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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Roulette City Round 1 Pencils (pt 1)

Once again, these are from my entry for Round 1 of the Roulette City Original Character Tournament on deviantART.  All my finished work for this tournament can be read in order here in my deviantART gallery.

Here are the pencils for pages 1 through 3 (of 14).  Page 1 has also been completely inked, and can be found on deviantART here.

The basic design for the Tournament Official (I did some tweaking of my own) is by Sara-DiGiacomo on deviantART; the design for Cyrus, my opponent's character (who appears on page 3) is by Andiwashere on deviantART.

Plus, a bonus, not-quite-tournament-related preliminary piece featuring Butch Boyce (the handsome young man being terrorized by the Tournament Official and by his diminutive robot partner Heroina above), which, when inked and colored, will probably become my ID picture on deviantART:

Back to work!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Roulette City Round 1 Thumbnails

Thought I'd prove that I've been on top of things for once by posting the thumbnails for the first four pages of my first round entry in the Roulette City Original Character Tournament (more information on that in my previous post), which I hashed out yesterday.  My opponent is deviantART's AndiWasHere, whose character is Jonathan Cyrus Jerisol Jr., aka "Cyrus", an unknowing psychic with an extremely overactive hallucinatory imagination.  More information on him can be found here; more information on the two characters I'm using, as well as the other pieces I've completed for the tournament, can be found in this section of my deviantART gallery here.

Without further ado, the thumbnails:

There's very little visible editing on these because most of my editing is either done in my head before I ever put anything down on paper, or done on the page itself as I'm penciling.

The duplicate thumbnails done in ink are to help me figure out where on the pages to place blocks of solid black; although I decided early on that I wanted all of my tournament pages to have black gutters, I actually have no experience using them, so it takes a bit more planning for me to figure out how to use them effectively.  (If I'd done these ink thumbnails for my earlier pages, I would've been able to use a good deal more black than wound up being the case, since I would have been able to place it better.)  Hopefully this project will be a learning experience in that regard, as well as helping me with my compositional skills in general; it seems like unless I create situations where I'm forced to use a lot of black, I still fall back on my old habits of having mostly-white (and therefore pretty visually uninteresting) pages...

Well, back to work!