Monday, August 27, 2007


This is what delayed me for the first part of the BLACKOUT story. I was asked to do some character sketches, but I thought I would do something a little more interesting than just the standard turn arounds (front, back, left and 3/4 views).

I thought it would breathe more life into the project if the characters were exhibiting their personalities and their dynamics. I can't tell you who they are or what they do. One of the things that I was really happy with was exploring the varying ethnicities of the girls. Two white girls, an asian and a black chick. I think I communicated that fairly accurately even in black and white.

TECHNICAL: For those of you who are wondering, this is what my linework looks like before I go in and paint it or Annette colours it. It's very open, and I explore form, lighting and shadow in the painting/colouring stage. That's why there's a big blank area on the bottom left. That area was going to be painted in very dark, and I felt it would be better rendered though the painting stage rather than the drawing stage as I didn't just want it solid black.

UPDATE: I'm still working on the HEROES story featuring Mohinder called BLACKOUT. I'm onto page 8 and the deadline is Wednesday. This time, I'm looking forward to being early. I HATE running late. I'm also working on layouts for ZERO G then I'm onto the artwork for it. My uber-writer JAn and I are also working on a pitch to show our publisher. It's an original project created by the two of us. We're planning on it being the "break out" project for us and our company Spacedog. I did some looking around recently and realized that there hasn't been a comic character created in the last 10 years that has had a major effect on the public. Hellboy, the Darkness, Witchblade, all these were made well over 10 years ago. My goal is to create a story so iconic and powerful that it transcends media. Lofty goals, hey?

NEXT: Convention sketches!


pngaou said...

New comic eh? That sounds pretty awesome. Good luck on that!

RyanGibsonStewart said...

Lofty goals, heck yeah! But I'm sure Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had lofty goals, too.

Are the character sketches for Heroes, or was it for something else that just kept you from working on Blackout? (Or can you not even say that?)

David said...

Witchblade had an effect on the public?

jasonb said...

pngaou: Thanks man!

ryan: Hahahha. Yeah - Stan and Jack. heh. Let's not go making any hasty comparisons yet. They're not for HEROES, they're for something else.

David: People at least know who she is (she at least got a tv show). Hell, YOU know who she is. =)

Leshia Doucet said...

Lofty goals are the best kind! And damn, now I'm really curious about those character designs. I particularly like the Asian girl.