Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book One


So here's the finished colored version of the cover I've been working on for class! I'm pleased with how it turned out! 

Lines with Pen and Ink, and Colors in Photoshop!


The Belgariad and Characters © David Eddings

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Belgariad Cover Process

Hey all! So here's just a quick walkthrough of my first project for my Cover Illustration and Design class!

We are to take an old property and re-imagine it for a modern audience. I decided to do the fantasy novel series The Belgariad. I enjoyed the novels quite a bit and I think they could make a cool graphic novel series.

Here's a rundown of the process!

I start with a rough thumbnail for the composition.

Next I make a tight rough based on the thumbnail.

I lightbox a blown up version of the rough, add details and tighten up the rough.

Finally, I ink it!

I did forget to mention that I did a small black placement study on a small printout of the pencil page so that I didn't have to place it all with in the pencil stage.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Line Out - Thumbnails and more!

Hey all!

So classes have just started up again, and I'm really looking forward to the new quarter! This quarter I'm finally getting a class that focuses on making finished comic pages, as well as a class for Cover Design! Both are going to be alot of fun for me, as well as challenging me in new ways!

Most of the stuff I've been working on for these classes has been process work, but I thought it would be fun to show some of the sketches and designs, as well as thumbnails for the final pages.

For the rest of the quarter I'll be working on a story called Line Out that I wrote for this class. It's a short scene involving two computer hackers trying to escape from some MIBs in a crowded bus terminal. Anyway, it's all sci-fi and stuff, so I'm pumped to draw it.

Kara, my protagonist. She's gotta cool robot arm that has really powerful hacking technology built in that can interface with her brain. 

Vincent, my other lead. He's more of a side kick sort, but he is also a proficient hacker.

For this class we will actually be doing 4 sets of 4 thumbnails for 16 total. Eventually we will be doing 3 of the four sets to finished completed pages!

Here are the first two sets. I think it would be fun to show two different ways to tell the same story, and also show a little bit of how I work. Thumbnails are basically for me, I end up redrawing everything later anyway, but here I can get a good idea of what I want on each page, the pacing, and a basic idea of framing and composition.

This is my first set, and probably overall the closest in my head to what I was thinking as I wrote. There are a few panels here and there I will definitely need to do some serious perspective work on, but I'm pretty pleased with these overall. 

The 2nd set. I think the last page here looks awesome, mainly that shot of the jump. Both are pretty epic but there is something about that one to me that I just really enjoy. 

So there it is! Over this quarter I don't know that I'll be uploading every version of the pages that I do, but the final inked and lettered version will definitely be up here! Keep an eye out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Baltimore Comic-Con!!!

Hey everyone! It's Wednesday, and I think I'm finally caught up on all my sleep and have my energy back after Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

This past weekend was a total blast! My friend Nicky Soh and I were invited to be special guests at Baltimore Comic-Con, thanks to Matt Wieringo, Brad Tree, and Marc Nathan at BCC. We are both recipients of the Wieringo Scholarship and they asked us to come out and show our work, and be a part of the convention! They showed us so much generosity, I don't really think I could ever pay it back!

It was a huge honor for us, not only because we were given such a high profile position, but also because it was the first time for either of us to have our own table at a convention! It was really great to meet and talk to people, as well sell sketches and prints! It was really cool to see what different fans liked and didn't and talking with people about their favorite comics and artists was really cool!

Me and Nicky at the Booth, I'm trying to look cool. 

The booth was really cool! It was alot bigger than I expected, and we got to share it with Craig Rosseau, Eric Hansen, Matt Wieringo, his wife Suzanne, and Todd DeZago! I met Todd at HeroesCon, but really got a chance to talk to him here, and he gave me some really great advice! It's always cool to meet creators who want to help you out, and it gives me that same desire to help out other people as well! Positive energy is so important!

We were so busy the whole time that neither of us had a chance to walk around and talk to people at all on Saturday! We were in the Liberty Meadows Yearbook, which was published for the first time this year, and tons of fans wanted to come by and talk to us and have us sign it for the scavenger hunt! It was a really great idea for the BCC folks to do it and I think they pulled it off really well!

Liberty Meadows Yearbook Cover

They also helped Nicky and I out by setting us up with an awesome hotel room! It was right next to the convention, and the convenience was so much more than we could ask for! It was really cool as well since we were able to share the room with two other awesome SCAD grad students, Jen Hickman and David Stoll! We had a great time hanging out with them and were really glad they wanted to share the room with us!

View from the room. Thats the Convention all right there with the walkways.

Cool picture Nicky took of me in the room. Probably letting my wonderful wife know we had arrived!

My favorite part of the Convention was the chance to talk to people, and doing sketches for people.  It can be real challenging to draw things for people on the fly, but that challenge is fun and exciting! I really hope that everyone I did sketches for really enjoyed them!

Here are a few sketches from the Con:

My first sketch of the Con, Special Thanks to Dave Tillney!



He wanted himself kneeing a zombie in the nuts! Fun to draw!

This was awesome. He had a huge 18x24 bristol with all these 2x3 slots for headsketches of the Rocketeer. Real honor to be on this with some of the other huge names he had!


All in all it was an amazing time and I'm glad to everyone who came out to see us including my parents! All it all I think it was a great experience for the both of us, and one that I'll remember for a long time to come!

Nicky and I with Matt and Suzanne! The coolest sponsors I could ever imagine!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Baltimore Comic-Con!!! September 8 & 9, 2012

This coming weekend I am heading to Baltimore with my buddy Nicky Soh to table at Baltimore Comic-Con!

We were invited to be special guests thanks to Matt Wieringo and the Mike Wieringo Scholarship and Baltimore Comic-Con! You can check out the press release here.

So it's Nicky and I's first time tabling at a convention for the whole thing, and we are super excited to be there, selling sketches, prints, and most importantly, getting to meet and talk to people and answer any questions!

We would love to talk about art and comics with anyone who is interested, so come by and say hello!

Update! We will be at 1907! Com by and say to Me, Nicky, Matt Wieringo, Todd Dezago, and Graig Rosseau!

Also, follow my Twitter so you can see any updates and pics of con sketches!

You can also find a list of print and sketch pricing and examples on my Deviantart Journal.

I'm hoping to see you there!!!