Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Hairy Houdini

This was one of those ideas that just 'came to me' and I regretted it not long after starting it. I had been watching the Houdini mini series and saw a promotional photo and thought 'It should be a werewolf tied up with those chains'. The period cops just seemed right for it. This also tied in with my desire to use PhotoShop again as I've been doing a lot of pen and ink work of late...

Started out with the fore ground figures, you can see the reference photo top right. I drew freehand for most of the image but did trace the chains, it/I needed the 'chainy' feel to make the Lycanthrope feel trapped and imprisoned. 

You can see from these screen grabs the sketch in the background and the digital inking with an Intuos 4 M pen tablet over the top.

Lots of little pen marks in black and some in white. This is where the regret and aching knuckles from drawing come in, it was taking too long.

The trick is to get the density of the hatching right.
The darkness of the coats acts as a frame for other things in  the picture.

After the line comes the the colour flats. I've talked about these before. Along with saving selections you can control colour areas of the image. I wanted the chains to stand out and colouring by hand in-between those tiny links would have driven me crazy. So from an early stage I kept a Saved Selection dedicated just for them.

Line work over the top of the colour flats.

I start to add in textures.
Those flats and selection make it easy to erase/alter areas that I want to change.

Colour hues and lighting effects, not wanting the image to get too dark.
Lettering starts to appear, I think the font is Komika Text.

Close up of the final image with a faint colour half-tone filter effect over the top to give it a photo printed feel. The gag is the cops have all been scratched in apprehending our furry fiend and will probably be joining him when next the moon turns full.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

MBO Cult Comics Goathland Diary Comic

Back in the late Nineties I did a diary comic called Goathland, Ilya the Editor and creator of the excellent End of the Century Club has finally convinced me to reprint some of it for his excellent MBO Cult Comics. It will be available through all good tax paying comic and book shops and contains lots of good retro comics stuff from the 90's including 35 selected pages from The Goathland Diary Comic. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

'The Strain' is Now Showing...

I have been enjoying The Strain TV Series of late. Having read the books I kinda know what is in store for our heroes and anti heroes. The question is, at the current rate the show is going at (full pelt) will it make it to three seasons? 

Detail/close up of the pen and colouring work. I sketched the layout in pencil, erased, inked and then coloured with watercolours and a few other things that were to hand. The lettering was 'patched' into place afterwards. The image at the top of this page is Photo-Shopped enhanced a little, it's been awhile since I have had to use it and like to keep my hand in.

Image in the original sketchbook

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Pillars of the Community...

Today I met a young artist today who is working in The Ridings Shopping Centre, decorating selected pillars in his unique drawing style. Having worked in the centre myself I know it can be hard going concentrating while people are milling around in shopping mode. So anyway I did a drawing of him drawing...

Ryan's designs are transforming the space and more of his pillar work can be seen here and here.