This was a piece for an auction for our poor little course, so we can afford to publish an awesome awesome collaborative book. My piece was left unloved and abandoned, so it's currently moved back in with it's parent until it can find someone else. A bit scrappy, but I like it!
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Hey! It's been MONTHS since I've done any life drawing... it's funny how it feels like you're starting from scratch when that happens. So much fun though!
^In reality this is a bit wonky, but it bovvered me enough that I wanted to shop it. Here's the original.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
I didn't realise it had been so long! Here's a few sketches:This is the starting point of an illustrated book I want to do. This is the initial design (I think it's changed already) for one of a handful of caretakers for an abandoned town. Cursed to this life, he's not really human any more- the town has been empty for decades because of a war that's roamed around the world (no-one really remembers how it started).
These are quick pieces I did on a train journey (roughly photoreferenced). I'd like to say that all of the wonkiness was because of the train, but it's probably just as much because I'm so rusty at inking! I'm finding it awkward to make time to do pieces just for fun lately, but in a lot of ways it's more useful than actual project work (definitely more useful than dissertation)
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
This is a redesign of green lantern Guy Gardner, a character who normally wears turtlenecks and sleeveless jackets with big collars (wouldn't you?). This version knows kung fu, which also taught him to control his (self)destructive ways. All the tattoos on his arms will be of memories and stories from all the different worlds he travels and green lanterns he meets.
Colouring the shorts from my nondescript lineart gave me hell. Crits are appreciated!
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
I haven't had life drawing for almost 2 months, so it was great to go back! I love finding the balance between learning from expressive drawing and true observation.
You can never truly capture a person through a single photograph, you can't capture every movement, or mannerism. So in comics, I always like how the portrait of any character is built up through every panel, page or picture, that their consistency is an evolution throughout the story. I always try and get a good likeness for the model in life drawing, and I like how through each of these pictures you get an overall idea for the model that you couldn't through one picture alone.
^ this one is my favourite :>
Here are some messaround pieces I finished lately. They're inspired by some recoloured old manga panels I saw a while ago on Same Hat!; I've been meaning to understand more about colour, so I thought I'd kickstart it with some colour references from pictures I like. I'm swamped with work atm, but hopefully I'll be able to show more non uni stuff soon!
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Waaaay back when, back in Summer 2009 to be exact, we had the choice to base a project on one of a handful of extracts describing fictional worlds. I chose the Sea of Frozen Words, which is based on part of a centuries old nonsense book about a Giant called Pantagruel who travels around having adventures and inexplicably changing size. Ignoring that part (which was barely mentioned in the text given), I focused on the war mentioned, basing my story on a member of the cloud-riders who struggles to balance between isolation/the meaninglessness of war and his urge to live.
I never finished colouring it, and so tinkered around with it over easter now. It's coloured terribly, and terribly inconsistently, and reads a bit strangely, but if I don't post it now I never will. I have a habit of thinking of ridiculously elaborate backstories and parallel goings-on, and so I'm never sure how much to actually tell in the story itself. I'll get there though.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
This was my first attempt at a 24-hour comic back in November. I didn't actually finish it on the day though, so it probably took about 34 hours in all >_>
Despite the awkward story, tone and artwork, there's enough parts that I'm proud of to make me think it's worth posting. We were given the idea of a local strongman to work with if we wanted to and originally I meant to give the comic a gung ho, British Empire style adventurism to it, but it didn't really work out! I'm quite pleased with some of the panelling and layouts, though.