I’ve just spent the last few months penciling, inking and coloring a 28 page graphic novella for VOM and Clash Entertainment. It’s a story about Russell Stendal who was captured by Colombian guerrillas and held hostage. Ben Avery adapted the story for comics – I’m honored to be able to work with him. Here are a few random panels that I liked, a few panels in black and white and some of the pre-production character sketches. I penciled and inked the story entirely in Manga Studio 5 and colored in Photoshop (though, Manga Studio 5 is such an outstanding program, I think the next time I’ll do everything in that). It was fun working all digitally – but it leaves me with no hard copies of anything…which is sort of strangely sad to me for some reason. Anyway here are the images:
I’ve been doing my best to keep drawing everyday. So far I’ve filled up a few sketchbooks, and I have a total of 8 currently that I will randomly grab and draw in. I like to use a brush pen to sketch with…I prefer it to markers and even to pencils…though I’ve been trying to train myself to pencil things more often. I just like the way a brush feels…I think I can be more loose in my work using it…but obviously, my draftsmanship suffers. Anyway…here are a few random pages to share with you.
Also…I should mention that my brush of choice is the black or gray Pentel brush pen...the cheap one. I have the Pentel pocket brush which I use a lot…but the ink isn’t as dark as the cheaper Pentel brush pen, so I tend to grab it first. What do you use to sketch with?
Over at Comics Alliance there was an article done by Laura Hudson and David Wolkin about the insanity that is Neal Adam’s “Batman: Odyssey” . In the process of said article, the two of them proposed a different comic…Batman: Hobo…where Batman is a homeless guy, the batcave is a cardboard box, catwoman is…well…a cat, you get the idea.
I laughed out loud when I read it…and determined this kind of brilliance had to come to light. Problem is…it made me too sad. Poor Batman. So here are some of the concepts I did for a project I will never really do.
So…my Google Earth adventures took me to Syria…and a landmark that I was heretofore unfamiliar with…the Aleppo Citadel in Syria. While the 360 photo had some interesting structures in it…I found myself drawn to the faces that were so prominently displayed there. So…my sketches are mostly of faces and people.
Here’s another page from my Google Earth Sketchbook…I dropped into China…some place called Xinjiang Kashishi…it’s in the SW corner of China, and these are a few people who were around a mosque that is located there.