Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Prague

Every now and then, the Savannah College of Art and Design offers Sequential Art students and Alumni the opportunity to submit short comics to the SCAD Sequential Art Anthology.
This year, the theme is "Travel."
For my entry, I did an eight-page comic inspired by my trip to Prague in the Winter of 2001.
I tried a new working-method for this comic, treating each panel as an individual illustration rather than trying to think about the page as a whole. This allowed me to put more detail into each composition, and ensure that almost every panel got equal development. I had some photographs sitting around from my visit to Prague, so I decided use more photo reference for the backgrounds. Below, you can see the original photographs, the sketches I based off of them, and the inked backgrounds that I used in the comic.



Inked Drawing

Various drawings of the main character walking.



Inked Drawing

Making this comic was a highly stressful yet rewarding experience. I had to push myself a bit to do the very best I could. I do not know whether my submission will be accepted to the SCAD Anthology or not, but I feel that I have stepped into a new realm of cartooning as a result of the project's completion.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

More character sketches.

I know, I know--I should be done with my character designs by now, yet I continue to post about them.

Don't worry! I'm still working on them, trying to figure out exactly what poses I need.

There's no need to be resentful!


That is all for now.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Getting to know my Character

Here are more sketches I did, while trying to "get to know" a certain character in my next comic a bit better.
I would say that, ideally, a person should be able to "fluently" draw the characters they create from any angle necessary. This requires much preliminary work, such as drawing said character over and over again until you are able to get it right.

When I find that I have created a drawing that appeals to me, I will often ink it on a clean sheet of bristol board using a lightbox. Sometimes, if this is too cumbersome, I simply use rag vellum, which is like an ink-friendly tracing paper. I then use Photoshop to add tones and/or colors.

I often just scribble until I find a line that works.
The drawing below left looked too much like a man at a urinal--it was too static. I needed to capture a pose of my character in mid-walk.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011