Friday, 31 October 2008

One Man Short

The Tales of Will Skoggin's Skull

Time to don your best topper, my brief week of fame with the Tales of Will Skoggin's Skull starts here at the DFC .

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Comic Strip Production Process Part 2...

A4 pencil layout page. Based on a 16 panel grid and used for timing and placement of the speech bubble. A3 Pencilled Page. The layout pencils are scanned into my computer, enlarged and printed off at A3 size so I can trace them onto clean layout paper. After trial and error, I have found that less contrast makes the drawing easier to handle when making colour adjustments later on. Colour Flats. I scan the A3 penciled page back into the computer and create colour flats, here I concentrate on the main characters and fore ground, emotional tones effect the colours I choose here but are by no means the final colours that I may use. Once this is done I can then select elements within a panel to work on. This page took about two hours to do, very dull work indeed but worth it for later on. Finished Colour Drawings (Above Detail). Okay, I have left loads out on how I get to this stage but honestly, I don't have a tried a tested 'process'. The end result is achieved by throwing everything that the computer has at the page and making it more organic then processed. Saying that I do use the cut out and poster edge filters, the multiply, hue and overlay layer filters and the lens flare filter (which I don't want to talk about, I have to have some secrets) quite a bit.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Favourite Sketchy Bit...

This is a layout panel from the second Will Skoggins Skull strip, which I particularly like. The original sketch is pencil on thick A4 cartidge paper, to accomodate lots of redrawing and erasing out.

Monday, 13 October 2008

DFC Biog Illustrations

Have just finished this Ben Haggarty biog illustration for The DFC creators web page. Oh and below is mine which should be appearing in a few weeks time when our Will Skoggin's Skull strip appears at last.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Comic Strip Production Process Part 1

Here I am at work on the second Will Skoggin's Skull strip. These are the detailed A4 page layouts which I produce for me, the writer and the editor. When they have given them the go ahead I enlarge the drawings to A3 and trace them through onto nice sheets of white paper. Although it looks like very detailed page layouts at this stage it pays off in the long run.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Shh.. don't tell a soul, but..

I have some work in the Halloween issue of The DFC which will be available at the end of the month. Written by Ben Haggarty, the stories are one off, 19th Century 'Folk tales'. The kind people at The DFC asked if I could supply a biog picture, which I have spent the entire day doing. Huge public commissions are a 'doodle' compared to summing up your entire essence in to one tiny drawing.