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ROCKET 2 THE END [May. 12th, 2010|05:54 pm]

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PIGMEN ABOUND! [Jan. 27th, 2010|02:54 am]

EGADS! It has been a very long time since I have done one of these. A lot of changes have occurred in the last few months. One, I have decided to change my books name from Seeker, to Spirit Diver. Largely on accounts of Seeker being used in a few too many titles already. The new title doesn't seem to bring anything else up on Google, so I feel like that is one problem averted.

Two, I am still working on my script for issue one, largely due to some realizations about what I want this book to be like.
Originally It was going to be short stories of random sizes and lengths and then collected similarly to what Mike Mignola has done with some of his Hellboy trades.  I have since decided to make every issue 32 to 48 pages and be generally be self contained stories, ala TV shows like Kolchak: the Night Stalker, or Star Trek. I've also opted to take this series into a much more comedic territory.

I plan on making each episode weave subplots together almost like an episode of Seinfeld, or Curb Your Enthusiasm. I suppose I could also liken it to Shows like Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo in terms of story structure. My ultimate goal for this restructuring is so that each issue feels rewarding to someone buying it. No cliffhangers to get them to come back the next month, just the promise of another full length story. I feel like comics are so expensive nowadays that they need to feel like they are worth $2.99 or $3.99. All these Decompressed stories for those prices that run over 5 or 6 issues just feel cheap to me when they could have been told in one or two issues.

I have also been busy solidifying a lot of the rules that the world of Spirit Diver functions with, which has called for a few edits to the first script - ever nearing completion... for real this time. I've also decided to add orcs to this world. But they are old school pig men styled orcs like the ones in above picture. I've also decided to have them not be brutish, warrior like monsters, but more like... Second class citizens that are not particularly cheery. I also thought having pigmen scattered in backgrounds in towns and crowded scenes would be fun to draw. Sometimes working in fun things like that helps the process for me.

Anyway, a few other things. I have switched from drawing with microns to using a rapidograph and have been enjoying the hell out of it. Here is a quick sketch for a character that I have been loving to write. Cant say much else about him yet though.

I feel like i bit off a big chunk of Strago from FF6 for this guy. I'll post subsequent costume alterations that I have made already next time I scan some stuff.

And here was a test page I made last month trying to hit the size I feel comfortable drawing at.

This was done pretty much straight in pen over about four hours. no writing involved, and no purpose other than testing format. I think I overdid the halftones and a lot of things are not particularly well defined. Halftone can be tricky if the linework isn't up to snuff.

This was done at 9.5x14. I tend to draw best fairly small, but i think i might have to step it up to 10x15 or man up to 11x17. Largely just to fit my wordbubbles in. I like my bubbles big and my fonts nice and legible so the eye never gets bogged down from panel to panel.

I have also noticed my biggest enemy is learning to actually pencil things out. I only really feel comfortable drawing in ink. Whenever I plan things out too much in my col-erase pencils, when I go to ink them it doesn't feel like I am drawing, more like just trying not to mess up the good drawing I already made in indigo or whatever color I am using. So I have been using my pencils only for very basic structuring now and then heading straight to the inks to keep that gestural freshness going. I have a feeling this will lead to redoing many panels in the process, but as long as they look like they have some energy in them that is cool with me.

Anyway, I have been collecting more rad stuff from books I have been reading in order to talk about them here (in a vain attempt to be as cool as Mr. Brandon Grahams livejournal) but I am too lazy to get into that tonight.

So I will leave off with some rad music from the rarely remembered video game, Troddlers.

God this music is so happy. Always puts me in a better mood. Till next time internets.
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Theraputics [Oct. 20th, 2009|04:26 pm]

Hello internet. I finally found a cheap drafting table with a nice sliding rule attached. Decided to just draw for fun on it last night since all I have been drawing lately is page layouts, which are (spoiler alert) boring and tedious to make.

Sometimes it is nice just to draw for the sheer joy of making lines on paper with no purpose. As such, I have entire sketchbooks full of these sorts of sketches with heads just floating about aimlessly and eventually making some sort of composition. If I could get paid to make these, I am not sure I could ever focus myself enough to make a comic. I added some sloppy halftone to this just to see how it would look.

Anyway, I am finally, actually almost done scripting and laying out the first episode of Seeker and I am feeling quite good about where the world it takes place in is shaping up for future ideas. The deadline that I have set for myself to finish the first full draft is the 25th. After that comes a quick second draft edit and then I will actually begin drawing the pages.

Ta boyos, here is some music with a nice vocal harmony intro. Rip slyme is some goofy shit but they grow on me.

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Update [Sep. 27th, 2009|10:10 pm]

I drew this since I haven't been able to draw much lately. Felt kind of good that it was just a straight pen sketch, was afraid I'd been getting rusty. Was flipping through some Akira to try and find some mark making techs that I like. So the smoke is a partial reference from a panel out of that, the outfit is kind of as well. I think i prefer flat screen tones over trying to add value changes in them. Just let the pen do the rest of the work.

Been busy converting the pit that I called my room into a place where I can actually draw. It feels good to have thrown out so much junk I didn't need, so much open space now it kind of feels like a different place.  The final piece is finding a decent drafting table at the moment.

