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).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Roulette City Round 3 Thumbnails

So I've advanced to round 3 in the Roulette City Original Character Tournament on deviantART, which on one hand is great because it's given me a lot of artistic exposure, the community is really fun, and it provides an interesting medium in which to improve my comics skills...but on the other hand is not-so-great, since this is the first round I've been in since returning to school and I'm already having problems juggling both workloads.  (Of course I'm giving priority to my schoolwork over this, but still, I don't want to be forced to forfeit due to lack of time.)

But still, I've got the whole story scripted and thumbnailed already, have completely finished the pencils for the first page, and have the second and third pages blocked out (as in, I've roughly sketched in the poses and where the word balloons, background elements, etc. belong in each panel, but haven't yet filled in the details), with the eventual page count reaching 11, though it shouldn't make too much of a difference if I can't finish the last page in time for the deadline, as long as I can get it in before the judging period ends, since the last page is kind of an epilogue.

Anyway, here are the thumbnails for the first four pages.  This round takes place in a labyrinth in an underground coliseum, which will make the two wide exterior shots excessively difficult to draw, but should definitely simplify the backgrounds for the majority of the story, since inside the maze is basically just a series of blank walls with a few traps interspersed throughout.

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

Saturday, September 24, 2011

What Posers

So partly because it's a class assignment, and partly because I need practice with observational sketches anyway, I've been attending a lot of the open model sessions here at school and sketching a lot of interesting models in interesting poses.  To try to make sure that I could still understand the construction of these poses when the model was no longer in front of me, I later went back and redrew some of my favorite poses, as "performed" by a few of my original characters.  I tried to pick characters who would fit the given pose, and added a few dialogue balloons, aspects of facial expression, etc. to convey some kind of reason for the character to be in that pose in the first place.

Nothing too fancy, just a bit of practice.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Digital Art

Thought I'd toss up a few music-themed digital pieces reposted from my deviantART account, since one's a comic (and this is supposed to be a comics-themed blog), and one's related to some comic characters I've been developing (if you've been following my Roulette City Tournament posts, you'll recognize the robot).

The first is "After Today", a heading-back-to-school commentary accompanied by the lyrics (and accompanying costume!) to the Tevin Campbell song "Stand Out", from A Goofy Movie.  For the music-related panels, I also experimented with a new style of digital coloring involving grayscales and overlaying gradients.  It was a lot of fun, and I'd like to play around with that technique again in the future.

The second piece is "Time In A Bottle", with the setup and mood inspired by the Jim Croce song of the same name.  The characters featured are the robot detective Heroina and her creator, the late Dr. Raffoxe, from a series I've been trying to develop.  I also experimented a lot with digital coloring with the help of a few tutorials found on deviantART and on Tumblr, as well as what few compositional skills I've retained from my classes.  Doing this was pretty fun and I'm rather happy with the outcome, so hopefully I'll have the chance to do some more digital coloring this year (in between homework of course).

Monday, September 12, 2011

Roulette City Round 2 Pencils (pt 3)

The preliminary pencils of pages 9 through 12 of my second round in the Roulette City Original Character Tournament on deviantART.  Once again, the designs for Duke and Finn, aka the opponent characters here, belong to my artistic opponent Magistelle.

All my completed work for this tournament can be found in my deviantART gallery here.

We'll find out probably on Friday whether or not I get to advance to the next round.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Roulette City Round 2 Pencils (pt 2)

Once again, more preliminary work for Round 2 (pages 4 through 8, of 12) of the Roulette City Original Character Tournament going on over at deviantART.  The designs for Duke and Finn, aka the opponent characters, belong to my artistic opponent Magistelle.

All my completed work for this tournament can be found in my deviantART gallery here.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Roulette City Round 2 Pencils (pt 1)

So the deadline for this round of the Roulette City Original Character Tournament is in a little less than two weeks, and so far the only people who've posted anything for it are the people who aren't competing.  That's my one small comfort.  (Though if more people were posting already, it COULD potentially shame me into working harder/faster...)

So here's what I've got so far for this round, three penciled pages out of an eventual 12.  The designs for the opponent characters belong to my opponent Magistelle, and the original basic design for the Tournament Official "harpy" belongs to the tournament judge Sara-DiGiacomo.

All my completed work for this tournament can be found in my deviantART gallery here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

RC Round 1 Pencils (pt 3), Round 2 Thumbs

So I wound up winning my first round in the Roulette City Original Character Tournament by default, since my opponent wound up having too many prior commitments to finish her round entry by the deadline.  But now I'm up against the intimidatingly-fast-working Magistelle, who has already uploaded a number of concept sketches as well as this wonderful cover for her entry RC-Round-2-Page-0-251208453, so I'd better up my game.

So here are the thumbnails for the first half of my entry for round 2 (I have yet to finish writing, yikes!), as well as the last batch of penciled pages from round 1.  As always, the design for Cyrus, my opponent's character, belongs to Andiwashere, and a table of contents for the final versions of these pages can be found here.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Roulette City Round 1 Pencils (pt 2)

The second batch of preliminary pencils for my Roulette City Original Character Tournament Round 1 entry, aka pages 4 through 10 (of 14).  The final inked versions of pages 1 through 6 have already been uploaded to deviantART as of this writing.  A table of contents for this finished work can be found in the artist's comments on my piece here.

The design for Cyrus, my opponent's character, is by Andiwashere.

Page 4 has black gutters because I'd already filled them in and was about to start inking before realizing that I hadn't scanned the pencils yet.  The last panel of page 7 is mostly blank because I plan on copying and pasting the card table from the previous panel and inserting it into that one.