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.