Sketchbook

Practice makes perfect.
Computer-generated perspective grids
I continued work on Javascript code that helps me generate perspective grids.

Responsive design, and my progress
A caricature of George Lucas. I am thinking of practicing caricaturing a bit more, as that will help me push poses and expressions in my stories.

Some more panels copied for practice
Here's another batch of panels I copied for practice. I decided to make them tonal studies and to try to use only three main tones.

Copying panels
One of the things I'm trying at the moment is copying panels from existing comics pages, for the purpose of study and practice. I get to practice penciling, inking and coloring and I'm hoping constructing poses and worlds and how to suggest things will seep in through osmosis. I'm also taking a colorist course at Comics Experience at the moment and also a course on how to create a story through images, panels at the Sequential Artists Workshop, both great places to learn the craft.

Charles Bargue arms
Playing some with the Gimp colorize function.

Charles Bargue hands
And hands. Having fun with this still.

Charles Bargue feet
Copying Charles Bargue plates for practice. The feet. Also tried out different ways of coloring and shading.

The Book Prototype is Finished
January 5th, 2017.

I finished the book prototype! And this is the final cover.

Worklog 2016 12 29
Almost finished! Just nine more pages to go developing a mockup prototype book. The book contains rough sketches of three comics adaptations of public domain one-act theater plays.

The goal is to have something to send to publishers, to see if they'd be intested in publishing something like this in its finished form.

Worklog 2016 12 09
So, time for work log number three!

I finished the thumbnails for "Warrior's Lament". It wasn't easy puzzling together the photo reference for it, but I think I like how the pacing came out. At any length, I'm putting it away for a while so I can return to it with a fresh pair of eyes. And an editor indicated he may have time to give me feedback on it also, so I'll wait for that.

So on I go, working on the theater play comics.

Worklog 2016 11 01
Work log entry number two. I'm still thumbnailing the theater plays, but an editor has hinted that he might be willing to give me feedback on my work, IF I do my homework. And his first assignment was for me to draw comics using photo reference.

Worklog 2016 10 26
I've decided to start a work log, a journal of sorts where I record my progress on my current project.


So why do a work log? I got this idea from the Comics Experience forums where comics writers keep a work log. It is very interesting, to me at least, to read someone else's process, and there's a lot going on in the process that forget about eventually.


But, as my 3-year-old daughter would ask, "why?" Several reasons. It is a place for me to document the decisions I made, to explain to my future self why I made a dumb decision. It is for those few people out there (hi mom, dad!) who may be interested in the process, and it feels nice to finish something once in a while. It keeps you going. The project I am now working on is the biggest one so far, so a regular schedule where I release a journal entry in which I write down how things are going will, hopefully, help me keep momentum.


So, for the first installment: what am I working on?


Drumrolls:


I'm finally ... going to be pitching a book to publishers!

Character Designs 2016 09 26
So here's a cast of experimental characters I designed for a comedy series.

Sketchbook September 2016
So these are a few of the pages I did spread out over the last four weeks weeks (mid Augustus to mid September 2016) to try out pen versus brush, pen AND brush, to try out different black and white line art styles. I copied existing artists also, as studies.

A Great Performance Character Designs
"A Great Performance" is another attempt to adapt Chekov's play "Swan Song" to sequential art. Interesting thing about the story: apparently, acting was a low-status occupation. You wouldn't say that looking at Hollywood now.

The Leyster Heist Character Designs
Below some character designs for the short story "The Leyster Heist"

Madame Butterfly Character Designs
Character Designs for my adaptation of "Madame Butterfly"

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