I finally finished 7 Pirates last week. All up I think it was a 21 month journey. The last month or so was a heavy crunch to get the last pages colored. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Although in my typical artist self-loathing opinion... some of the first few pages are a bit spotty :> I wont post any of the later pages (spoiler police...) but here are a few from the middle of the book.Read More
Quick update with a few early character ideas for my next project, which I hope to get going after 7 Pirates is finished. This first one was done more recently, I was playing around with using simpler coloring techniques and doing more work at the drawing stage. I'm somewhat attracted to the idea of this look, with very simple flat coloring. Of course because it's less time consuming but I also like the way it forces a focus on good design. and I have tended in the past to rely on doing a lot of rendering and painting instead of solid drawing, which I want to focus more on in the future. Getting it to work on actual pages might be another story altogether.Read More
A Look at the process I am going through for the 7 Pirates pages atm.
Here are some pages that I finished a few months ago dealing with typical pirate action :> Sean Phillips who is doing 7 Psychos (he has some great stuff on his blog from it). and Luigi Critone who is doing "7 Missionnaires" (also some amazing pages on his blog!) There is a bit of coverage here (for those able to read French) http://www.wartmag.com/?p=241 you can see some of the covers 7 Pirates is actually what you might call an unofficial sequel to Treasure Island. It's written by French author Pascal Bertho. Set some years after the first, Jim being an adult now. Revolving around 6 characters that were in Robert Louis Stevenson's original and 1 new one. Something of note is that I ended up not doing the layouts for this project, they are done by JÃ©rÃ´me Lereculey who is also drawing 7 Voleurs (Thieves) but everything else is mine. I will post some of the process up later, His layouts are quite detailed and complete and it was a challenge to draw my own page from them to begin with. I think not controlling the composition and storytelling gives the book a different feel to my normal work, but I'm learning about how to lay out a European size page this way. It's set to come out in france around November 07 . More art and stuff soonRead More
Here's another warmup sketch (you can maybe see the transition from 'how do I draw again??' to moderate functionality...)Read More
yesterdays warmup sketch.Read More
Not quite a year since the last post...I guess theres always next time. but for now here's a small update: The comic (BD/Graphic-Novel/whatever) I have been working on for the last year or so is called 7 Pirates and this is a back cover spot illustration featuring all the main characters. the printed version will be quite small so I tried to make it relatively simple and graphic. here is a bit of the process: thumbnail - drawn at actual thumbnail size. I did not realise it had to be a vingette at this point and the background was dropped. Rough drawing: and for anyone who is interested, the lines sans coloring.Read More
Yes, I haven't updated in months... But i have an excuse, kinda. I got an offer earlier in the year to do a French graphic novel/album for Editions Delcourt which was hard to refuse because it deals with pirates! It's a once shot that should come out late 2007 (and probably wont be translated into english I'm guessing). so I've been trying to keep my head above water with that. lots of unfamilar ground, but I'm getting used to it now. I'll post some stuff for it soon, but the action parts of the story are not til a bit later and I haven't gotten to those pages yet, so not a lot of spectacular scenes to show off. Here is another concept for the story I talked about in the last post I'm thinking about working it into a longer piece, but I'm not sure if the story will hold up so I'm reconsidering the whole thing. Anyway I'll post more later, I have a bunch of other sketches that are unfinished, but I wanted to post some kind of update now.Read More