Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tintin Sketch Challenge

Hergé's Tintin, drawn as a ninety-minute sketch challenge for my Materials And Techniques Of Sequential Art class.  The environment was inspired by the story "Red Rackham's Treasure", and the media used was Faber-Castell Pitt pens.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Roulette City Epilogue Prelims

So, having finally finished with and posted the epilogue to my Roulette City Original Character Tournament storyline (I got knocked out of the running after round 3), here are the preliminary pieces I created in order to prepare this short comic.  The final version can be viewed here.

When I started out, I already had a basic idea for how I wanted the story to go, but since I had already decided I wanted to use dim lighting (to practice my skills in that area) for the first two pages, I thought I'd block out the light source and figure out the shadows in case that could inform the writing.  And it eventually did; instead of the sole light source coming through a window, I added a desk lamp to be turned on in the second panel.  (In the upper left corner is a thumbnail for an unrelated one page gag.)

Next came the thumbnails and scripting...

...And finally the pencils!

The last panel was left mostly blank because I'd planned from the beginning to just copy and paste the main elements from the previous panel to save a little time and effort.

And...that was pretty much it, except for the inks, which you can find by clicking the link near the top of this post.  Now it's back to the grindstone, but for schoolwork this time rather than minor negligible fame in a small corner of the Internet.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Roulette City Round 3 Pencils (pt 3)

Whoops, I'd totally forgotten that I hadn't yet posted these.  Well, even if I'm often horrendously late, I'm still an unabashed completist, so here are the rest of the pencils from my Round 3 entry in the Roulette City Original Character Tournament over at deviantART.  I wound up losing this round to my opponent Neilak20 (who designed the opponent characters who appear in my pencils here), whose competing round entry can be found starting here.  Although I may not be officially participating in the tournament any longer, I'm working on an epilogue to tie up all of the loose ends, which I'll post all of the preliminary work for once it's completely finished, in order to avoid giving away spoilers beforehand.

All of my finished work for this tournament can be found in this folder of my deviantART gallery.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Moon Wizard Sketch Challenge

A piece done for the Moon Wizard sketch challenge at the Temple Of Cartoon Mojo blog.  Long story short, while doing the 52 DC Comics characters redesign challenge at Generate (more info on that here), one artist who'd been picking his characters by hitting the "random article" button on the DC Comics Wiki stumbled across the obscure character Moon Wizard, who had appeared in exactly one Plastic Man story in the 1940's, and thought the character design was so hilarious—of course it was hilarious, he was a Jack Cole character!—that Moon Wizard became a bit of a memetic in-joke among the Sequential Art students.  Of course, with my love of Jack Cole's art and Plastic Man in general, I had to pitch in.  So I wound up with this very Archie Comics inspired image, inked with a brush for the sake of practicing that technique.  It's one of the first times I've used a brush for lineart, so the inks aren't that great, but I had fun with it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Roulette City Round 3 Pencils (pt 2)

The next three pages in the lineup for the Roulette City Original Character Tournament.  Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to finish inking any pages yet in between schoolwork (plus I've been having some troubles with the page I am trying to ink), so this is all there is so far.

The designs of the opponent characters belong to my artistic opponent Neilak20, and all my finished work for this tournament can be found in this folder in my deviantART gallery.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Roulette City Round 3 Pencils (pt 1)

I finally managed to finish up the first three pages of my round 3 entry in the Roulette City Original Character Tournament on deviantART, just in time for my opponent Neilak20 to post finished versions of her cover image and first page of her round entry, as can be seen here.  Apparently I've got to REALLY pick up the pace now.  In between schoolwork, of course.

As always, all of my completed work for this tournament can be found in this folder of my deviantART gallery.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

52 Character Redesigns

So one of the Sequential Art challenges for Generate (SCAD-Atlanta's expanded version of the 24-hour comic challenge) this year was to redesign 52 DC Comics characters, in full color, within the allotted 24-hour time period.  Of course I couldn't refuse.  (Though after staying awake for 30 consecutive hours—about 6 AM on Friday until about 12 PM on Saturday—part of me wishes I had...)  I mostly picked more obscure characters, second-stringers through to the bottom line of "characters whose existence you've forgotten because they never show up in anything", since I think the designs of the most prominent characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman et al are so fantastically solid that I couldn't possibly redesign them better.  Plus, it's the less prominent characters who often go through the most and/or most strikingly different costume changes, so I had a lot of fun material to work with.

So here are the designs, in the order in which I finished them (click to enlarge):

Technically I wound up drawing a few more than 52 characters, since I sometimes added in a support character (like Skeets with Booster Gold) and counted Más and Menos as one character, but since in the former instance I did little to no redesigning of the support characters and in the latter instance both characters wear exactly the same costume with very little variation, I feel like the difference is negligible.

Also, in order to have some mental context for the redesigns, while doing these I pretended that the "New 52 Reboot" actually wound up being set a few months after the events of the most recent comics, although the timeline would still be skewed a bit (compressing long stretches of comic time into shorter ones, such as in the new Batgirl title where Barbara's time in the wheelchair was condensed from 20 years to 3), but overall with the intent of kickstarting a new, brighter, fresher-faced, somewhat more lighthearted DC Universe.  As well, to inspire/rationalize a few of the designs, I came up with a few mental backstories as to why certain characters assumed certain identities or are apparently unencumbered by canon problems (such as why Barbara's got the use of her legs, and why Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man and Ted Kord/Blue Beetle are no longer dead), though explaining those would definitely make this post much longer than it needs to be and would just make me sad that those types of things aren't happening in the actual canon.

Anyway. Hope you enjoy!

(These designs have also been posted at my deviantART account as one large image, with a few additional notes in the artist's comments, as The Newer, BETTER 52).