Wednesday, 27 May 2015

RIP 'The Squire' 1782 - 1865

Artwork Copyright © John Welding 2015

Eccentric English naturalist and explorer Charles (The Squire) Waterton passed away on this day at his home at Walton Hall 150 years ago. He died aged 83 years of age from complications, after falling and fracturing his ribs at his West Yorkshire estate.

I am trying to keep the Photoshop element of the Waterton Comic pages to a minimum. Using the photo editing tool to 'punch up' the colour and black line work on the page. The hand drawn lettering is scaled and respaced in places to make comfortable use of the white space in the speech bubbles.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Waterton Comic Inking

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

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

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

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

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.