The script to Seeker as well as the page layouts are getting closer to finished, I am disappointed in how long its taken me to finish it, but I think its turning out nicely, and I have come up with a lot of plot points for future episodes featuring this character in the process.

I also found a digital distribution system called Longbox Digital that is supposed to be the itunes of comics. I am thinking it might be a good solution for self publishing instead of going for pamphlet publishing. While I love print over digital, monthlies are just too costly nowadays. This way I can try and publish Seeker in episodes via digital distribution and then attempt to publish them  in trades later for my physical desires.

Anyway, That's really all there is to report at the moment. Next post will surely be of Seeker pages now that so little stands in my way.
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Do you remember... That old Lullaby? Every man is a lonely Soldier boy [Aug. 21st, 2009|02:04 am]

Hello internets... Big news for me this week, bur first, here is a new thing.

After being informed that the most amazing space trucker cooking odyssey by the name of Won Ton Soup exists, I knew i had to have them. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting a hold of volumes 1 and 2, but luckily my comic shop is full of helpful folks that hunted it down for me. However they were unaware that the series even existed at first. They were also unaware that they had a copy of volume 2 in the shop when I asked for it, but I digress.

Point being, after seeing Mr. Stokoe's work, I was prompted to mess around with gradients more. Which is something I normally avoid altogether (that ken drawing being the first attempt.) I like how this one came out a bit better than old Ken, particularly the demon. Although... I am not sold on all the color choices. I wanted orange to relate a bit to the outfits that Shaolin monks wear but I normally just dislike the color. The book will be in Black and white anyway so this isn't too important really.

This is pretty much the final design for Ohmu and the demon that he encounters in what I am now calling the origin chapter of Seeker.

I plan on doing self contained stories whenever I manage to think of a good plotline until I have enough for a full collected volume. I rather like the idea of journeyman stories... a bit like Cowboy Bebop. A full volume of Seeker is not my priority, but I like world that I am building around this character a lot more than most ideas I have had lately, so I don't think I can leave it at just one short comic. However, this first episode is specifically for my joint project with my two Sleepyhead Collective brethren, Ryan Lowrider and Chris Ironlung.

The overall story is finished and I had scripted/thumbnailed a few pages but they felt a bit off, so I reworked the outline just a bit and plan on hacking the final script and thumbnails this weekend so that I can make good on my promise to actually start drawing comic pages before this month is over.

In other news. PONYO LOVES SOSUKE!

My pal Chris and I  went and saw Ponyo last weekend. It is a good deal more Totoro than Mononoke. A great film for the wee children.

This scene was histerically animated and Dustin Nguyen did an awesome interperetation of it. You can find more of his work here http://duss005.deviantart.com/  What is wierd is how much I love his water color sketches and how much I dislike seeing his work inked and colored by other people. They just take all the freshness out of his lines.

The last bit of big news for me is...

Both me and Chris got part time jobs as Rick Kirkman's (Artist of Babyblues - http://babyblues.com/) assistants. It is mostly just sorting and filing and all that, but we are also going to be doing a bit of photoshoppery for him as well. It is also nice to just get to be around a guy who has been published daily for just about 20 years now.  We both owe this to our friend Ryan who would be doing this job if it weren't for the fact that he moved to the ice planet Hoth in the galaxy of Minnesota.

Anyway, on to some Mospeada. I ran into this silly artbook, the likes of which I have never seen for any old mecha show.

Basically it reads like a scientists log of the designing of the mospeada bikes... presumably from the perspective of the fictional scientists on the Mars base in the show. I am just speculating this because it is all in Japanese and my knowledge is rather limited there. But I really enjoyed how the style looks nothing liek the show. As though they were trying to mimic black and white photos rather than use the anime's actual style. I have cropped all these, but the pages they are from were walls of text talking about one of these images per page.

You can almost readily see in a few of these images that they were referencing heavily from photos of superbike races and motocross events. Maybe even lightboxing from such photos.

There was a section that showed a lot of the riders training on Mars out in the wastes but I thought these were the funniest from that section.

I dont know why they would leave a place with a name as awesome as Hamama. I also think its funny to see them all ready for battle on the right, since 90% of them die in the opening scene of the show. Look at them, so proud.... Ignorant fools.

Then there were some cool images showcasing some of the internals of the bike/suit.

I think that is supposed to be the HBT fuel... thing....

Then it moved onto what I think are supposed to be some of the first production tests with real live fictional people.

It seems so funny to me that they spent so much time trying to make this bike/suit seem plausable.

And what is really strange is they even put in some photos of people who were actually messing with robotics to lend some bizarre air of credibiltiy to it all.

And then finished it all of with a shot of what I am guessing is the real live fictional developement team.

I have an unhealthy attachment to Mospeada. By all accounts it is actually not that good a show, but I saw it when my mind was soft and sponge like, so it is quite dear to my nostolgic heart.

For I am Mechanism Fan, and this was produced for the likes of me.

And that's about it this time. This post felt long enough that I will probably wait until I have a few pages done on Seeker to post again. Despite all the other big news, it was not the most important to me, so I'll leave off with what always drives my attention everytime it pops up. My musical overlords, Dragon Ash, once again have a new single. I quite enjoy it and I hope others do as well.

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