Monday 26 December 2011

Can a Sketch Work as a Cell?...

A page in my sketchbook that gave me an idea for a interesting and loose way to produce cells in comics. I'm thinking of doing cells this sort of way for my 4AM Major Comic...
So there would either be one big cell like this or several shrunken ones on a page.

Fish Heads and Houses

For Practice...

Character Inky Sketchs

Thinking Doodles with ink

This is how i relax.

ARRHH Colouring Experiments

I thought i\d take my latest B and W sketch as an chance to test some colouring methods and some more limitation...

I wanted to just paint using CMYK colours but it didn't really work how i would have liked.....I'll try again another time.

Tuesday 6 December 2011


Have my FMP and RE merged?

Numb: The Book

I finished my 3 page comic and turned it into a book! I got fed up of not having physical end products with this project, so i decided this would be a good test. As it's better to discover things now rather than at the end! So much went wrong at all stages. But it lives as a proper thing now and i feel good about having something to actually show when i try a describe what i mean by i want to make 'lots of short pretty books.'

I came up with the script one night in front of the tv, along with loads others but it just happened to be the one i picked to run with, weeks ago now. Then because i was just then focusing on what the composition was like, then how the colouring looked, then how to arrange it all, THEN how to print and bind it all. I've been just seeing it as just a load of components for a while now.
So it's been really weird/funny to see how people have reacted to such a mopey and pretty unlike me tale. It's like i've forgotten it's a real story amongst all the paper and ink. And it's what most will judge it by.

It's not the end for Numb yet though. It's being translated into french for the Angouleme Comic Festival at the end of jan. So it's going to mean me rearranging all the text and then getting that to print. I also what to get the colours closer to the original on the printer....but that's just a case of trial and error.

But i'm trying to to worry about that now.

Monday 28 November 2011

Numb: End Papers and Lines for Final Page

Did quick tests for possible end papers for the comic. Not sure this is what i will go for but it's a rough idea....Also i inked the last page.

I am also considering getting a reliable source to translate it into french for time for the Angouleme comic festival in january i will be going to. Since there aren't many words i think it could be done and work well. I am very cautious however, of things getting lost in translation...would have to be very very sure on exact meanings of words.

Thursday 24 November 2011

Numb Comic Front Cover Test

A quick test as an idea for what the comic front cover should look like...

HOW: Previous Example

A short 14 page comic i did last year that's now back from the printers! It's a good example of the kind of things i want to produce at the end of this year. In the length, the style to a degree and the idea of using my own characters in story i made up.

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Numb Comic WIP p1

I've started work on a 3 page comic as a bit of a test in many ways.
Trying out a new way of colouring. Also using unsual colours and having a limited number of them.
Not sure what i think of it yet....

It's also not finished...just an example.

Friday 11 November 2011

Tired Eyes: the comic

Messing with front cover designs.
I really like how brush pen lines look when blown up bigger.

Sketchbook Pro Test

Tested Sketchbook pro yesterday. I think it's going to be good for doing small colour sample ideas and roughs for things like storyboarding....

Off to ComicaComiket in London tomorrow at 5:30am!