and bird and boat pulley reference I found on the internet. I knew at the very least I wanted expressive hands and and a delirious, up the nose shot of Charles Waterton.

I am not trying for photo realism in any way, my drawing just isn't that way inclined but I did find it helpful for the complicated panel compositions needed for the storytelling.

Started Inking the Waterton Comic

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After a lot of procrastination I started inking the Charles Waterton comic today, in a style I'm happy with. The past week has involved sourcing a decent water colour paper to work on. I was all set to use Bristol Board as it takes ink really well but wasn't convinced it was the right thing to apply watercolour to.

I found a lot of really nice heavy weight papers on-line but again, it had a bit of trail and error about it. I ended up in the local Staples and found a pad of Derwent Watercolour Paper which stated on the cover that it was smooth (hot pressed) and fine for pencil and watercolor work. For the price of £7 for a pad of 12 A3 pages I thought it was worth giving it a go. Turns out it takes ink brilliantly and watercolour looks good on it too. I went back to the store and bought two more pads for the project, just to be sure.


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Drawing Critters 2

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Another snap shot of drawing 'critters' in the garden with dip pen and ink.



Drawing Critters in the Garden

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A snap shot of drawing 'critters' in the garden with dip pen and ink.




Thursday, 16 April 2015

Waterton Thumbnails

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Thumbnailing a 12 page comic for Wakefield Museum chronicling Charles Waterton, the early years. I'm not working to a definitive script yet so these are based on a very rough synopsis of what the story should contain. They help in pacing the visuals over the 12 pages and even at this scrappy stage help in defining what the characters might look like.